With thriving market towns, honey-coloured villages and iconic cities throughout the region, take your choice of places to visit nearby.

Boundary Cottage is in a beautiful area on the edge of the North Cotswolds, above Willersey, Broadway and Chipping Campden. Affectionately known as the “Heart of England”, the rolling hills of The Cotswolds are are in west-central England.

The Cotswolds
The name Cotswold means “sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”. During the Middle Ages, the area was famous for its wool trade and the area prospered due to the breed known as the Cotswold sheep. (Although sheep can still be seen in the fields throughout the area, the Cotswold breed is now rare). It was during this period that many of the churches in the area were built. They were called ‘wool churches’ because the wealth generated by the sheep was used to pay for building them.

Throughout the Cotswolds, you’ll find lots of small, attractive towns and pretty villages to discover and enjoy, hidden in the glorious scenery. Houses and cottages are mainly built of the signature yellow, honey-coloured limestone that is quarried throughout the area. The Cotswold stone is also used to build the Cotswold dry stone walls that you’ll see throughout the countryside.

The North Cotswold towns and villages include Broadway, Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. All are worth a visit whilst you are on holiday at Boundary Cottage.

Willersey is the nearest village and is famous for its duck pond. It also has two good pubs – The Bell and The New Inn.

Chipping Campden is noted for its long and wide high street where the old Market Hall, built in 1627, still stands. It was built originally for the wool trade, but The Hall has been utilised by local producers of cheese, butter and poultry sellers too. The picturesque town is lined with thatched houses and cottages, so get ready to take lots of photos whilst you’re there. It is a thriving market town filled with independent shops selling local produce to this day. You’ll also find some excellent pubs and restaurants here.

The area is famous for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the 20th century. C.R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft (over 50 craftsmen and their families) moved to Chipping Campden from London’s East End in 1902. Court Barn Museum is situated in the town and is full of information about the Guild.

Broadway is nearby, on the west side of Boundary Cottage, at the base of Fish Hill. It is a small and beautiful village with lots of shops, pubs, restaurants and museums. Again, the main road is wide and long, hence the name ‘Broad way’. William Morris, who founded the Arts and Crafts movement was a visitor to Broadway. He used Broadway Tower as a country retreat with the Pre-Raphaelite artists, Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti for a short period. Broadway Tower was built in the late 18th century by the Earl of Coventry with the aid of Capability Brown. It is said that the tower was erected so that the Countess could see if her Cotswold estate was visible from Croome Court in Worcestershire, which it was. The folly stands some 1,024 feet above sea level, making it the second highest point in the Cotswolds after Cleeve Hill. In fact, on a clear day, visitors are able to see 14 counties from the top!

Broadway has artistic links with other famous artists, especially during 1885-1889 when the ‘Broadway Colony’ stayed in Broadway. The Colony included artists and writers such as Francis Millet, John Singer Sargent, Alfred Parsons, Fred Barnard, Henry James, Edmund Gosse, Edwin Austin Abbey and the actress Mary Anderson (Mme de Navarro) to name just a few.

Another famous person who lived in Broadway was the renowned 20th century furniture designer, Sir Gordon Russell MC. Throughout his life, he was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. His workshop was in Broadway, where there is now a museum dedicated to his work.

Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
The Vale of Evesham

It was once part of the great forest of Feckenham with only a few tiny dwellings and a couple of isolated churches. But today the Vale of Evesham is a thriving agricultural and horticultural area, where fruit and vegetables (especially asparagus) have flourished since medieval times.
Dotted with market gardens, livestock, orchards and fruit farms, the Vale of Eavesham has some of the prettiest countryside in England. During the spring, the sensational array of plum and apple trees in full blossom is a sight to behold!

The riverside market town of Evesham is at its centre. If you want to while away the day on the river there is boating and fishing here – or even take a stroll along the path. At Abbey Park there is a Victorian bandstand with music on Sunday afternoons from June till September.

Learn about the history of the area with a visit to The Bell Tower, this is all that remains of the great abbey which was knocked down in 1540 after Henry VIII closed the monasteries. Then you could stop by at The Heritage Centre at The Almonry. Built in the 14th century, it was the home of the Abbey’s Almoner and today houses a wealth of information. Discover the history dating back to the Battle of Evesham in 1265 when Baron Simon de Montfort was defeated.

Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
Shakepeare Country

The area to the north-east of Boundary Cottage is known as Shakespeare Country or the ‘Heart of England’. It is centred on the world-famous town of Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare. This is part of Warwickshire is a lovely area to visit. Gone are the rolling hills of the Cotswolds with the lovely warm honey-coloured houses and cottages. Here you’ll see pretty black and white thatched cottages with cottage gardens that are also full of history. This is medieval and Tudor times at their best, although Regency times are also still remembered.

You’ll discover an array of simply charming gardens throughout Shakespeare Country and the surrounding Cotswolds too. Formal gardens, cottage gardens, herb gardens and even exotic ones. How many diferent types will you find whilst you’re here?

There are also many spectacular castles, glorious gardens and stately homes to visit. Wonder at the grandeur of Warwick Castle or explore nearby Kenilworth Castle where the romantic ruins are found. It is worth making time to enjoy Royal Leamington Spa where you’ll step back in time to the Regency period.

Stratford-upon-Avon itself is dedicated to its famous son, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s Birthplace (open all year round), Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Shakespeare’s New Place (both open from March-October) are all well worth a visit. You can even stop in at the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre or book to see a performance during your stay.

Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
© Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Explore the Cotswolds on holiday at Boundary Cottage
© Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Nearby towns & villages

〉  Bibury (one of the most photographed villages in the UK)
〉  Bourton-on-the-Water (Venice of the Cotswolds)
〉  Broadway
〉  Burford
〉  Cheltenham – the regency town and home to the famous horse-racing festival
〉  Chipping Campden
〉  Malvern Hills – where Edward Elgar was born and lived
〉  Stow-on-the-Wold
〉  Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespeare
〉  Tewkesbury
〉  The Forest of Dean – the royal hunting ground
〉  Vale of Evesham
〉  Winchcombe


〉  Bath
〉  Gloucester – the ancient city with a large shopping centre
〉  Oxford – the beautiful university city
〉  Worcester – a lovely riverside city


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