Day 10 Blog

Yesterday we had three great games of netball against our hosts with the third grade team remaining undefeated, and our 1st and 2nd grade teams narrowly going down.    Today we explored the spectacular region of the Cotswolds, with limestone villages set among the hills and rivers. The region is quite amazing with very strict building laws ensuring only the building of limestone cottages similar to those already in existence. We passed through a number of villages including Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper Swell and Lower Swell (where the Beckams are allegedly buying), crossed over Foss Way (a very straight road running from Bath to Lincoln built by the Romans 2000 years ago) before arriving at Guiting Power for lunch at the Hollow Bottom pub. Our guide Mike lives in Guiting Power so was able to give us a very detailed account of the area and a tour of his village, past the post office and the bakery (run by 94 year old Mrs Watson) and on to the local church. While some villages have been bought out by wealthy Londoners looking for a weekender (and essentially leading to the death of the villages), Guiting Power (population approx 300) rents only to locals and keeps it cheap to allow young families to stay in the area. We finished our tour at the very scenic town of Bourton on the Water (the home of Brum) and then headed to our hotel for the night, Heythrop Park Resort. A 300 year old Manor House built by Charles Talbot, the 12th Earl and 1st Duke of Shrewsbury. Ballrooms, meeting rooms, a golf course, walking tracks, restaurants, a fitness center - so much to do. An incredible building steeped in history and absolutely massive!