Nestled in the Cotswolds’ rolling hills are bustling market towns, quintessentially English villages, breath-taking castles and exquisite country houses. The Cotswolds cover nearly 800 square miles and are spread over 5 separate counties.
Park Farm is a fabulous country home, located in the beautiful countryside on the edge of the famous Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Stow is one of the more famous market towns in the Cotswolds, located on the Roman Fosse Way in the North of the region. Park Farm is situated on the outskirts of Stow. If you’re planning on booking your own escape to this stunning holiday home keep reading for things to do once you’re there!
Burrowed in Stow’s traditional, narrow alleyways are a huge selection of eateries and bars, fit for all budgets and taste buds. These idyllic, cobbled streets lead visitors through the twists and turns of the town centre (where sheep were once lead through to market). Fresh, local produce can be purchased in the town’s butcher’s, delicatessens or the fabulous Daylesford Farm Shop. The restaurants on offer range from more traditional pubs such as The Queens Head Inn – to The Sheep, a contemporary restaurant serving some of the best pizzas around.
The St Edward Church, located 100 yards from the small crowds of the town square, is a must-see. Other local churches worth visiting include the St. Nicolas Church in Lower Oddington and the Church of St. Lawrence in Bourton on the Water. Another key feature of Stow-on-the-Wold is the well in Well Lane – this Grade II Listed Building is the result of the unusual geology of the Cotswolds and is well worth a visit.
The Cotswolds offer some of England’s most spectacular gardens. Prepare to be stunned when spending a sunny afternoon walking through Hidcote manor Gardens, Painswick Rococo Garden or Colesbourne Park. Others worth a visit include Bourton House Garden, Sudeley Castle and Blenheim Palace. One of the Cotswolds’ hidden gems is the gardens of Berkeley Castle, designed by none other than Prince Charles!
If you’re visiting with young children there are more than enough activities in the area to keep them entertained, from activity centres to skate parks to cinemas. Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens combines exotic plants with an enormous collection of animals, from giant tortoises to white rhino – a fabulous day out for all the family!
If you feel like getting in touch with your creative side then look no further, William Shakespeare’s Stratford upon Avon is very close by, full of theatres and museums. As well as many legendary artistic associations, the Cotswolds is surprisingly full of contemporary culture and art – jam-packed with innovative creatives. Nearby town Cheltenham is also a centre for many arts events such as the famous Cheltenham Jazz, Film, Literature and Music Festival.
If you need more information on anything discussed in this blog feel free to give Park Farm a call, we’d be happy to give you advice on activities specific to your needs!
Whether you’re looking for a break with friends or family Park Farm offers you the perfect retreat from the everyday. Cosy yet contemporary, you’ll be ideally situated to make the most of this charming corner of England, or simply put your feet up and take a well-earned break.