Monday 10 July 2017

J&J in the Cotswolds ~ Part 1

This Summer Jake and I decided we wanted to see more of the UK and do a few weekend getaways. We recently ticked off Bath and Brighton however, we were very excited for our next destination; the ever so charming Cotswolds!

The drive out was beautiful, there is something special about the English countryside. Rolling hills, narrow roads and giant hedges on either side...I loved spotting the odd rabbit bouncing across the fields. It's like something out of a book and believe it or not the Cotswolds is where Beatrix Potter, the well know author of Peter Rabbit, lived and crafted her famous illustrations!

As soon as we hopped out of the car we saw the cutest cottage, it felt like something out of a fairy tale and instantly took a photo! I later realised that literally every two minutes there was another cottage just as gorgeous as the last! The rest of the trip was spent deciding which gorgeous cottage I would make my own!

The Cotswold's is home to historic villages and towns with cute thatched roof cottages and honey-coloured stone buildings which provide a quintessential English charm found no-where else in the world. There are so many towns and villages to explore, we did a bit of homework before we left we mapped out a few charming villages to stop in, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold both of which were impossibly pretty and overflowing with charm!

We headed to Bourton-on-the-Water first. This cute little village is often describes as the 'Little Venice' of the Cotswold's because of it's beautiful bridges and quaint river running through the heart of the village.

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Along the river sits a few dozen restaurants and shops to explore. Jake had done a bit of research on where to eat and we popped over to Bakery on the Water for lunch. Their shop window resembled some kind of bakery heaven. We purchased a variety of things and went into their back courtyard which overlooked the river. It was a nice little spot to relax and take in the charm all around us.

That afternoon we went for a countryside drive and it wasn't long before I started to see spot of red through the trees. We had to pull over and investigate...thats when we saw them, beautiful fields full of red poppies! Of course we had to take some photos. I mean, how could you not? They were so beautiful with rows and rows of red poppies, they were pretty much calling our name!

We ended up finishing off the day with a nice cold beer and a glass of cider at the Mousetrap Inn. It was so nice sitting in the sun enjoying a few drinks. They even sold Old Mout Cider which is all the way from our home country New Zealand! So as you can imagine we felt quite comfortable!

See you soon for more Cotswolds adventures soon! 

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