The problem with UK staycations (and writing about them!) is the second there is a streak of beautiful weather, places can get a little overrun. Never fear, that’s where we are here to help. Here’s our round up of 5 off the beaten track options for your next Cotswolds escape.
If it’s honey-coloured thatched houses you are after, you won’t be disappointed with a visit to Minster Lovell situated on the River Windrush. Rumour has it that this town is the most haunted in the region, but don’t let that put you off. In amongst the expected features for a Cotswold village you’ll find the picturesque ruins of 15thC Minster Lovell Hall, perfect for a wander before popping into the cosy Old Swan for Afternoon Tea with a glass of champagne. A great village for blowing off the cobwebs with a walk, without the tour group crowds. What’s not to love?
If you’ve had your fill of (other) tourists, Stinchcombe might be the perfect antidote. This tiny village on the edges of the Cotswolds is peaceful by nature while being only half a mile away from the M5. Stinchcombe is the perfect stop off - or palate cleanser perhaps! - between destinations - the ideal place to stretch legs and get some people-free snaps of you outside a darling cottage. We know what you came for, let’s not beat about the bush.
If you are hunting for curios while out in the Cotswolds be sure to pop by Snowshill Manor to explore the eccentric Charles Wade’s curious collection for inspiration. According to the caretakers of the manor, National Trust, his collection contains anything from mechanical doorbells to samurai swords. Now that’s something we bet you didn’t expect from the Cotswolds.
Towering over the charming village of North Nibley is an unexpected sight - the Tyndale Tower. Built in honour of William Tyndale, an early translator of the New Testament into English, the tower was built in 1866 and is 34m tall. Inside the tower you’ll find a winding stone staircase leading to an incredible view over the AONB that you won’t have to share with the hoardes.
Head indoors for a pottery taster class
If the weather is not on your side, why not head indoors for an unexpected experience - a taster session in hand-building your own pottery at The Potthouse. Each 2.5 hour session is only £30 making it the perfect activity with your girls for a rainy day before putting your feet up in front of a pub fire in the evening.