Painswick "Queen of the Cotswolds" is half a mile up a narrow country lane from Upper Doreys Mill.(Edge road/lane.)

Nestling quietly in the famous Cotswold hills, surrounded by some of Gloucestershire's most beautiful countryside,It has a variety of small shops and galleries to browse around with pubs, restaurants and teashops that serve food.

Built of famous Painswick stone from Painswick beacon, the town's many beautiful buildings can be seen as you wander around it's quaint and narrow streets.

New Street constructed around 1428 when the wool and cloth trade was flourishing, contains the oldest building in England that used to house a post Office. It is the only example of exposed timber framing in Painswick.

Painswick is surely a town for all seasons whatever the weather. It's tranquility and peace make for a wonderful holiday or weekend break, whether you are looking for a delicious cream tea in Summer or a cosy log fire in an original stone fireplace after a long walk in Winter.

There are lots of footpaths around the lovely countryside surrounding Painswick including the Cotswold Way which passes right through the town. Excellent walking country.

Painswick beacon and Haresfield beacon have magnificent views across the Severn valley and on a clear day you can see the Welsh mountains and the Severn bridge. Super for flying kites when is windy.

Lots of orchids and other wild flowers abound on the commons.

In Winter the hedgerows are full of snowdrops and The Rococo gardens are open to the public with carpets of snowdrops in the early Spring.

Edge is a small hamlet which has a pub that does good food and caters for vegetarians called The Edgemoor.

There is a golf course on Painswick Beacon.

Bath, Cheltenham Spa and Racecourse, Gloucester, Cirencester and Bourton on the water, Chipping Campden are within easy reach by car.

There is Berkeley Castle, Sudeley Castle, Eastnor Castle and Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust nearby.

There are lots of gardens and nurseries in this area to visit:

Kiftsgate, Hidcote, Misarden, Hunt's Court, Sezincote, Westonbirt Arboretum, Batsford Arboretum, Cotswold Wildlife park and gardens, Cerney house gardens, Mill dene, The old Rectory at Duntisbourne Rous, Abbey house at Malmesbury, Highnam Court, Stanway Fountain and water garden and many more.

Gloucester is 5/6 miles down the hill with its Docks and Waterways museum, Antiques warehouse, Shopping outlet and magnificent Cathedral (Harry Potter was filmed there).

Stroud has lots of eating places ,cafes and restaurants and interesting individual shops on its pedestrianised hilly streets. It hosts a very good Farmers Market every Saturday  9.a.m. till 2 p.m.