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The hardest decision you will have on a girls holiday is whether to have Champagne or Sauvignon Blanc, head to the spa or go straight for lunch, and whether to buy one or two soy candles to take home.
This time of year belongs to those that say no to January blues. Its for sending that group message to our girlfriends saying, pack your bags, were off for a long weekend in the Cotswolds. No more thinking about school applications, teary phone calls from uni, partners gym gripes or work worries. Heres your itinerary for a girls weekend in the Cotswolds.
Daylesford Farm Shop & Cafe
Wed recommend putting a day aside for a trip to this prestigious organic farm estate. The farm shop is one of the very best shopping experiences in the Cotswolds and one that you must savour. Of course, there are botanical cocktails to be sampled in the new Legbar, which oozes the Daylesford cool and chic style. Think cosy Scandi, washed tones, sumptuous faux fur throws casually strewn over bleached wooden chairs and an over-sized log burner with accents of olive green. Designed to harness the restorative power of nature, the Lavender Room in the farms Haybarn Spa is every bit as cool as the very best of Ibizan-style boho-chic. All your pampering needs are taken care of here at Daylesford. Their sister pub, The Wild Rabbit, is just down the road from the farm, in the beautiful village of Kingham and if the sunshine is out, theres the most beautiful outdoor spaces to soak up some vitamin D.
Best known for its world-famous Cheltenham Festival, the tempo here is somewhat more upbeat! Not least due to the famous Cheltenham Roar, which can be heard for miles around. Whilst this 4-day horse racing event brings together the very best Jump Racing in the world, the giant 67.5K capacity stadium has a busy year-round calendar of other sporting and entertainment events too. Theres plenty of excuses to get dressed up. Popular events include wedding festivals and clothing sales from the likes of Crew and Joules, as well as an exclusive art fair in April. If park runs are perhaps what the girls fancy, then look up some summer events, including the Cheltenham Challenge (5K, 10K and half marathon). Jason Donavon takes over the stadium on 15th September 2020 and the race meets are in March and November. New for the 2020 race meets is The Park, which offers live music, including Radio 1s Nick Grimshaw, alongside some new funky bars, adding to the festival atmosphere. Perhaps you fancy Ladies Day at the races? In which case, wed recommend letting the Great Western Railway take care of your journey in full steam engine glory!
Downton Abbey, Bampton-in-the-Bush
The ancient town of Bampton is an absolute must-see for Downton Abbey Fans. It lies just south of the Cotswolds but is easily accessible from Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold. Enjoy a 1-mile amble around this delightful village taking in the famous church, Mrs Crawley’s house and other homes transformed into the post office and pubs.
If visiting over the Spring Bank Holiday youll be in for an extra treat as the history of Morris Dancing in Bamford goes back over 500 years and is brought back to life for this weekend. During the May celebrations, the whole village joins in with pubs open all day and the street full of music and merriment.
Shopping in Stow
The market town of Stow-on-the-Wold is popular for its range of independent art galleries and is even more famous for its superb antique shopping. This is where a lot of the Cotswolds celebrity residents can be found! There are heavenly boutique retail therapy and specialist food shops at every turn as well, from riding gear, authentic grandfather clocks to organic produce and olde-worlde bookshops. Theres plenty for foodies, with the excellent butchers Lambournes and two lovely delis on Digbeth Street. Its also worth knowing that the second and last Thursday of the month is farmers market morning (9 am to 1 pm) in Stow. Head to Stows ‘The Old Stock Inn’ to try the signature Cotswolds afternoon tea and indulge guilt-free without nagging menfolk around! Culture vultures flock to the Stow town trail, following the narrow stone alleyways that were originally used for herding sheep. Theres eye-candy aplenty wandering the quaint streets of Stow, with a range of architecture spanning several eras. Stows Church of St Edwards is even one of the most Instagrammed spots in the Cotswolds.
You dont always need a special occasion as an excuse to get the girls together, so browse our group cottages in the Cotswolds and get packing! We always love to chat, so call us on 01451 600844 or pop us an email.