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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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