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Friday 18 November 2022

Travel | 24 Hours In The Cotswolds - A Guide To The Cotswolds

24 hours in the cotswolds

Last summer myself & Adam spent a weekend in the cotswolds for a one night stay. I thought I would document everything during the time we went so you too can have some idea of some lovely places to visit in the cotswolds. Let's see what we got up to.


We stayed in this lovely little pub in Stow-on-the-Wold called The Bell. We stayed in what was the smallest room called the Dormouse I'm pretty sure. But it was SO small you could hardly fit past the bed to get to the bedroom. Watch my vlog here to see more & what we got up to in the cotswolds here. Surprisingly, I thought the room was super cute and cosy regardless of how small it was with everything crammed in there. It honestly was a lovely place to stay in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold. I have to say the staff at The Bell were so so lovely, your typical Cotswolds country side style pub with of course the English countryside theme. Very very beautiful inside, especially the hotel rooms.

The Bell Stow-on-the-Wold


As we were only there for one night, we had dinner at a delicious Indian restaurant a 5 minute walk from The Bell, called Prince of India. We ordered our usual, a couple of curries - mine being a vegetable pathia as always, and Adams having a chicken pathia. We shared a big bowl of rice, chips and a lovely naan bread. Definitely THE meal I especially always order when it comes to Indian food. I would highly recommend this restaurant for dinner one evening if you happen to be in the Stow-on-the-Wolds area and you love Indian food. It was honestly delicious!

Prince of India Stow-on-the-Wold

For lunch during the day we arrived, I know I seem to be doing this backwards, but we had a box of chips and curry sauce (classic) from the Chip Shed during our visit to Bourton-on-the-Water. They were divine, if you know me, you know I am a chip connoisseur seeing as I am literally obsessed with chips. I also found that the Chip Shed is a chain chip shop throughout the cotswolds and there is also shops in Warwick, Bourton-on-the-Water & Minchinhampton. As I've been to the Warwick one as well - just as delicious.

Chip Shed

Moving onto breakfast during our stay at The Bell, we were greeted with a lovely little continental style buffet with pasties, juices, cereals, bread etc & a choice of a breakfast menu, which myself and Adam went for muffins. I had avocado whilst Adam chose to have eggs on top. Was rather nice but I wasn't used to avocado that much during this time - currently obsessed with it now after figuring out how to season it perfectly.

The Bell breakfast
The Bell breakfast
Bourton-on-the-Water Cotswolds
Bourton-on-the-Water Cotswolds

Places to visit

We tried to visit as many villages as we could during out 24 hours in the Cotswolds. We managed to visit Bourton-on-the-Water which was probably my favourite place. As it was filled with lots of lovely cafes, eating spots, pubs, museums, lovely little shops, some charity shops & more. It's also a beautiful location for a spot of lunch or a picnic by the water. Also a little paddle in the water during the summer wouldn't go a miss, if you do visit during the warmer months.

We visited of course Stow-on-the-Wold which was filled with a few tea rooms, pubs, cafes, little shops, galleries & antique shops. It was a very pleasant little village to stay in, not as busy as Bourton-on-the-Water which seemed to be the most popular spot to visit, and I'm not surprised as it was so lovely there. Of course there is the famous church doors in Stow-on-the-Wold called St Edwards Church as you can see below.

st Edwards church stow-on-the-wold

We also managed to squeeze in seeing Upper slaughter where we had a lovely walk around a hotel grounds and through the countryside. A very quaint and quiet part to the cotswolds compared to the other two villages. A beautiful village to visit if you fancy a more tranquil spot to walk through and explore.

Upper Slaughter Cotswolds

We also managed to visit Lower slaughter as well but we just had a drive through and didn't stop. But I would recommend having a lovely walk round there if you do, as there was a lovely big pub, streams going through the village and some beautiful cotswolds stone houses to see.

We managed to visit Burford as well whilst we were there which is filled with all sorts of shops, antiques, bakeries, pubs and cafes. With a lovely view at the top of the main road. Unfortunately it was raining by the time we got there, but we still had a lovely quick visit.

Burford Cotswolds
Burford Cotswolds
Burford Cotswolds

After Burford we decided to visit Moreton-on-the-Marsh where the heavens decided to open and it was chucking it down with rain, so we couldn't enjoy the visit as much. But we did have a wonder round a few charity shops they had on the main area of Moreton-on-the-Marsh. After this we decided to head home. But if the weather was nice we would have visited the lavender fields and the tower in Broadway. But I decided to head back this summer and visit not only the lavender fields, but also the confetti fields in the area. If you do get chance to go within the season of both, please do, as they are so so beautiful on a stunning summers day. Plus the perfect place to get some stunning photos not only for instagram, but for photographers etc.

Confetti Fields Cotswolds
Confetti Fields Cotswolds
Lavender Fields Cotswolds
Lavender Fields Cotswolds

Overall, there are honestly so many places you can visit in the Cotswolds, even within 24 hours. It's not like you can do everything in one go, but we tried to squish in as much as we could during our time down there. There are also more beautiful places to visit further south as well as north of the cotswolds being, Dalesford garden centre, Castle Combe, Chipping Campden, Bibury, Bath etc. There is honestly so many places you could visit. 

Have you been to any part of the Cotswolds before? Lets chat about it in the comments.

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