May 31, 2016
With the days getting longer and the weather getting a little brighter and warmer, our thoughts naturally turn to holidays. But there’s no need to leave the UK if you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away and some great food. The Cotswolds continues to be a popular destination, and with plentiful opportunities for walks through rolling hills, lodgings in chocolate-box villages and a growing range of great eateries, it’s really no surprise. Just be sure to pack a Madeleine Thompson cashmere wrap so you can while away the evenings when the sun goes down.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach
This delightful Inn is located in a beautiful village with bags of character, and is in a great spot to explore the rest of the Cotswolds. With a traditional exterior, The Wheatsheaf has a stylish interior, mixing contemporary art and design with lovely old features. Book one of their 14 charming suites, and then join the locals downstairs for a pint of craft ale and some tasty regional food.
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Blenheim Palace Gardens, Woodstock
Located in a 2000 acre estate, Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is famous for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is currently home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough. The parkland in which the house is set, was landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, and features beautiful lakes, and ancient trees. The main entrance to the Palace and gardens is located within the picturesque town of Woodstock, a 20 minute drive from Oxford. Be sure to pack a deli picnic, as there are lots of great spots overlooking the lake to tuck into some lunch.
Image – Blenheim Palace
Daylesford Organic, Kingham
While Daylesford has now opened sister stores in London, it is well worth a visit to the original farmshop in the idilyic village of Kingham. Featuring a vast array of organic produce, homewares, and a café, the main barn is filled to the brim with delights. Step across the courtyard, and you will reach the Bamford Barn, a fragrant haven of elegant clothes and unusual jewellery. Why not book an appointment at the Hay Barn Spa while you are there, and indulge in a treatment or yoga class, and nourish the mind, body and spirit?
Image – @daylesfordfarm
The Fat Duck, Bray
Make the trip to the village of Bray for an unforgettable dining experience, brought to you by Heston Blumenthal and his team. So much more than just eating, The Fat Duck is more like a ‘stage’ than a restaurant. Savour the four hours you will spend at your table, and allow yourself to be taken on The Fat Duck ‘journey’, as Blumenthal calls it. This is an experience of a life time, so be sure to book ahead.
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