Friday, 25 October 2013

Travel Diary - Day 6

Welcome to the Cotswolds! We left London early morning to head towards Chipping Campden, one of the picturesque towns within the Cotwolds. Once we were off the highway we began to drive through beautiful country roads, small and winding surrounded by green rolling hills. The romantic leafy tree tunnels were my favourite! Our first stop was Burford and the arrival was picture perfect. I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. The view began atop a small hill, which the high street started. It was lined with tiny stone cottages, flower filled windows and a cobblestone road. Burford town was kept beautifully, flowers blossomed and shops retained the vintage ethos. We explored an antique shop where I found a sweet antique tea cup, saucer and plate. After a stroll down the high street and a quick visit to the sweet shop, we began the drive through Stow on the Wold and eventually into Chipping Campden. We found a 16th century market place in the historical town, and found the perfect venue for lunch. We had Afternoon Tea for 2 in The Tea Room; cheesey crumpets, tea cakes, lemon drizzle cake, scones with clotted cream and house tea. I'd go back just for the tea and crumpets. From there we left for Bourton on the Water, aka the Little Venice of the UK. This was my husbands favourite Cotswolds town. We walked along the water and through the small winding streets. It was FULL of tourists, unike the other towns we had visited. From there we left for Cheltenham, the Spa town of the Cotswolds.

Cheltenham is very big compared to its Cotswolds siblings, with a mix of old and new architecture. Our hotel in Cheltenham, The Montpellier Chapter was beautiful, it had kept its old Victorian charm but had an amazing refurbish inside. It sat at the end of a tree line street, with beautiful views of the surrounding buildings.