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A day in the Cotswolds

17 Jan
The sun rises late in London just after the Solstice, in fact, a few minutes after 08:00. That didn’t stop us from seizing the day and taking a day in the country, thanks to the generosity of friends Carol and Nigel of the East Midlands.
St. John the Baptist in Burford, a so-called "wool church" as it was funded by wealth from wool.

St. John the Baptist in Burford, a so-called “wool church” as it was funded by wealth from wool.

Carol and Nigel got up before the birds and motored to London on Boxing Day to fetch us for a day in Nigel’s old stomping ground, the darling villages of the Cotswolds. You know you are in the Cotswolds when you start seeing names like Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Norton, and Barton-on-the-Heath. Thatch roofs appear and great spires above country churches with picturesque cemeteries and nameless gravestones. It’s like a movie set. No wonder Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, Poldark, The Remains of the Day, Bridget Jones Diary and many British shows have filmed scenes here. Even on a gray winter day (no rain!), it was charming, each village cuter than the last.
On the very edge of The Cotswolds we visited Bladon, where beside the village church, Winston Churchill is buried. Not in a great cathedral, like St. Paul’s or Westminster Abbey, rather this great man is buried in the countryside near his ancestral home, Blenheim Palace.
We toured Burford, Bladon, Bourton-on-the-Water, The Slaughters and more than I can remember. Nigel took us along twisty-turny roads I might not successfully navigate even with left-hand drive. A day is not enough. One only gets a sense of the peace and beauty of the English countryside. Best to come back when one can walk the paths through the green hills.
We wrapped up in Oxford, and while it was quiet on a holiday, it was nice to see the fabulous architecture without tourist hordes. We took so many pictures it has taken considerable time to sort through them. Here I offer you a taste of this gorgeous landscape, although remarkably we did not think to get a group picture of the 4 of us. Click on any picture for a larger view and full caption.

 

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17 Responses to “A day in the Cotswolds”

  1. Chloe Erkenbrecher January 18, 2016 at 20:25 #

    We stayed in Charlbury with a friend who had swapped homes. I really liked Upper and Lower Slaughter, Bourton On Water and Snows Hill, which I found out later is pronounced Snozal. We were so lucky, because the entire time we were there, there was nothing but hot and dry weather. I believe that there is a good hike between Upper and Lower Slaughter.

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    • gooddayrome January 19, 2016 at 12:24 #

      Hot and dry sounds good! Love the pronunciation “Snozal.” Not any easy form of English, is it? 🙂

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  2. mvaden1948 January 18, 2016 at 19:35 #

    Ah, such lovely photos. And again you evoke memories of my 1985 trip when we spent four days in a rental car driving around Yorkshire….many of the villages look just the same. Although the windows in the Oxford Bridge are a tad larger than the ones in the Bridge of Sighs.:-)

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    • gooddayrome January 19, 2016 at 12:23 #

      And it does not lead to prison!

      Hoping to go to Yorkshire in the fall!

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      • mvaden1948 January 19, 2016 at 18:44 #

        I don’t know if it would still be there after more than 30 years but we stayed at a lovely B&B in a village called Pately Bridge (I’m sure that is still there) called Woodclose House. I chose it out of an ad in a magazine I picked up in the train station because it was delightfully funny….closing with “regret peasant shooting from the battlements forbidden.” It had been used to house relocated children during WWII and one of my fellow guests was one of those children all grown up with her husband. Would you believe I just Googled Pately Bridge and they have their own website. The place I stayed is not listed in accommodations but the restaurant where we had a perfect dinner “The Willow” is. It is also listed as a B&B.
        In researching my ancestry I found that many of my English ancestors are from the area. Wish I had known back then.
        And yes….it’s Pately-Bridge.com.
        I look forward as always to your adventures.

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  3. Grier January 18, 2016 at 14:57 #

    I loved your post! What a great day to visit, good weather and no crowds. I’d love to do some of the walks between villages too. Thanks for taking us along with you.

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    • gooddayrome January 18, 2016 at 17:32 #

      How kind of you Grier! Off-season has its advantages as well as disadvantages, but mostly we love not having to deal with huge crowds.

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  4. Callie January 18, 2016 at 00:34 #

    These photos make the villages look sooo charming. Love it.

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    • gooddayrome January 18, 2016 at 04:26 #

      Thanks for stopping by, Callie. Looks like you had a fun whirlwind through Europe last year!

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      • Callie January 18, 2016 at 08:59 #

        Thanks for having me! And it was a blast; not enough time though, hence the “whirlwind.” Can’t wait to go back one day.

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  5. Marcia Kakiuchi January 17, 2016 at 23:34 #

    You are spot on that this area is so quaint, historic, and picturesque! Wow. I loved the photo of the inside of the pub and the one of the Oxford door. I can just visualize sitting by a fire inside a cozy Inn. Thanks for sharing these.

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    • gooddayrome January 18, 2016 at 04:24 #

      Marcia it always delights me to know how you drink in my posts! Thank you for traveling along!

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  6. Chloe Erkenbrecher January 17, 2016 at 21:18 #

    We stayed in the Cotswolds one time for a couple of weeks and I will never forget how beautiful It was. Thank you for sharing your delightful photos which took me back to this lovely place. My favorite name for one of the towns was Stow-On The-Wold, always followed by ‘where the wind blows cold.’

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    • gooddayrome January 18, 2016 at 04:27 #

      The names are terrific aren’t they? Would love to do some serious walking trips there! What was your favorite town and where did you base yourselves?

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  7. graciamc January 17, 2016 at 21:14 #

    I love the Cotswolds! Great pictures!

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    • gooddayrome January 18, 2016 at 04:28 #

      Thank you, Gracia! My little Canon point-and-shoot does OK by me. Ric too! He’s responsible for several of the shots. He has a good eye.

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