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5 December 2017

An Autumn Weekend in the Cotswolds

We recently escaped to the beautiful Cotswolds, for a magical weekend away to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We decided that rather than buy gifts for each other, we would prefer to use the money to book a weekend getaway each year, as we both love travelling.

For our first anniversary weekend away we booked a stunning farmhouse in the Cotswolds. It was very near to the pretty medieval town of Burford, which is where we started our trip.

It was around a 2 hour drive to Burford, through some very cute towns along the way. The weather wasn't the best, but that made it all the more autumnal (and the perfect excuse for lots of hot chocolate to be consumed!)

We parked up and headed straight to Huffkins for one of their world renowned Lardy Cakes, and a hot cup of coffee.

The Lardy Cake was absolutely delicious, so sweet and flavoursome, definitely the ultimate comfort food on a rainy day.

Bellies full, we headed out to wander around the shops and pubs, whilst stopping to admire all the houses.

Feeling a little chilly after all the wandering, we popped into the Burford House Hotel to warm up with a cheeky hot chocolate. We found a cosy nook and relaxed. The d├ęcor is dreamy, with an open fire, wood flooring and dog print cushions.

I had also wanted to visit Bibury whilst we were down this end of the woods, so once we had finished our drinks, we hopped back in the car and headed there. It was only around 20 minutes drive from Burford, making it the perfect place to pop over to on your travels.

Bibury did not disappoint, it looked magical in the autumn light, even the rain didn't take away it's beauty.

It wouldn't be an anniversary break without a few cheeky selfies now would it. Check out the rain on my poor husbands glasses!

We walked around the little charming village, even spotting a Kingfisher as we did! Until we decided that we had to stop for another warming drink at the tea room. I was even more happy to see another lit fire!

Once we had warmed through we got back into our car and headed off to check in to our B&B. We were staying about 15/20 minutes drive away at High Lodge Farm in Upper Milton. It is an absolutely stunning home and I will be writing a whole separate post on it, as it is one of the best B&B's we've ever had the pleasure of staying in.

We relaxed in our room for a little while before getting all dressed up for an evening of celebration. Stephen had booked us a table at The Angel at Burford, a 16th century Inn in the centre of Burford.

It is a quaint, super cosy pub, with fantastic service and atmosphere. We grabbed a drink at the bar whilst we perused the menu (I had a gin of course) before we were taken to our seats.

I had already decided that I wanted the Millionaire's Mac and Cheese, I'd craved it all day and was so happy it was on the menu! The Ultimate comfort food, in a cosy pub? Yes please.

Stephen went for the Choir and Parmesan crumbed Seabass with Dauphinoise Potatos. He said it was absolutely delicious and full of rich flavour.

To finish, we both went for the Dark Chocolate Delice, which as you can see was incredible. Both the presentation and taste was pure perfection, I could eat it all over again now!

We sat and chatted for a while before heading back to the B&B happy and full, ready to start the next day of exploring. I'm not going to lie, I was awoken early hours by an owl hooting away!

The sun was peeking through the trees early Sunday morning, and we got to appreciate what beautiful surroundings we were in.

We packed our bags and headed down for breakfast, before making our way to the park and ride.

We headed off to Oxford for the morning, to explore the university and all of the shops. The park and ride is a brilliant idea, as we were told it is fairly expensive to park in Oxford, and it's only about a 10-15 minute bus trip from there to Oxford's centre. Making it less stressful than having to try and find a space anywhere!

We spent a few hours in Oxford, taking in the university, walking the cobbled roads and admiring the shops. Before long it was time to head home.

We had such a memorable 1st anniversary. The Cotswolds are as beautiful as everyone says, and we will definitely be making a return trip to some of the other beautiful towns it has to offer.

Have you visited the Cotswolds? Where did you stay?


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