A visit to the Cotswolds is a sheer delight. The picturesque villages with thatched cottages evoke a distant era of peaceful rural life but remain thriving villages with strong vibrant communities today. You will learn about the local customs, visit the local church if you wish and learn about the wealth of the wool industry in this area over the centuries. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of England and there are many villages with quaint pubs and interesting boutiques for you to discover. Visit Burford which was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086AD) and discover its history during the English Civil War. Stow on the Wold is another interesting town with its medieval market cross, its Royalist Inn which dates back to 987AD and its parish church with magnificent stained glass windows. You can visit Bourton on the Water with its ornamental Cotswold stone bridges and take afternoon tea with scones, a fine English tradition in one of the many tea shops. The beautiful village of Chipping Campden is another favourite; famous authors such as Grahame Greene have either lived or visited these parts. Other famous villages in this very scenic area include Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway and Castle Combe.