Wherever you go on holiday in the Cotswolds you will usually come across at least one National Trust property that you could visit. The same certainly applies to the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Whether you are staying in weekend hotels or you have booked yourself into one of the wonderful Cotswold cottages in the area, you can expect a great break and a taste of what the National Trust does too.
Some people do not realise that the National Trust is actually a charity. That’s why any fees you pay to visit one of their many properties up and down the country – including the Cotswolds – will go towards valuable work. That work can continue long into the future if we support them while we are enjoying our weekend breaks.
So where can we head to in the Cotswolds? Well there are three spots worthy of our attention, so let’s take a look at each one and see why we should think about going there.
Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate
If you love to visit ornate and quite simply stunning properties, then this should be top of your list of things to do when you enjoy your UK holiday in the Cotswolds.
Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate is located in Aldsworth near Cheltenham, so it is quite easy to access from various parts of the Cotswolds. For example, the ever popular Bourton on the Water is just a short fifteen minute drive from Lodge Park.
The National Trust has been taking care of the property since 1982, and the building is nearly four hundred years old. It is in fine shape though, as you will see when you visit. There is a wonderful deer park here and you can also enjoy walking in the grounds.
Hidcote Manor Garden
Hidcote Manor Garden is directly north of Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, and it is north of Bourton on the Water too. If you are staying in that area, expect a half hour drive to reach the garden.
Put simply, if you love gardens and you have an appreciation for fine gardening, then you will love Hidcote Manor. Situated at Chipping Campden, the manor is an absolute must to take a camera to. A video camera will capture plenty too, so make sure you go prepared!
Chedworth Roman Villa
For those with a taste for the past, the Chedworth Roman Villa should definitely be on the itinerary. The villa is to the south west of Bourton on the Water, so as you can see all three of these National Trust properties are easily reachable wherever you happen to be staying.
This is a property that is one thousand seven hundred years old – but of course you won’t see it completely as it was back then. What remains however is a stunning example of how things used to be, and walking round the property now is an experience not to be missed.
If you are having a week long UK holiday in the Cotswolds, you would do well to visit all three.