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The best way to spend a Christmas break in The Cotswolds

December 03, 2021

With cottages adorned with twinkling lights and villages coming alive with festive cheer, The Cotswolds are one of the most idyllic areas in England to while away those relaxing Christmas holidays...

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Can't miss events in The Cotswolds this festive season

November 26, 2021

In the run up to Christmas we love taking time out with friends and family to go see beautiful Christmas lights, sip on mulled wine or wander through gorgeous market stalls...

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9 Instagram accounts with the best interiors inspiration

November 19, 2021

Image credit: @justalittlebuild The vast world of interior design is where a home’s personality truly comes to life. As lovers of all things home-related, we can’t help exploring the flourishing realm of...

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Our Cotswolds small business gift guide

November 12, 2021

The season of giving has quickly come around again and we have rounded up some small businesses from across The Cotswolds that we love or have bookmarked for perfect gift-giving this...

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Tips on how to make your stay in The Cotswolds more sustainable

November 05, 2021

We are all looking for ways in which we can be a little more sustainable in our day to day lives. Whether you’re planning a winter trip to The Cotswolds or...

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8 Bonfire Night Events in The Cotswolds for 2021

October 29, 2021

We all missed out on the joy and splendour of fireworks last year, but for 2021, firework displays and burning bonfires are back with a bang. While a few of the...

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5 beautiful styling tips for your table this Autumn

October 22, 2021

Decorating for autumn combines the scents, colours and textures of the outside world as we watch nature change from bright summer greens to richer, earthy tones. Cooler weather and shorter days...

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​ 8 stylish Cotswolds homes on Instagram that we’re obsessed with

October 15, 2021

Image credit: Inkwell Cottage, Unique Home Stays As you know, we love Cotswolds homes. They are some of the most picturesque in the country and we love seeing how owners take beloved...

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8 things to do on a rainy day in The Cotswolds

October 08, 2021

Don't let a downpour or forecast drizzle rain on your parade! Whilst known for its gorgeous countryside and storybook villages, a trip to The Cotswolds is just as special on a...

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6 places to enjoy autumn colours in The Cotswolds

October 01, 2021

Autumn is a timely reminder that despite the times we live in, nature rumbles on to her own sweet tune. Instead of feeling down about the end to summer and long...

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Autumn wreaths from Cotswold florists to brighten your front door

September 24, 2021

Celebrations of the autumn equinox typically give thanks to Mother Nature for a good harvest. However nowadays, even in The Cotswolds' farmlands, it’s a season to also indulge in cosy thoughts...

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6 sustainable interior brands that we love

September 17, 2021

As the seasons change to autumn, we begin to look inside our homes to make little changes. Our minds turn to cosy blankets, warm tones and candles for the home, however...

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7 Cotswolds gardening Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration

September 10, 2021

The Cotswolds are known for their stunning countryside and numerous, beautiful gardens, making it the perfect place for nature lovers to explore their love of all things gardening. If you are...

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6 best spots for creative cocktails in The Cotswolds

September 03, 2021

While the countryside is often known for its fantastic beer and cider offering, cocktail masters are shaking up the game and have brought their amazing, creative concoctions to The Cotswolds hills. From...

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7 beautiful places in The Cotswolds to photograph

August 27, 2021

With its storybook architecture, rolling hills and abundance of nature, The Cotswolds is a photographer’s dream! If you’re looking for those perfect photo spots to capture The Cotswolds’ unique beauty, we’ve...

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7 secret gardens you can find in The Cotswolds

August 20, 2021

Growing up you may have read the story of the Secret Garden and dreamed of finding your own leafy sanctuary full of awe-inspiring flowers and mystery. Seeing as The Cotswolds is...

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6 Cotswolds home transformation stories to follow

August 13, 2021

From stone cottages to creative modern renovations, there are so many beautiful homes in The Cotswolds to get inspired from. Below are a few of our favourite Cotswolds home transformation and...

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The boot room edit

August 06, 2021

On the journal this week we thought we’d share some of our favourite items for creating that aesthetically pleasing yet practical boot room or entryway in your home. Summer is all...

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Style Guide - French country interiors

July 30, 2021

There is a certain timeless elegance that goes hand in hand with French country interiors. In the countryside, time moves more gently and this is reflected in the romantic French country...

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7 best places for afternoon tea and sweet treats in The Cotswolds

July 23, 2021

Summer time calls for strawberries, cream and all those fresh flavours of the warmer months, and artisans in The Cotswolds are serving them up on a platter! These rolling hills may...

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Making a house a home with Sims Hilditch

July 16, 2021

Sims Hilditch is an award-winning, multidisciplinary interior design practice specialising in interior architecture and interior design. Its founder Emma Sims-Hilditch began her career working in film production for Ridley Scott in...

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Delve into The Cotswolds' storybook architecture

July 09, 2021

As if plucked straight from the pages of a storybook, the unique, honey-hued Cotswold cottages and architecture are truly iconic. Year after year, visitors are drawn to The Cotswolds to experience...

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​ 6 of the best glamping spots in The Cotswolds

June 25, 2021

If you’re after all the excitement of escaping to nature and falling asleep under twinkling stars without the “roughing it” element of camping, then glamping could be perfect for you! Most of...

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Creating outdoor living spaces with Harriet Parsons

June 18, 2021

As we're all settling into summer and embracing the outdoors, many of us are creating our dream gardens, with indoor - outdoor living spaces becoming hugely popular. We spoke with award-winning...

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Inspired by The Cotswolds - brands that can bring Cotswolds chic into your home

June 11, 2021

The Cotswolds are renowned for their aesthetically pleasing, English homes. From houses that keep to the traditional, cosy cottage style to more contemporary properties making the most of the sprawling countryside...

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5 unique shopping experiences you can find in The Cotswolds

June 04, 2021

Beyond the honey-hued cottages and rolling Wolds, The Cotswolds’ heritage is tied to its artisans that thrive and utilise the area. Some of their skills have slowly dissipated throughout the decades...

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Where to explore The Cotswolds' rich history

May 27, 2021

Nestled within the sprawling Cotswolds natural beauty is a rich history just waiting to be explored. From houses with Roman roots to museums paying homage to design mavericks, we’ve chosen six...

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6 events in The Cotswolds this summer worth visiting

May 20, 2021

As summer rolls around, this year we’re seeing the return of events in The Cotswolds, from food festivals to theatre and live music, and we absolutely cannot wait to book our tickets...

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6 cafés and restaurants opening in The Cotswolds next week

May 14, 2021

Credit: Double Red DukeWith more rules relaxing next week, lots of new and exciting restaurants will be throwing open their doors to welcome visitors and bring new tastes and culinary treats to...

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7 ideas to transform your garden for a summer of entertainment

May 07, 2021

Garden party season is almost here! We know many of us have already spruced up our outdoor spaces for the opportunity to catch up with friends and family, but with summer...

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5 picturesque drives in The Cotswolds

April 29, 2021

Open, country roads with far-reaching views are a driver’s dream. Here in The Cotswolds we have plenty of gorgeous country roads that meander their way through the rolling hills and honey-hued...

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6 farmers' markets you must visit in The Cotswolds

April 22, 2021

Credit: Visit Gloucester Being the homeland to generations of farmers, it’s no surprise that The Cotswolds is buzzing with farmers’ markets. You'll find one in nearly every town or village! When planning...

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5 horse riding tours in The Cotswolds

April 15, 2021

Trotting through valleys, open fields and vast woodland, it doesn’t get more quintessentially English than traversing The Cotswolds on horseback. Exploring these rolling hills on a horse riding tour is something...

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6 Jewellery Designers Crafting in The Cotswolds

April 09, 2021

The Cotswolds is home to a number of artisans and creatives, mastering their skills among the gorgeous Wolds and taking inspiration from their wild surroundings. This week we’re sharing a number...

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7 Stately Homes to visit in The Cotswolds this spring

April 01, 2021

Blenheim Palace A round-up of The Cotswolds' statelys could not omit perhaps the grandest of them all, Blenheim. The Palace's formal gardens and circular walks are all open to visitors and...

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Beautiful cottages in The Cotswolds for a staycation

March 25, 2021

A little escape. That’s what most of us are excited for right now and with April 12th just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to book a Cotswold cottage getaway...

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Where to go stargazing in The Cotswolds

March 19, 2021

As the sun goes down at the end of the day, nature’s greatest show begins and the beauty of the night sky twinkles overhead. Within The Cotswolds, we’re lucky to have...

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7 ideas for Easter gifts and treats

March 10, 2021

A perfunctory supermarket bought chocolate egg thrown in with the weekly shop will no longer fit the bill when it comes to Easter gifting; the whole long weekend has become a...

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6 walks in The Cotswolds for wandering this spring

March 05, 2021

As the air begins to warm and the sun hangs in the sky for a little longer, nature's coming out to play and it’s the perfect time to put on your...

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The best places to see spring blossom in The Cotswolds

February 25, 2021

Signs of spring are in the air, crocus flowers and snow drops are popping up across parks, the temperature is ever so slightly warmer and we can finish the work day...

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Meet the experts: Dorcas George-Jones of Castellum

February 19, 2021

Founded in 2003, Castellum is an award-winning prime construction company offering both design and build solutions and outstanding levels of service as a main contractor. As a company Castellum also develop...

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6 Cotswolds artists who will inspire your creative side

February 11, 2021

The beauty and peacefulness of wildlife and nature are often sources of creative inspiration, whether that’s manifested into works of fiction or channeled through paint or pencil on paper. Today we’re sharing...

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7 of the best places to see wildlife in The Cotswolds

February 05, 2021

While many know The Cotswolds as the home for picture-perfect English villages and rolling country Wolds, this area of outstanding natural beauty is also home to a variety of wildlife that...

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8 Cotswolds florists delivering beautiful flowers

January 28, 2021

January has felt long this year, and we’re ready to embrace all the lightness of spring. While we must wait a little longer for the trees and flowers to flourish, why...

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6 beautiful cycling routes in The Cotswolds

January 21, 2021

The Cotswolds are the perfect place to hop on a bike and explore nature's boundless beauty. With miles of quiet country lanes and bridleways which lead into quaint towns and villages...

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A local’s guide to gardens still open in The Cotswolds

January 14, 2021

We have welcomed in the new year with more time at home again. However, as long as it’s safe to do so, it’s important to get fresh air and stretch your...

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The Leap: Making the move from City to The Cotswolds – Peter and Francesca, Sharvell Property

December 16, 2020

Welcome to our final journal post of 2020 and the second instalment of our interview series called "The Leap", where we're wrapping up the year by sharing our own story of...

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8 films and tv series filmed in The Cotswolds

December 10, 2020

As the year draws to a close, I’m sure many of us share one thing we’ve all indulged in more than normal this year, and that’s film and tv. Whether you’ve been...

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12 books born in the Cotswolds

November 27, 2020

With the season turning cold and days morphing into night, it’s the best time of year to curl up and escape into a new book. We want to take you exploring across...

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10 independent retailers helping you deck the halls this Christmas

November 20, 2020

We know it’s only November, but the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us and lots of people are decking the halls with festive spirit early this year. Some...

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The 'enjoy from home' foodie guide to The Cotswolds

November 13, 2020

After a wonderful summer and early autumn spent visiting or supporting our favourite foodie spots across The Cotswolds, lockdown means we must find different ways to indulge in local culinary treats and...

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6 online gift shops based in The Cotswolds

November 06, 2020

The season of giving is almost upon us and while we're all thinking about what to get those special people in our lives, a second lockdown has turned up on our doorstep...

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6 Cotswolds podcasts to download now

October 27, 2020

If you’ve reached the bottom of your reading stack and ‘completed Netflix’, we have some brilliant podcast recommendations both old and new for you this week, all set in The Cotswolds and...

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Cosy fireplace edit

October 21, 2020

As we all start sinking into hibernation with the clocks going back this week, it’s time to make those cosy corners of your home into the perfect winter sanctuary. We love...

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7 new businesses to discover in The Cotswolds

October 14, 2020

We all could do with a little bit of good news right now and coming across thriving businesses and new business ventures born and bred in The Cotswolds is just the...

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Style focus: Inspiring front doors

October 07, 2020

The exterior of your home can be fairly limited with how much you can customise and change it up, however there's one place that's always fun to decorate. In fact it's...

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The Leap: Making move from City to The Cotswolds

September 30, 2020

Welcome to the first instalment of our new interview series called "The Leap", where we're excited to share stories from residents who made the leap from city life to the beautiful...

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7 beauty brands from The Cotswolds

September 23, 2020

Being surrounded by the beauty of The Cotswolds among artisans who use the area's natural resources to craft everything from lavender tea to honey, it only makes sense that a number...

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7 drink brands from the Cotswolds you need to try

September 16, 2020

As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the rolling hills of the Cotswolds provide the perfect location for artisan drink producers to grow and concoct tasty beverages to be enjoyed by...

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7 of the best range cookers for your home

September 09, 2020

Most of us are familiar with the Aga and the nostalgic joy of coming across one in a country home's kitchen. Not only do they instantly make the kitchen the cosiest...

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7 of the best autumn woodland walks in The Cotswolds

August 27, 2020

In every season, a woodland walk offers solace; shade in summer, protection from the elements in winter and in autumn, a wonderous display of nature at its best. This week we...

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Foraging in The Cotswolds

August 21, 2020

Once you have gathered some basic knowledge on seasonality and inspiration on what to do with your haul, foraging can be a hugely rewarding way to spend a walk. Not only will...

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7 glamping locations in The Cotswolds

August 14, 2020

If camping conjures up ideas of soggy sleeping bags, bleak hillside locations and terrible food – chances are you haven’t tried glamping. The more refined (and definitely more comfortable) alternative to...

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Outdoor dining edit

July 31, 2020

On the journal this week we thought we’d share a celebration of al fresco dining - it isn’t often in England that we get to enjoy the simple pleasure of long-leisurely meals...

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5 of the best pub gardens in The Cotswolds

July 24, 2020

Whilst many local pubs in The Cotswolds lend themselves to cosy Sunday roasts around an open fire, with flagstone floors, muddy wellies and even muddier dogs, others come into their own in...

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7 Staycation ideas in The Cotswolds

July 17, 2020

With many Britons choosing to take their summer holidays here in the UK this year, we thought we’d share some of our favourite local Cotswolds staycation ideas, something we regularly help house-hunters...

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7 Cotswolds businesses reopening this weekend

July 03, 2020

After such uncertainty for independent businesses – across retail, hospitality and tourism – during lockdown, it is brilliant to see so many Cotswolds’ businesses re-opening their doors this weekend. Some with brand-new...

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6 of the best wild swimming spots in The Cotswolds

June 25, 2020

The outdoor pools and lidos may be closed (Cirencester and Cheltenham are two great options ‘normally’), but the rivers, lakes and wild swimming spots around The Cotswolds are free and open for...

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Style Guide - natural home interiors trend

June 19, 2020

There has been a move in interior trends this year, towards the use of a range of natural materials – from 70s inspired cane furniture, to rustic grasses and woven baskets –...

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Children's shops in The Cotswolds

June 05, 2020

As parents to three young boys, living in The Cotswolds we thought a round-up of our favourite local children's clothes shops, book stores and activities would be great to share - in...

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Enjoy the Outdoors: Activities in The Cotwolds

May 15, 2020

As the country gradually begins to open back up over the coming weeks, we thought we would share a list of outdoor activities to enjoy in your unlimited exercise time. As always...

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Meet the Experts: Landscape Garden Designer, Susan Dunstall

May 08, 2020

Susan has been working from her Cotswolds' landscape design practice since 2008; working with clients locally, nationally and internationally to create beautiful, award-winning gardens. For this week's journal post we have asked...

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Style Guide: How to add pattern to your home

May 01, 2020

Following on from our 'colour your home happy' piece, sharing tips for using colour in your home to boost your mood - this week we are looking at pattern in all its...

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Cotswolds businesses pivoting during the COVID-19 crisis

April 24, 2020

As an independent Cotswolds business ourselves, it has been inspiring to watch fellow shopkeepers, hoteliers, restaurants and small brands adjust to the 'new normal' and find ways to keep trading in the...

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Colour your home happy on lockdown

April 17, 2020

Following on from last week's journal entry sharing our tips on what you can be doing right now to prepare your property for sale after lockdown, this week we've asked some interiors...

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Selling your house during COVID-19 crisis - what you can be doing now

April 09, 2020

Pic credit: Little Greene Whilst house viewings are currently on hold in the UK during COVID-19 lockdown, there is plenty you can be doing to prepare your home and your paperwork for...

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Companies delivering food across The Cotswolds

April 03, 2020

As we move through unprecedented times with disruption to our day to day habits and access to essential services, it has been heart-warming and reassuring this month to watch food and hospitality...

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Tips to make your listed property more eco friendly

March 20, 2020

For many home buyers there is a seeming pay-off between wanting all the beauty and character of a period property and the increasing awareness of creating an eco-conscious home - are the...

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Home Style Edit: Spring kitchen accessories

March 13, 2020

If you are looking to update your kitchen this spring, our Home Edit this week includes the best cook shops and brands in The Cotswolds to style the heart of your...

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10 best cafes in The Cotswolds

March 05, 2020

Whether you're looking for a pit stop to refuel as you house hunt; a family-friendly hot chocolate trip or a sociable space to meet with friends, we've shortlisted the 10 best cafes...

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The best garden companies in The Cotswolds

February 28, 2020

Whilst we're in the business of selling properties, more often than not it is in fact the gardens and land in which a home sits that really sell the property. Whether you...

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5 Half term activities in The Cotswolds

February 14, 2020

Looking for some fun, family activities to keep the brood occupied during half term? We've put together a round-up of local days out in The Cotswolds that are guaranteed to keep cabin...

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Style Surgery: How to dress a narrow hallway

February 07, 2020

We are often asked by vendors for advice on how to style and dress their homes to present them in the best light for sale - in our Style Surgery series we...

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Meet the experts: George Seatter, Insurance broker

February 04, 2020

In the latest installment of our 'Meet the experts' series in which we pick the brains of Cotswolds businesses, from surveyors to solictors, we quizz insurance broker, George Seatter on the benefits...

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Best of both worlds - the top 5 villages with great links

January 31, 2020

If you're considering a move to The Cotswolds from London, or another major city - chances are you're hankering after a slower pace of life, a more rural outlook and community village...

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Beat the Winter Blues at 9 of our favourite wellbeing spots in The Cotswolds

January 17, 2020

Whether you are local to The Cotswolds, house-hunting or visiting - the region is the perfect destination for a wellbeing retreat to banish those winter blues - combining beautiful countryside for bracing...

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6 reasons to live in The Cotswolds

January 10, 2020

Are you craving a shift from town to country this year – but not sure where to start your search? We are definitely biased, but The Cotswolds – covering Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and...

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Sharvell Property: Our Cotswolds Highlights

December 20, 2019

To end the year we thought we'd share with you what we love about living in The Cotswolds - it's not only where our business is based, but where we relocated to...

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5 of the best country pubs in The Cotswolds

December 13, 2019

After a winter’s walk, a country pub is the perfect pay off - with a cosy welcoming fire to help you defrost and warming comfort food to restore and revive. The Cotswolds...

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The origins of 7 Christmas traditions

December 06, 2019

We have a veritable sleigh full of Christmas traditions here in the UK – but have you ever stopped to wonder where they come from? As a fun bit of festive trivia...

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The best places to find antiques in The Cotswolds

November 29, 2019

The Cotswolds are filled to the brim with fantastic independent interiors shops, homewares emporiums and antiques treasure troves. Many of the towns have over the years developed reputations as centres for particular...

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A Christmas Guide to The Cotswolds

November 22, 2019

This year we have created the indispensable guide to Christmas in The Cotswolds - from carolling to Christmas markets, pantos to where you can meet the main man himself... Merry Christmas! Christmas...

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Meet the experts: Interiors Designer, Camilla Bellord

November 15, 2019

Talk us through the design process and how you work with clients... We pride ourselves on not having a signature style, with every design and detail tailored to our clients. So...

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Style Surgery: How to dress dark rooms

November 08, 2019

In a new 'Style Surgery' series we will be sharing our tips on how to improve those awkward spaces or features of your home to maximise their sale-ability, from narrow halls to...

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The heart of the home - how to install, lay and light the perfect fire

November 01, 2019

Open fires are always top of the ‘wish list’ for prospective buyers – whether it’s a period inglenook, statement stone surround or modern free-standing stove – the prospect of a cosy, real...

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6 of the best hotels in the Cotswolds

July 28, 2019

Dormy House This luxury hotel and spa, part of the Farncombe Estate, is perched high on the hills overlooking the village of Broadway and surrounding Cotswold countryside. Described as Farmhouse chic in...

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6 of the best Cotswold sights and landmarks

June 01, 2019

The Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful destinations in England - if not the world ;-) is jam packed with culture and beautiful sights just waiting to be explored. We've selected a...

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Easter egg hunts in the Cotswolds

April 19, 2019

It looks like the Cotswolds is going to be blessed with gorgeous weather this Easter and what better way to celebrate this festive weekend than with an egg hunt in a truly...

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Easter Holidays in the Cotswolds with kids

April 06, 2019

The Easter holidays are here, and with it for many comes the juggling act of having the children around full time and coming up with some funs things to do together during...

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4 of our favourite farm shops in the Cotswolds

March 24, 2019

Where better to to find fresh and delicious food to fill your fridge other than the local farm shop. Here is a small selection of some of our favourite farm shops in...

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