My Guide To A Cosy Weekend In The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is somewhere I’d wanted to visit for years. And now that I’ve been, I’m dying to go back already! Everything from the cottages, the beautiful rolling hills, the quaint little pubs and the friendliest people I’ve ever come across!

It was Lloyd’s 30th birthday in August and after weeks and weeks of looking for something to buy him, I found myself two weeks before the big day without even the faintest idea. He’s the world’s most difficult person to buy for! If he sees something he likes, he has to get it there and then! For that reason, I finally decided a trip away would be perfect for him. That also means I can enjoy it too, haha!

Lloyd has a very stressful job so I wanted somewhere he could relax, unwind and not have to worry about anything other than where we’ll be eating next! I also wanted somewhere we could take the dogs because 1. it was too short notice to book a dog-sitter and 2. they are our babies so we prefer to have them with us anyway! That is when I decided on the Cotswolds!

THE COTTAGE

Whilst I was researching where to stay, I came across a company called Beachspoke and fell in love with their properties. They have a number of beautifully decorated properties well located around the UK. They have two little cottages available in the Cotswolds, but I was immediately drawn to The Yarrow as it reminded me of the cottage in The Holiday film!

I booked everything online and received a guide to the Cotswolds which was put together by the owner. This is where I actually discovered a number of the restaurants we visited throughout the weekend and I’ll let you know all about them further down in the post!

We arrived late afternoon and let ourselves into our home for the next 4 nights. The front door leads straight into the living area which is spacious but still has that cosy cottage feel to it. It has two large sofas covered in cushions and a little corner snug which Betsy immediately claimed for herself. We brought blankets from home to throw over anywhere the dogs would be snoozing.

My favourite feature in the living room was the open fire which I could not wait to light that evening.

To the left, there is an open space dining area that leads onto the cutest little kitchen. We had a lovely little surprise when we walked in and were greeted by some fresh eggs and bread and some little pots of Tiptree.

The garden was definitely the dog’s favourite place where Bailey and Bella enjoyed chasing birds and Betsy found her sunbathing spot!

As soon as you open the back door, the smell of fresh lavender hits you and as you can see below I think Betsy enjoyed the smell!

The gorgeous decor is what sold this cottage to me, and I was blown away by how beautiful the bedrooms and bathroom were upstairs. The giant copper roll top bath was my absolute favourite thing and I made sure I took full advantage of it every day!

Although it’s obvious the property has been decorated to a high standard, it still maintains that quirky, old fashioned cottage feel with the high exposed beams and bricks.

We decided to stay indoors for our first evening, so I brought ingredients to cook a chicken pie! How cute am I? haha. As the sun went down I cracked open a bottle of red as Lloyd lit the fire and pillar candles around the living room.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Wild Rabbit

We were recommended this restaurant from a handful of people, and managed to secure a reservation! It gets booked up very, very quickly so make sure you book in advance! It’s actually a hotel too, but the restaurant is open to the public. It didn’t disappoint and I’d definitely go back next time!

The Kingham Plough

Lloyd and I enjoyed a cosy meal and bottle of wine at this lovely restaurant during our stay, and the food was delicious. It’s a pub/restaurant that definitely has that country, old fashioned vibe that you want to feel when you’re visiting the Cotswolds!

 

The King’s Head Inn

We had dinner here one evening and loved it so much, we came back the next day for an early Sunday roast! The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious. They also have a great selection of fruity gins to pick from which I’m always a fan of!

The Sunday roast was absolutely delicious, I’m so glad we came back. Plus, it was only minutes from our cottage so we didn’t have to travel far at all.

Bourton-on-the-Water

This place is an absolute must if you’re visiting the Cotswolds! I can imagine during the Summer months it would get ridiculously busy, but when we went it was perfect. Not too busy and crowded so we could walk along the river with the dogs without bumping into people.

We took a stroll along the shops which line the riverfront and stopped for tea and cake at a lovely little tearoom called de la Hayes.

It’s a great place to stop if, like us, you have dogs because there’s a grassy area for them to lie down whilst you enjoy your tea. As you can see below, Bella is only happy on either Lloyd’s lap or in her new carrier from Teddy Maximus that doubles up as a bed!

Stow-on-the-Wold

This charming little village is another must if you’re visiting the Cotswolds. We stopped off one afternoon with the dogs and wandered around the old streets lined with the cutest antique shops, pubs and cottages with the prettiest doorsteps. They put the famous Notting Hill doorsteps to shame!

After a long walk in the sun we stopped off at yet another dog-friendly pub, The Porch House. We shared the yummiest camembert and enjoyed fish and chips before making out way back out into the village.

The Chequers Pub

This was our little local pub, just at the end of our road! If you’re staying in Churchill village, or around Chipping Norton, I recommend popping by. Opposite the pub is a park behind the most gorgeous church (you can see it in the photo!), where we walked the dogs before popping into the Chequers for a drink and some snacks. I’ve heard they have a good food menu too if you’re looking for somewhere to eat!