The Cotswolds

A Magical Trip
A Charming Place

Enjoying Family, Nature, and Historic Charm in the Beautiful Cotswolds

Before the pandemic, Patricia planned a family trip to one of her favorite places, the Cotswolds in England. After postponing for two years, they were finally able to make that trip happen this summer. It is a place that has inspired some of Patrcia's most beloved creations.

 Patricia is seen here with her husband, Jeffrey, and their extended family. 


Situated just two hours west of London, it is easy to get to this area that covers almost 800 square miles. From small villages to large castles, quaint market places to bustling spa towns, the Cotswolds is definitely a place we hope you visit. 

You can stay at picturesque bed and breakfasts, upscale inns, or even a monastery. If you really want to get in touch with nature, camp at some of the beautiful campsites. We recommend you put on your walking shoes. There are around 3,000 miles of footpaths through quintessentially lovely villages, gardens, gorgeous pastures, castles, and the serene pastural landscape.  


It is not hard to lose yourself in the abundant flowers and foliage, but the historic architecture is also not to be missed.  


And where things do seem close, they don't seem closed in. 


When nature is found on historic architecture and stone walls and paths, it seems especially charming.

From brooks to ponds, lakes and idyllic streams, water provides vibrant life to this area. 

And Patricia and her family appreciated the access to water. There was a heatwave when they were in England this July and if you aren't aware, air conditioning is a rarity in many homes and establishments. So it was nice to cool off in the water whether it was dipping their toes in or rowing on the river, or swimming in the pool.


Beauty is found everywhere you look. While the Beatles may have sung of Strawberry Fields Forever, we recommend the fragrant lavender fields of the Cotswolds. 


But it isn't just the magnificent fields. You'll find gorgeous gardens throughout the Cotswolds. This doorway opens to magical views. 

From old growth forests to pastures and rolling hills, communing with nature is easy here. 


But be sure to work in time to hit the local markets and vintage shops.  


Patricia and her family took day trips to nearby villages such as Stratford on Avon--Shakespeare's birthplace. 



Patricia also visited her favorite hotel, Lygon Arms, located in the quaint village of Broadway. This hotel is very special for Patricia and her husband, a place with many fond memories for them. 



All the walking, sight-seeing, and shopping will make you hungry. Patricia's family enjoyed tea time together with all the treats and local delicacies of the area. From cucumber sandwiches to scones with clotted cream, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the English afternoon pastime.


All the ladies of the family picked their favorite tote to carry on the trip. Which one is your favorite?? 


Choosing to go to the Cotswolds is easy. Selecting which path to take may be a little harder. But, isn't that a good reason to return? 


We hope that soon, like Patricia, you have the opportunity to visit this enchanted place.