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The Cotswolds

Castle Combe England

One of my favorite parts of the trip was staying in the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is in south central England and contains the Cotswolds Hills and tons of cute historic towns. Right when we stepped off the plane we headed to the relaxing countryside to check out the small towns and go to the spa. Our first stop was in Castle Combe where we walked the one block town and grabbed a ginger beer {refreshing and non-alcoholic} at The Castle Pub. Several period piece films have been shot here including Sherlock Holmes, and it’s easy to see why. Not much has changed since it was built 300 years ago.

The Castle Pub Cotswolds

We then headed to Whatley Manor for a spa day and relaxing night. I’ve only visited day spas, but a retreat spa is completely different. We sat in the hot tubs, steam room, sauna, indulged in a salt scrub shower and got massages. Whatley Manor is a restored manor house built in the 18th century. Located on 12 acres of land, guests are free to walk the proper and enjoy the 26 distinct gardens. Before hitting the spa we grabbed a bite to eat on the patio and walked most of the gardens. Even the smallest landscaped plot was turned into a lush garden.

Whatley Manor Whatley Manor garden

The next day we headed to more towns, starting with Arlington and Bibury. I would definitely suggest stopping in Bibury if you’re in the Cotswolds. Arlington Row in Bibury is a line of quaint stone cottages built in 1380. It’s just a short walk around the river and meadow from the cottages back to the few businesses which make up the center of town.

Bibury cottages cotswolds Cotswolds meadow

Burford was the next little town on the Cotswolds tour. It’s one of the bigger towns with an actual high street for shopping. We stopped in Moreton-in-Marsh for a little shopping, where I picked up some Cotswolds honey and we grabbed fresh cheese for a night in with wine. But first, it was lunch at Daylesford Organic Farm. I loved this farm shop and cafe! The organic farm-to-table food was tasty and healthy. {You may have seen my Instagram post on it}. It was one of those specialty store that you wish you could live right next door to. This is definitely a must stop.

Daylesford Organic Farm Cotwolds

Regardless of which little towns you stop in, you will not be disappointed with a trip to the historic and lovely Cotswolds.

Cotswolds England

Note: The Wild Rabbit is another must stop place to eat, stay or simply visit and it’s near Daylesford!


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