The Cotswolds – Escape to the English Countryside

Slaughter, Cotswolds

Many times I’ve heard people say that England isn’t the prettiest country on Earth, myself included have been guilty of similar remarks, however I must say that there are certain areas that may change your mind, take for example The Cotswolds. If you want to see true ‘Britishness‘, the type you imagined from Pride & Prejudice, then you must take a weekend escape to the English countryside.

Welcome to the Cotswolds

stow on the wold, cotswolds

 

I’m lucky enough to have my parents spend half of their time in Cheltenham, meaning that each time I visit them, they take me to a new town in the Cotswolds, which is why this part of the UK has me enamoured.

There are dozens of cute villages that look like something out of a fairy tale; many of them date back to the Medieval times, others to the 16th-17th centuries. Picture brick wall cottages, with small doors and little gates adorned with garlands of flowers. You’ll often find farmers markets or small shops that sell hand-crafted goods from the area, especially wool and leather goods, as some of these villages were big exporters of sheep’s wool back in the day.

cotswolds, sheep

Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds
Lower Slaughter

slaughter, cotswolds

Stratford Upon Avon, UK
Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon

poppies, Slaughter

poppies, UK

 

Here are my suggestions for awesome day trips to bucolic countryside villages in The Cotswolds:

  • Stow-on-the-wold
  • Bourton on water
  • Mickleton
  • Burford
  • Upper / Lower Slaughter
  • Northleach
  • Painswick
  • Bibury

Don’t ask me why the names all sound so dreadful, I’m guessing marketing as we know it today had a much smaller role back in the 16th century! Not sure today the likes of Painswick & Slaughter would be on top of the list when choosing your villages’ name, but believe me, they are worth the visit 🙂

You can find out more about the different places here. I really can’t get enough of the little cottages and I may have a slight obsession with their tiny, decorated doors:

stow on the wold, UK

Stow, Cotswolds
Stow on The Wold

Cotswolds doors, Stow

cottages, stow

post office, stow

 

Sample a variety of craft beers, or enjoy some exquisite pub food – the Sunday roasts are usually amazing! What I can promise is that you will leave feeling purified given the contact with nature and beautiful scenery, cultured from the history and highly relaxed.

table for two

Lower Slaughter, UK
Lower Slaughter
Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
Cheltenham countryside, UK
Cheltenham countryside

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