9 FAQs ABOUT THE COTSWOLDS
HOW IS COVID-19 AFFECTING BOOKINGS?
In support of the UK’s fight against Covid-19, holidays have not been possible for a while. However, subject to further government guidance, as of 4th July 2020 onwards we are officially open!
Rest assured that we are suitably prepared to welcome you to a fully sanitised and thoroughly cleaned cottage where you can enjoy your safe stay. We have the government certified 'Good to Go' certification!
To give guests some flexibility, we are now offering free cancellation for any bookings enquired via our website up until 31st March 2021. Please refer to our cancellation policy document here for full details. Existing payment terms still apply, and can be found here. For any further questions please get in touch.
WHY SHOULD I GO TO THE COTSWOLDS?
There are so many reasons! The Cotswolds is the largest of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB - definition here) covering 800 square miles, 5 counties, and is beautifully placed in the centre of England with easy access from many large cities.
It's rich culture and history is unavoidable, with literary and royal connections, as well as some of the best pubs and restaurants in the UK serving excellent local produce. The towns and villages are seemingly untouched in comparison to the busy South East of England and there are activities within the Cotswolds for people with all manner of interests. You could be adrenaline fuelled mountain bikers, dog walking hikers, celebrity spotters, Harry Potter fanatics, brewery enthusiasts, gin connoisseurs, plus four wearing golfers, water sporters, or rambling pub crawlers. The Cotswolds is a perfect place for a holiday of any length.
IS THE COTSWOLDS DOG FRIENDLY?
A question we love to answer! The Cotswolds is one of THE most dog friendly areas in the whole of the UK. With thousands of miles of clearly marked walks, and hundreds of pubs within reach of Milestones, you've come to the right place if you're looking for a location that's as entertaining for your dog as you.
Here's a fantastic article by Dog Friendly Cotswolds listing dozens of things for you to do with man's best friend.
If you're looking for some refreshment after chasing your dog around the rolling fields, here's a Google maps search to get your started.
WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST CREAM TEA IN THE COTSWOLDS?
A form of light afternoon meal, cream teas are considered very traditional within the UK, with great debate around the way it 'should' or 'shouldn't' be presented. Especially regarding the scone, jam and clotted cream. If I've lost you already, then have a read of this article by The Darling Academy before you make your way to The Cotswolds.
You'll encounter cream tea in all shapes and sizes, with different blends of tea, different bakes of scones, and some including great towers of creative and beautifully crafted cakes. Some may argue cream tea is just as much about the food as the presentation and the time of day you eat it.
Some of our favourite we encounter whilst rambling The Cotswolds are Dormy House in Broadway, The Slaughters Country Inn in Lower Slaughter, Blenheim Palace Orangery in Woodstock, and The Tea Set in Chipping Norton.
WHERE CAN I HIRE A CAR NEAR THE COTSWOLDS?
WHICH AIRPORT IS CLOSEST TO THE COTSWOLDS?
Birmingham International airport is 40 miles from Milestones. It is the closest international airport with regular flights to all over Europe, The Middle East and North America.
Alternatively there is London Oxford airport (17 miles), which runs domestic flights in the UK. Finally, if you are coming from further afield, London Heathrow (65 miles) or London Gatwick (102 miles) might be your best options.
WHO LIVES IN THE COTSWOLDS?
It has been found that "the region is home to more stars per acre than anywhere outside the capital". Kate Moss, David & Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Liz Hurley, Damien Hirst, Hugh Grant, Prince Charles and Jeremy Clarkson are to name just a few celebrities living not far from Milestones.
WHY IS IT CALLED THE COTSWOLDS?
Although there are a few claims to the origin of the word 'Cotswold', it is regularly defined as 'sheep enclosure in the rolling hillside'. 'Wold' is more specifically defined as 'hillside'.
WHEN SHOULD I GO TO THE COTSWOLDS?
The Cotswolds is beautiful and has much to offer all year round. Like much of the UK, the busiest time is in the summer when typically the weather is warmer and there might be less rain. On the flipside the beautiful areas you might want to visit are quieter during other seasons, meaning you can have a more relaxing holiday, and probably cheaper too!
Is there a question we haven't answered?
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