The Cotswolds have always had a strong association with high culture. This is a place, after all, that was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, but which had already endeared itself to artists, writers and composers for many centuries before that.
One look at the relaxed, rolling hills and idyllic farm fields that are synonymous with the area are enough to confirm why we receive so many enquiries about sketching group holidays in the Cotswolds here at Rosehill Travel. What could be more alluring than the prospect of whiling your way through the seemingly untouched landscape here, stopping to prop up an easel and dabble in some watercolour in the open air – perhaps depicting a stream here, or a valley there?
Of course, the popularity of sketching group holidays in the Cotswolds is in part a natural consequence of such unforgettable regional attractions as Bevertson Castle, Hailes Abbey, Malmesbury Abbey, Owlpen Manor, Broadway Tower and Corsham Court. There are stately homes, towering castles and other sites and structures that fire the imagination and enchant even the least culturally inclined visitor.
However, in many ways, it’s the areas well away from the tourist throng – and there are just so many of them – that have people packing their brushes and palettes on Cotswolds breaks time and time again. It’s hard not to feel your inner Turner coming out at the sight of acres upon acres of jaw-dropping grasslands and woodlands, a passing heritage railway or even just an unassuming building – presumably in the Cotswolds’ typical yellow oolitic Jurassic limestone – that you had never noticed before.
Given its long and rich history of inspiring creative visionaries from composers Ivor Gurney and Herbert Howells to ‘YBA’ Damien Hirst and the founder of the Arts and Crafts movement William Morris, it isn’t surprising that there’s such a strong demand for sketching group holidays in the Cotswolds. Here at Rosehill Travel, we’re seasoned at creating the ideal tailor-made breaks for people like you.
We know that sometimes, it isn’t enough to visit somewhere as beautiful as the Cotswolds and just see the sights. You want to indulge some of your passions, too, perhaps something you haven’t done for years – so contact us now about arranging the perfect group sketching holiday in the region.