Now, the thing about the Cotwolds is that, this absolutely beautiful area in England comprises of so many absolutely beautiful little villages and towns so it’s pretty much “user’s choice” when it comes to deciding where to visit.

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One place I knew I had to visit in the Cotswolds (especially after this post on the most beautiful places to visit in the UK… and our visit to these 3 villages and towns in the Cotswolds) was the village of Lacock.

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Lacock is considered by and large to be one of the prettiest in the Cotswolds so we headed straight there after leaving Bath.

The journey doesn’t take too long and is strewn with beautiful English houses and farmland filled with animals so it’s so easy to be distracted as you make your way over to Lacock.

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Lacock is one of those places in the UK where it feels like time stood still (in a good way). Picturesque English cottages as far as you can see and there’s even an honesty box system here for buying fresh farm produce.

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The honesty boxes are unmanned ‘shops’ where you buy whatever you want and are trusted to pay for it without ever speaking to anyone. I can’t imagine this happening in London (my first experience of it was in the Isles of Scilly) and I find it so endearing. This is the kind of place you raise a family in, I reckon. 🙂

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Let’s go on a little jaunt through the village shall we?

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Lacock is a pretty small place and so it’s fairly easy to explore on foot!

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Before long though, my thoughts turned to food and so we headed over to the King John’s Hunting Lodge Tea Rooms and Garden (now that’s a mouthful of a name).

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The place itself is definitely more ‘tea room’ than ‘hunting lodge’… not that I really know what a hunting lodge looks like, come to think of it.

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We decided to go for the afternoon tea (at which point I realised the battery on my camera had pretty much gone) which was the perfect excuse to put the thing down and enjoy my tea properly. (The kind folk in the kitchen did help me charge it while we wallowed in the sunshine with our tea and freshly baked scones).

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Fully recharged, we went off to see more of Lacock, especially its Church of St Cyriac.

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By the way, remember the National Trust membership I mentioned before? Lacock is another place it would have been handy to have this in as Lacock Abbey is also a National Trust building and so entry would have been free if we had gotten the membership to it.

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The National Trust is like a company/government organisation/charity that looks important places British heritage places.

They’re the folk that would have taken over places like ‘Downton Abbey’ (if it were real), after the Crawleys were unable to look after it. Very few ‘old money’ Brits could afford to look after their estates as time went on so a lot of this went to the National Trust who look after it. (I sound like a salesman for the National Trust, hehehe – I’m not. I just love the idea of these people looking after these places so we get to enjoy them now – albeit for a fee!)

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Beautiful as Lacock is, we eventually had to say goodbye and head off to our next stop on our road trip – Castle Combe!

But more on that very soon…

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  • Laura Torninoja

    Cotswolds has been on my list of places to visit in the UK for such a long time now but I’ve never yet managed to go. 🙁 The pictures in this post are so pretty – I’m dying to visit that tea room!x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Awwwwwwww! Thanks so much Laura – you kind words made our day! 🙂

      The Cotswolds are stunning aren’t they – we love the whole area! We fell in love with it all! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • beautiful houses:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      They really are aren’t they, Tanja 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I’ve heard of Lacock before as I know Zoe and Joe Sugg are from there but I never knew how pretty it was! It’s totally emblematic of the British village especially with the produce and honesty boxes!

    Abigail Alice x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s stunning isn’t it Abigail! We fell in love with the whole place! Yeah, you’re so right about Zoe and Joe too! It’s a quintessential English village isn’t it! So incredibly pretty! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • Irene1990

    Thank you for yet another great post guys! I visited Lacock a few years ago; I could only wish
    my photos were anywhere as good as yours. Absolutely beautiful. 🙂

    Oh and btw – did you know that the house you have photographed with the gate bearing a sign
    that says “Private” on is actually the childhood home of Harry Potter (used in the first movie).

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Awww, thanks so much Irene. It’s such a gorgeous village isn’t it.

      No way!!! That is soooooo cool, we had no idea! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • James g

    Great photos and a cracking blog well done, i live in one of these houses, don’t know how you’ve managed to take so many fine photos of them without cars being parked in front !

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, James!

      Yeah, we were really lucky with the lack of cars (and people, actually).

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂