My friends seemed to question my motives quite a lot when I announced quite out of the blue, ‘I’m moving to The Cotswolds’…my friends would tell you if anyone were to up sticks and move away from where they grew up, it would most certainly NOT be me. Yet, here I am, living right smack in the middle of The Cotswolds, an hour from home and I think (despite a few hiccups) it was one of the best decisions I have made. I’ve grown up in a rural area and feel horrendously out of place if I don’t have green space within a few metres of me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a visit to the city and exploring towns; largely due to looking at the buildings and architecture…oh and maybe a spot of shopping, eating out and cocktails! But for me, home is the fresh air, the unspoilt views and the countryside. Of course, I miss my friends and family terribly and it’s hard living by myself, however that said, I’m still only an hour away and the bounty that is just on my doorstep makes up for any homesick and when I’m feeling a bit blue, I have a certain few places that I know will cheer me up.
The main reason I moved to this area was because of a job, but there were so many other reasons to warrant tearing me away from the comfort I have known for all of my life; the countryside and stunning scenery and there are just so many gorgeous towns, villages and eateries to explore and visit time and time again. There are many things The Cotswolds is famous for and the area is popular for a weekend visit.
I have a few must see Cotswolds attractions and each has their own merit and quirks. For lovely little towns and beautiful buildings, then my home town Cirencester is a must. It’s one of the larger places full of shops, a stunning park and beautiful wool church and it has one of the best places to grab brunch or lunch. Made by Bob is incredible and I adore having a lazy early morning there, indulging in some avo on toast and a coffee. Bliss! Another great eatery is Lynwood & Co, found in Lechlade, Fairford and soon Burford – their sourdough is spot on! If you’re in the mood for something quintessentially Cotswold, with the honey hued stone buildings, then you have to check out some of the Cotswolds B’s – Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-Water and Broadway. Each is truly delightful and contains some of the prettiest buildings I have ever seen. Broadway also has a marvellous tower and the views are seriously impressive. On a fine day, you can see across to Wales and the walks around the tower are delightful. Upper and Lower Slaughter are also a must; it takes quite a bit to leave me speechless but on my first visit, I was without words…you just have to see! If you fancy a spot of antique shopping, then add Tetbury to the list; for a gal like me who lives interiors this really is the perfect place!
Water plays a huge part in Cotswold life, yes, there are rolling hills a plenty, but there are many rivers and the Cotswold water park is vast, with lakes and activities that are great for families getting away. Another family outing place is Cotswold Farm Park (I have to say I also love this place…particularly at Lambing time). If you are thinking of staying in the area, there are some incredible hotels. My favourites include Thyme, Barnsley House, Whatley Manor and Dormy House, which is part of the Farncombe Estate and also has Foxhill Manor and The Fish. The food is quite simply spectacular at all of these, whether it is a simple pub style meal or Michelin standard dining. Being lucky enough to work in the 5* and luxury hotel industry for many years I like to think I know a thing or two about which hotels are best to stay at and eat at, so if you’re looking for a blissful escape or family getaway, then these are the best! Speaking of good places to eat, The Cotswolds is teaming with insanely good pubs. I particularly love The Lucky Onion group of pubs, The Five Alls at Filkins, The Wild Rabbit at Kingham and The Ebrington Arms near Chipping Campden. Daylesford Farm shop is a must too…it is my go to place for good food and an enjoyable trip out. They also have some gorgeous cottages to stay at too and if you like farmhouse style Cotswold chic interiors, then this is soo for you!
I feel truly blessed to live in such a gorgeous part of the country and it’s only just over an hour from London, which is perfect for a day out or weekend away. If you’ve not been to The Cotswolds, well you absolutely must and if you have, where are your favourite places? I would love to know!
With a background in hospitality, property and weddings, I now find myself living and working in one of the most beautiful parts of the country; The Cotswolds. I have a passion for all things wedding, interior design, food, fashion, floral and rural and my love of the countryside inspires everything I do.
A former wedding planner and stylist for an event and catering company, I now work as a manager within a luxury, boutique hotel. I also still participate regularly in helping to plan, coordinate weddings and photo shoots and have recently started Daphne & George, where I can bring all of my inspiration together.