What makes Gloucestershire great?
Those who live in Gloucestershire are very lucky indeed. It is without doubt, one of the more beautiful of English counties. Blessed with a river side location and not too far from other major cities, its proximity to Wales has also provided it with strategic importance for thousands of years. Part of the county is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it the perfect destination for a stunning rural wedding. Here are some more things that make Gloucestershire a highly desirable place to visit and live:
Prince Charles once famously replied that what made Gloucestershire so special were its villages. It is easy to agree when you’ve seen the gorgeous yew trees at Painswick churchyard, taken a walk through quaint Bibury, or viewed the historic buildings of Tetbury. The county has countless villages, all with their unique personalities and attractions. Tetbury is also a great place for shopping, with a wonderful marketplace and plenty of antique stores.
It must be good if the Royal family choose it for some of their residence. Gatcombe is the home to the Princess Royal and Highgrove belongs to the Prince of Wales. The Badminton Horse Trials are also staged on the Duke of Beaufort’s estate in the county. Kings and Queens of old also made the county their home, with impressive residences including Berkeley Castle, where Edward II was murdered in 1327,Sudeley Castle and St Briavels.
The Literature Festival
The Cheltenham Literature Festival was the first festival to be staged of its kind and has been replicated right across the globe. It was first held during the late 1940s and is fascinating event, attracted thousands of visitors and big names in the world of literature.
The Cheltenham Festival
One of the most major events in the world of horse-racing takes place in Gloucestershire at Cheltenham Racecourse. Hugely popular and attracting many thousands during the week it is held, it firmly puts Cheltenham on the map.
Country houses& Dry-stone Walls
If you love a country estate or manor, then Gloucestershire won’t let you down. Sezincote is set in some of the loveliest grounds anywhere in England and the house at Eyford won a Country Life favourite house competition. Traditional dry-stone walls can be viewed in abundance here, with 4,000 miles of them in the Cotswolds. Why not choose a beautiful country residence for your big day? For Hotel Wedding Venues in Gloucestershire, visit The Speech House – A beautiful hotel wedding venue in Gloucestershire
Cider With Rosie
Laurie Lee’s iconic tale of rural Gloucestershire life is based on his early life in the Slad Valley. For anyone who fell in love with his book, a visit to the area is a must. Lee was born in 1914, but the area remains as enigmatic and magical today as it did then.
Such a fine example that its cloisters have been used in many a TV and film production, including the corridors of Hogwarts for the world-famous Harry Potter movies. Henry III was coronated here and you can view one of the oldest fan-vaulted ceilings in the country.