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Home to Writers & Royals - The Central Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is the birthplace of some notable English writers and has provided the inspiration for many of their works. This delightful tour takes you through the villages that some of them have made their homes. The area is also home to prominent members of the present Royal family.

If you’ve read Cider With Rosie and enjoyed author Laurie Lee’s affectionate portrayal of the area in which he spent his idyllic early years then this tour may appeal to you.

Travelling through the Slad Valley you can see at first hand the glorious countryside that provided the basis for his best known work, Cider With Rosie.

This valley was his home territory and many of the places enshrined in the book are there to be seen today. His and Rosie’s homes, the school, the village hall and the pond are amongst them. If you’ve read the book then we hope this tour will help bring it to life for you.

Even if you haven’t read the book there is much to look forward to on this tour of the central Cotswolds.

The Slad valley is regarded as one of the most unspoiled of the five Stroud valleys, its visitors being rewarded with panoramic views over the Severn Valley.

Highlights include the delightful village of Minchinhampton, famous for its 17th Century Market Hall supported on stone columns and its large grassy common offering delightful views over neighbouring valleys. This village is the birthplace and former home of writer Joanna Trollope.

You’ll also visit Painswick’s picturesque church with its famous yew tree gardens. Later on, a short stop at the lonely remains of a remote Roman villa with views across open countryside will help you imagine life as a wealthier Cotswold resident over two thousand years ago.

It’s easy to see why parts of our Royal family have put down some of their roots in this area. You’ll pass the entrances to a couple of their residences as we make our way to the very historic town of Cirencester.

Once the most important English town after London, Cirencester retains much of its original character. This ever popular Roman town still has weekly markets and is usually found bustling with visitors and local folk alike.

The tour continues through some delightfully tranquil little villages in the surrounding area, reminding us that life here today can still be as idyllic as ever.