After seeing one too many breathtaking calendars with the inevitable caption "Photographed in the Cotswolds," and reading one too many descriptions of the "nearly edible little bundles of cuteness" that are Cotswold villages, I knew I had to go there.
I flirted with the idea of a day trip when I visited Bath last year, but there wasn't enough time. Last month, however, my dream came true. I spent three nights with my family in the most wonderful cottage situated in the heart of Cotswold country.
Taste of the Cotswolds in Four Days: Part 1
If you've followed this blog for any length of time then you know that Rick Steves is my hero, my mentor, my travel guru. I devoured everything he had to say about the Cotswolds before helping Mom plan our trip. He recommended Moreton-in-Marsh as a home base because of its easy access to public transportation (a rarity in this area). He gives it short shrift in regards to tourism, however, describing it as a "workaday town." I think he undersells it. Sure, this isn't the most atmospheric village in the entire district and it's lacking some thatch, but it's an utterly charming place to stay.
Instead of popping for an expensive B and B, we opted to split the rent on a cottage. It was the best decision we could have made.
Here it is:
|Amazing, eh? Look at those ceiling beams! That's my grandmother looking incredibly relaxed on the comfy couch.|
So Moreton-in-Marsh was our home base. Can we take a look at that name for a minute?