The English Cotswolds

David Beeson, October 2021

The Cotswolds are a limestone area in Central Southern England, a region of generally gentle rolling hills that were once dominated by sheep farming (now largely arable). It was rich in the middle ages, from the wool, and much of its character remains unsullied by C21. This is not an ecological article, merely a few images of some of the towns, gardens and numerous country houses to the west of Oxford. So, sit back and just take in the sights.

Burford is a small town perched between a steep hill and a narrow medieval bridge. It boasts many up-market hotels and restaurants, bespoke shops and glorious architectural details on the properties. It is a street where it pays to be alert to details … so, ignore the shops!

Homes along Burford Hill.
Typical house with the glorious Cotswold stone.
Not a standard doorway from an English housing estate.
A house window. Surely, this had to have been a church in its early days.

Even early on a Sunday morning the street was filled with cars, so, to gain more atmosphere I have selected only the upper parts of these properties.
Often properties that appear to have plaster or brick on their surface are timber-framed underneath.
An upper window near the bridge.
The entrance was probably for a horse and carriage.
The massive Burford church.
Snowshill House is not a stunner from the outside, but …. . The cottage is the building to the left.

Best to look up details on the NT website.

The adjacent cottage was the home of the last owner (before the National Trust) and this was his bathroom – yes, honestly.
The bedroom. But, you ask, ‘Where is the bed?’ Behind the curtains on the left and inside the cupboard.
This is the end of the cottage.
Most recently the house was used only as a personal museum. Each room containing an eclectic array of objects and often several clocks – all set to different times.
Details of part of the estate.
Sezincote House and orangery

Again, go here for details.

Yes, a little unusual in its design.
Part of the roof
Indian-style to some of the gardens too.
I thought the gardens beautiful. In stark contrast to the renowned Hidcote Manor Gardens that we found uninspiring (for the second and last time.)

So, a stimulation of the English Cotswolds. We also walked and visited nature reserves, yet much of the flora has gone to sleep.

Sleep well.

3 thoughts on “The English Cotswolds

  1. Thank you. Just a bit of fun, aimed mainly at the 40% overseas visitors.

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