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THE COTSWOLDS: Broadway

Karin is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher of Christian and secular works in Europe and the USA.

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Introduction

Broadway? We all think musicals, right? Well, let me take you to a very different Broadway, one with an equally absorbing experience and like the Broadway of entertainment will heighten your senses by the singing of birds, the buzzing of bees and the dancing of horses hooves!

Known locally as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds', Broadway delivers every time. Ordained with its own few thatched roofed cottages on 'traditional English' honeycomb colored stone buildings. Quintessentially it is magnificent and dots the English countryside on a canvas of variations of greenery and rolling hills.

American Link

With all of its 'Englishness', Broadway amazingly boasts an American connection also, in 'painter of light artist', the late great Thomas Kinkade. If you are a collector, you will be thrilled with this Thomas Kinkade Gallery, which is entirely and uniquely different to any other you will ever visit, therefore, this goes on the 'must see' list!

Broadway is also considered as the hub for antiques and collectibles and there a shops galore to verify this fact. As well as a place for artists and collectors, Broadway and the Cotswolds are only a short distance from the famous Cheltenham races, so there is literally something for everyone in this neck of the woods. The towns and villages, are so well integrated that they have been utilized to the fullest with 'cameo' appearances in many Hollywood movies and dramatisations over the years as well, in particular: Harry Potter, The Libertine, Amazing Grace, Vanity Fair the list goes on...indeed the Cotswolds have become that essential 'Extra'.

Broadway Village

Thomas Kincade's Gallery

Thomas Kincade's Gallery

Broadway Tower

The "Saxon" tower was designed by James Wyatt in 1794 to resemble a mock castle, and built for Lady Coventry in 1799. This is located just outside the village and I felt it was a bit underwhelming, however, there are magnificent views of the local countryside and we did spy some deer. There is a gift shop and its a good restroom stop!

Allow yourself some time to travel through and absorb Broadway has to offer; overall you will be struck by the peacefulness that all this beauty brings...

Where to Stay?

Useful hint: To avoid offence, my suggestion would be to always check with the hotel/accommodation for Covid rules prior to traveling/booking. My suggestions listed are top-notch for quality, food access and good bases for touring the surrounding areas. However, the as we know, things can always change at the last minute, so have a back-up plan. Each owner reserves the right that you comply with their rules regarding Covid - if you are not happy, try other accommodation. ALL THE HOTELS LISTED ARE FULLY REOPENED as of this article's date - Great for Holiday/Christmas getaways too! Just sayin'.

The Cotswolds

In Summation

In summation the Cotswold's offer what no other areas in Britain can. They are unbelievable breath-taking views, especially in the spring/summer months but also in the fall with all the different colored trees. My husband and I traveled there and have stayed and eaten at the restaurants suggested there in the past. It never loses it's appeal. If you want to get away from it all, even for a few day and still have a little luxury, then this is the holiday for you! I can guarantee that the names will become etched in your memory, forever - and for all the right reasons.

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Travel Tips

  1. Hire a car with a good GPS - essential item. This is the way to go so that you can travel and spend the night in some towns/villages. Enterprise Cars are great and accessible throughout this area. Rates vary but they are available from14.99 GBP Birmingham Airport for weekend specials - book in advance online - can book out!
  2. If you need assistance or don't want to drive, travel to Whitney near Oxford via railway & taxi. Unfortunately the nearest railway station is 5 miles away from Whitney in Combe or Shipton (7 miles) so you will have to hire a cab to Whitney.
  3. The best tours are through 'Cotswold Heritage Tours' in Whtiney,they are affiliated with the National Trust and you can book online.

Karin's Tips

  • Have an AA Road Atlas there may be other places you want to stop along the way and if you don't have an address this is the way to go!
  • Leave early in the morning.
  • If travelling any time of the year, ensure the car is full of petrol! Gas stations are infrequent.
  • Take a picnic with you and have treats in the car, you will lose track of time as there are no 24 hour garages here!
  • Remember you will not want to drive these roads at night or in the dark!
  • Plan where you will be staying that night and book well in advance of your holiday - summertime is particularly busy - Broadway boasts great hotels..
  • NB The Broadway Tower would not be accessible for wheelchair users.

Karin's Tips

  • Have an AA Road Atlas there may be other places you want to stop along the way and if you don't have an address this is the way to go!
  • Leave early in the morning.
  • If travelling any time of the year, ensure the car is full of petrol! Gas stations are infrequent.
  • Take a picnic with you and have treats in the car, you will lose track of time as there are no 24 hour garages here!
  • Remember you will not want to drive these roads at night or in the dark!
  • Plan where you will be staying that night and book well in advance of your holiday - summertime is particularly busy - Broadway boasts great hotels..
  • NB The Broadway Tower would not be accessible for wheelchair users.

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© 2021 Karin McBride-Chenoweth

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