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The Cotswolds are a range of hills which by virtue of their stunning natural beauty and convenient location in the heart of England are very popular with residents of the surrounding areas. They are also popular with a great many visitors keen to explore the rural splendour and the wonderful market towns characterised by aged buildings formed from the local Cotswold limestone. One such place is the Gloucestershire town of Stow on the Wold, which sits atop a hill at the meeting place of many roads, some of which date from Roman times. As a result, the history of the town is dominated by markets and trading and as the epitome of the classic Cotswold market town, Stow on the Wold hotels do lively business.

Market fairs in the town have been running since 1107and have had a royal charter since 1330, when Edward III licensed a week long market to be held in August. In 1476 this was changed to two fairs each of five days, held in May and October, a tradition which persists to this day. Such was the success of the market that the town grew rich on the wool trade and many other goods and services. It is reported that at one fair in the 19th century no fewer than 20,000 sheep were traded. The old market place in the town centre has changed little over time but the fairs are now held in a nearby field, now trading in horses amongst other things, and they attract huge numbers of traders and visitors keen to soak up the unique atmosphere.

With a history in offering food, rest and lodgings to visitors for many centuries it is safe to say that hospitality in the town is well established and there are many Stow on the Wold hotels which retain all the character, history and ambience of an earlier age. If there is a way to immerse oneself in the history and culture of the Cotswolds and sample a true taste of historic England then this is it. Many period features remain in the hotels, which makes for a great romantic break in a lovely environment. Restaurants and lounge spaces will be filled with character too and offer everything required for a short stay or longer Cotswolds holiday.

Many Stow on the Wold hotels are formed from inns which are still open to the public for drinks, socialising and dining. Accommodation in such properties will be comfortable and likely enhanced with standard features such as television and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms are likely to have their own appeal and character with single, twin, double and often family rooms available. Nightly terms are generally offered on a bed and breakfast basis and there are often special discounts available for longer term stays or for incorporating additional meals on the property.

Business has always been important to the town and many of the Stow on the Wold hotels have strong traditions in catering for the needs of the business traveller. In modern times this will mean wired and wireless internet connections, work spaces and direct dial telephones within the guest rooms, and within the hotel itself, a selection of adaptable meeting spaces in which to host business meetings and conferences. The historic ambience of the town and beautiful rural surrounds is perfect for such corporate retreats, away from the large urban areas close by but within easy reach by well connected transport systems.

Of course these wonderful environments make the ideal backdrop too for weddings and other celebrations and there are usually events packages available with every detail taken care of. Stow on the Wold hotels are well adapted to meet the demands of the modern world within lovely historic settings.