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Mini Summer Trip Guide to England's Cotswolds

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Photo: The Village Pub

So what if the euro is up and the dollar is down?That doesn’t mean you should skip a trip to Europe. You can still find great deals, even in pricey places. In the Cotswolds, the secret is simple: knowing where the bargains are. The country villages and rolling farmland of the Cotswolds are just a two-hour drive from central London or a two-hour train ride from Paddington Station. The area’s upmarket mix of designer boutiques, quaint cottages, and exceptional restaurants attracts weekenders who want an easy-to-reach rural retreat.

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Destinations: Barnsley · The Cotswolds · Tetbury

Inspired by: 13 Affordable Trips to Europe — by Reid Bramblett, Published Apr. 2008

Hotels (4)

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    Kings Head Inn

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    Priory Inn

    Check into this family-friendly inn, with modern touches, like simple American black walnut desks, in its 14 mocha-hued rooms.

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    Big Sleep

    This hotel for style-conscious urbanites is a great alternative to pricier spots in the Cheltenham area. The rooms have whimsical accents such as P

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    The Village Pub

    This cozy B&B doubles as a gastropub. The interior is adorned with a mishmash of old wooden chairs and large Oriental rugs. It's laid back and unde

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    Chef's Table

    Michael and Sarah Bedford run the no-frills Chef’s Table. From its open kitchen come classic dishes such as moules marinières and pork belly with m

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Activities (5)

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    Sudeley Castle

    Nature lovers and history buffs should spend the afternoon in the 15th-century castle. The 14-acre grounds include an English rose garden.

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    Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

    Stroll Tetbury's 600-acre arboretum, started by the Holford family in the 1820's and now home to more than 3,000 types of trees, including maples,

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    Lorfords Antiques

    At Lorfords Antiques, stone garden statues are showcased outside, while English wing chairs and blue-and-white porcelain plates and crockery fill t

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    Sharland & Lewis

    In Tetbury, don't miss Long Street, unofficially considered Antiques Alley: there's Sharland & Lewis, a cheerful shop brimming with 19th-century qu

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    Daylesford Organic Farmshop

    In addition to farmshop Daylesford is also a garden store, yoga studio, spa, and designer clothing boutique. For more than 20 years, the owners hav

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  • Discovering England's Cotswolds

    Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds, Tetbury

    With its bucolic setting, stylish manor houses, and the influx of a new generation of Londoners (rocker turned cheesemaker?), the Cotswolds, one of England’s loveliest areas, is now also one of its

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  • Christmas in London

    Barnsley, Cowley, London, The Cotswolds, Mayfair

    Visions of firelit Cotswolds country inns, shopping at Harrod's, and carols in the Royal Albert Hall make England—especially London—a potent draw at Christmastime.

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