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For many of us, January is a time for reconciliation, new ideas and planning ahead. The start of a new calendar year is a fantastic opportunity to strike something off those fresh to-do lists and the Cotswolds offers a plethora of activities to help you keep the commitment.

With so much to do in the Cotswolds, here at Manor Cottages we strive to share our wealth of local expertise and know-how to give our guests the warm welcome they deserve. Behold the Cotswolds Top 5 and we hope to see you soon!

Roman Baths

1. Bath

Aptly named and globally renowned, the historic city of Bath is home to one of England’s finest heritage destinations. The Roman Baths are built on Britain’s only hot spring which still flows with natural hot water. Visitors bare witness to extensive ruins which are superbly preserved – an absolute ‘must see’ for anyone visiting the Cotswolds in 2013.

Visitor information is readily available from the Visit Bath website, or you can even download the free, official Bath App.

Cotswold Brewing Co

2. The Cotswold Brewing Co.

Established in 2005, The Cotswold Brewing Company is one of Oxfordshire’s finest breweries and is responsible for fine lager and beer found in a number of pubs, hotels and establishments in the South East. A recent move to a 10-acre rural site allows the Cotswold Brewing Co. to operate small tours. Brewery tours are open to the public and are arranged by appointment only. Limited bookings are available from Monday – Friday between 11am and 2pm. For more information, visit the Cotswold Brewing Company website.

3. Lodge Park & Sherborne Estate

Lodge Park is a 17th Century grandstand, built by John ‘Crump’ Dutton in the Sherborne Estate. The National Trust began restoring the estate just before the turn of the Century, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy a small slice of Cotswold heritage. The beautiful grounds are home to local wildlife including badgers, foxes and deer. Guests can explore a number of walks, including a sculpture trail.

Whilst the park grounds are closed during the winter months, Sherborne Park Estate is open all year round. For more information and opening times, visit the National Trust website.

4. Burford

Locally renowned as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ the charming town of Burford is a stunning example of a typical countryside community.

Beautiful limestone cottages line a steep high street, with a delightful mix of independent shops, boutiques and pubs.

Situated by the busy A40, Burford is simply one of those ‘must see’ moments that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

5. Cotswold Wildlife Park

A short drive from Burford takes you to Bradwell Grove, home of The Cotswold Wildlife Park. As one of the leading outdoor destinations in the South East, the park is home to a variety of mammals, birds, primates and reptiles and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Suitable for the whole family, The Cotswold Wildlife Park has a little something for everyone! Book tickets in advance on on the door via the park’s website.

If you would like more information about any of the above, or you would like to know more about what the Cotswolds has to offer, get in touch with our friendly staff at Manor Cottages. Call us now: 01993 824252