UK Series: The Cotswolds

That one beautiful Spring day at the Cotswolds…

On one Spring day, last month, I went on a day trip with a friend to the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is a rural area of south central England covering parts of 6 counties, notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Its rolling hills and grassland harbour thatched medieval villages, churches and stately homes built of distinctive local yellow limestone.

If you’re in the United Kingdom, it is one of the must visit places. You will not just be amazed by its quaint and attractive scenery, but also learn the history behind each site and attraction. For this trip, we visited 4 towns/villages. Each of which had its own different charms.

Bibury

Bibury is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It is known as the most beautiful village in England, as per 19th‑century artist and craftsman William Morris. 

In Bibury, you will find the most visited and popular attraction in the Cotswold, Arlington Row. Arlington Row is a row of cottages owned by the National Trust and would be the most photographed site in the Cotswold. It is also a location for several notable films.

The site was very quaint and picturesque and I could see why this was one of the most popular attractions in the Cotswold. The area was quite compact that you can walk around for an hour or less.

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Burford

Burford is a town known as the ‘gateway’ to the Cotswolds. Here, you can find restaurants, pubs like the Cotswold Arms and shops too.

We visited the town to have our lunch at the Cotswold Arms where I had a steak pie and some apple crumble for pudding. I liked how everything was all so close by as it is quite a small town. You can find shops, their church and pubs very near to one another.

Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village known for its honey-coloured stone architecture and idyllic village scenes. Straddling the River Windrush, it’s known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses.

You can find the Cotswold Motoring Museum here.

Bourton-on-the-Water would be favourite from this tour. Every corner was just beautiful, that I had to take loads of pictures here! It is such a charming village that I would love to visit it in Autumn as I did now that it is Spring.

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I wished we had spent more time here. I actually wanted to take more photos as well. Even the houses were attractive! I also had stopped for a cup of mocha from one of its pretty coffee shops.

Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns standing exposed on 800 feet high Stow Hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way. It is a market town filled with shops and tearooms.

Remember that iconic door? Yes, St. Edward’s Church and its famous door is located here.

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The town was also quite quaint. It is filled with several tearooms that I have to stop for a cuppa and a slice of cake. We dropped by Huffkins and I certainly enjoyed their tea paired with a slice of Victoria Sponge.

It was a such beautiful experience and one for the books. This trip made me realize that there are many more places in England and the United Kingdom that I have never been to, and I would love to visit. The Cotswold is on top of that and I can gladly tick it off my list, not that I won’t be coming back because I certainly am!

This trip has been very refreshing. It has given me a different kind of relaxation. It calmed me down from my busy London lifestyle. I would certainly look forward to another visit in the Cotswold soon, probably in Autumn?

Be pretty, be happy, be you! H~

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