days out

The Cotswolds – 9 months to go <3

We booked our Cotswolds break quite last minute, maybe with just a few weeks to go as I have an extra weeks holiday in October for half term so we thought we’d make the most of it and get away for a few nights. We originally wanted a little cottage with a lovely wood burner but because we wanted Thursday to Sunday it wasn’t working out (most places want you to book Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday). I changed my search to hotels and came across the amazing Fish Hotel via Mr and Mrs Smith, it’s quite newly opened and part of the Farncome Estate and just looked absolutely perfect! Farncombe Estate is 3 hotels set in over 400 acres of woodland (definitely check out the other two hotels, they look incredible!!) which overlooks the beautiful village of Broadway. We had the best stay there and would really recommend it  ❤

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The grounds are just beautiful and you can see for miles! Plus we arrived to an incredible sunset, oh that golden autumn sun!

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We had a Cosy Luxe double room which was located in the stables, a short walk from the reception and restaurant. It was beautifully decorated and had everything we needed for our stay. I fell in love with the bedside table (from Loaf) and chair and have put them on my home decor wish list!

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On the first night we enjoyed a delicious dinner in the restaurant and a few cocktails and champagne in the beautiful bar area by the fire, so unbelievably cosy! Ben also played a game of pool in the games room, apparently the tip was broken on the cue so he didn’t play so well, that or the few glasses of JD he had could of been the reason…

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Breakfasts at the fish were SO good too, you could order off the menu for a cooked breakfast and help yourself to the pastries, cereals and bread. Yum!

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The Cotswolds was everything I hoped it would be and more, so many beautiful villages and towns that looked gorgeous in Autumn.

Our first stop was Burford, it’s known as the gateway to the Cotswolds, and was such a lovely town to begin our trip with. There were lots of independent shops to explore and a good selection of tearooms and pubs to grab something to eat and drink after travelling.

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Next up was stunning Bibury, it’s reported as one of the most beautiful villages in England and it really didn’t disappoint! The famous houses of  Arlington Row are often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country and I can definitely see why. Hundreds and hundreds of tourists visit these houses and there were 2 huge coach loads there when we arrived, thankfully they were getting ready to leave so it was quite peaceful as we walked round the village. I don’t think it would be quite the same in summer mind you!

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I couldn’t resist getting a snap of the ‘yellow car’ after reading about it ‘photobombing’ here!!

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The National Trust own and rent one of the cottages out for your own Cotswold stay, not sure I would enjoy all of the coach loads around though…

There wasn’t much else in Bibury but it was nice to say we had seen the famous row of houses and we had a lovely walk around the village.

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Bibury is somewhere I’d love to visit again in another season. We went to Bourton-on-the-Water next, it’s known as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds and is very popular with tourists. Again plenty of little shops and tearooms to browse but we didn’t end up spending much time there.

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Before heading to the hotel we stopped off at Daylesford, I’d heard lots about this farm shop and was keen to check it out. I loved all of their pumpkin displays and the shop was full to the brim with lots of yummy things.

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The following day we walked into Broadway, the village our hotel was on the outskirts of, and it was such a lovely walk.  The hotel provided us with a trail guide and we spent a few hours walking to the village via Broadway tower, it was such a good walk through woodlands and fields. It was a very foggy start to the day but soon brightened up.

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Foggy starts make for some lovely photos though 🙂

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So many photos from the walk, it was too pretty not to snap away! From Broadway tower it was just a few fields down to the town of Broadway and we were definitely ready for a tea and cake stop! Broadway town was one of my highlights of the trip, it had such a lovely feel to it and again, was absolutely beautiful.

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Lots of spooky displays in the shops too…

We took the quick route back to the hotel which had some beautiful views over Broadway

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On arrival back at the hotel Ben hilariously struggled to get his boots off and spent a good 10 minutes yanking at them in the corridor, unbelievably funny to watch and I was crying with laughter watching him and couldn’t take a good  picture, the memories of that will stay a while though I’m sure!! He’s sworn to never wear them again…

We visited Cheltenham late afternoon which was a much bigger town with a completely different feel to it, it didn’t really look like any other towns we visited and was full of large chain stores you would get in most towns so we didn’t spend long there.

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Our last day was spent visiting the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughters and Woodstock. Upper and Lower Slaughters were so picturesque and the drive to them was so lovely through the narrow, tree lined country lanes.

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Our last stop in the Cotswolds was Woodstock, it’s a small town and Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of it. I wish we had time to go to Blenheim Palace but there’s always next time.

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So that’s it, our first but definitely not last, trip to the Cotswolds. Sorry it’s very picture heavy but I didn’t want to leave anything out of our amazing little mini break! We stopped off at Bicester on the way home and I bought my wedding shoes!!! Sure I’ll get round to posting them on here soon. Thank you for reading x

9 months to goooo!!  ❤

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