Most unexpectedly, we ended up in the Cotswolds for most of August, due to being unable to secure a long term lease in Edinburgh (during the Edinburgh Festival – it’s a crazy time to try and get a long term place, let me tell you, having learnt that lesson the hard way!). Notwithstanding, the Cotswolds deserved this time, because there’s a lot to see and do. It’s also a great place to base yourself for day trips to Bath (we stayed at The Pig) and London (I even took a sneaky train trip to Paris for a couple of nights – solo!).
We stayed with relatives in Minchinhampton (a very cute little village with one of every shop, to give you some idea of the size of it!) and enjoyed day trips to Broadway, Upper Slaughter, Highclere Castle aka Downtown Abbey (the top photo!), Oxfordshire, Cirencester, the Slim bridge Wetland Centre, Bibury, Southrop…the list goes on.
We enjoyed some spectacular food in the Cotswolds, most notably:
- Daylesford Organic Farm Gloucestershire: we enjoyed a morning tea and also managed to pick up some bottles of divine rose by Chateau Leoube.
- Barnsley House: this friendly, casual style pub does the best ribs I’ve ever had
- Calcot Manor: delicious high tea!
- The Swan at Southrop: Kate Moss was married here. Stunning food in the prettiest little village style pub.
- The Pig: unbelievably good dinner, fresh from the hotel garden.