Have you got an anniversary or special occasion coming up? Would you like to whisk your other half away for a romantic weekend in the green heart of England? If so, the Cotswolds are among the most romantic areas in Britain, with luscious gardens, woodland walks and cosy cottages just waiting for the two of you to explore. Read on for our lovers’ itinerary, outlining some of the most beautiful locations in the Cotswolds.
Arrive at Royal George Hotel: 4pm.
Roman Road, Birdlip, Gloustershire, GL3 4PB.
After you have unpacked your suitcase, take an early dinner at 6pm;this hotel offers fabulous food and drink and,with different offers every day of the week, unpretentious dining at great prices.
Walk off your dinner with a romantic stroll where you can watch the sunset over the hills. Just a stone’s throw from your hotel, head over to Birdlip Hill and make the gradual climb to the top.
Remember to take your blanket and a bottle ofchampagne. The sunsets at different times during the year – around 8pm BST and around 4pm in winter – so before you head out, make sure you check so you can plan ahead. Pack your jumpers and arrive an hour early so that you can watch the sun set in all its glory!
Wake up: 9am
After a lazy lie-in it’s time to check out the Cotswolds by day. Start with a hearty breakfast at your hotel – make sure you try the local tea! Once you have eaten and freshened up,first on your itinerary is the beautiful Burton-on-the-Water, just 30 minutes by car. When you arrive there are a few points of interest you should consider visiting:
The Birdland Park and Gardens: 10:30am
Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BN
These gardens are perfect for a romantic morning stroll, giving you the opportunity to watch the exotic birds as you walk hand in hand down the path. This attraction is located in one of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds.
If you are lucky you can even feed some of the birds! Lovely.
Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate: 12:30pm
Lodge Park, Aldsworth, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 3PP
This 17th-century estate provides the perfect backdrop for another romantic walk. Explore the 55 acres of parkland and varied terrain, or try your hand at orienteering and sculpture trails if you would prefer something a little more structured.
Before you set off, grab some light refreshments, which are available onsite. Thebenches dotted around the grounds make a great place to rest and take in the beauty of the nature that surrounds you.
Stow On The Wold – 7 minute drive 2:30pm
The Vine Leaf10 Talbot Court
In courtyard between Market Square and Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BQ
By now the light snacks from Burton-on-the-Water will be wearing thin so pause here for lunch.
The Vine leaf serves up authentic British bistro food and the reviews speak for themselves.
Standing on Stow-on-the-Wold’s 700 foot high hill you can take in the breath-taking views. Afterwards, you might want to explore some of the independent shops around this small yet charming market town.
If you want to buy a keepsake, this is the place:there are many crafts and antique shops for you to browse truly unique gifts, for each other or for your home.
Chippington Norton Town– 18 minute drive. Arrive: 4:45pm Thismarket town is worth a visit at any time – however if you come here on the third Saturday of the month,you will be able to browse the farmer’s market where you can stock up on locally produced goodies including jams and cheeses.
Next, head over to Watson’s Eatery on High Street at around 6pm. Great service and fresh country fareawait, with a wide range of sandwiches and speciality boards for you to share.
Crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy a meal worth lingering over.
Following this you can watch the sunset as you follow the river and weave between historical buildings – the perfect end to a romantic weekend in the Cotswolds.
Surprise and delight your loved one with a trip to the most naturally beautiful area of England where great dining, quaint cottages and peaceful walks set the scene for the perfect romantic getaway.