21 August 2011

The Cotswolds {British Adventure}

I was really looking forward to this part of the trip... I had visited the Cotswolds years ago, when we lived in London, and I was beyond excited to come back and see more...!! It is, truly, the epitome of English country and a place I could see myself moving to without skipping a beat!! We found ourselves first in Stow-on-the-Wold, a charming medieval market village with delightfully rustic stone buildings...


I looked at my checkbook, but, alas, couldn't afford this little beauty...!!

There were lots of antique stores to browse through, but the prices were too high for us thrifty girls!!

I think I have found my next dream vacation spot... You can rent this little beauty weekly, I couldn't resist looking online, it looks absolutely dreamy inside (here's the link)!!

But this sweet cottage was, by far my favorite... Straight out of a storybook...!!!

The entryways... Oh, the entryways!!!

The Royalist Hotel is the oldest hotel in England, it dates from 947 AD!!

Just a few minutes drive from Stow is Broadway, a charming village often referred to as "the jewel of the Cotswolds". The name comes from their "broad way" (called High Street), lined by red chestnut trees and gorgeous ancient honey-colored limestone buildings.

A local man told us about this church just a few minutes up the hill... He said they had filmed parts of  "Four Weddings and a Funeral" there. That's how we ended up in Snowshill, a tiny village with a beautiful church and breathtaking curb appeal... 

I think on my next visit I will follow this "Cotswolds Romantic Road" route, it sounds absolutely wonderful!!

Finally, we made our way to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare (and one of the most important tourist destinations in England)

The gorgeous Avon river

Shakespeare's birth home

I know, this was a really long post (and I left much more out!)... It was all soooo pretty, I just couldn't help myself!!! I feel like the neighbor who invites you over for dinner then sits you down for an hour-long slide show of their latest travels...!!

My last post will include snapshots of our weekend stay in London (with a quick previous stop in Buxton and the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester - to pick up my daughter...). I hope you will visit me again soon!


  1. Oh My goodness! How lovely!
    I noticed the way they placed the flagstone on top of the stone walls. Never saw it done that way before!
    Thanks for the trip!


  2. Oh so beautiful! I felt like I could just walk into the pictures! Thanx for sharing!

  3. Absolutely divine! One of the loveliest posts I've seen. You captured the romance and beauty so brilliantly with your photos. Wish I could be there now. Maybe if I click my heels together 3 times? If only :)

  4. I have loved this entire photo tour! Everything is so lovely and your photographs are fabulous. Thanks for bringing us along!

  5. Thanks for the tour! Wow! I would love to visit England one day!

  6. Very beautiful, love the charm, no wonder you could stay there.

  7. Your photos are wonderful, I am so happy to get to see them. Looks like you two had a great trip, thanks for letting us tag along! Beautiful, beautiful countryside....I could imagine living there.

  8. It is a very beautiful part of England. I'm glad you loved it so much. Pity about the weather though. It seems you got a lot of rain.


  9. Your pictures really shout out to there! I am so in love with the houses and the streets...I do think I could live there!
    thanks for sharing such wonderful photos!

  10. Oh My Lord! (I will not share the words that slipped from my lips as I viewed this gorgeous architecture.) I will just say "Mamma, I'm home".

    Anyone that finds viewing this post boring, or too lengthy, needs to get their head examined....:)

  11. I'm sure I would have been stumbling around with my mouth hanging is so wonderful!

  12. Thanks for the tour today. Lovely, gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing with us and capturing the beauty. Many years ago I took Celia to England, we loved the architecture and the charming cottages. I wish some day we could return.
    Thank you so much for visiting us today, it means the world to us.
    xo Glad & Cel

  13. Lovely - my parents honeymooned in a Cotswolds inn. I've been wondering if it was one of those you saw! Thanks so much.

  14. I don't mid long posts as long as they have those amazing pictures, I love those beautiful towns, every single pictures is like out of a fairy tale book and the rainy, wet weather fantastic! I love it, thank you for the amazing tour!
    Have a lovely week!
    XXX Ido

  15. Thanks, Isabel, for being such a great guide! Isn't this the place where many period pieces have been filmed for BBC? Lovely pictures!
    You are not doing Camas Street Fair, I gather.
    Much love,

  16. I found my way here by accident, but what a nice accident. I will return to see more. I wouldn´t mind being your neighbour if you show pictures like this!

  17. Hi Isabel,
    glad you had fun!!
    We had thought of renting in Stow :) and I looove Snowshill!!!! Did you see the lavender fields?? Oh I am SO in love with those places I hope someday I can call HOME!
    Big hugs,
    Monica xo

  18. Please show more pictures of the Cotswolds!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  19. Everything is so picturesque! I wish I was there right now!

  20. I really enjoyed so much the tour you gave us, just beautiful, I've always wanted to visit the Cotswolds, this is the next best thing! xo

  21. I am just now getting a chance to look at all these beautiful images from your trip to England . . . I am so happy that you shared these . . . and that rental is looking pretty good right now - lol :) xoxo

  22. Have just stumbled upon this enchanting post. I am an Englishman (from Brighton)living in Spain and your photographs bring back some happy memories of the Cotswolds where my wife and I enjoyed two holidays in 1989 and 1989. Both times we stayed at Stow-on-the-Wold and we visited such delightful places as Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Snowshill and Bibury. Beautiful photos!

  23. Just browsing, and came across this....and I just love the tour! My dream to visit this place someday....I think this is the place where the word "charming" was invented!!

    Big hugs


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