I said in an earlier post I wanted to see more of England and this weekend I finally made it to the Cotswolds. I had wanted to come to this part of the country for so long so was really excited to finally be there! One of my best friends moved there last September; really it was nothing short of a crime that I hadn’t made it yet!
I arrived at lunchtime on Saturday and despite it being a little rainy was desperate to, first catch up, and then explore. Luckily I had my very own personal tour guide who was more than keen to show me her favourite places.
First stop was to the absolutely beautiful Bourton-On-The-Water. I was immediately sold. Personally I don’t think you can beat having a clear stream running through the middle of the town with dinky stone bridges crossing it at intervals. The advantage of it being such a miserable day, was that everywhere felt deserted! We stopped to have lunch in the very cute Bakery on the Water; perfect roast beef sandwiches!
In anticipation of the food we had just eaten, and were about to eat, a walk was definitely required. Not letting the rain dampen our spirits we set off on a lovely walk that encompassed Upper and Lower Slaughter. Everywhere is just so pretty and exactly as I pictured – making a very happy Charlie.
After a ramble in our much needed welles we decided it was time to stop for tea and cake, naturally. My amazing tour guide led me to the insanely adorable Old Mill Cafe in Lower Slaughter. This is reached by walking through the very interesting little shop at the front. Being the country girls we are, we decided to brave sitting outside to take advantage of the courtyard looking over the mill and the bubbling river. The heavens then proceeded to open and even we decided it was time to retreat into the cosy interior. It must be an absolutely lovely spot in the summer, plus the tiffin cake was pure heaven!
Walking commenced as we made our way to Upper Slaughter, in the process played Pooh sticks in one of the many streams, wandered past sheep filled fields and enjoyed the beautiful countryside. We then arrived at our next stop, the Slaughters Country Inn where it was prosecco time. I am told this was on tap, so pretty perfect to me! Finishing Saturday with more food and drink.
Sunday dawned slightly sunnier, well not raining at least. First stop was breakfast and we headed into Moreton-In-Marsh to Tilly’s Tea Room. Here we were served perfect sausage sandwiches on door stop bread. Absolutely scrumptious.
We then headed to Broadway, again another lovely Cotswolds town. We went for a wander and I really enjoyed looking at all the quaint and beautiful houses, happily picking out which ones I would like to live in. We then stopped for afternoon tea, yes more food, at Tisanes Tea Shop. What can I say? More good food and more yummy tiffin!
The Cotswolds lived up to everything I had imagined it to be and we are so lucky to have such a beautiful part of the world in England. The towns are all gorgeous, with such lovely historic charm and the surrounding countryside is simply stunning. I am smitten and can’t wait to go back!