Not all villages are as well known, and today many
still hold their secrets. Amongst the treasures to be found are
ancient sites - perhaps a roman villa or a "lost" village - or an
unspoiled historic church which seems to have been left behind by
modernisation over the years. Open the church door and discover
a hidden world of history, still in use.
It may be a simple stone bridge spanning a crystal
clear stream or an unassuming country pub serving a locally-brewed
beer and good food. These are all examples of harmony between man
and his environment, a respect for continuity in a changing world.
Two things above all give the Cotswolds their special
warmth and richness: the soft natural limestone and the wealth of
the wool trade in medieval England centuries ago which has left
its legacy in the high quality stone buildings for which the area