First stop, via Bourton on the Water, was Stow on the Wold - a lovely market town renowned for its generous smattering of antique shops. It is also home to the oldest Inn in England, "The Royalist Hotel". While the boys enjoyed free fudge and chocolate sampling, Eloise and I raced through as many little boutiques, art and antique shops as we could. After an hour or so of soaking up the village atmosphere, we headed up to another Cotswold village called Chipping Campden. This was much more to Brett's taste and the thatched roof cottages on the way really were "picture-perfect". While the boys finally found their ideal bangers and mash lunch at the local pub, Eloise and I thought we had hit the jackpot at "Badger's Hall". This little cafe and B&B offered the most delicious home-made soups, lunches and pastries in a cosy 16th century stone building on the High Street. Heaven!
It was near- impossible to convince the boys to drive up to Stratford Upon Avon today, but they were generous enough to grant Eloise and me one more precious hour in Stow, while they sat in the car eating fudge and watching, "Scooby Doo." Now that's what I call making the most of cultural pursuits!
|"The Royalist Hotel", Stow on the Wold|
|Eloise gathers some art supplies in Stow on the Wold|
|Lucy's Tea Rooms, Stow|
|Typical beauty of Chipping Campden|
|Idyllic thatched cottage in Chipping Campden|
|Eloise enjoys lunch in "Badger's Hall", Chipping Campden|
|Sweet delicacies at "Badger's Hall"|
|Sean and Brett in the Market Hall, Chipping Campden|
|A very tempting purchase in Chipping Campden|
|Manicuring hedges in Chipping Campden|
|"Is that ewe?"|