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United Kingdom
Hidcot Bartrim
Hidcot Bartrim (112)
Trip Date:2007-06-16 - 2007-06-23
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Countries visited:United Kingdom
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In June we rented a cottage for a week in the Cotswolds, a pretty area in the SW Midlands of England. Designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, the Cotswolds mainly encompasses the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, and also extends partly into Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset.
85,000 people make their home in the Cotswolds, making it one of the lowest population densities in the country. However it is an affluent area, which attracts wealthy people, many of whom own second homes there.

The Cotswolds has many attractive “chocolate box” style villages and small towns, where it is a common sight to see people out exercising their horses. The houses are built from the distinctive golden Cotswold limestone. Many of the buildings are “listed”, which means they cannot be altered or demolished. The Cotswolds has more “listed” buildings than anywhere else in the country. New building is strictly regulated and has to be mainly built in Cotswold limestone to fit in with the older houses.