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The Rough Guide to The Cotswolds: Includes Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon [Paperback]

Matthew Teller
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2 May 2011 Rough Guide

The Rough Guide to the Cotswolds is your definitive handbook to one of the most beautiful and diverse holiday destinations in the UK. From stately homes and wildlife parks to modern art galleries, country walks and adventure sports, the full-colour section introduces all of the regions' highlights. For every town and village, there are comprehensive and opinionated reviews of all the best places to eat, drink and stay to suit every budget. It brings the Cotswolds bang up-to-date; out go musty tearooms and chintzy B&Bs and in come the best of the area's new contemporary restaurants, boutique-styled hotels and top-rated country pubs. There's plenty of practical advice and a special focus on the region's gastronomy with features on specialist farmers' markets, local farm shops, gastro-pubs and country restaurants. The guide also comes complete with easy-to-use maps for every area making sure you don't miss the unmissable.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 1 edition (2 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848366043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848366046
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For as long as I can remember, I've been a writer. Fortunately, not much of my early stuff survives.

I grew up in suburban south London. A family holiday to Jerusalem in 1980, when I was 11, was my first trip outside the UK. Even today, the smell of cumin takes me straight back there. That was also my first time in the desert - I remember standing on a lonely road, feeling the hottest sun I'd ever felt, seeing the longest views I'd ever seen.

Since then, I've lived and worked in Amman, Cairo, Jerusalem and elsewhere, learnt some Arabic and Hebrew, and travelled widely, over twenty years or more, through most of the Middle East.

I'm the author of the Rough Guides to Jordan, Switzerland, the Italian Lakes and - closer to home - the Cotswolds. I also contribute regularly to the national newspapers, as well as magazines from Wanderlust to BBC Wildlife. My website has more.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special indeed 14 May 2011
The poor Cotswolds. This is a region of England forever being misrepresented. It's either portrayed as a posh, honey-coloured hideaway for harangued celebs and upper middle class mums on yoga retreats, or packaged up like a quaint Richard Curtis style film set for twee-seeking foreign tourists. There's *some* truth in both these clichés of course, as there always is, but you rarely get to see or read anything that presents the Cotswolds in any more depth, especially in a guide book. This book, however, is very different.

What Matthew Teller does really well in this new Rough Guide, is not to dispel these stereotypes as myths - because they're not, entirely - but to place them in their rightful context and then move on. The Cotswolds is an astoundingly pretty corner of the country, it's true, but that fact in itself betrays nothing of its heart and guts. This is an ancient patchwork of proud market towns and dyed-in-the-wool rural communities, working hard to overcome the realities of an economic situation which makes it almost impossible to maintain the agricultural way of life it's relied upon for centuries.

Where this book really succeeds is in bringing to light how this has affected the region, by revealing the reality of the Cotswolds today: a world of ancient or obsolete traditions revived in the spirit of "diversifying" (and because tourists love all that stuff), the localisation of the food chain and a subsequent glut of farmer's markets, and an astonishing gastronomic scene that's sprung up in the wake of all this. Add to this the region's plethora of oddball events and attractions, not to mention its serenity and obscenely beautiful views, and there you have it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to the Cotswolds 15 Dec 2012
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I have recently moved back to south Warwickshire/Gloucestershire border after thirty years of living elsewhere and bought this guide to provide information about the area around my new home and to re-acquaint myself more generally with an area I knew pretty well in my teenage years. It is good to have a guide that covers not only the Cotswold escarpment which forms the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but also the neighbouring areas both north (Stratford-upon-Avon & the Vale of Evesham), south (Oxford & Woodstock, for Blenheim Palace) and west to Bath. This makes a good deal more sense for the visitor than a guide restricted solely to the AONB and should make it easy to devise a suitable itinerary.

Whilst the guide covers the major sights in the area it also provides information on places off the beaten track. There is plenty of information about public transport albeit in many rural areas the options are somewhat limited and a car will be essential for some places/areas. The details of timetables for the area I live in are accurate . There are also plenty of tips for places to stay and eat, the assessment of local pubs eateries that I have tried being reliable in my view.

By and large this guide isn't as 'sniffy' about the popular places as some RGs although occasionally there is a slightly barbed comment. For example, one rather attractive off the beaten track village that I know is, in a disparaging tone, described as "over-neat". I can only assume the author has some objection to well-kept houses and mowed grass, which is pretty typical of all the villages in the area, particularly those, like the village in question, which are largely conservation areas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cotswold Guide 26 Aug 2012
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Very detailed, useful descriptions of towns and villages, and includes great maps and guides to new restaurants, pubs, atmospheric cafes.
Helpful information about what to do in each town. Worth the price. We'll be taking it with us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to a much loved region 29 Nov 2012
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Having read of this book's focus not so much on the chocolate box picture postcard as on the real Cotswolds I bought it prior to planning a trip with some friends over from India.
It proved a great source of inspiration as to where to go and what to see. Of course we did all the high touristy things, but we also sought out the less well known and planned routes avoiding the masses. Some excellent local food producers were encountered with this book's help - although some, sadly, having gone under in the present economic climate were not to be found when we factored them into an itinerary.
The book is a good read in itself too, breaking the Cotswolds into separate areas nicely.
If you are planning a trip do consider this book, it is well worth it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If you live in the Cotswolds or are visiting, you will find something new in this book - it is easy to read and clear to navigate your way around.

There is never enough time on day trips or short stays to see all that an area has to offer but this book really helps you make the best of your trip - great ideas and clever facts!

We used it for a family day out and it was the perfect companion...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 29 Jun 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide book 8 May 2014
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Having not been to the Cotswolds before we bought this book to help us get the best out of our short week. It gives very accurate information about all the town, villages and attractions and really made it easy for us to know when things were open and how much the entrance might cost. Being a very popular area we found the 'secret village' suggestions and all the other off the beaten track ideas were of great value. It's great to know where is good to eat and stay too in all the listed places. Just an all round, down to earth, great guide that we used every day and would recommend to anyone wanting to explore this wonderful, area of the country
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you are visiting the area
Very well written and full of advice as to where to visit. The Cotswolds are beautiful and at this time of year not too busy with tourists. Broadway remains my favourite place. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cotswolds guide book
Excellent book covering all the main sites to visit while in the Cotswolds. It has enabled me to plan my two day trip very efficiently so that I get the best out of my time there.
Published 14 months ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A well written guide which ideally enhances the knowledger of this beautiful part of the UK. Not overpowering and just right, containing all the salient points required.
Published 16 months ago by Dave Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a well written book up to date and was well used during a recent visit. would recommend this to any visitor
Published 20 months ago by PETER J CLARKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to the Cotswolds
An excellent little book, with good illustrations, which I didn't expect in a rough guide. This could well be the best value for money guide to a popular destination.
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by beached
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, not just for tourists.
I've always liked the rough guide books, having used them a lot while travelling 15 years ago. We've just recently moved to Oxfordshire and I was pleased to find a rough guide to... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by N. Maeder
5.0 out of 5 stars reader review
A good read for someone wanting to know detail about an area we plan to spend an extended holiday in. I have it by my bed constatnyl!
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Pfeiff
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
This is an excellent quide book to the Cotswolds. It tells you clearly what you need to know to spend a day or a holiday in the various villages. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by Mrs. M. Gilliland
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