After a summer of bad news, we needed a break.
I had been warned: May bank-holiday in the Cotswolds would be a disaster. Loads of traffic, loads of people, loads of bare trees.
For a very long time, the Cotswolds seemed too much a tourist destination to be interesting at all.
The Canary island that tourism forgot, Greece and Portugal set to be this year's star destinations and Cotswolds villages
For those of you who watch A Place in the Country (and the chances are that if you’re reading this, you probably do) will know that the Cotswolds rates highly as a destination for City types in search of a rural home. Commutable and chocolate box picturesque, this part of the country seems to encapsulate everything good about England, albeit in a very Richard Curtis way.