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The Celeb factor sees Cotswold hotels in demand

The Celeb factor sees Cotswold hotels in demand

Hotel prices have seen a big rise across the Cotswolds thanks to the number of celebrities and high-profile people with homes in the area.

Hotels.com said the greatest rise was in David Cameron's constituency of Witney where the average room rate for a one-night stay rose 31% on the 2010 figure.

Other popular areas in the Cotswolds seeing big rises were Broadway with a 21% increase, 16% in Chipping Norton and 12% in Cheltenham.

Broadway, at 132, had the most expensive hotels in England last year

Interest in the 'Chipping Norton set', including Mr Cameron, Jeremy Clarkson and rock-star cheesemaker Alex James, high-profile media events, such as the weddings of Kate Moss and Lily Allen, as well as the filming of TV series Downton Abbey helped fuel the rises.

Hotels.com chief marketing officer Nigel Pocklington said: "With its beautiful scenery and high-end hotels, the Cotswolds is always popular but we also believe there has been heightened interest in the area as a result of its celebrity residents."

Want to rub shoulders with the Cotswold Glitterati? Here's our list of Cotswold hotels on celebrity turf:

The Swan, Southrop, Lechlade

The Swan is Kate Moss's favourite Cotswold hang-out and close to where she married Jamie Hince. Southrop is tucked away in a maze of tiny lanes to the north of Lechlade where Kate and Jamie got hitched at Little Farringdon Church.

The swan serves some excellent locally sourced food, so even if you're not staying its definitely worth a visit.

Visit: The Swan, Southrop, Lechlade

The Kingham Plough, Kingham

The plough is on Alex James' patch in the beautiful hamlet of Kingham. Apart from excellent food this charming Cotswold Inn is on the doorstep of Daylesford Organic Farmshop - a great place for more cleb spotting. Kate Winslet, David and Samantha Cameron and Liz Hurley have all been spotted there.

Visit: The Kingham Plough, Kingham

The Feathers, Woodstock

The Feathers is located between Chipping Norton and David Cameron's constituency in Witney. Prettier than nearby Witney, Woodstock is a magnificent, pristine town that edges onto the Blenheim Palace Estate. Ben Kingsley has a home nearby and Zara Phillips often takes part in equestrian events at the Palace.

Visit: The Feathers, Woodstock

Falkland Arms, Great Tew, Chipping Norton

The Falkland Arms in the nearby village of Great Tew is a fantastically trad Inn from where to explore the 'Chipping Norton Set's' stomping ground.

Known as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds' Chipping Norton has always been a popular town with media types due to its proximity to Oxford and London. Rebekka Brooks has a home near Hackers Lane in Churchill and neighbouring Burford is home to PR fixer Matthew Freud and his wife - Elisabeth Murdoch. Jeremey Clarkson is another of Chippy's famous residents.

Visit: Falkland Arms, Great Tew, Chipping Norton

Barnsley House, Barnsley, Cirencester

Barnsley House is the epitome of new Cotswold Chic - ultra tasteful decor and supremely intimate surroundings make it a luxury safehouse for Celebs. Elizabeth Hurley lives nearby in her vast country pile in nearby Ampney Knowle. Ms Hurley is also known to frequent The Village Pub (opposite Barnsley House), sometimes accompanied by close friend Hugh Grant. A few miles from Barnsley is Siddington near Cirencester, home to Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife who live in an opulent 17th century Cotswold Manor.

Visit: Barnsley House, Barnsley, Cirencester

Tags: accommodation, celebrity cotswolds, cotswold hotels, kate moss, jamie hince, david cameron, matthew freud, elisabeth murdoch, rebekka brooks, jeremey clarkson, alex james, elizabeth hurly, laurence llewelyn-bowen, lifestyle

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