The Fleece, Cirencester

The Fleece Hotel, Cirencester

Hotel Review Overview: The Fleece is a 5 star, grade II listed coaching inn set in the heart of the Cotswolds.  The property's history stretches as far back as 1651. Following defeat at the Battle of Worcester in the same year, King Charles II is believed to have used the building as a hiding place …

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Hotel Indigo, Stratford upon Avon

Hotel Indigo, Stratford-upon-Avon

Hotel Review  Location: The charming medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare is located in rural Warwickshire.  The town is approximately 100 miles north west of London with rail services from Marylebone Station.  If arriving by car, Stratford lies close to the motorway network being five miles from Junction 5 …

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Car at British Motor Museum

Day 2. Stratford-upon-Avon and the British Motor Museum

After a wonderful night's sleep in our gorgeous room at the Hotel Indigo we popped downstairs to discover what was in store for us at breakfast.  This takes place in the light and airy Feasting Room where we found a huge refectory table laid out with a vast array of cold breakfast options. We helped ourselves …

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Hotel Indigo, Stratford

Day 1. A weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon

We set off bright and early to make the most of our short break in the charming medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare.  The town is located in rural Warwickshire, approximately 100 miles north west of London. Our first stop was at the village of Shottery, home …

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Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden

Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden

Hotel Review Overview Cotswold House Hotel is a luxury hotel and spa in a charming Grade II listed regency townhouse in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire featuring 28 individually styled bedrooms and suites. Location: The hotel is situated in the centre of the charming market town just 16 miles from Cheltenham and within two miles of the …

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The Cow, Dalbury Lees

The Cow at Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Hotel Review Location: The Cow at Dalbury Lees is a luxury boutique inn nestled along a leafy lane in the rural and tranquil Derbyshire countryside.  Although tucked away, it's only six miles from Derby and the M1 motorway making it easily accessible from most parts of the country. Arrival and check-in: The country inn has …

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Outside The Cavendish Hotel at Baslow

The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow

Hotel Review Location: The Cavendish Hotel is located on the scenic Chatsworth Estate owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, in the picturesque village of Baslow, Derbyshire.  The hotel is easily accessible by car being just 16 miles from the M1 motorway and a 40 minute drive from Sheffield.  The nearest rail station is …

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Cromford Mill

Day 3. White Peak Distillery and Cromford Mills, Derbyshire

After starting the day with delicious plates of Egg Benedict we collected our belongings together and checked out of The Cow at Dalbury Lees.  This charming country inn had been a delightful place to stay for a mid-winter break with its roaring fires and cosy, well appointed rooms. Our first stop of the day was to …

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Castleton, Derbyshire

Day 2. Treak Cliff Cavern & The Monsal Trail, Peak District

After starting the day with plates of smashed avocado and eggs cooked to perfection in The Cow's attractive bar we set off to Treak Cliff Cavern just outside Castleton.  Our approach took us through the dramatic limestone gorge of Winnats Pass with its stunning views as we drove along. The Castleton area is a designated …

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Buxton Crescent

Day 1. The Peak District – Exploring Bakewell and Buxton

The Peak District was the first national park to be created in the United Kingdom back in 1951 and spans 555 square miles of the southern end of the Pennines, mostly in Derbyshire.  The park receives more than 10 million visitors each year as it is within an hour's drive of both Manchester and Sheffield …

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