The Cotswolds, which cover an 800 square mile area in the southern heart of England, can be visited via two grand loops, one to the north and one to the south. Each village along the way has its own character and topography. What links them together are the honey-colored Cotswold limestone walls and the slate or thatched roofs. Forest, field and stream are left to be their beautiful, natural selves. The building materials come from the earth and develop, over time, a rustic patina of lichen and moss that coexist graciously with the lush landscape.