How To Spend 48 Hours in The Cotswolds

A couple of weekends back we went to the Cotswolds for the first time. It is only around two hours drive from us, so I’m not sure why we didn’t go before. We were staying at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel for one night, so we had all of Saturday and Sunday to play with. While we could have spent longer there, two days was sufficient to get a lot of the main things that we wanted to see and do. Some long walks would have been lovely. Another time, maybe.

Daylesford Organic Farm Shop

Our first stop once we hit the Cotswolds was to the Daylesford Organic Farm Shop. I mean, you know you’re getting old when this is on the list, right? Ha. I have wanted to go for quite a while, as they have cafes in London and Surrey. But to visit the farm, farm shop, and onsite restaurant there was a must. Pretty much everything on the restaurant menu is organic, which is something I am trying to do more and more of. The food was amazing, and everything was so pretty. If you’re in the area, then I’d recommend it.

Address: Daylesford Farmshop & Café, Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG (it is clearly signposted once you’re in the postcode area).

Bourton-on-the-Water

After we’d had brunch at the farm shop, we went to the cutest little place (there are going to be a lot of cutest little places on this list), called Bourton-on-the-Water. It is referred to as the Venice of the Cotswolds, as it has a river all through it, hence the name, and plenty of cute little bridges.

It is definitely a popular spot, with little quirky shops and tea rooms. There is a transport museum there, though we didn’t pop in. It makes a good spot for a little wander with an ice cream.

Address: If you are using satellite navigation, use the post code GL54 2AQ.

Tewkesbury Abbey

Just a little walk away from the hotel we were staying at, was Tewkesbury. The main attraction in the town is the abbey, and it really is stunning. I jut love architecture like that! You can wander around, the grounds too, all for free. They even have some concerts going on occasionally.

The rest of Tewkesbury is adorable too, with plenty of the regular shops and restaurants that you’d expect to see. I like the mix of new and old with the buildings there, like this row of buildings:

Address: Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ

Chavenage House

Calling all Poldark fans! It took me by surprise, but they don’t actually film all of the series down in Cornwall and Devon. The house that they use for ‘Trenwith’ is in the Cotswolds. It is filmed at Chavenage House, in the tiny hamlet of Tetbury. The opening hours are limited, but if you happen to be there when it is open, then you can actually go inside. We went threw on the Sunday morning and it did’t open until 2pm… There are plenty of places to walk in the area too, so all is not lost.

Address: Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8XP

Castle Combe

Despite the name, it is the name of a village, and not a castle. It is a pretty little village, where a few films like Stardust and War Horse were filmed, found in Wiltshire. A small house, a cute church, and a river; what else do you need? I do think they are missing a trick for the tourists, as there is plenty of potential. But there are two pubs and a couple of shops.

There is parking just outside the village, and then just walk in. It can be a pretty busy spot though.

Address: Off the M4, Castle Combe SN14 7HX

It was a really lovely weekend, and just nice to walk hand in hand, child-free, and see the pretty parts of the UK that we’d not seen before. Have you ever been? It would be great to hear what you think.

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38 Comments

  1. 4th June 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I adore the Cotswolds and Tetbury is one of my favourite places. I live in Bath and for some reason still haven’t made it over to Castle Combe, I need to get that changed asap.

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:24 pm

      You definitely must, it’s so lovely!

  2. 4th June 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Tewkesbury Abbey and the amazing organic farm shop would deffo be my top picks x

  3. 5th June 2018 / 6:30 am

    I’m hoping to spend a day in the Cotswold after a spa weekend so some of these sound great, and you can’t beat a good farm shop x

  4. 5th June 2018 / 10:12 am

    I adore Bourton-on-the-Water and would love to return and explore the Cotswolds some more

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:28 pm

      Bourton-on-the-Water is one of my faves too! At Christmas time is also lovely! – Ellie

  5. 5th June 2018 / 2:07 pm

    It looks so pretty there, very picturesque. I’d love to go to the organic farm shop and Castle Combe if I very venture that way.

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:30 pm

      Pop it on your must see list! It makes such a lovely day or weekend out 🙂

  6. 5th June 2018 / 3:03 pm

    I do love the Cotswolds. I have only been to Bibury and around it, and fell in love with it. I do hope to return soon, Burton-on-water looks lovely!

  7. 5th June 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Such fabulous photos you have taken of Cotswolds. I have always wanted to go there with the family and this is a great guide.

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you, all the family will love it there 🙂

  8. 5th June 2018 / 9:10 pm

    We stayed in the Cotswolds last year and Bourton-on-the-Water was definitely my favourite place.

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Me too! – Ellie

  9. 5th June 2018 / 10:08 pm

    Tewkesbury and Castle Combe look very picturesque we’d love to visit some day, sounds like it could be a great weekend break x

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Definitely would be, if you get some lovely weather then it’s a bonus too!

  10. 6th June 2018 / 11:38 am

    The Cotswolds are a beautiful place and I love the places you mentioned to visit – I don’t think a trip would be complete without a trip to a farm shop!

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:35 pm

      A good farm shop is essential to pick up some tasty organic treats!

  11. 6th June 2018 / 12:24 pm

    I love the Cotswolds and want to visit again soon – I’ll definitely be checking out a couple of these places! Such a beautiful part of the country

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:36 pm

      It really is, and is quite easy to get to from so many locations. It feels quite central in the country.

  12. Jem
    6th June 2018 / 3:16 pm

    The Cotswolds is one of my most favourite places. So
    much to see and do.

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:36 pm

      Yes definitely!

  13. 6th June 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I love the Cotswold, but we hardly explored any of it. Such beautiful places and gorgeous part of the country.

  14. 6th June 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Bourton-on-the-water is one of my favourite places – particularly the perfumery. Haven’t been for quite a while but am planning to take the kids to the Cotswolds this summer. It’s beautiful.

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:38 pm

      Yes the perfumery is amazing, so many unique classic scents in there!

  15. 6th June 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Gosh it looks so idyllic and yes a farm shop would be on my to do list as well haha

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:38 pm

      Make a trip over, you won’t regret it!

  16. 7th June 2018 / 5:56 pm

    I would love to visit the Daylesford Organic Farm Shop. I wish I could have my own organic farm as well. Maybe I’ll start with an organic garden for now. Ha ha

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:39 pm

      Haha, don’t we all!

  17. Lynne Harper
    7th June 2018 / 10:15 pm

    I have never been to the Cotswolds before. It looks like such a fabulous place to go with plenty to see and do 🙂

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:39 pm

      It’s gorgeous!

  18. 8th June 2018 / 10:37 am

    I think we did a trip rather like this a few years ago. I did enjoy our Daylesford visit – they have (or had) great quality dishclothes that I still use, several years later. Love that photo of you in the field 🙂

    • 8th June 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much

  19. 10th June 2018 / 7:49 pm

    I’ve never been to the Cotswolds but it looks amazing! That Abbey is just stunning x

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