Friday: we arrive for a lovely weekend away at 1 Castle Mews in the Cotswolds…
My partner arrived at the cottage first and settled into the comfy chair in the living room, with a blanket and her feet up, this remained her favorite place to relax for the duration of our stay. When I arrived at the cottage later that evening, I felt instantly at home, the cottage was cosy and inviting.
1 Castle Mews has an enviable spot, right in the heart of the historic town, although nicely tucked away, with peace and quiet, shopping, restaurants and bars can be found just moments from the front-door. There is so much on offer here!
Saturday: A day out at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens:
After some breakfast and a comforting morning pot of tea, we wrapped up warm, left the cottage and made our way to Cotswold Wildlife Park, just half an hour away in the car. We were pleasantly surprised at the size of the park, with a great variety of animals to see, including giraffes, lions, penguins, rhinos, birds and bats etc. An adult ticket costs just £15, a day out that we felt was really good value for money.
Saturday evening: we stumbled across this trendy spot, called the Toro Lounge for a few drinks and something to eat…
When we got back to the cottage, we took a stroll through the town to pick out a place for dinner. Whilst being caught between the many choices available, we stumbled across a really trendy restaurant and bar called the Toro Lounge, from the outside in, it looked like THE place to be! Delicious looking burgers, a great selection of tapas and cool cocktails!
We headed back to the cottage, relaxed in front of the TV in the comfy living room, before getting ready to head out for dinner and we had an excellent evening!
Sunday: A visit to the quaint village of Bourton-on-the-water…
On Sunday, we decided to visit the very quaint Bourton-on-the-water, with its honey coloured stoned walls and idyllic village scenes. We took a stroll along the water (The River Windrush), taking in the pretty views surrounding us, to make our way to the many shops, restaurants and tearooms on offer. We stopped for some lunch at a little restaurant called The Rose Tree.
After lunch, we had a nose into one of the local craft fairs and found a very talented lady, creating mushroom and mouse ornaments from clay, I thought these were really quite special, so my partner bought me one.
Bourton-on-the-water should be famous for it’s tearooms, because there are so many, they are everywhere, all looking extremely inviting, making it difficult to make a decision. Smiths of Bourton was our choice, a lovely, traditionally English tearoom, which was so popular that we had to return once a table was free. To kill some time, we took a walk down a residential street to look at the beautiful stone houses, only finding Cotswold Pottery, tucked away down a drive. I couldn’t resist, I had to buy some mugs! We made our way back to the tearoom – it was worth the wait!