Moreton-in-Marsh is a town in the North West of Gloucestershire, surrounded by the River Evenlode and with the pretty Cotswold Hills in the distance. If a peaceful holiday is what you are after, then the renting of a cottage let in this special town as a couple or with the family is a fantastic choice. Cotswold stone buildings line the town streets, where independent shops and antique stores make the place look like a postcard. Dine in one of the restaurants or inns, or visit the Redesdale Market Hall for a day of pondering over goods. Take a trip to the Batsford Arboretum for an afternoon of walking through pleasant gardens, including waterfalls and streams. Just a short while away from this is the Cotswold Falconry Centre, a perfect place to take your curious kids so they can see eagles, hawks and other birds of prey swoop through the air.
If you can imagine, Moreton was around as far back as the 13th century, when it functioned as a market town. Today, a bustling weekly market with around 200 stalls keeps Moreton close to its traditions. For more modern attrations, visit the Moreton Gallery and let yourself be amazed by contemporary art, and the work of any artist residents. On the other hand, if the weather is warm, you can always pack a wonderful picnic in your holiday home and travel to one of the many world-renowned, elegant gardens, all within a fifteen minute drive from the town centre, with Hidcote Manor being just one of many. Alternatively, travel to Cotswold and take a guided tour of the villages with Secret Cottage Tours, which ends in a buffet lunch and delicious English cream tea. If you are stuck for transport, there is always the Cotswold 500 classic car hire, making for a once-in-a-lifetime, vintage experience – the ideal topper to a romantic day out! Adored by all who visit and live there, Moreton-in-Marsh is the place to go if you are looking for a quiet retreat. Also, rumour has it that ’Lord of the Rings’ writer J. R. R. Tolkein drew inspiration from the local Moreton pubs (namely The Bell Inn). Come and see for yourself!