Friday afternoon:

Checked into the recently renovated Lygon Arms in the center of Broadway (Broadway is sometimes called the Jewel of the Cotswolds).

The Lygon Arms, a 15th century former coaching inn is rich with history and famous people who have stayed there, from Oliver Cromwell to King Charles I to Elizabeth Taylor. Well located for a leisurely walk along the High Street.

Had delightful 2 hour walk up the High Street upon arrival. Lots of homes with sheep dotted on the lands.

Beautiful antiques and clothing stores in the town.

Afer leisurely stroll, atte at the Lygon Bar and Grill, which offered delicious, upscale pub food.


In the morning, my husband ran to the famous limestone turreted Broadway Tower and fell in love with the views.Relaxing, and authentic English breakfast at Lygon Bar and Grill.And a pitstop to well-known Broadway Deli to pick up sandwiches and assortment of terrific cheeses.In the afternoon, began our tour.

These towns are so wonderful to visit:Stanton: Nice walk in town through beautiful cottages in the town and then to grander manor homes.Snowshill: Loved seeing the narrow lanes of this charming town and familiar (from pictures) gable-window homes.

Visited the Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property. Has electic collection of toys and knickknacks.Sunday we started with the Upper and Lower Slaughters (comes from term meaning muddy and lived up to its name 🙂 .

Leisurely walk from Lower to Upper Slaughter. Beautiful birds and wildlife along the way. Then visited Bourton on Water (Lots of tourists and delightful ice cream stores), Stow on Wold (great market where we stopped to grab food and see chocolate being made on site) and Chipping Campden (One of the most charming of towns).

Thyme, Southrop, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom We chose to stay at Thyme for its location in the Cotswolds and its charm. It consists of a collection of restored old farm buildings and even boasts its own kitchen garden and farm. We loved our stay there. The staff was authentically friendly…you could tell they truly enjoyed working there. Thyme also houses a cooking school, so our twenty year old son took advantage of a couple of cooking classes. Needless to say, the food (and cocktails!) was delicious. We spent our days visiting neighboring villages, including the historic city of Bath, and taking long walks along the Thames.
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