A couple of weeks ago Nathan and I were able to escape from the busy-ness of city life for a couple of days to the Cotswolds. We haven’t really explored that area of the country before so I was looking forward to seeing if it lived up to expectations – and it certainly did!
We stayed in a very nice hotel on the outskirts of Cheltenham which we found on LateRooms – gotta love a last minute bargain! Although it was quite a big hotel, we were staying in the main ‘old house’ section which was nice and cosy. There was also a swimming pool and jacuzzi which were sampled and approved of!
We stayed for 2 nights and so on the middle day we decided to go and explore what the Cotswolds has to offer. We headed to Stow-on-the-Wold which is a very beautiful, picturesque village in the heart of the Cotswolds. It was a gloriously bright autumn day and the sunshine gave the old cottages a lovely golden glow. We wandered around, exploring the independent bookshops, gift boutiques and clothes shops and admiring the village. There were a lot of people around for a mid-week autumn day so I can’t imagine how busy it must get in the summer.
For lunch, we found a little deli/food shop selling hot pasties, so armed with takeaway coffee from a cute independent cafe we sat in the car to warm up and munched while watching the world go by. In the afternoon we took a little stroll from the hotel down a country path, through a little wooded area and up a small hill. It was a big treat to be in the countryside and we enjoyed our very brief stay in the Cotswolds immensely – particularly the stunning scenery and autumn colours that were around every corner. Hopefully we’ll be back to explore more soon!