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Monday, June 06, 2022

Travel: Weekend Getaway to Upper Slaughter in The Cotswolds

Lower Slaughter honey and limestone cottages

Cosy night in for two!

We arrived at our cosy cottage on a cold wintery Friday evening in February around 7.30pm (setting the scene for you!) and stopped en route at a local supermarket to grab some supplies for dinner, breakfast, and drinks for use during our stay. If you are staying in Upper Slaughter itself I would recommend stopping en route for self-catering food supplies or arranging a supermarket delivery as it is a very small village and has minimal shops. However, you do have the neighbouring villages of Stow-on-the-wold and Bourton-on-the-Water close by - and there is a big Morrisons in Bourton! 

Upon arrival, the cottage instantly felt like a home away from home. The furnishings throughout were crisp and modern country chic, and the whole place was super spacious for two, but oh SO cosy and decorated to the highest standard (It was like staying in our very own Shere cottage from The Holiday).

Downstairs we had a large, open-plan kitchen with cushioned window seat and to add to the country feel, there was an electric AGA and a large dining table with plenty of space for two! Although, my favourite room in the cottage was the living room, with the wood-burning stove - perfect for a cosy night-in.

On our first evening, our plan was to stay in, light the fire and get COSY! After dinner, we sat down to watch some Friday night TV in front of the crackling log fire with a glass of wine in hand. The definition of a romantic winter getaway! 

Yew Tree Barn cottage garden
UK winter getaway for husbands birthday
morning coffee at the river cafe in Lower Slaughter
Upper Slaughter river in the Cotswolds
The Slaughters traditional limestone cottages
romantic weekend in the Cotswolds


Saturday: a stroll around The Slaughters and walking to Stow-on-the-Wold for dinner

On Saturday we had a slow start to the morning and it was heavenly having the bedroom window open, snuggling to keep warm and listening to the birds chirping and church bells ringing - bliss! 

The plan for the day was to walk to the local neighbouring village of Lower Slaughter, about a 10/15 minute stroll (1 mile), take a look around and stop at a cafe for a coffee, then head back to the cottage to cook a brunch using local produce we picked up the day before. After a stroll around Lower Slaughter and lots of ogling at the honey-coloured limestone cottages, we chose the River Cafe, which sits just behind the OId Mill Museum, as our coffee spot. As the name suggests, this cafe overlooks the river and is the perfect spot to sit and watch the ducks. 

Around midday, we headed back to the cottage for brunch! The cottage we stayed in had a gorgeous little courtyard, adorned with gorgeous hydrangeas and surrounded by traditional Cotswold stone walls. In the sunnier months you could definitely have breakfast outside, however, as it was a little cooler, we just perched with a coffee to keep up warm, before throwing on our walking boots and heading out into nature.

After brunch, we walked to the nearby popular tourist spot of Bourton-on-the-Water, known to many as the "Little Venice of the Cotswolds". We stopped off at the Bakery on the Water for another coffee and a slice of cake! I would recommend checking out this cafe because not only is the cake delicious, but out the back, you can pull up a chair in the charming riverside garden, where you can watch the world go by and relax by the River Windrush. You’ll also be spoilt for choice in Bourton with quaint tea rooms where you can get a cream-tea! (I would recommend ‘Smiths of Bourton’.)

If you’re looking to travel a little further afield by car, check out my blog post on the ‘Cotswolds Romantic Road’ driving route which allows you a relatively quick way to see all the little villages and hidden nooks and crannies of the Cotswolds in one all-round trip. 

The plan for dinner was to head into Stow-on-the-Wold for food and drinks at The Sheep Pub on Sheep Street. Although cold, the weather was so still and we wanted to hike to the pub rather than drive. The only table availability they had was 8pm. We left ourselves 2 hours for our hike across the public walking route. 

Do bear in mind if you plan to do the same, make sure you are equipped with wellies and a good torch as once it was dark, around the time we started our walk at 6pm, it was then pretty much pitch black around 6.30pm, and although we were doing a public Walking Route, there was one point where after climbing a kissing post, I actually came head to head with a horse as I couldn’t see it in the dark, which in hindsight we both can look back on and find hilarious now but at the time, we were super scared! Luckily, the horse was massively unphased by our presence so there was no issue. 

We had a lovely meal at The Sheep, which felt all the more worthwhile after our 3-mile hike to dinner - of course, we grabbed a taxi home :) 

The only problem with our trip? We wish we could have stayed longer!!

Places to stay in the Cotswolds


For a great base to stay in Gloucestershire, see my previous visits and reviews of accommodation in the Cotswolds below:

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