Pretty Villages in The Cotswolds

A very good friend’s birthday in The Cotswolds seemed like the perfect excuse for a few days in the countryside.

Us Brits are pretty bad at exploring our own green and pleasant land, but with everything that’s been going on politically it seems that staycations (or “stolidays” as we should probably call them) are on the rise.

The perfect excuse to see a little more of our island, as if you needed one when it looks like this…

We hurtled through the country, away from London and into pastures new.

Slowing as uninspiring service stations were soon replaced by chocolate box villages, carved from soft golden sandstone.

Between two such villages we found ourselves surrounded on all sides by never ending poppy fields.

Show me someone who can resist stopping to run through fields of waving poppies and I’ll show you someone who’s tired of life.


Having taken enough happysnaps to set up our own postcard shop, we set off again.

Parking up in Lower Slaughter, a pretty little village with a stream running through the middle.

We crisscrossed our way across the water, exploring every inch of the 1000 year old town.

Complete with a wedding, fresh from the church.

And cottages straight out of fairytales.

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The little town actually glows under the summer sun.


Residents sell little bags of lavender from their doorsteps.

And no visit is complete without checking out the old water mill.

Where you can grab and ice-cream and sit with your feet in the water, watching the trout swim lazily in the warm shallows.

Life’s pretty slow around these parts, and I could certainly get used to it.

Having stopped to smell almost each and every one of the roses, we made a move.

Stopping into Bourton on The Water in search of lunch.

Another pretty (though somewhat bigger) waterside town.

It seemed like the perfect place for a bit of nostalgia and perhaps a trip down memory lane…

Wibbly houses, friendly pubs and gardens exploding with roses.

This place has it all.

We’d planned to have lunch at Rose Tree Café (for obvious reasons!) but it was closed, so we happily made do with a pub on the riverfront.

After a truly British lunch and slight snooze in the garden, we headed off.

Winding through the country roads in search of our hotel.

Getting a little sidetracked by the village we found it in.

Slaughter Pike, so much prettier than its name might suggest.

A quintessentially English spot.

And home to our hotel, “Lords of The Manor”.

Not a spot I’d recommend, but perfectly suitable as a home-base for exploring the surrounding countryside.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon stretched out on the lawn, before leaping head first into a cream tea.

A jolly nice day in the Great British countryside.

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  • Rach

    The countryside is so picturesque! It looks like its straight from a movie!

  • I love the cotswolds, though the last time I visited was back when I was a kid. The villages are stunning, and that poppyfield looks like it’s from Tuscany! Definitely going to have to get myself back there soon!
    xo April | April Everday

  • I feel so lucky to live just around the corner from there 🙂

  • Sarah

    My family visited England and Wales to celebrate my Mom’s 70th birthday. We focused primarily on various gardens (my mom is a big gardener), but just seeing your post brings back a lot of happy memories!

  • What a charming place! I love the cute little cottages and the poppy field 🙂

  • How gorgeous are the Cotswolds, every village is a gem. We visited the exact same spot you visited Rosie last May to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and loved it. (Funnily enough, we took very similar pics of Lower Slaughter! ) I would recommend a visit to the Cotswolds to anyone, it is as (if not more) stunning as you see it in this blog post. Divine photos and outfit as usual Rosie. Julie xx

  • Cynthia

    So idyllic and so British!

  • This dress is utterly gorgeous!

  • That dress is GORGEOUS! And I don’t know how you always manage to get your hair so beautifully wavy like that, but I love it! Thanks for sharing ! x michelle

  • Mimi Swaby

    The Cotswolds is so idyllic… especially in this weather! Gorgeous photos xx

  • Alex Cole

    What a perfect summer day! And the lace of your dress is perfect for the countryside 🙂
    Alex //

  • Alexandra Donnelly

    Your photos are just so stunning! Would love to know how you edit them or is there a wee post on this that I have missed? Every time I read a post I want to head out with my camera!! xx

  • Veronique Thenaisy

    Quelle magnifique campagne anglaise ! Cela me rappelle ma campagne dans le loir et cher ! Belle journee

  • Veronique Thenaisy

    Quelle magnifique campagne anglaise ! Cela me rappelle ma campagne dans le loir et cher belle journée

  • such a pretty town!

  • Gorgeous photos, I especially love the poppy fields! So stunning!

  • Wow! That place is gorgeous! The fields of poppies would be the perfect place to get lost in. Staycations are just as fun and adventurous as traveling outside of our comfort zones. It makes you appreciate where you live!

  • Most amazing photos. I wanna go :O

  • What a beautiful place! Who lives there?

  • This makes me miss my old town so much, used to live in the Cotswolds and even then I was so bad at exploring – the houses are so quaint and beautiful.

    Lauren x
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  • This literally looks like heaven! Wow!! <3



  • Such a lovely post Rosie and I am so in love with your dress in this. Literally the picture in the poppy field is like a fairy tale!
    I did a post on other staycations in the UK as well
    Laura x