A 5 Step Guide to Spending an Amazing Weekend in the Cotswolds, England
You’ve seen the pictures, you’ve heard the stories – the Cotswolds are one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK and feel like the essence of everything it is to be English. You’ve decided to visit and want a bit of help to get you on your way to planning a few days away in the Cotwolds. Well, we’ve got you covered:
1. First – How to Get there?
This is easy – you can catch a train from London or pretty much anywhere else you are in the UK. You can also drive but you’ll probably find it less stressful to arrive by train – especially so if you’re coming from London.
2. Where to Stay?
It’s got to be classic English goodness through and through here and they don’t come any more English than the stately manor of The Wood Norton. Based in Evesham, The Wood Norton was once home to the French Royal family, after which it was used by the BBC during World War II as a base for emergency broadcasts and today is now a boutique English manor hotel.
3. Look the Part
The best way to explore the Cotwolds is definitely by car and now, while you don’t want to drive to get here (remember driving to get here means driving back when you leave and probably undoing all the relaxing you got up to all weekend), you definitely want to drive around once you’re here. If you drive that is. Skip all the obvious mainstream commercial choices and go with an old and truly British favourite – a Morgan. Any Morgan will do but the Plus 4 is convertible and perfect for the unpredictable British weather. Oh, and take your driving gloves with you – not because you’ll need it but because you’ll feel like you want it once you step into that car.
4. What to See?
Okay, you’re in the Cotswolds now. You’re all dressed up and ready to hit the road in your swanky car but where should you go to.
– Let’s start with the market town of Evesham which is as quaint as it sounds. You don’t wanna spend too long here though – you’ll wanna pop in for a quick gander and head down to Broadway next.
– Broadway is your quintessential English village – complete with wonky buildings and more charming houses than you can shake a stick at. Park the car at the far end of town and see everything else on foot.
– After Broadway, head over to the town of Stow-on-the-Wold where you are more than likely going to end up losing track of time and spending more money than you thought trying out some of the best scones and clotted cream in all the land.
– After Stow-on-the-wold, head over to the village of Bourton-on-the-Water where so many delightful country houses, tea shops and a number of little bridges await you!
– If you still have time and fancy a decent drive, don’t head back to the Wood Norton yet, go visit Shakespeare’s birthplace – Stratford-upon-Avon and while you’re there, take a little gander at Anne Hathaway’s house too! (Not the Les Mis, Anne Hathaway – Shakespeare’s wife).
5. Where to Eat?
The Wood Norton is perfect for breakfast and dinner (there’s an amazing 5 course dinner here that’ll leave you thinking about it for weeks to come) but if you’re out and about exploring one of the many villages, this is one of the times when you just need to play it by ear and try everywhere and anywhere you can. This whole weekend is all about exploring the English countryside so go ahead, be adventurous and pick anywhere you like for food! The quality is pretty good across the board to be fair and so you’ll struggle to be disappointed here. If the weather is great, perhaps even pack a picnic and enjoy it on the grass (be wary of the greedy ducks in Bourton-on-the-Water though – they love those picnic finger foods!).