Of course, we’re prejudiced, but we think the North Cotswolds is the most beautiful part of England. Somebody must agree because the whole area, including Blockley, was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty a few years ago. The homes and buildings are made of honey-colored Cotswold stone, a lot of them with thatched roofs. Neighboring villages have names like Upper Swell and Lower Slaughter, Stow-On-The-Wold, Bibury and Broadway, Temple Guiting, Burford, and Snowshill.
Villages and hamlets gather in the folds of hills surrounded by checkerboard fields of wheat and barley, oats, and Brussels sprouts. And, of course, there are sheep, the basis of the area’s wealth from the wool markets in the Middle Ages.
It’s also centrally located for all sorts of wonderful attractions: public gardens, antique and fine shops, The Royal Shakespeare Theater, horse racing and golf, and, of course, walking on The Cotswold Way or The Heart of England Way which literally goes by the cottage.
These well-known places are a short distance from Courtyard House:
10 minute drive to Stow-On-The-Wold, Broadway, Chipping Campden, Moreton-In-Marsh
30 minute drive to Stratford-On-Avon, Banbury, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Oxford
60 minute drive to Bath, Wells, Bristol
90 minutes by Turbo-train from Moreton-In-Marsh to Paddington Station, London
2 hour drive by car from Heathrow
ABOVE: Blockley Church and Manor House