Bibury is home to arguably, the prettiest street in all of England – Arlington Row, one of the most iconic sights in the Cotswolds and definitely one of my favourites places to visit in the UK!

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We arrived in Bibury (straight after leaving the equally beautiful Castle Combe), as the heat of the sun was starting to cool off and wasted no time in heading straight for Arlington Row and its pretty little cottages.

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Once we got there, I totally understood why this was a firm favourite amongst visitors to the Cotswolds. This unassuming little street is the epitome of British living.

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Also, did you know you can stay in the cottages here? Turns out you can rent them from the National Trust though I imagine the availability on them must be fairly limited due to their location.

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Bibury is the only place we visited in the Cotswolds where we didn’t go to the church, we could’ve but at this stage, I was far too hungry and felt rather accomplished from getting to explore Arlington Row so we skipped the church and headed off to Oxford!

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Except no journey through the Cotswolds is ever that straight forward and for all our ‘rushing off’ to Oxford, we got distracted halfway through the journey by the village of Banbury. It was only the quickest whistle-stop tour through Banbury but it was enough to convince me of my need to return and spend even more time in the Cotswolds!

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Finally at Oxford, we check in, chucked the hand luggage into the hotel room at lightning speed and headed off in search of food!

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Lloyd started off with the pate – I went for the prawns.

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Followed by lamb for both of us (in the most delicious gravy ever, served with mash) – definitely one of my favourite meals of the trip!

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We finished off with crème brulee for dessert – another favourite of mine! (I have like 4 main ‘go-to’ desserts – I’ll try anything but those 4 desserts are almost always guaranteed to be on my plate if I ever find them on a menu).

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Exhausted but excited to see what Oxford had to offer, we made our way back to the hotel where I promptly fell asleep, dreaming of beautiful Cotswold villages..

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  • MissLilly

    it’s such a gorgeous little place! it feels like a travel back in time. A tiny place but worth the visit. And the restaurants in the area are really good too.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re so right, it’s as if time has stood still – we LOVED it!

      I think we ate our weight in delicious grub! Haha! 😉

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • So charming! I wish we had such cute little villages like that in the States.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is a beautiful place! Totally know what you mean 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Can you imagine what Bibury would look like at Christmas?! Oh man, it must look so magical <3

    There's that creme brulee again! Every time you post foodie pictures, I expect to see CB on your plate haha! "Did Yaya order the creme brulee again?!"

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha!

      Yaya ALWAYS orders Creme Brulee… I swear he has tunnel vision as soon as he sees it on the menu! 😉

      Gosh, Christmas would be magical wouldn’t it! Twinkling lights, dustings of snow and snuggly scarfs! Yaaaaas! 🙂

      Lloyd xx

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  • This looks like something out of Downton Abbey or Pride & Prejudice! Would be such a fun place to visit and totally unplug (minus taking photos, obv)! I also think modern cars should be banned here. Only the classic, fancy ones from back in the day 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really does doesn’t it Rachel, it’s a magical place!

      O-M-Gosh… You’re so right, there should definitely be a ban on cars, it would be lovely (or just include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cars) haha 😉

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • Jordan Malthouse

    You say that you drove through the village of Banbury, those photos look like Burford! Easy confusion! Lol

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! We actually went through both (at separate times) Haha – you’re so right about the confusion.. will get our other photo of Burford up asap, Jordan 🙂

      Thanks for the heads up too. Big hugs

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

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