The Cotswolds, filled with rolling hills, quaint villages and picturesque landscapes is arguably one of the places you must visit in England. Being only around two hours from London, it’s the perfect place to visit for a day, a long weekend, heck – even all of summer if I had my way! 🙂
We started off with a check-in to The Wood Norton Hotel…
…picked up our Morgan convertible (pretty sweet ride, right?) and hit the open English roads.
First stop: Broadway
The pretty village of Broadway is a mere 20 minute drive south from The Wood Norton Hotel and is unbelievably charming.
The first thing that struck me was how whimsical the houses felt, as if almost from a fairytale. You can almost picture Alice (a-la Wonderland) or Jack (and his not-so-many beans) wandering around these lopsided cottages…
The beautiful (slanted) little doorways and olde-English style architecture was only made ever better by the sun deciding to come out and although it was a tad chilly, we decided, the roof on the Morgan had to come down – even if for just a few minutes! 🙂
The best way to explore Broadway is to park someone at either ends of the high street and see it all on foot.
You’ll find no shortage of cute cottages here….
If the weather stays nice and dry, take a walk up to Broadway Tower for views all across the Cotswolds.
Second Town: Stow-on-the-wold
About 10 minutes drive south from Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold is a historic market town that dates back to Norman times (around 1300).
By the time we’d finished seeing Broadway, that craving for scones had transformed into a hunger monster! We decided to park our bottoms in beautiful, Huffkins Tea Room and gorge on some delicious English tea and freshly made scones, jam and clotted cream which filled us up a treat!
The town itself is mainly centred around Market Square so be sure to spend a few hours exploring many of the independent shops and antiques that fill its square. Also, on a Saturday, Market Square becomes filled with local antiques stalls selling everything from old victorian dishes, to bespoke art and Georgian jewellery. They house a real cornucopia of goodies that’s brilliant if you love looking for something unique.
Third Town: Bourton-on-the-Water
Our last stop of the day was to Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the Cotswolds most famous little villages and is the largest, little market town in the Cotswolds.
Separating the town in two is the shallow River Windrush, with its picture perfect little bridges… Take some time for a little walk down the river bank and don’t forget to go with some bread for the ducks.
When looking to eat, don’t forget to try a little nibble from The Bakery On The Water, an independent little cafe that produces the most perfect pastie in all of England (a bold statement, I know!).
After a little gander and an afternoon Cornish (or can I call them Cotswolds) Pastie ;-), take a moment to explore The Model Village – a total throwback setting a reminder of how quaint and picturesque the Cotswolds are.