Long weekends make for the best excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and lose yourself in the lush countryside, even if just for a bit!
To be honest, I hardly plan trips to explore the UK which I admit is such a shame and I’m really hoping to do so more often. The Cotswolds was at the top of my must see list after being recommended by so many friends and it did not disappoint! Rolling hills, lush green fields and the cutest cottages carved out of golden-honey stone.
Covering almost eight hundred square miles and running through five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire – literally like something out of Middle Earth!) – the first stop on our list in The Cotswolds was Castle Combe.
This picture perfect little village gave us our first glimpse of the Cotswolds life, slow, lazy and carefree, something we could definitely get on board with!
With a shallow stream running through the middle, Castle Combe was named after a 12th century castle which stood to the north of the village.
Every inch of the village is worthy of a postcard, making you think, do people actually live here? Or is it just a life-size model, built for tourists (and bloggers)?
After stopping every minute to take almost a million photos, we made our way to our next destination, the town of Painswick.
The first order of business was quick lunch at The Painswick Hotel, a beautiful stone building with sixteen rooms and a stunning view of a very green British countryside.
I mean, we could not have asked for a better spot to enjoy our lunch!
Our bellies full and satisfied, we made our way to explore the rest of this town.
Standing on a hill in the Stroud district and overlooking one of the Five Valleys, Painswick is made up of narrow, winding streets and traditional architecture; the epitome of an English village.
Back on the road, stopping only to say hi to some new friends (see above!), we moved on to the final destination of the day and our stop for the night, the village of Broadway.
We booked the adorable Bumblebee Cottage in Broadway for the night, a two floor cottage with a large sitting room, kitchen, garden and bedroom. We were in heaven!
Dark stone floors and warm autumnal interiors, I’d love to come back to the Bumblebee Cottage in the winter months and cozy up in front of its crackling fireplace.
So much space and just for the two of us!
Uber happy with our first day of exploring the Cotswolds, we fell into the most sound sleep, excited to discover more the following day.
The most perfect Sunday.
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