Amazing Locations: Cotswolds, UK
"Delightful sleepy villages and hamlets with picture-perfect postcard cottages with lazy streams and abundance of nature". My last visit to the Cotswolds I had noted the previous quote whilst we stopped off for lunch during a drive through. Not only does this famous location in England entice you to write some magical memories you will also be busy with the camera capturing those perfect photos.
80% of the region is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a series of rolling hills and small valleys, proudly managed gardens and some magnificent, to die for real estate. William Shakespeare is thought to have taken great inspiration from the Cotswolds for one of his most popular plays.
The name of Cotswolds originates from two words: Cot meaning a sheep enclosure and Wold being a hill so we get: sheep enclosures on the hills. Sheep are a popular residents in the fields as you walk / ride / drive the countryside and the wealth of the region was very down to wool production.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in south western and west-central England covering an area approximately 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long. source cotswolds.org
The Cotswolds stretch across 5 English counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. It measures roughly 800 square miles, stretching southwest from near Stratford-upon-Avon to just south of the City of Bath. source guidelondon
The region is very much a favourite touristic destination for both British and international holiday makers. It is popular for those who enjoy their rambling / cycling. There are many options for short term holiday rentals with simply thousands of wonderful property to choose from. There are also quite a few home owners who live and work in London during the week and the Cotswolds is their weekend home.
If you are after a character property within one of the ideal sought after villages then it will not be cheap. Demand remains high as does the price with a budget of at least £500,000 required to achieve something such as an original construction two bedroom cottage with front and back gardens that is ready to move in to (such property is likely to be Grade II listed).
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