Beautiful British Scenery in Pictures that Don’t Move: The Cotswolds

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castle-coombe-cotswoldsAlthough the primary focus here is on British television, many of us watch (at least partially) for the scenery. The whole of the United Kingdom is loaded with beautiful landscapes, homes, and gardens, and I don't think I'm alone in wanting MORE. As a new feature here, we're going to regularly feature books, movies, and other ways to help you get your fix.

Today, we'll start with the Cotswolds. In case your British geography could use work, the Cotswolds is a region to the west of London, roughly between Bristol and Oxford. It's an area known around the world for its incredible beauty, local stone, and quaint cottages.

The recent Agatha Raisin mystery series (based on the books by M.C. Beaton) is one great way to see some of the area – on both DVD and Amazon/Acorn streaming. The travel series Footloose in the Cotswolds is another. You can find them here: Series 1, Series 2. There's also the slightly dated, but still beautiful English Towns & Villages – The Cotswolds.

But what if you want images that don't require turning on your TV or computer? What if you want something you could cut out and frame? Well, you're going to need a book for that (or a healthy travel budget). Here are some of my recommendations:

Pro tip: Look for the section of the product page that shows used options. These books can get expensive because quality photo printing isn't cheap. There isn't always a big difference between used and new prices, but sometimes you get lucky and you can snag a real bargain.

And finally, Series 3 of Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages (a wonderful, wonderful series!) features a Cotswolds episode. It's available on Acorn TV or DVD. You can also catch Series 1 & 2 on Acorn TV or DVD:

  • Series 1 DVD (East Anglia, North Wales, Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Wessex) and
  • Series 2 DVD (Devon and Cornwall, Cumbria, Royal Deeside, Sussex, and Kent)

There's also a book that follows along with her journeys, which you can check out here.

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