I know, I went to The Cotswolds months ago, but hey I have finally gotten around to pulling together a little guide to my favourite haunts. I grew up a stones throw from the Cotswolds, so it was nice to go back and explore as an adult, and take Con to some of my favourite spots too!
My Girl Kelly did a great job at scouting out an AirBnb for us on this trip. AirBnb is really the way to go in the Cotswolds, we knew we wanted space to spread out and chill in the evenings, a kitchen so we didn’t have to eat every meal out, and a fireplace for extra ambience! Walnut Tree Lodge in Nether Westcote was everything we could have hoped for, we loved the giant comfy beds, the exposed brick and beams, and the marble worktops! It was also perfectly located in a quiet village surrounded by great walks, and only a 10 minute drive from the likes of Stow on the Wold and Burton on the Water. If you’re new to Airbnb you can sign up via this link for £25 off your first booking!
EAT: Traditional Pub Grub at The Porch House
Our first night in The Cotswolds we booked a table at a local pub knowing we probably wouldn’t fancy cooking after the drive. The Porch House in Stow On The Wold was the perfect size, cold white wine by the carafe and steaks all round that just melted in the mouth. It claims to be the oldest inn in England and it certainly looks it. If you’re looking for traditional Cotswold charm, you’ll find it here.
1 Digbeth St, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1BN.
EXPLORE: Stow on the Wold
I have such fond memories of visiting Stow on the Wold as a child. One of The Cotswolds’ busier villages you’ll find Meggie’s, a seriously cute gifting shop, Cutter Brooks, a dreamy homeware store, as well as a florist, a cute book store complete with resident dog, and my favourite fudge shop. And of course, it’s not a visit to The Cotswold’s without a trip to The Cotswold Cheese Company. There’s lots of great walks from here, plenty of cosy pubs to shelter in with a beer and if you’re lucky enough to visit in the autumn, a fair few ivy covered buildings too.
EXPLORE: Bourton on the Water
A Cotswold classic, my memories of Bourton on the Water are all about picnics on the river bank on sunny may days. Walk along the picturesque river, grab a hot coffee and a cinnamon roll in Bakery on the Water, shop for crystals in The Lodestone, and enjoy the gorgeous views.
SHOP: Daylesford Farm
Popular for a reason, it’s worth the drive out to this gorgeous farmshop. If you’re around at lunchtime grab a fresh juice and a flatbread in the restaurant. If not, potter the food hall, buy local cheeses, tomatoes grown on site and a slice of pie for your tea. Browse the homeware hall, pick up books and hand cream and wicker baskets. Sign up for one of the courses they run, flower arranging or table laying, and definitely grab a bag of sleepy time tea before you leave.
Daylesford near Kingham Gloucestershire, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG.
EXPLORE: Westonbirt Arboretum.
My fondest childhood memories were school trips to Westonbirt, scavenger lists in hand and a plastic bag on the hunt for treasures of nature. It’s no less magic visiting as an adult, especially in the autumn. Take your favourite canine friend, walk the treetop trail, through the old arboretum and check out the japanese maple collection too. Warm up with a hot sausage roll from the cafe, served fresh from the oven and pastry flaking.
Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QS.
EXPLORE: Castle Combe
You’ll certainly know this one from Instagram, Castle Combe is the most postcard perfect of the Cotswold villages. Stop into the dreamy manor for a cup of tea and to explore the gardens, before walking the village and getting that iconic bridge shot. It’s every bit as magical as it looks.
Castle Combe, Chippenham SN14 7HX.
Have you been to The Cotswolds?