The Local Area
Walking in the glorious Cotswolds - The Winchcombe Way, The Cotswold Way, The Wychavon Way or the Rollright Stones Walk Walking is a must when visitng the Cotswolds. With rolling green hills, honey-coloured villages and grasslands full of wildflowers, the Cotswolds are the archetypal English landscape. Enjoy the view on long trails or shorter rambles that are recommended on websites such as https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/best-walks-in-cotswolds
Mountain Biking in the Cotswolds - One of the Cotswolds greatest secrets is how good the area is for mountain biking. The network of good tracks designated as byways and bridleways makes mountain biking one of the best ways to discover the area. Recommended routes can be found on websites such as https://www.cotswolds.info/cotswold-tours/mountain-biking.shtml
Road Cycling in the Cotswolds - With an abundance of quiet country lanes and bridleways, the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for cyclists. Although most routes may include a short stretch on a main road or an uphill burst, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views wherever you go. Cycling is a great way to explore the picturesque villages that make up the area, and provides the perfect excuse to indulge in a guilt-free drink and bite to eat in one of the many pubs that line the way. Recommended routes can be found on websites such as https://cotswoldjourneys.com/blog/the-top-cycling-routes-in-the-cotswolds
There are an abundance of places of interest and places to visit in the Cotswolds. Below are listed some of the places of interest and places to visit local to April Cottage Accommodation that may help you plan your stay in the beautiful Cotswolds.
Cheltenham Racecourse is only 9 miles from April Cottage Lodge. Cheltenham, the home of National Hunt Racing, has annual race meetings from October to April. The highlight of the National Hunt calander is The Cheltenhham Gold Cup held at the 4 Day Festival Meeting in March. These 4 days of fabulous racing is a must visit. We are 5 minutes walk from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Station whose trains run frequently to Cheltenham Racecourse and daily to the Festival & International meeting in November. Train tickets must be booked in advance. Taxi's are also available to and from the track.
Sudeley Castle & Winchcombe
Sudeley Castle remains the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within the grounds - Queen Katherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII – who lived and died in the castle. After the end of the Civil War Sudeley lay neglected and derelict for nearly 200 years. In 1837, Sudeley was rescued by the Dent brothers who began its restoration. Sudeley Castle & Gardens is now the home of Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe and her family. They are committed to the continued preservation of the castle, its treasures and regeneration of the gardens. Well worth a visit. Winchcombe & Sudeley Castle is a 4 mile drive from April Cottage Lodge.
A beautiful Cotswold Village with independent Shops, Galleries, Antique Shops, Restaurants and Cafes. Must visit. Attractions include The Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, The Gordon Russell Museum & Broadway Tower. 10 minute drive from April Cottage Lodge.
Broadway Tower is an iconic folly on the escarpment Broadway Hill designed by Capability Brown. It is situated in a 50 acre estate of parkland. Amazing views spanning 16 counties with super walks alongside the resident herd of red deer. Boutique & Gift shopping. Morris & Brown Cafe serving delicious food. Expresso Bar & Visitor Centre. 15 minute drive from April Cottage Lodge.
National Trust Snowshill Manor and Garden
A National Trust Property & Garden in the small cotswold hamlet of Snowshill. An extraordinary property created by Charles Wade who embodied his family motto 'Let Nothing Perish' spending his life and inherited wealth amassing a spectacular collection of everyday and extraordinary objects. Has a Gift Shop & Cafe offering drinks & snacks. Very interesting & well worth a visit. 15 minute drive from April Cottage Lodge.
Jacobean Manor House, Fountain & Water Gardens in the Heart of the Cotswolds. 5 minutes drive from April Cottage Lodge or within walking distance. Beautiful parkland and historic property. See the amazing Stanway Fountain, standing at over 300 feet tall, the tallest fountain in Britain and the tallest gravity-fed fountain in the world. Well worth a visit.
The Lavender Farm & Shop is set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold Hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham. Visit the Farm & Distillery and the Lavender Shop offering all sorts of beautiful products made from this locally grown Lavender. Well worth a visit. 15 minutes drive from April Cottage Lodge.
This charming Cotswold Village known as 'Venice of the Cotswolds' is a must see visit. Ideal for a day out. Attractions include Birdland Park & Gardens, The Cotswold Motoring & Toy Museum and The Model Village, a 1930 scale replica of the village. Bourton is 20 minutes by car from April Cottage Lodge.
Stanton is a typical sleepy Cotswold Village with beautiful Cotswold properties. There is no sign of commercialisation, no shop just The Mount Pub which offers good Food & Beers brewed locally from Donnington Brewery.
Jill Carenza Equestrian Ltd
Explore the Cotswolds on Horse back. Jill Carenza Equestrian at Stanton offer hacks in the Cotswolds for all abilities. Lessons also available. An exciting way to see the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Well worth it. Only 5 minutes drive from April Cottage Lodge.
Cotswold Farm Park
Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park. Visit the Park to see rare breeds of farm animals and learn about sustainable farming methods. Fantastic for kids. Plenty to do & see. Cafe. Fun Rides. 10 minute drive from April Cottage Lodge.
Blenheim Palace is a world heritage site steeped in 300 years of History. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough this monumental Country House is an absolute must to visit. Exploring the house, extensive & gardens, rowing on the lakes is such a fantastic day out. This attraction is a 55 minute drive from April Cottage Lodge.
A medieval market town known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visit Shakespeare's birth place, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and much more. A town steeped in history that offers many site seeing attraction as well as many good restaurants. A great day out. 40 minutes drive from April Cottage Lodge.
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
GWSR operates steam & heritage diesel trains & offers a 28 mile scenic trip through the Cotswold countryside. Trains run to Broadway, Winchcombe & Cheltenham Racecourse. Just a 5 minute walk from April Cottage Lodge. A great way to travel to Cheltenham Races and to visit the villages of Broadway & Winchcombe. Highly Recommended.
A Cistercian Abbey, once the centre of Monastic Life, is a majestic ruin lying in a peaceful setting in the little hamlet of Hailes situated on the Cotswold way. Learn about about the monks and enjoy a picnic in the relaxed tranquil setting. Just a 5 minute drive from April Cottage Lodge. or pay a visit whilst walking part of the Cotswold Way. Hayles Fruit Farm is next door to the Abbey. The farm shop sells local produce, fishing lakes for day fishing, clay shooting available, pick your own soft fruit in season and the Little Orchard Cafe offering home cooked food and takeaways.
Cotswold Way Start/Finish
This 102 mile walk runs between the market town of Chipping Campden in the north & the city of Bath in the south. Stunning views of the Cotswolds. Easy to access short burst of this magical walk from April Cottage Lodge. Chipping Camden is 20 minutes drive from April Cottage Lodge. Walking part of this trail is a must when visiting.
The market town of Chipping Campden is well worth a visit with small independant shops and plenty of restaurants and cafes.
Cheltenham Spa has lots to offer visitors. Many superb restaurants, bars & cafes as well as extensive shopping. Cheltenham Racecourse has frequent National Hunt meetings for racing enthusiasts & the famous Cheltenham Festival runs annually in March. GWSR Trains run to Cheltenham Racecourse from Toddington Station. Ideal transport to and from the course. Tickets Bookings should be made in advance.
A unique feel good city which combines vibrant contemporary culture with rich history and heritage. Excellent shopping, restaurants bars & cafes. A must visit, thoroughly recommend. Bath is 1 hour 30 minute drive from April Cottage Lodge.
A market town often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds. Excellent shopping, bars, restaurants and cafes. Cirencester Polo Club have polo matches most weekends during the season & visitors are welcome. Well worth a visit. A 45 minute drive from April Cottage Lodge.
A University City steeped in history with many visitor attractions. It is well worth a visit. Enjoy the historic buildings & museums , the many restaurants, bars & cafes, shop until you drop or take in a show. Recommended. Oxford is 1 hour and 10 minutes from April Cottage Lodge.