Living in the serene and picturesque region of the Cotswolds, we’ve been immensely blessed to be surrounded by a wealth of art and culture. The honey-coloured stone cottages, the rolling green hills, and the meandering streams and rivers are art forms in their own right. It’s as if nature itself took a painter’s brush to this landscape.

In and around Cirencester, one cannot help but notice the town’s Roman heritage, especially the majestic Cirencester Church and the Corinium Museum. This museum holds a splendid collection that narrates the history of the Cotswolds from prehistoric times up to the modern day. Although we have been here for just a blink of the eye in the life of this area the deep connection we feel with this place never tires. Its a testament to the enduring spirit of the people who’ve lived in these lands.

The arts are alive and well in local theatres, like The Barn Theatre in Cirencester. They regularly put on performances that span from the classic to the contemporary, each time making us feel proud of the thriving cultural scene we have here. The theatre acts as a pulsing heartbeat in the core of the community, drawing both residents and tourists.

Local art galleries are another treasure trove. Artists, both local and from afar, are inspired by the landscape and the stories of the Cotswolds. Each painting, sculpture, or piece of pottery tells its own tale, capturing moments in time or the essence of this enchanting region. Cotswold Contemporary is one of our favourite browsing shops and we have bought a few things from there in our time!

Beyond the tangible art forms, there’s a rich tradition of storytelling and music here. Local festivals and fairs often feature folk musicians who play tunes that have been passed down through generations. Jo and I love attending these events; they have a way of making us feel connected to something larger than ourselves.

The Cotswold Sculpture park is a great place to visit – dog friendly and always plenty to see and experience and a great place for a bit of fresh air. Great houses such as Blenheim Palace and Studley Castle are on our doorstep as are some lovely gardens such as those at Hidcote Manor and Painswick Rococo Gardens and not forgetting beautiful woodlands such as Batsford and Westonbirt. Both arboretums come into their own in Autumn.

In essence, the Cotswolds is more than just a place to live. It’s a living, breathing tapestry of art and culture. It’s my hope that in my retirement, I can put pen to paper and truly capture the spirit of this place, and maybe, just maybe, inspire others to come and witness its magic firsthand.

 

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The Barn Theatre

For our guests who have a flair for the theatrical or simply enjoy a captivating evening of entertainment, we wholeheartedly recommend the Barn Theatre in Cirencester. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, this boutique venue has grown to become one of the UK’s most exciting professional theatres. Having personally visited the Barn Theatre several times, we can attest to the sheer brilliance of the productions and the warm, intimate ambiance of the venue. Every performance feels exclusive, giving you an immersive experience that resonates deeply, be it drama, musicals, or comedy. Over the past couple of years we have seen a number of productions including around the world in 80 days, girl on a train and the Mozart question – all memorable evenings. But it’s not just the top-notch performances that enchant. The theatre’s setting, a sensitively converted 1940’s Nissen hut, brims with character and history. It mirrors much of the charm we find throughout the Cotswolds, blending tradition with contemporary flair. A mere stone’s throw from our retreats at Cotswold Water Park, a night at the Barn Theatre promises an enriching blend of culture and entertainment amidst the serene beauty of our countryside. Also the Barn is the local cinema as well – check out their website for what’s on and at what time! On currently (until November 4th ’23) is a comedy, “Sorry Prime Minister I can’t quite remember. We plan to be there sometime during October! And don’t forget to swing by their stylish bar for a pre-show cocktail or a post-performance discussion. We can’t wait for you to experience the magic of the Barn Theatre and share your stories with us!
Family

Miserden Estate

Miserden Walks We have an affection for Miserden. during the second lockdown we lived in Duntisbourne Leer and our go to place for some fresh air and tranquility was the Miserden estate. It is a little bit of a further trek but you’ll love it – and you can end your circular walk with some refreshment at the Carpenters Arms. The Carpenters did a fantastic takeaway in the days of not being able to sit in the pub and then post lockdown we’ve had some great Sunday lunches there plus great entertainment in the pub garden where you’ll often find live music on a weekend in the warmer months. Miserden is a starting point for some serious walks around the area but also has a great circular walk taking from the pub and down the hill towards the deer park. The shorter walk is a great way to walk off a Sunday lunch and a few craft beers! Tickets to visit the garden can be booked from their website – check the opening as times and days are seasonal. Be sure to try out the Glasshouse cafe and admire the complex engineering that goes into the mechanisms required to open the windows! The recently refurbished glasshouse dates back to the 1920s and would have been used to supply fruit and veg to the house and to the village in the past.
Hiking

Thames Path National Trail

  Thames Path National Trail You may remember the programme by Tony Robinson called the Great River where he followed the Thames from its source in The Cotswolds through to our Capital. Start: source of the Thames, Cotswolds End: Woolwich, London Length: 185 miles (298 km) There is a dispute as to where the actual source of the Thames actually is. Thames Head is a group of seasonal springs that appear near the village of Coates. One or more of these springs are traditionally identified as the source of the Thames. What is easier to find is the start of the path for the national trail which is just the road from Cotswold Mill and a hundred yards or so down the road towards Kemble. The Thames Path is a long distance walking trail, following England’s best known river for 185.2miles (298 km) as it meanders from its source in the Cotswolds through several rural counties and on into the heart of London. On its way the Trail passes peaceful water meadows rich in wildlife, historic towns and cities and many lovely villages, finishing in Woolwich just a few miles from the sea. The best months to visit are spring through to the end of autumn. If you’re interested in wildlife there are always a range of birds present on and around the river but they’re at their most active and visible during April and May whilst establishing territories and finding mates. If you’re keen on wildflowers, then April to September is the time to visit, and if insects such as butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies are the things you’d most like to see choose June to September.  
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Berry Farm Barn

In the Village
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Berry Farm is home to Chris and Claire and their family and you will likely see them busily working around the farm as you enjoy your break in the Cotswolds. Their newly converted 17th Century threshing barn is the perfect place to base yourself for any visit to the Cotswolds. Nestled at the heart of […]

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On the Lake
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Enjoy beautiful and calming views over this stunning wildlife filled lake. Direct access to the water allows residents the perfect opportunity to take part in non motorised water sports and fishing. All equipment can be hired locally. The Cotswolds being an area of outstanding beauty is ideal for exploring stunning villages, country pubs, cosmopolitan towns […]

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