Exciting Partnership with 'StayCotswold'

Cheltenham Local Wine School are now a  VIP partner 'StayCotswold' 

Book your holiday property through StayCotswold and book awine tasting package and you will receive a complimentry bottle of beautiful English Psarkling Wine!

StayCotswold is an independent holiday let agency specialising in luxury holiday cottages in the Cotswolds. Each of their 200+ Cotswold holiday cottages, barns, country houses, lodges and shepherd’s huts are handpicked and rigorously inspected to ensure they make the StayCotswold grade.

The friendly team at StayCotswold are on hand, from before you book right through to the start of your holiday, to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible – leaving you to get on with the important holiday job of relaxing. They can advise on the best places to eat, local walking routes, family friendly places to entertain young ones and romantic spas to get away and relax.

All of StayCotswold properties can be booked online at www.staycotswold.com

Or if you’d like to chat to one of their friendly team you can call them on: 01451 514000

Another exciting new partership!

We’re delighted to be able to recommend The Cotswold Letting Agency as the local letting agency dedicated to renting property in the Cotswolds.

Based in Burford, the gateway to the Cotswolds, they are ideally placed for the entire Cotswolds area. And with their experienced local team living and working in the Cotswolds, they have their finger on the pulse of the local rental market.

They can give advice on the best places to live in the Cotswolds no matter what your needs are, taking the hassle out of the Cotsold rental scene.

If you’re an owner with a property ready for the Cotswold rental market, The Cotswold Letting Agency can help you understand whether a furnished short let or a long let will suit you and your property.

And as a potential tenant, looking for a furnished short let or a long let, Fergus and Olly are on hand to help you find the ideal property from their portfolio.

To find out more get in touch with Olly and Fergus on 01993 684 572 or via email hello@cotswoldlettingagency.com.


Spotlight on Valpolicella

Having just returned from a holiday to Lake Garda in Northern Italy, I thought I would give an insight in to the wines of the Valpolicella wine region which encompasses the vineyards surrounding the beautiful city of Verona.

The red wines of Valpolicella are predominantly produced using the Corvina grape.

These wine really highlight how different methods of production can create totally different wines.

‘Valpolicella’ DOC wines are light in body. They are easy-drinking wines that are very popular with the locals. The flavour profile is red cherries and red currant with a touch of spice.

Here is a very enjoyable example from the Wines Society.

Valpolicella, Tenuta Novare 2022 - £11.99 – The wine society

At the other end of the scale is ‘Amarone della Valpolicella’. These wines use grapes that are dried out before fermentation in order to concentrate the sugars and reduce water content. The result is a powerful, full-bodied wine that is often high in alcohol, with ripe, rich bramble fruit and Mocha. These wines are capable of long term aging for increased complexity. All of this winemaking and aging comes at a price though. Prices start at £15 and can go well in the hundreds of pounds!

 Amarone Della Valpolicella – Lidl- £15.99

This example from Lidl is priced at £15.99, which represents good value for an Amarone. You get the ripe black fruit and full-body and a long finish.