Back in 1966, The Cotswolds was designated as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) by the Government in power at the time. Then in 1990, the area by which the AONB in The Cotswold covered was extended further and now a total of 768 square miles (1,900 square kilometers) of this part of the UK is designated as such. Of course, you may be wondering why artists would love visiting this part of the UK?
Certainly, when it comes to England and the UK there are some truly amazing places you can spend time creating some amazing artwork in. But there are many reasons why for artists including a visit to The Cotswolds is something that should be high up on their to-do list.
So Why Should Artists Visit The Cotswolds?
Well, below we are going to explain what makes it so special and why it is that those who have already visited this part of England have chosen to come back time and time again.
Plenty Of It To Explore
As already mentioned The Cotswolds covers nearly 800 square miles and is set out across five counties in the South East of England. The counties that make up The Cotswolds, includes Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Wiltshire. This is in fact now the biggest of all the AONB’s to be found in England and Wales.
Gateway To Some Fine Cities
As it is fringed by some of the UK’s most cultured small cities there is plenty of events taking place throughout the year. Plus it also offers you the opportunity to find some really nice places to stay during your Cotswolds holiday. You could head towards Cheltenham or if you want to really delve into the history of this part of the UK then spend time exploring Bath, Salisbury, Cirencester, Warwick or Oxford.
The Villages Are Impressive
Throughout The Cotswolds, there are plenty of beautiful villages for artists to visit, as each of them is very unique looking. Yet they also have a very similar pleasing look to them because many of the properties in them have been built using locally sourced beautiful Cotswold stone. Some of the best villages that those who choose to stay in any luxury barn conversion accommodation can visit during their holiday are Bourton-on-Water, Chedworth, and Burford.
The Fine Gardens
Throughout The Cotswolds, there are plenty of wonderful gardens that you can visit and really enjoy spending time painting or drawing the scene before you. If you love the arts and crafts movement then a visit to the gardens at Hidcote is a must. Also, other gardens worth spending time in are the Kiftsgate Court Gardens or the Batsford Arboretum. These you can easily travel to from your self-catering holiday in Cotswolds.
You Can Get Artsy
If you want to really explore your artistic side even more then why not head to Cirencester in Gloucestershire. Here you will find the New Brewery Arts center. Along with a gallery, artist studios, gift shop, and café, there is a wide range of workshops as well. Plus you can enrol on one of the many courses that they offer and will allow you to let your creative side really run wild.
If you would like to find out more about the kinds of events and things you can do as an artist when visiting The Cotswolds, then we here at Monks Mill Barn may be able to help you. Please give us a call on 07941 590391, alternatively send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling in our online enquiry form. We will be more than happy to help you arrange a visit to this wonderful part of England.