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Many people like to stay in Cotswolds Cottages.It makes you feel closer to the traditional feel of the place, somehow.

It is also very convenient for those who like self catering.If you don’t mind doing a spot of cooking while you are on holiday it is nice to stay in a cosy cottage where you can cook whatever time you like.

And luckily you will be able to find plenty of local produce to use for your meals.There are countless great examples of farmers markets in the Cotswolds, and exploring what they have to offer is one way to spend a fantastic day out doing something a little bit different.

The farmers’ market at Stroud is held on a Saturday morning from 9am onwards.It usually finishes at about 2pm, giving you plenty of time to wander round and select the ingredients you need for a nice Saturday night meal.You should also find a stall or two offering home baked morsels to keep your strength up as you explore!

This market will be particularly useful if you are staying in Nailsworth.Batemans will be perfect if you want to start your Cotswolds Holiday midweek, or even on a Friday perhaps.You can make sure you are up nice and early to catch the farmers’ market the next day and enjoy a home cooked meal with fresh goods on Saturday evening.

But there are also other farmers’ markets which take place during the week.These are better if you are on holiday from Saturday to Saturday.Stow on the Wold holds a market on the second Thursday in each month, so if you are going to visit a market or two, make sure you find out when they are.If you do this before you book your holiday you won’t be disappointed.

With that said though, you should find a couple of markets to visit whatever week it is.Some are held early in the month, such as the one in Woodstock.Our property Laughtons Retreat is superbly and conveniently situated for this.

You will be able to get all the ingredients for a fully rounded meal too.You’ll find fresh meat, wonderful cheeses and superb vegetables no matter which market you visit.And you can also treat yourself to some locally made pastries for those days when you don’t fancy cooking at all!

You’ll be surprised at just how many farmers’ markets there are dotted about the Cotswolds.So no matter where you are staying you won’t be too far away from some of the best and freshest produce in the area.It’s by far the best way to enjoy a taste of the Cotswolds on your own terms.Why pop out for a meal when you can enjoy cooking with the finest ingredients yourself?

If you are after a romantic night in with your partner, watching the sun setting over the hills, this could be just the way to do it.