I have a list on my iPhone notes of places I want to visit in the U.K. and in recent years I’ve been trying to tick off as many as I can and see more of this beautiful country.
Stay-cations are the best; no hassle of airports, stress of flying (fellow nervous flyers will appreciate!), exchange rates etc. Just do a quick booking.com search, pack, jump in the car and head off for the weekend. We are spoilt for choice here in the U.K. as there’s so much to see but this time we went to The Cotswolds, which has been on my iPhone notes for years.
We rented a small apartment in Cheltenham and spent 3 days driving from village to village, exploring each one and discovering their different character and charm that they have to offer, stopping occasionally for a spot of tea & scones – oh so British!
To add to the typical British theme, it rained on and off all weekend, but instead of crying into our cups of tea, we just put up our brollies and continued to explore Cotswold’s merry olde towns.
As a history buff it was incredible to walk around the unspoilt, old, chocolate box villages where families still run the local bakeries, the olde post office is still in use and the village church and town hall host events for the local community.
The villages have a timeless quality to them, so if you ignore the smart phones and the swarm of people talking pictures with their selfie sticks, you can almost imagine what it would have been like in the good old days of letter-writing and assembly room dancing. It’s no wonder that countless movies and period-dramas have been filmed in The Cotswolds; War Horse (Castle Combe), Bridget Jones (Snowshill), Harry Potter (Gloucester Cathedral & Lacock) and the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (Meryton is filmed in Lacock).
We drove through countless villages but if you are thinking of going, I’d recommend not missing Bibury, Lacock, Lower Slaughter, Castle Combe and Stow-on-the-Wold. I’m already day-dreaming of my next visit there, staying in an old inn or cottage that has a four poster bed and spending my weekend roaming the villages.