Sunday, June 15, 2008

Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds






The Cotswolds of England is an area of 100 miles north to south between Stratford—upon-Avon to the north and Bath to the south, but not including either. It is a beautiful area of gently rolling hills of farm country and hundreds of small villages and towns with cities of Gloucester and Cheltenham located on the edges. The area is known for the golden limestone used for thousands of years as building material and for drystone walls, therefore making it easy to recognize.
This trip was our 5th visit to the Cotswolds and our 5th stay in a “self-catering” cottage. Many people ask me what is a self-catering cottage? I compare it to renting a cabin in the mountains or a house at the beach in the USA. It is a fully-equipped house and you bring in your own food. The difference is “cottages” in England are often 200 (or more) years old. Ceilings are often beamed and low and staircases are often narrow and winding. Bathrooms and kitchens have been upgraded to current English standards.
We enjoyed our seven night stay at Whistler’s Corner Cottage in Chipping Campden in the north Cotswolds, May 31 – June 7. The small town of Campden (as the locals call it) was an ideal base for us to drive to our favorite small towns and villages. And, we could walk from the cottage to shops, 2 tea rooms, pubs/inns, an Internet café, a bakery, and across the countryside.

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