I got a nice surprise one September’s morning when Tom, my other half, said we have a trip booked for October. I didn’t know what to expect as we had just finished a summer of hen do’s/stag do’s and weddings full of travelling. I tried getting the answer out of him but he stayed strong. Closer to the time he did tell me and what a lovely surprise it was – a relaxing trip to the Cotswolds with my sisters and their other halves. This also meant that Archie, my 18 month old godson would be coming too and I love spending time with him.
One Friday we set off on our journey to Bourton-on-the-water which is at the heart of the Cotswold. An hour and a half later we arrived in the cutest village. We met up with the others and walked around the corner to our Airbnb. The cottage was stunning, set back just off the Main Street and river in its own quaint courtyard, it was the perfect location.
When we entered Bourton Croft Cottage our lovely host had already lit the fire and left us some fresh produce. Mmm, there is no better way to win us over than with fresh bread and butter (among other homemade or locally sources goodies). One of the warmest greetings I have ever had and it was absolutely wonderful.
Once we had settled in the rest of the day was spent exploring the local town and we stocked up on some food and wine for the evening. Since Archie has been born we have swapped going out for dinner parties, we now know how to throw a pretty good one if I say so myself.
After a lovely nights sleep in the extremely comfy beds, Tom and I wondered over to the local bakery to pick up some fresh bread and pastries for breakfast. Now we were all ready to head out and explore more of the countryside. We were lucky with the weather so we could walk until our hearts were content. We ended up walking to Lower Slaughter and then onto Upper Slaughter which are neighboring villages. It was such a refreshing walk through quiet fields and walkways by the river.
On our second full day we decided to stay in Bourton-on-the-Water and explore some of the local attractions. After eating breakfast from the local bakery, we wondered to the Model Village. This mini model replica of the stone village was very cute and for anyone who likes mini things you will love it. The amount of detail was truly amazing and Archie had so much fun running around the mini streets.
After we visited the Dragonfly Maze and strolled alongside the beautiful streams before heading for Afternoon tea. I had my eye on a cute tearoom we had walked past a few times already, called Smiths of Bourton. This traditional cosy tearoom was the perfect way to spend the afternoon and warm up. All of the choices on the menu sounded delicious and I had so much trouble choosing but, I eventually went for the cheese board and I may have taken a bite of someones sweet scone.
After a wonderfully bliss weekend in Bourton-on-the-Water also known as ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ quite rightly so, we had to check out of our cosy cottage and make our way back home. I would thoroughly recommend a trip to the Cotswolds for anyone who enjoys the countryside and fancies a relaxing break. I will be returning very soon to discover more of the beautiful area.