I’ll be the first to admit that when we first booked our two night stay in the Cotswolds as a tag-on to our usual Cornish retreat, I was a little dubious. Don’t get me wrong, the interiors and the look of the cottage had me hooked; but the thought of exploring somewhere we didn’t know too well filled me with doubt as opposed to excitement. I think this is something that has happened to me in the wake of Teddy dying; I used to be keen for excitement and adventure, and now I am just happier at home and doing things I know and love. Not that I imagined two nights in the Cotswolds would be a particularly wild prospect, it was just the unknown.
I shouldn’t have worried for a moment. From the very second we stepped through the door of Little Cotswold Cottage it wrapped itself around me. There was something about the inglenook fireplace and the exposed stone walls that made it so cosy and inviting. I felt as though I had stepped onto the set of a British working title movie, not a holiday rental near Chipping Norton! Every little detail in the cottage had been considered; from the small-but-perfectly-formed kitchen with its copper taps and Cowshed products; to the beauty of the upstairs bedroom with its freestanding bath upon honeycomb floor tiles. In fact, it dawned on me fairly quickly that I didn’t actually want to leave! The fact that the entire front of the cottage gave me full-blown Wisteria hysteria, was just an added bonus.
The cottage sleeps four people and is dog friendly (ideal!). Arranged over three floors it has a cosy sitting room complete with dining area and a very cleverly thought out “Candy Bar” in an alcove of the wall (I mean, who doesn’t need a candy bar?!) and fully functional kitchen; the stairs take you up to a spacious double bedroom and spectacular bathroom with vaulted ceiling and a shower to die for! The second bedroom is arranged in what would have been the attic; this is where we chose to stay, and with good reason. It’s painted woodwork and beams, accompanied by stylish soft grey and white furnishings made it a beautiful and restful home-from-home kind of place. The hanging robes and fluffy white towels made everything feel like we were staying in a five-star boutique hotel as opposed to self-catering.
Whenever we look to stay anywhere I always look for beautiful and swoon-worthy properties; whether that’s a hotel or a self-catering cottage. The kind of place that you stay and when you get home you kind of want to sort all your sh*t out in your house and just start again! The cottage definitely gave me that feel; I was filled with admiration for its attention to detail and green with envy at it’s beautiful bathroom. The vintage pieces and quirky touches in each and every room meant I was constantly eyeing up ways to re-create the feel at home. That’s when I knew we had found a real gem of a cottage!
We made the most of our exploring opportunity in the Cotswolds. The cottage was just five minutes from Chipping Norton, ten minutes from Daylesford Organic Farm (swoon-tastic) and not far from Soho Farm House (I think we all know, that is the dream right there). It was also a stone’s throw from the Cotswold Gin Company’s distillery; and as a gin enthusiast I am still kicking myself that we didn’t manage to get there (Next time!).
We did venture about twenty-five minutes away to beautiful Broadway; with it’s fabulous buildings and historical high street. I only had to take about five paces before I had to stop to take yet another Instagram-worthy photo (Yep, the husband loved that, I am sure of it!). Now, obviously, we had Boris with us (he’s a pug, just in case you are new around here!); so, we were on the look-out for pooch-friendly places to eat and drink. We enjoyed a morning coffee and a (albeit brief) sit out in the morning sun at a pub called The Swan. Then we ventured onto our next destination; Stow On the Wold. I have to say that Stow is one of the most picturesque English towns I have ever had the pleasure of visiting; a real delight to explore. We lunched at the extremely dog friendly Old Stocks Inn, where Boris was greeted with open arms and the food was as delightful as the welcome. Stow was a brilliant place to explore and there were so many shops to draw you in; Shop Meggie’s was the real find for me!
I don’t think I would have been prepared to conclude our day of exploring without a trip to Daylesford Organic Farm (or the mecca as I shall now refer to it!). What an experience! Having wanted to go for an age, I was bursting with excitement as I finally walked through those doors. It was one of those places I felt I could have lost myself in for hours; pawing over the baskets and tableware’s; admiring the spring blooms and everything that the food hall had to offer. We picked up some comte cheese from the infamous “Cheese Room” (don’t ask; just go) and some of the Daylesford honey, which I am pleased to say we enjoyed on toasted bread from the local loaf that had been left for us upon our arrival at the cottage. All sounds very quaint, doesn’t it? Well, I won’t lie……it was. I feel like my main aim in life is now to return to Daylesford for lunch (They say aim high, don’t they?).
All in all, I couldn’t have loved our break at Little Cotswold Cottage more. It was exactly what we both (and Boris) needed. Of course, being the creature of habit that I am, now I’ll just have to go back……..
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