Chipping Campden is quite rightly known as the most beautiful town in the
Cotswolds with its picturesque and historical High Street, full of
interesting shops and enticing restaurants and bistros. It does however
cater for the local trade with high quality butchers, bakers, greengrocers
and general food stores. You could eat out at a different restaurant every
night within a few minutes walk, not least is the Eight Bells just along the
street from the cottage. If you prefer a quiet night in by the fireside,
there is a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your own meal.
Millers Cottage is the perfect holiday location for the perfect vacation in the Cotswolds, UK.
Ideal for exploring the English country side with the family or spending
romantic days in, on a honeymoon or anniversary. A beautiful Cotswold
holiday vacation, if you are looking for a traditional holiday in Chipping
Campden, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds, UK, look no further!
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Millers Cottage, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Beautiful holiday cottage to let. Cotswold Holidays. Self catering holiday cottage
Holiday Vacation Rental in the Cotswolds
Some useful information
About the area wikipedia.com
Campden is a small market town within the Cotswold district of
Gloucestershire, England. It is notable for its elegant terraced
High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century.
A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants (see also wool church). Today it is a popular Cotswold tourist destination with old inns, hotels, specialist shops and restaurants. The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from the mellow locally quarried Cotswold stone, and boasts a wealth of fine vernacular architecture. At its centre stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627.
The Cotswolds is a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England", an area 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long. The area has been designated as the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The highest point in the Cotswolds range is Cleeve Hill at 1,083 ft (330 m), 2.5 miles (4 km) to the north of Cheltenham
The spine of the Cotswolds runs south west to north east through six counties, particularly Gloucestershire, west Oxfordshire, and south western Warwickshire. The northern and western edges of the Cotswolds are marked by steep escarpments down to the Severn valley and the Warwickshire Avon. This escarpment or scarp feature, sometimes called the Cotswold Edge, is a result of the uplifting (tilting) of the limestone layer, exposing its broken edge. This is a cuesta, in geological terms. The dip slope is to the south east. On the eastern boundary lies the city of Oxford and on the west is Stroud. To the south-east the upper reaches of the Thames Valley and towns such as Lechlade, Tetbury and Fairford are often considered to mark the limit of this region. To the south the Cotswolds, with the characteristic uplift of the Cotswold Edge, reach as far south as Bath and towns such as Chipping Sodbury and Marshfield share elements of Cotswold character.
The area is characterised by attractive small towns and villages built of the underlying Cotswold stone oolitic limestonee). This limestone is rich in fossils, in particular fossilised sea urchins. In the Middle Ages, the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous; hence the Speaker of the British House of Lords sits on the Woolsack showing where the Medieval wealth of the country came from. Some of this money was put into the building of churches so the area has a number of large, handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent and has attracted wealthy people who own second homes in the area or have chosen to retire to the Cotswolds.
Typical Cotswold towns are Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower a folly now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century
The Heart of England
The Heart of England contains many beautiful areas - the Peak District, the Cotswolds, the Chilterns are good examples. There are caves to explore and peaks to climb in the Derbyshire countryside of the Peak District. The Cotswolds contain many picturesque villages, such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Upper and Lower Slaughter. Unchanged for centuries, they give a taste of what a traditional English village is like.
There are many interesting towns in this region :- Stratford-upon-Avon is William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Oxford, the university town known for its "dreaming spires", and Gloucester has a magnificent cathedral and a Roman history.
Gloucestershire (pronounced /ˈglɒstəʃə/ GLOSS-ter-sher) listen (help·info) is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Fore town is the city of Gloucester, and other principal towns include Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, and Tewkesbury.
When considered as a ceremonial county, Gloucestershire borders the preserved county of Gwent in Wales, and in England the ceremonial counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Bristol. As an administrative county, it excludes the area covered by the South Gloucestershire unitary authority.
According to a 2002 campaign by the charity Plantlife, the county flower of Gloucestershire is the Wild Daffodil.
Gloucestershire is also known as where the "cheese rolling" takes place. Cheese rolling is where a wheel of cheese is thrown down a slippery, muddy hill and people run down the hill trying to catch the cheese.
Millers Cottage provides a self catering holiday in chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds.
Advice on self catering holidays. What to expect on your holiday. www.about.com
There are several different ways of reserving a house on the web--you can rent from a local owner, a website, or an owner who just might be in your own country.
Renting from a European owner is usually the most difficult. Often an overseas owner will require you to provide a deposit into his bank account overseas--and that can be expensive for both parties, as banks charge each a huge percentage to transfer and convert funds. Ask about the terms before you decide to rent, and figure in the bank charges into the mix--a wire transfer may cost up to $40--plus you'll take a hit on the exchange rate as well.
Renting from someone in your own country is easiest, especially if you can call and ask questions about the property.
A cooperative of owners or large corporations on the web will often offer an easy way to pay the deposit and hold the property with a credit card. You may pay a premium to rent through a large rental company, but it'll often be easier to deal with payment through them.
Sometimes you'll have to pay a deposit to hold the house and another one for breakage. While this might be a hassle, I'm not sure it's a bad thing. If the owner is sure that breakage will be paid for, it's likely that he or she can offer the property for less. So I wouldn't pass up a bargain just because there's a breakage deposit.
Other Hints and Tips when renting a house in Europe
Kitchens and food
Kitchens can vary wildly as far as suitability for actual food preparation goes. On a recent trip to Italy I was told by an agency that more than half the renters of their vacation homes don't cook a single meal in the kitchens. So if you're planning on doing some serious cooking, ask about the facilities.
A "corner kitchen" is a term used to designate a small area in the corner of a room where you'll find a couple of burners and perhaps a microwave--perfect if all you want to do is make coffee or tea in the morning but less than adequate for serious cooking.
Don't expect sharp chef's knives in rental kitchens. If you're serious, bring your own or buy one there. A vast majority of renters will slash away at their meat and produce on marble surfaces--would you like to see your $75 dollar knife abused this way? And another thing I've learned--most of the pans will be warped on the bottom. I don't know how people get them this way but if they'd use their heads--oh, wait, that just might be the problem....
Oh, and here's one that's got me twice--if you can't find the silverware in a rental home, look for a drawer in the dining room table. It's in there, probably.
Towels and Sheets
Outside - Terraces, patios, and the likee
For a summer rental in southern Europe, you'll probably want to eat your supper outside. Some
apartments don't have facilities for such things. If the house is on a side street, you can always set up a table on the side of the road like most everyone else--if you're a brave soul and don't mind the occasional Alfa Romeo bombing past your table with inches to spare. You might want to ask if there's a more private outside area to dine in.
Phones and Internet Connections
A few cottage offer some kind of Internet connection, or allow you to use the telephone. Don't count on it, however. A wired phone in UK is very expensive to use, even for local calls. One of the reasons everyone has a "free" Internet account is that the Internet provider gets a piece of the per minute telephone charges--and in Italy this can amount to .7 Euro per minute. So, don't expect to get free use of the telephone. Get a prepaid phone card to use at a public phone or buy a cell phone if you really need to make lots of calls.
Resources for Self Catering Vacation Rentals
We've assembled some links to respected rental companies with English language web sites: Self Catering Vacations in Europe.
Have fun. I highly recommend a self catered vacation--especially if you're looking to blend in a bit with the locals in a place you really enjoy.
Vacation home rental, called self-catering accommodation in the UK, is a British institution and a great way to spend a week or two on vacation in England, Scotland or Wales. Once just a cheap way for a family to get away, today's more sophisticated home vacation rental/self-catering accommodation is also popular with couples or groups of friends.
What is self-catering?
Maybe you remember going away to a "bungalow colony", renting a cabin or a house at the beach for a couple of weeks. If you grew up in grander circumstances, your family might have called it a cottage, or even a family camp.
All these are variations on self-catering - essentially a vacation home rental - a house or apartment you rent in a vacation destination, where you cook and clean for yourself, come and go as you please.
Self-catering accommodations come in all shapes and sizes: tiny cottages or apartments for two, family homes, substantial houses for larger groups of friends. They might be purpose-built; converted barns, byres and stable blocks; or self-contained areas of stately homes.
What to expect from a UK vacation home rental
Self-catering accommodations have come a long way from the days when people had to bring all their own linens and pots and pans, and expected to eat off an assortment of mismatched plastic dishes.
UK and European vacation home rentals today are often the owner's weekend place or summer house, rented out only part of the year. Or they might be houses on a large estate or farm.
They are generally nicely furnished, often to quite a high standard and are usually equipped with everything you might need. That includes:
a well supplied kitchen with, pots, utensils, an electric kettle and such extras as microwave ovens, blenders or food processors, and enough matching dishes, glassware and cutlery for the number of people that the house can sleep.
television and often DVD players or video recorders
CD players, radios and alarm clocks
washer, dryer and dishwasher
comfortable outdoor furniture, if it's appropriate
towels, blankets and linens.
What you won't find in self-catering accommodation
Telephones and internet access are uncommon, though wifi hotspots are beginning to appear here and there.
And don't expect a swimming pool as you might find with self-catering accommodations on the Continent. The climate just doesn't suit.
What's the upside of self-catering in the UK?
It's usually cheaper than hotels and B and Bs of a comparable standard.
You can cook for yourself and your fussy eaters, saving your dining out budget for a few really special meals. And mealtimes are whenever you want them - not always the case in some parts of the UK.
You can take part in the local life - meeting people in the village shops and so forth. Afterall, without a handy hotel bar, you'll just have to drop in at the local pub.
Accommodations can be in particularly scenic or desirable locations.
You have a base for exploring an area or a region in depth.
And the down side?
You are tied to one area for your vacation. You can get around this by taking a two centre vacation. And some self-catering is available for shorter weekend and mid-week breaks.
You may need a car to get around.
You have to clean up after yourself and make your own beds.
You'll probably have to pay in advance and if the lodgings don't meet your expectations, you're stuck. So make sure you look at a few pictures and ask as many questions as you have to before you book.
A few last tips about vacation home rental
Don't forget to ask how the house is heated: The temperature can drop at any time of year and, even in summer in the UK, you may need to warm things up a bit. Avoid storage heating or bottled gas heaters if you can.
Storage heaters contain a heat retaining material that warms up overnight, when electricity rates are lowest. Then they release heat slowly throughout the day. If you are on vacation, you'll probably be out most of the day. By the time you return for the evening the heaters will have cooled off.
If there is an open fire or a wood burning stove, find out if the landlord provides firewood or coal for burning. These fuels should be included in the price if they are essential for heating the house or the hot water.
The film 'The Holiday' starring Cameron Diaz was filmed in the Cotswolds, UK. Although the holiday cottage was a 'house swap', this is what you can expect with a self catering holiday, or a vacation home rental - but obviously with less personal effects! Cameron Diaz plays the character Amanda who comes to the UK for a holiday and finds herself in a cosy cottage in Surrey. Although the English scenes are set in Surrey, UK, the cottage is typically Cotswold, as is the "restaurant" used in lunch date scene, which is ironic as "The Cotswolds" was first rejected by Amanda.
The first location that Cameron Diaz's character clicks on for a vacation location - The Cotswolds - is the region in which Kate Winslet lives in real life.
Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire is the best location to spend your Cotswold holiday vacation. The villages and towns are made up of beautiful Cotswold stone cottages, Miller Cottage one of them. What other way would you want to spend your UK holiday vacation other than in the midst of the Cotswolds and the English countryside. Book your holiday cottage vacation home rental now for the perfect self catering holiday in Gloucestershire!
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