Afternoon Tea For Two - The Tea Set, Broadway

Does it get more British than a weekend full of blustery winds and constant downpours?

Despite the storm, one thing you can always count on is a cosy spot to hide from the bad weather and indulge in endless amounts of tea and cake. Which is exactly what we found tucked just behind Broadway’s High Street at The Tea Set. 

The fresh daffodils and colourful China soon brightened up a very grey day... 

We started by selecting our tea of choice. Freshly brewed English Breakfast tea for my mum, and Peppermint for me. There were so many to choose from with the Strawberries and Cream flavour also sounding very tempting. 

And then the main event! An impressive tiered display of neatly cut sandwiches, two enormous scones that were still warm, and some of the prettiest little home made cakes. And if that wasn’t enough, there was also a light side of raspberry mousse. 

For our savoury starter, a trio of sandwiches - including ham and chutney, egg and cress, and salmon with cream cheese. 

Shortly followed by a Cream Tea - the Cornish way! Strawberry jam first and then the thickest dollop of clotted cream. 

And then my favourite part... where to start? From the slice of zesty lemon drizzle to the gooey chocolate brownie, it’s safe to say that my sweet tooth was very satisfied! 

The tea room itself is also just as lovely. The traditional decor and vintage China fits in perfectly with the picturesque village of Broadway. Particularly if it’s your first time in the area, it would be the ideal way to get a taste of the English countryside. (You can also find their tea rooms in the Oxfordshire village of Chipping Norton). 

Thank you to the lovely staff at The Tea Set for a very indulgent afternoon - I know that we’ll definitely be back to try out the ‘posh cheese on toast’ 😍

Chloe - The Cotswolder x 


Valentines - Date Nights in the Cotswolds


 Whether you're making last minute plans for Valentines Day next Friday, or just planning a getaway later in the year, there are so many gorgeous places to choose from in the Cotswolds. The English countryside is the one place you can have your very own moment from 'The Holiday'. And as a side note, you can take anyone you like to these places. Family, friends, and in some places even your four legged ones!

For an overnight stay - Hideaway Huts at The Fish Hotel, Broadway

Having already stayed in the Hilly Huts here, I have a huge love for The Fish Hotel. We had a wonderful stay in our little Hilly Hut which you can read about in my previous post, but after walking past the twinkly lights of the The Hideaway Huts, we really want to come back. 

The Hideaway's are made up of two adjoined shepherd huts with a wood burner, cosy corner sofa and en-suite on one side. And on the other side a free standing bath tub and double bed which lies beneath a glass roof. Sounds dreamy, right? With a complimentary mini bar and the option to have pizza delivered to your door, you could stay in your dressing gown for the duration of your stay. And when you need a little fresh air, there's a heated bath tub for two just outside. I can see where the name came from as I love the idea of hiding away here! 

For the ultimate spa break - Barnsley House Hotel, Nr Cirencester

If doing nothing is your idea of a getaway, Barnsley House would make the perfect countryside retreat. The house itself is filled with rooms and suites of all shapes and sizes - I particularly love the look of the Garden Room with its four poster bed and his and hers bathtubs. Surrounding the house are the beautiful gardens and hidden away is my favourite part, the spa! The spa here looks incredible. They have everything you need - sauna, steam room and outdoor hydrotherapy pool which overlooks the countryside. We both LOVE a spa break and this is definitely the next place we'll be going when were ready for a little R & R. 

For an evening of being wined and dined - The Lygon Arms, Broadway

In prime location on Broadway's High Street, you'll find the Lygon Arms Hotel nestled between the shops. With a perfect mix of old and new inside, it has tasteful interiors and all the original features to remind you that the building dates back as early as the 1300's.

There are a couple of dining options at the Lygon, but for the real wow factor, you have to dine in the main bar and grill. Not only is the food delicous, but the dining space itself is stunning. With high ceilings and huge windows looking out the High Street, it still feels cosy with the grand fireplace that crackles in the background. 

And when you've finished eating, you can choose from either the cocktail bar or one of many lounges for a post-dinner tipple. The perfect place to snuggle into your armchair and enjoy a drink. 

For a long weekend or mid-week break - Thatched Cottage, Nr Chipping Norton

Sometimes one night just isn't enough. This is where you can have your real life 'Holiday' moment.

Sometimes I get a little envious of people that live further afield. I'd love to take a holiday somewhere like this but it's not always justifiable when it's a fairly short drive away. If we could take holidays in the Cotswolds, this is 100% where I would be booking!

The Thatched Cottage dates back to the 17th Century and has been decorated with the most beautiful interiors. Not only does it have that chocolate-box thatch roof, but inside there is an open fire, and the bedroom is complete with a roll top bath. As well as the honey coloured stone walls, the interiors have been selected from one of my favourite brands, Joules. 

As tempting as it sounds to stay inside here , the cottage is in a great location for exploring the Cotswolds. There is only one downfall here... you have to leave! 

For something different - The Cookery School at Daylesford Farm, Nr Kingham

If you're one of those couples that go all out for Valentines every year and you fancy something new, then this could be perfect. 

When I get asked about places to go in the Cotswolds, Daylesford is always included in my recommendations. Located amongst the picturesque village of Kingham, you could spend hours here with a spot of shopping, drinking, eating... even learning. 
The Cookery School uses Daylesford's own organic produce to teach a range of classes inside the stone barn. And this year, they are running courses especially for Valentines Day. 

February 14th (daytime) - Cooking With Your Valentine

February 14th (evening) - Daylesford Valentine's Chef's Table Supper

February 15th (daytime) - Cooking With Your Valentine 

February 16th (daytime) - Chocolate & Petits Fours

 Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with staying in on Valentines! Some of the best nights are the ones spent in your lounge wear with back to back Netflix on the TV (which is probably how we'll be spending it with a wedding to save for!) But sometimes, it's really good just to treat yourselves and join in with all the fun. How are you spending Valentines this year? 

The Cotswolder x

Cotswold Villages - Beautiful Broadway

If I’m ever lucky enough to win the lottery and buy my dream home, 100% it would be at the top of Broadway High Street. I love this little village. And yes I’m slightly biased as I’ve made some of my favourite memories here, but there are so many reasons to love it. 

To me, Broadway gives you the best of both worlds. Rural enough to give make you feel like a bit of a country bumpkin, but close enough to the shops and a couple of really fancy cocktail bars that you can get your heels on for - what more does a girl need? 

But let’s start from the top. All of this is overlooked by Broadway Tower - our very own Castle on the Hill. It’s said that from the top of the tower you can see up to 16 counties on a good day (and with good eyesight, which I don’t have!). I recommend starting from the top as it’s MUCH easier doing this walking down-hill. But before you set off, there’s both the Morris & Brown cafe and the Tower Barn to have a mooch around. Here you can get grab a bite to eat, do a little shopping and even hire out e-bikes if you prefer to see the views on 2 wheels. 

There are multiple routes into Broadway from The Tower. We recently took the Cotswold Way and the Limestone Trail which conveniently takes you around past The Dormy House Hotel. The Dormy is one of 3 award winning hotels on The Farncombe Estate - together with The Fish and Foxhill Manor. Although a little walk outside of the village centre, this would always be my favourite place to stay in Broadway. This is where ‘Hygge’ comes to life - with Scandi inspired interiors crossed with countryside luxury, it’s heavenly. You can read all about our stay at The Fish on my previous post.  

Despite Broadway being a hotspot for tourism, out on the walk routes it’s utter peace and quiet. The thing I love most about the countryside. With more turn styles than traffic lights, it’s the ultimate way to clear your mind. 

This walk in particular leads you nicely into the top of Broadway’s Upper High Street - a long row of beautiful Cotswold homes sculpted from honey coloured stone. Like real life Rightmove, it’s a place to dream about your perfect house. 

Soon the lower High Street comes into view and your met with shops, cafes, pubs and the historic Lygon Arms. The shops are mostly independent, which I love. You can always pick up the loveliest gifts and so many nice things for the home. For the ultimate interior inspiration, head to Oka which has been set around a beautiful Georgian farmhouse. 

Nestled between the shops are some of the most twee little coffee houses and cafes. My number one is Market Panrty - mainly for the good coffee and the cute bench in the window which makes the ideal spot to watch the world go by. It is pretty cosy here, so if you can’t get a table there are plenty of other tearooms to choose from. 

A visit to Broadway is never complete without stopping at Broadway Deli. With the iconic orange car in the window and piles of fresh fruit and veg outside, you can’t miss it. There’s even another cafe inside where you can sample the produce. 

Across from the deli is probably one of the most iconic buildings on the High Street, The Lygon Arms. A 16th century hotel with spa, restaurant and even its own wine bar next door. It’s also a wonderful spot for afternoon tea, especially with all the cosy lounges and roaring open fires that you can warm up in-front of. 

The village doesn’t end there. Further down there are two traditional country pubs, the Broadway Hotel and The Swan - both just as lovely in every season. The Swan becomes a little more lively, especially on a Friday and Saturday night, as they often have live music. 

And if you still haven’t stumbled across your dream home, perhaps one of these might just do it? 

I think I fall in love with Broadway a little more every time we come here. There’s always something new to discover and no matter what the weather, it always feels welcoming. 

I recommend it to everyone - couples, families, it’s even completely dog friendly! 

If you’re planning a long weekend here or even just a day trip, you’re certainly in for a treat ❤️ 

The Cotswolder x 


Sunday Lunch at The Hollow Bottom

It came as quite a shock when it was first announced that the Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power has closed its doors. As a lover of both horse racing and cosy country pubs, it felt like a big loss. But thankfully the news soon came out that it was due to reopen, not only in time for 2019’s jump season but under the ownership of the Lucky Onion group. 

If you aren’t local to the Gloucestershire area then you may not know that the 'Lucky Onion' is a group of hotels and pubs around the Cotswolds, all owned by Jade and Julian Dunkerton - the founders of Holland & Cooper and Superdry. Their properties are known for both tasteful decor and all the character of the countryside, so this was very exciting news!

We booked in at the first opportunity and what better timing than for Sunday lunch on a drizzly Autumn afternoon. 

After driving through winding country roads in the middle of nowhere, we landed in the idyllic village of Guiting Power. The village itself is a pretty small one, but known locally for the celebrations of Nigel Twiston-Davies and the overspill of action from Cheltenham racecourse. 

It was good to see that inside, not too much had changed. With wooden beams, a roaring log fire, and candles lit in every corner, it certainly warmed us up following the drab weather outside.

The Sunday menu bought the temptation of a roast dinner, but with so many hearty dishes to choose from, we both opted for something different. For Jake it was the Fish and Chips and for me it was Sausage and Mash.

Both were incredibly delicious... Jakes ginormous piece of crispy cod was hiding the chunkiest chips, with a big side of Tartare sauce and mushy peas to dip them into. My sausage and mash was also pretty banging... 

We’re very excited to return for Cheltenham's Festival week - quite possibly the best week of the year!

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