Neighbourhood

You could argue that every inch of idyllic England is wrapped up in the Cotswolds. Running through five counties – our very own is the lovely Gloucestershire. Graced with rolling hills, ancient woodlands, houses oozing with history, world renowned arboretums and villages built upon honey colored stone of course…if you are planning on packing your bags and coming to pay us a visit, adventure absolutely MUST be on the agenda.

  • Cycling
    Cycling
  • Cycling
    Cycling

    We are pretty serious about cycling – in fact we can legitimately say it's ‘our thing.’
    And why not? After all we are lucky enough to call the Cotswolds our home. Treated to quiet country lanes, gentle slopes, gliding descents, lush green landscapes and the occasional ‘edge’ escarpment to spur on a challenge when you need it to, not taking advantage would therefore quite honestly be criminal.  So here at The Painswick, we have decided to go beyond dabbling and become devotees (don't even get us started on the subject of Lycra) including putting together our very own Cotswolds classic tour linking us to our two big sisters – we’ve nick named it the ‘Tour de Triangle’.
    The Classic Cotswolds Tour
    Soaking up the delights of the South Cotswolds, our tour is the most perfect cycling route for discovering Gloucestershire’s famous countryside. Steering you along a 75 mile triangle that connects our three Cotswold hotels; Calcot, The Painswick and Barnsley House. You can tackle the route as a one stop ride popping into each ‘pit stop’ to refuel, or if you like break it up and sleep over. Whatever takes your fancy, we have safe storage, Garmin’s preloaded to loan, cyclists munchies rustled up by our chef, wash down facilities and some handy tools too. To get your trip mapped out please get in touch with our cycling guru Michele on cycling@calcot.co

    *Just incase your looking to take on any other routes in the area, we have six more special routes uploaded on our Garmins for you to try and are on the doorstep of The National Cycle Network - national route 45, as well as the Seven day cycling trail that includes a handy stop off in our lovely village of Painswick – to find out more, click the link.

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  • St. Mary's Church
    St. Mary's Church
  • St. Mary's Church
    St. Mary's Church

    Sitting right in the heart of our ‘Queen of the Cotswolds,’ domesday records note a priest rattling around the village from 1086. The oldest part of the church that is still standing is St Peters Chapel built in 1377 and in 1632 it was treated to a beautiful spire that you can spot from every approach – complete with a weathercock. Over the years that have followed the church has slowly been added too to what you find today,  including of course the planting out of 99 famous Yew trees that arrived at Painswick in the eighteenth century.

     

    Yew Trees

    According to legend 99 trees grow in St Mary’s Churchyard and if the hundredth were ever to be planted the devil would destroy it in a speedy dash!

    Springing up 300 years ago (some are even older) the yews were originally planted as they were once considered an important symbol of Christianity. Today one hundred stand in the churchyard (yes, in the year 2000 the church decided to defy the devil) and visitors are now asked to take on the task of counting each one.

    We definitely recommend that you give it a go – but be warned its trickier than you expect!!! Planted to form avenues that follow the paths of ancient thoroughfares, many of the yews intertwine into the most beautiful archways.

     

    Yew-y fact: Yews enjoy a long long life because of their unique growth pattern. The branches grow down into the ground to form new stems, which then rise up around the old central growth as separate but linked trunks. The central part may decay, leaving a hollow tree, but with the new growth giving life around the original tree. So the yew tree has always been a symbol of death and rebirth - the new that springs out of the old.

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  • Walking
    Walking
  • Walking
    Walking

    Home to 3000 miles of public footpaths and declared a designated Area of Outstanding National Beauty, when ‘holidaying’ in the Cotswolds, you can ramble your way through the tapestry’s of farmland, take on the knolls, discover ancient woodlands and even bask in wild flower meadows – just don't forget your boots.

    Painswick Beacon

    A bright and breezy 4.7 mile walk that takes you from our village spot gently upwards and onwards to Painswick Beacon. Otherwise known as Kimsbury Hill, once you reach the top you get to explore an Iron Age fort, built between 500-100 BC. A gentle climb, this treasure takes two hours and soaks in the sights of the valley of Paradise (named so, by King Charles 1st), oodles of parkland, and a farm or two.

    Laurie Lees Slad Valley Walk

    A gentle stroll through the countryside of Slad (the back drop to the one and only Cider with Rosie) this little escapade is right on our doorstep.  Covering a distance of 4 miles it links from Bulls Cross to around the village of Slad and back following country lanes, quiet fields and looking over valley and woodland. And just in case you're feeling a little parched along the way, you can take a quick stop just off route at the quintessentially English pub, The Wool Pack.

    The Cotswolds Way National Trail

    Not for the faint hearted, the Cotswolds Way is a 102 mile route running between the pretty market town of Chipping Campden and the city of Bath, following the famed escarpment known as the Cotswolds Edge. Capturing some of the best views that our area has to offer you can decide to take it on as a hole in one or break it up with some shorter circular routes available using this link.

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  • Rococo Gardens
    Rococo Gardens
  • Rococo Gardens
    Rococo Gardens

    Painswick Rococo Garden

     

    Sitting right outside our pretty petite village is The Rococo Garden’s.  Designed in the 1740’s by Benjamin Hyett owner of ‘Painswick House’,  it's the country's sole surviving Rococo garden and is a completely charming step back into the flamboyant period of 18th century English Garden Design.

    Hidden in the valley behind the great house, Benjamin wanted a garden that was used for his and his friends pleasure. And in a time where gardens were treated more like theatrical sets that were used as a backdrop to decadent  parties - it was grown to ignite the senses and spur on a good few ‘wows!’

    Today you can find a stunning vegetable garden (you can even buy a few of the crops), to-die-for-views of the countryside beyond, fanciful garden buildings, a tricky maze and a lofty woodland walk. It's also home to a pretty yummy café too.

     

    The Snow drops

    Noted as a seasonal joy, every year when the spring creeps in, Rococo garden becomes over run with these little white gems. A truly breathtaking display, it is one of the largest naturalistic planting seeds of snowdrops in the country. So wonderful they are, that in the month of February the clever Head Gardener holds talks for all to listen in on!

    Check out their website www.rococogarden.org.uk for more details.

     

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  • Homes with history
    Homes with history
  • Homes with history
    Homes with history

    Tewksbury Abbey http://www.tewkesburyabbey.org.uk

    A Norman masterpiece, built in 1102 and boasting the largest tower in existence – our ‘favourites’ are its medieval seven quire stained glass windows and of course the bells.

    Chavenage House http://Chavenage.com/

    Steeped in history, the very first whispers of Chavenage were recorded in the ninth century. Now famed for its part in Cromwell’s civil war, this Cotswolds Manor has been virtually unchanged over the last 400 years.

    Berkeley Castle http://www.berkeley-castle.com/

    The Castle Keep at Berekely was finished in the late 12th Century by the first in a long line of Berkeleys – Robert Fitzharding. Trail blazing its way through history from then on, one of its most famous stories is the murder of King Edward II in 1327.

    Sudeley Castle & Gardens http://www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

    With a story that stretches back over 1000 years, our favourite bit of ‘gossip’ is Sudeley in Tudor times. Home and resting place of Henry VIII’s sixth wife, it's now known for its gorgeous gardens and treasure filled exhibitions.

    Broadway Tower www.broadwaytower.co.uk

    The brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer – Capability Brown. Climb 65 feet up and enjoy some of the best views in England – covering 16 counties (we’re not kidding.)

    Great Witcombe Roman Villa http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/great

    Lying perfectly on the Cotwolds Way in the remains of a large and rather luxurious Roman villa. Built in AD 25

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  • Wesonbirt Arboretum
    Wesonbirt Arboretum
  • Wesonbirt Arboretum
    Wesonbirt Arboretum

    A world renowned arboreta, Westonbirt is just ‘sweet’ sixteen miles from us at The Painswick. First planted out in the 1850’s by Robert Holford (then estate owner), today this breathtaking Victorian plot is home to 15,000 tree specimens from all over the globe including a whooping  2,500 different varieties.
    Internationally considered as a very VERY important shrub collection, it is now in the safe and caring hands of the Forestry Commission and boast 17 miles of accessible paths and five national collections. Oh and not forgetting, it's also home to a rather lovely café – ran by no other than US; The Calcot Collection.
    Known for its autumn colours, spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays. When you're not chasing the seasons, there are four main spots to explore on a trip to Westonbirt;

    The Old Arboretum
    A carefully designed landscape dating back to Holford’s time in the 1850’s, it sports wonderful vistas, gorgeous avenues and trees from around the world.

    Silk Wood
    Doggy friendly, this part of Westonbirt is an enchanting ancient and semi natural woodland and is treated to exotic planting throughout its landscape.


    The Downs
    A Grade I registered species rich grassland, you can  bag up a lovely brownie from the café and head on over to enjoy this pretty-as-a-picture picnic spot.

    STIHL Treetop Walkway
    Last but by no means least is the walkway that you absolutely MUST explore on a visit to Westonbirt. 13 metres high, 300 metres long and perching on 20 pairs of wooden legs, you are invited to gently descend upwards to enjoy a birds eye view of all the wonderful trees of the arboretum. Following a serpentine path, you bump into 7 interactive hotspots that bring you up close to nature before finding shelter in the leafy canopy right at the very end.

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  • Festivals
    Festivals
  • Festivals
    Festivals

    ACP

    Our favourite festival of all time has to be the ‘Art Couture Festival Painswick.’ An every two year timed event, it invites people of all ages to explore the human body as a blank canvas on which to create an amazing and inspiring wearable piece of art – for one whole weekend! Two thousand and sixteen's saw a Saturday ‘Live @ ACP’ gig hosted in St Mary's Church garden with local bands and picnicking taking center stage.  Followed swiftly by a Sunday catwalk showcasing artists creations and a body art competition. Not to mention the circus skills workshops, street fun, creative stalls and the pretty delicious offerings from local suppliers (us too)...WATCH OUT 2018

    Site Festival, Stroud

    A festival of artist led project held in the creative hub of Stroud, this one runs every April and includes a legendary course of crazy golf. www.sitefestival.org.uk

    Cheltenham Festivals

    Every year Cheletenham hosts a string of festivals for more than 2,500 that invite the worlds finest musicians, writers, scientists and performers. Only a 10 mile drive from our doorstep, if your planning a visit – bear one of these treasures in mind. http://cheltenhamfestivals.com/about/

    Literary

    An October gig, Cheltenham’s literary festival has become every book lovers dream. With each year showcasing a more fabulous line up it celebrates the very best of the written and spoken word.

    Jazz

    With the line up ran through no other than Mr Jamie Cullum - Jazz extraordinaire, it is no surprise that this ones always full of international icons. Held in Montpellier Gardens over May bank holiday it's the perfect spot to let your hair down.

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  • Foodie Markets
    Foodie Markets
  • Foodie Markets
    Foodie Markets

    Richly rural, the agriculture of the Cotswolds serves us up a delicious array of culinary delights, daily. It is no wonder then, that one of our signature specialities is the foodie Meccas we have popping up in villages and towns around and about. Treated to  specialists of every kind – we boast goodies such as Gloucester old spot sausages, Hereford russet apples, Tewksbury mustard, Bibury Trout and local Gloucester cheese of course…haven’t  you heard about the hill rolling that goes on over at Copper's Hill?!

     

    Our close-by and of course, favourites, are….

     

    Wednesdays

    Tetbury 9am – 2pm

     

    Fridays

    Cheltenham (2nd& last) 9am – 3pm

     

    Evesham (4th) 9am – 3pm

    Gloucester (1st & 3rd) 9am – 3pm

     

    Saturdays

    Cirencester (2nd & 4th) 9am – 1pm

    Stroud (every) 9am – 2pm

     

    *P.S when Conde Nast Traveller wrote about Stroud Market they very excitingly said ‘every Saturday it’s teeming with one of the best farmers markets ANYWHERE’ stocking ‘everything you need to make your taste buds spin.’

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  • Towns
    Towns
  • Towns
    Towns

    BURFORD
    A beautiful medieval town, Burford’s High Street slopes from the high Wolds, where you have beautiful views over the open countryside all the way down to the willow fringed River Windrush in the pretty Windrush Valley.
    CHELTENHAM
    This Regency town is packed with wonderful shops to peruse along its jolly Promenade and is of course the home of very famous Cheltenham race course, hosts of the annual ‘Gold Cup.’
    CHIPPING NORTON
    The highest town in Oxfordshire, ‘Chippy’ is perched on the western slopes of a hillside that was once upon a time home to a Norman Castle. The town’s church has one of the finest interiors EVER.
    CIRENCESTER
    A bustling old market town dating back to Roman times, this one’s jewel-in-the-crown is its own small amphitheatre. Not to mention it's very nice mixture of shops, pubs and restaurants and cafes, of course.
    MORETON-IN-MARSH
    Moreton-in-Marsh is up there as a ‘principal market town’ in the lovely northern Cotswolds. Founded on the Roman Fosse Way, the high street is spoiled with beautiful buildings that date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
    NORTHLEACH
    Sitting on the very important crossroads of the Roman Road and the Fosse Way. Northleach was once celebrated throughout Europe as a major centre for the wool trade.
    TETBURY
    A lovely little town lying on an ancient hill fort, Tetbury’s signature is its yellow market hall and impressive collection of antique shops. Oh, and Prince Charles flagship Highgrove shop.
    WOODSTOCK
    Woodstock is a picturesque, historic market town with a difference – thanks of course to its on-foot access to the fabulous Blenheim Palace.  A walkers paradise the grounds of Blenheim include a great lake and beautiful formal gardens.

     

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