Hidden gems in the Cotswolds

  1. The sleepy, unspoilt village of Bampton stands in for Downton village in the TV series Downton Abbey. Spot the Crawley home, the church, pub, village green and hospital.

 

  1. The American Museum is housed at Claverton Manor and the manor’s surrounding gardens are a joy to explore. Look out for George Washington’s Mount Vernon garden and a colonial herb garden.

 

  1. At Abbey House Gardens you’ll find the house and garden that dreams are made of. The gorgeous gardens have 1,300 years of history, the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden and 2 saints thrown down the well!

 

  1. Batsford Arboretum is home to the UK’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs. It’s particularly spectacular in autumn with the changing colours of the foliage.

 

  1. For a romantic, secret spot in the Cotswolds, head to Cerney Gardens. These pretty and abundant gardens surround a grand period manor house.

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