Places to Visit
Today Cirencester, capital of the Cotswolds is a lively market town, but it’s origins lie during the Roman times when it became the second most important town in Britain. The remains of the Roman occupation can be seen in the amphitheatre and defensive walls, situated in the Abbey grounds. The finds and an exceptional collection of mosaics can be viewed in the newly refurbished Corinium museum.
During the Medieval period, Cirencester developed into a thriving market town based on the wool trade. Built on this prosperity is the striking St John the Baptist Parish church that dominates the market place. Traces of Cirencester’s history can also be seen in the Abbey Grounds, which contains the site of St Mary’s Abbey, and nearby is St John’s Hospital, founded during the 12th century by Henry II.
Cirencester has an exceptional variety of attractions and a wide range of traditional and specialist shops, craft centres and many restaurants.
An extremely popular and attractive place to visit in the Cotswolds, situated alongside the river Wind Rush, Bourton on the water offers antique shopping, cafes and restaurants.
Other attractions include Birdland the motor museum and the fascinating model village.
Stated by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England,’ Bibury epitomises a Cotswolds village. The famed Arlington Row consisting of a cluster of 14th century weaver’s cottages constructed in stunning Cotswold stone and the flowing river Coln completes this picturesque village.
Also situated in Bibury is a Trout farm, craft centre and many shops cafes and restaurants.
Renowned Westonbirt Arboretum covers 600 acres of stunning woodlands offering 17 miles of fantastic walks thorough a fine collection of trees and fauna.
Although famous for the autumn colours, Westonbirt is spectacular all year round with a varied programme of events available throughout the year.
Cotswold Water Parks
The Cotswold water parks is collectively made up of 133 man made lakes, offering a broad range of outdoor activities, including water sports, fishing, bird watching and nature reserves. Various footpaths allow miles of scenic walks through the Cotswold countryside.
Within 3 miles of Poole Keynes is award-winning Keynes County Park, which offers safe swimming beaches, children’s play area, boat and cycle hire, lake side walks, picnic areas and a café.
Places to Eat and Drink
The Bakers Arms
Location: Somerford Keynes
Distance from us: 2 miles (3.2Km) can be reached via rural footpath (30 minute walk)
Situated in the adjacent village of Somerford Keynes, the Bakers arms is a cosy country pub with large garden, children’s play area and good varied food menu.
The Wild Duck
Distance from us: 1.8 miles (2.8Km)
Located in the quite hamlet of Ewen on the infant Thames, the historic Wild Duck dates back to 1563 and easily retains its Cotswold charm and atmosphere.
Open everyday, with courtyard garden, open fire and a varied choice of food and wine.
The Thames Head
Distance from us: 2.2 miles (3.5Km)
½ mile (0.8Km) from the source of the River Thames, this Arkell’s Brewery pub offers a good range of dishes at reasonable prices.
Pub garden and plenty of parking.
Distance from us: 1.4 miles (2.2Km)
Our closest country pub has a local reputation for great food and wine and can be walked to in approx. 25-30 minutes, along a quiet road.