Broadway Tower

Bank holiday getaway in The Cotswolds…

Travelled in: May 2017

Sadly us Brits don’t do a lot of exploring of our own country, mainly due to the fact we are cursed with bad weather 90% of the year! On the odd occasion the sun does make an appearance it’s worth seeing what good old england has to offer, so this past bank holiday I spent some time in The Cotswolds, this is what I got up too…


Arriving and travelling around The Cotswold…

The best way to get around the Cotswolds is by car. “The Cotswolds” covers such a huge area, if you truly want to explore then a car in a necessity, especially if you just want to come across cute views like this…

The Cotswolds

I did also see quite a few tour buses in some of the more popular towns, but generally these were just full of overseas tourists.


Staying in The Cotswolds…

The whole purpose of my Cotswolds visit was for a SPA break I had booked for my boyfriends birthday.

I found and booked the SPA hotel we stayed at on offpeakluxury.com, where I got an amazing deal! I booked The Greenway Spa Hotel for a one night stay, dinner, breakfast and full use of SPA facilities for £100, much cheaper than anything else I had seen online for the same kind of experience!

Greenway Hotel

The The Greenway Spa Hotel is located just outside of Cheltenham and in a convenient location to get around other areas of The Cotswolds. The rooms at the hotel were huge, traditional, but felt quite luxurious, the food was brilliant and the service was exceptional. I would definitely recommend a stay at this hotel, I found it to be really great value for money.

RONALD, Moreton on Marsh

As we wanted to make a weekend of going to The Cotswolds we decided to book another nights’ accommodation in a different area so we could explore. I scoured AIRBNB and found the cutest little shepherds hut called RONALD. Based on an equestrian center RONALD was perfect, he was small, but warm, clean, cosy, comfortable and had everything you would need for a short stay plus you got to wake up to the view of horses and chickens outside your window which was pretty special. If you are only staying for a couple of nights in The Cotswolds he is the perfect accommodation and something abit different to your usual hotel or bnb.

Horses, The Cotswolds


Eating in The Cotswolds…

As we had a couple of our meals included in our SPA break we didn’t get chance to try too many of the culinary delights The Cotswolds had to offer, but there sure wasn’t a lack of places to try (especially if you love a bit of pub grub)! Some of the places we did get to were…

Kingham Plough, The Cotswolds

The Kingham Plough, Kingham – We stopped off at The Kingham Plough as it had been recommended to me… The pub is located in a really cute little town called Kingham, which wasn’t far from RONALD. We sat eating pulled pork burgers and sipping on eldeflower lemonade in a cute dining room. Upon further inspection of said dining room we noticed we were dining in the company of the one and only David Cameron, it was quite hilarious to watch the faces of our fellow diners as one by one they realised we were sat among the former PM.

Lucys Tea Room, Stow on the Wold

Lucys Teas Room, Stow on the Wold – We stumbled upon this cute little place as we wandered the streets of market town Stow on the Wold. You must stop off here if you want some good old traditional english afternoon tea or scones!


Things to do in The Cotswolds…

Broadway Tower, The Cotswolds

Broadway Tower – A great place to take in and admire some panoramic views of The Cotswolds… Not only does it have a tower you can go up, but it is also the site of a ROC nuclear bunker, which makes for a very interesting viewing. For a small fee of £4.50 you can go down and have a tour of the bunker and get an insight in what it would have been like for the workers here during the cold war.

Cleeve Hill, The Cotswolds

Cleeve Hill – This is the highest point in The Cotswolds, so another great place to go and take in the beautiful greenery and views. If you make your way through the fields of sheep you will be greeted with these amazing views over Cheltenham race course and there is also a golf course at the top. The Cotswolds way walking path also passes through here.

Blenheim Palace, The Cotswolds

Blenheim Palace – The birthplace of William Churchill is well worth a visit during your time in The Cotswolds. Not only a really impressive historical building to explore, but the vast ground are fantastic for a strole around and there is generally some kind of event on to enjoy such as a food festival or in particular on the day I was there – a jousting tournament. The entrance fee is about £25 but once you have this ticket you are then able to re-enter the palace all year round.


Places to visit in The Cotswolds…

Bourton on the Water

Bourton on the Water – A picturesque river side town lined with pubs, cafes and village shops. The town also is home to a few gimmicky tourist attractions such as birdworld and the dragonfly maze.

Stow on the Wold

Stow on the Wold – This is a lovely little market town, a great place for some afternoon tea or a rummage through the many flea markets or antique shops to see what kind of bargain you can pick yourself up!

Arlington Row, Bibury

Bibury – Home to the national trust site Arlington Row, Bibury is one of the most popular and picture postcard places you will visit in The Cotswolds. There is not a lot there, but it is worth a visit – especially if you are in to trout as there is a trout farm in the center of the village!


 

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