Catching Up With The Cotswolds

We headed to the Cotswolds the other weekend with our glawning and Jemima (pics below) for some proper quintessential Englishness. What a pretty little part of the country it is!  Farrow and Ball have done well out of these parts. Beautiful little cottages with wild flower gardens and lush countryside abounded, fulfilling all expectations, and there’s enough thatch to start a forest fire. The sleepy Cotswolds is no understatement either – on the day we walked along the bridle paths from Whichford to Hook Norton we hardly saw a soul despite it being bank holiday weekend. Once there give Hook Norton Brewery a visit – they do some really nice ales and I can strongly recommend the Hooky.
We stayed at the very cool and quirky Holycombe Campsite in Whichford where lots of glamping options are available like gypsy caravan, yurt, tree house, airstream and bell tents, not to mention its very own moat and stone circle.  We were sorted for glamping options, of course, as we brought our unique drive away two door bell tent awning complete with log burning stove for the chilly evenings (and any time we get the urge to burn stuff).
There was a real feel of being at one with nature at Holycombe – not just from the compost loos (say no more) – but the constant lovely background noise of birdsong.  This was coupled with the church bells chiming the hour (the novelty of which soon wears off when you realise it continues all the way through the night…).  There’s only one hook up at this site so goodness only knows how far in advance you’d have to book for that. Otherwise it’s a nice relaxed £10 per night, park where you like, campfires allowed kind of place so a massive thumbs up from us.  No children and no dogs means it’s lovely and quiet too.
Not far away is Whichford Pottery  – definitely worth a visit. Lovely pots, great atmosphere, shop and cafe.  All very wholesome and organic with a menu featuring posh herbs like sorrel, fennel, and chicory.  They even make their own ice cream and it’s a TASTE SENSATION.
The Norman Knight pub is also in the village and has just changed hands so wasn’t serving food when we were there unfortunately but will be by now and looks promising.
We drove to the charming Stow-on-the Wold for a look around. All very civilised.

Click on the link below to see some sleepy Cotswolds footage of buttercups, fields being skipped through and steaks sizzling on our glawnings Traveller Stove:

The Obligatory Photo Album:

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