England – in the midst of winter – might not be your first choice for traveling during Christmas and New Years. But while continental Europe is lacking its usual Christmas spirit, maybe due to the lack of snow which makes skiing practically impossible and the warm temperatures, it turned out to be a very good choice.

The flight from Berlin to Bristol was uncomplicated and quick. The only thing that surprised me was the coldness I met when I left the plane. What? England can be freezing? After being picked up by Lamorna our first stop were the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, only an hours drive away from the airport. After I have seen various parts of England, I doesn’t surprise me why the royal family have all their cottages here in the Cotswolds. It is probably the most ‘English’ part of England. Yes, the Lake District is very stereotypical, too, but it has its own distinctive northern charm. The Cotswolds on the other hand are just ‘English’: fields for polo horses, dry stone walls, bath stone cottages, sheep, public footpaths and pubs with a fireplace. All these things scream cosiness. Perfect for a winter outing.

A walk on the Rodborough Common while the sun is setting, a walk through the Arboretum near the quaint village Tetbury or a walk through Cheddar Gorge looking at the climbers who attempt to master the steep routes. All these sceneries are truly magnificent and worthwile.