Since I was born I’ve lived in the Cotswolds, with its idyllic views, towns and houses. People travel from all over the world to visit. I have always felt super lucky to have home where it is so I thought id write about my favourite places to visit in the Cotswolds and some of the ones that are still on my list to go and see
Broadway tower was something I did with my friend Hannah and our sausage dogs Honey and Daf. We parked in Broadway and did the 4 mile walk all the way to the top to see the tower and back again. Broadway itself is an incredibly beautiful town and the walk up and (especially down) is stunning. The views are amazing and having the tower and the café at the top was a great. Some people were very impressed that our sausage dogs had managed to walk all that way. We had a look in the lovely independent shops. If you haven’t been there I would suggest going
Minchinhampton common/ Rodborough common- I cannot begin to say home much I love these places. I’ve spent so much time up there as a child and an adult. From having picnics, eating ice cream at Winstones, going for walks or going to any of the great pubs near by (The Black Horse in Amberly does great burgers and the view from its pub garden is incredible). The town of Minchinhampton is stunning too and worth a look if you’ve got an addiction to really beautiful Cotswold town houses and front doors! Also, great cafes in there too.
Shopping has to be Cirencester. It is one of my favourite places to go for a quick shop or for a cup of coffee. With its little shops as well as some well-known high-street favourites it’s a good place to go to get some personal gifts. It has a lot of cafes and pubs there too so always a good bet for lunch. On certain days it has the market in the centre which has recently been redone to make it less car focused and more pedestrian based. Cheltenham is also great for a bigger shop, you’ve got everything there and of course the architecture is just heavenly.
This seems a silly one to say but the events in the Cotswolds are really great too. The Festival of British Eventing is a family highlight I don’t think we have missed a year, getting to see world class eventing, shopping and tasty food whilst being set in the grounds of Princess Anne’s estate couldn’t get much better (except when its raining then it could). Polo is a big contender for days out if you like that sort of thing. Both Beaufort and Cirencester being immensely popular. We quite often go to the Beaufort Polo festival which does usually have Prince William and/or Prince Harry attending… I mean who doesn’t bloody love a Prince. The races at Cheltenham, Gifford circus (which I’ve never been too as I’m scared of the circus but I am going this year…wish me luck), Everyman Theatre, Frampton Country Fair and the list goes on.
I’m going to quickly suggest Stow on the Wold. It was a lovely little town; my friend Lucy and I went there after going to Daylesford which was lovely but not quite worth the hype everyone gives it. Stow its self was lovely, some great shops and lovely cafes so maybe worth visiting if you’re passing.
On to my places to visit list. The downside to living here is you don’t really see everything you could because you live here. My plan for 2018 is to visit these:
· Chipping Camden and Hidcote Manor
· Laycock and Castle Coombe
· Chavenage House
· Arlington Row (I’ve driven past it so many times and never stopped)
· Bourton on the Water
· The Slaughters
As well as lots of other quaint villages on my way. Let me know if you’ve got any suggestions