This summer we visited the Cotswolds. I had been inspired by following the blog Cotswold Create.
When we went to Bath in February we had found accommodation through Manor Cottages, and we had been very happy with were we booked, so this time we used them again. As there were 6 of us, we booked Fairview Cottage in Milton under Wychwood. The accommodation was spacious, clean and well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a home away from home. The layout worked really well for us as there was four bedrooms but two were adjoining so Georgie got to be linked with us.
After we had settled in, and unpacked we set off to explore the village. Milton-under-Wychwood is in the Oxfordshire part of the Cotswolds, and is one of three neighbouring villages (alongside Shipton-under-Wychwood and Ascott-under-Wychwood) that are named after the forests of Wychwood, which used to cover this whole area. The village currently has a population of approximately 2000 people. The houses are mainly cottages with loads of white picket fences, wild flowers and lavender, totally beautiful.
Down the road from Fairview Cottage was a well equipped park, with zip wire, swings, slides, and other climbing / play equipment. My favourite was the vintage rocking horse ♥. There was a small co-op just opposite the park, which was helpful, as although we had gone for a drive to find a larger supermarket to do a bigger shop, it was great to be able to get bits and pieces, and not have to worry about running out of essentials like milk.
The Wychwood Pantry
Set in the heart of a newly built extra care housing called the Paddocks (which is my idea of perfect housing for retirement) was a gem of a cafe called the Wychwood Pantry. The day we went there was a craft fair taking place at the Paddocks, and Georgie got shown how a sheep’s fleece can be spun with a wheel into yarn, the traditional way. The man who showed her had her entranced with his stories and description of how to spin, and she took an interest in the differences between wools of different breeds.
The cafe was relaxing and welcoming, and good value too. We shared a brownie and got drinks. I loved the horse sketch wallpaper on the walls in the cafe. On our last day, we came back and had breakfast before leaving to travel home. The breakfasts were so nice, I went for the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, so good! I would highly recommend this cafe for our visit, the ladies who run it were friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
The Milton Hare
Dave, Alex and I had an evening meal out together on the first night, whilst Georgie and her nana and Grandad had a night in. We chose to go the recently refurbished local village pub, the Milton Hare. This is now what I would call a gastropub. Although, there wasn’t the widest choice on the menu, the food was great, and we definitely got the chance to unwind.
One of the highlights of the trip for me, was the evening we just went for a wander, and then got completely lost in the middle of a load of corn fields. It was a lot of fun. Well apart from when we had to trust that the tape wrapped around an electric fence meant that it was safe to step over ……. ! I think Alex’s face said it all. When we finally had finished hiking all over the place, we eventually found the main road and a pub, which turned out to be shut. However, we were relieved when the landlord appeared and let us in to buy a drink, as it turned out they will still serve people staying in their rooms. Or maybe, he took pity on us? Still the drinks went down well. I have to confess, we bailed at that point and called Kev for a lift home.
Overall, Milton-under-Wychwood was a perfect choice for our stay, and I would love to go again.
Until next time, Hayley x