Many people dream of leaving city or suburban life to move to the countryside or a small town. And the thought of moving to a quaint, historic town or village in England is specially appealing. A popular daily program on British television “Escape to the Country” has explored this idea for almost 20 years!
Our three friends Carol, George and Vin have all lived that dream, retiring and moving with their spouses to the beautiful and historic Cotswolds town of Chipping Campden, home base for our Cotswolds Experience week. All three bought character homes on the High Street and became involved in a variety of activities in the local community. They’ll each share their stories and introduce us to their homes in this special look at year-round life in Chipping Campden.
After an exciting, demanding and varied career in retailing and management, Carol and her husband moved from London to Chipping Campden in 1988. George was a teacher and spent most of his adult life in Portsmouth; his wife’s family was in Chipping Campden and after years of visits, they retired there in 2012. Newest “escapee” Vin and his wife are from the Liverpool area where Vin was an IT Manager. They retired to Chipping Campden in 2015. All three are very active in the community. In their roles as “Voluntary Cotswold Wardens,” they lead walking tours of the town for our Cotswolds Experience groups.