This weekend was extra special – Thursday morning, Dan’s parents arrived in London! They’re going to be here until next Saturday! We have so much planned with them! Dan was able to take Thursday off work and meet his parents at the airport then take them back to our place and let them rest. They met me at my office after work and we took them around Regent’s Street and Covent Garden. We even took a Rickshaw ride through the city 🙂
Since we won’t be seeing them again for awhile, we celebrated Christmas with them too! 🙂
Friday morning we all got up early to head off on an English Countryside Roadtrip through the Cotswolds! I love planning – so I planned quite the adventure for us! 3 full days through the beautiful English Countryside! Here is a map of everything we covered:
First stop on the trip: Oxford! We wandered around the beautiful town, climbed the tower at the church and had a wonderful lunch at a little local tavern.
After Oxford, we went to Blenheim Palace! This place was stunning. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. The grounds were breathtaking! And they were just starting to put up Christmas decorations – which made it even more beautiful!
Our final stop for day 1, was to our B&B for the night in Chipping Campden. It was an adorable B&B – and we had the whole place to ourselves!
Day 2! A full day of exploring the Cotswolds! Each little town/village we went through had it’s own little charm. Our first stop was Broadway where we went to the Broadway Tower. On a good weather day (which we did not have :(), they say you can see Birmingham in the distance! The views were amazing on a rainy day, so I can only imagine how beautiful it could be on a sunny day! *Note my hair in the picture – it was SO windy. And I could never get my hair to do that again if I tried! * Second stop was Snowshill Manor. Unfortunately, it was too windy to see the actual manor, so we just had some tea in the tea room and relaxed a bit before the next part of our journey.
Next stop: Lower and Upper Slaughter. These were some of my favourite stops along the way. They were SO cute. There is this adorable stream that runs through the villages making all the old buildings wrap around it. There was a super old water mill in Lower Slaughter that was perfect for some pictures! The sun even came out for a few minutes!!!
After the Slaughters we headed to Bibury for lunch at the Catherine Wheel – another adorable little town and a really delicious meal after a long morning in the car! We drove around for another few hours, saw a few more beautiful towns then had some afternoon ice cream before heading over to our B&B for the night.
Our B&B was in the town of Chipping Sodbury. It was a little bigger than some of the other towns we’ve been to and just a little more modern. Our B&B was really cute! It was right on the high street with great views.
Day 3! After a nice breakfast at our B&B, we headed to Bath to explore the Roman Baths and the beautiful city.
After Bath, we had one last stop on our roadtrip before heading back into London. And I think we saved the best for last! This town was called Castle Combe. It was like stepping into a magical movie set. Everything about it was perfection. I wanted to keep wandering around and rent a house and stay there. (Which I’m already planning when we can go back!) I highly recommend EVERYONE go see this beautiful village just once – it’s totally worth it.
It was such a great weekend and it was so nice to spend it with family. We’re looking forward to all the other fun things we have planned during their visit!