31 August, 2014

EXPLORING THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE, COTSWOLD

The English Countryside, Cotswold

A short break to one of England's renown areas of natural beauty, the Cotswold was just the breath of fresh air that I needed! The Cotswold spans over several counties in south, central England. We stayed in Cirencester in Gloucestershire, the capital of the Cotswold and explored the historic limestone houses and stretched our legs across the beautiful countryside. Every cottage that we passed I kept thinking, people actually live here?!

The English Countryside, Cotswold
The English Countryside, Cotswold
The English Countryside, CotswoldWith no set plans on the agenda, trainers packed and barely any makeup I was ready for peace, quiet, and some hearty meals. We stayed in a quaint hotel, not far from the village center. We explored the village of Cirencester, narrow pathways of shops and traditional pubs. It wasn't crowded with people, they were friendly and said hello - a rarity in London!

We found this lovely coffee shop - Coffee #1, which smelt of delicious coffee beans when you walked it. I'm sadly allergic to coffee but they have loose leaf tea, yummy desserts and one of the best hot chocolates I've tasted - seriously good. The shop also has so much more character than your normal Starbucks, wish there was one in the city!

Cirencester, cotswold
The English Countryside, Cotswold

Of course, we had some hearty English meals. Steaks, lamb, pork belly, umm good if you like meat! Every restaurant had that old fashion rustic feel, the kind of place you can sit in all evening, accompanied with a nice glass of wine, I slept happy!

The English Countryside, Cotswold
The English Countryside, Cotswold
The English Countryside, Cotswold

Cirencester Park, which is a private estate but open to the public is 3,000 acres of land and seriously like no park I've seen before. Horses roaming around, tall forest trees and acres of lush greenery it was so peaceful and untouched. I felt like I was in a Jane Austen film.

If you want a break to the English Countryside, jump in the car and explore natural beauty only a few hours away. (Well depending where you're coming from!) There's loads to explore in the nearby counties, well worth the journey :)

What are your favourite countryside breaks?


Worth a read: Discovering Dorset.

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25 comments

  1. Everything looks so pretty and I love your outfit :)

    Kisses, Kali
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  2. Ah this place is so picturesque! It does remind me of a Jane Austen movie haha. That food looks amazing too.

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  3. everything looks so cute and the food so yum. glad you had fun!

    Jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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  4. Such a lovely read, your photos are amazing and the place looks great. I need to start exploring outside of London soon! x

    Beauty with charm

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  5. Beautiful post, gorgeous photos! This place looks absolutely unreal!

    Marianna | www.impressionblend.com

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  6. Paula- SimplicityisBeauty31 August 2014 at 20:40

    Pretty photos!! Looks like a really lovely place.


    Paula xx

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  7. oh gorgeous, I have decided that if I ever go back to the UK again I will be doing a road trip of the cotswold. I drove through there last time & it looked so nice!

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  8. I love your little weekend mini trips. I'd want to go to exactly the same type of places with Jon! I think we have the same vacation palate haha.

    And I think it's a somber tragedy that you're allergic to coffee :(

    Quinn
    www.Desgettier.com

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  9. It really is! I love places that don't really modernise over time.

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  10. Thanks Jenn, yes the food was really good!

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  11. Thanks Alina, yes I love breaks from the City there's so much to explore!

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  12. Thanks Marianna! Yes it was really picturesque :)

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  13. We did thanks although i was keen to get back to the city haha.

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  14. It's definitely worth a visit, such a nice countryside break!

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  15. haha i love country breaks, living in the city gets too much sometimes!

    yes it's big tragedy, I compensate by drinking gallons of tea but it's not the same :(

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  16. I love exploring little villages like that, you really get a feel for how life would be like if you lived there! AHH and those cottages?? Too adorable :)

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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  17. See, this is the English countryside I wanted to see!! I somehow thought taking the train to Edinburgh would let me see the stereotypical English countryside (cute houses + regal mansion) but all I saw were farms and flat land >_>
    Definitely visiting Cotswolds next time! The area is gorgeous + I'm totally in love with the third last photo!

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  18. I know right! Felt like we had gone back in time! x

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  19. Wow kudos for taking the train to Scotland, it's such a long journey! haha farms! Yes the Cotswold is a beauty when it comes to the English countryside :)

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  20. This is all so quaint. On a good day nothing beats the English countryside, fresh air, rolling hills and excellent food.

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  21. I agree, I want to go more often :)

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  22. This looks like the perfect getaway from City life! Have to pay a little visit myself I think. Love reading your blog!
    x
    www.itstiffanyc.com

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  23. Thanks Tiffany! Yes it's a lovely break from the city x

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