Just over a mile from Bourton-on-the-Water are the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. The name comes from old English "Slohtre", which has nothing to do with killing things and means, simply, "Muddy place".
Take a look at some of our cottages in and around The Slaughters
Lower Slaughter is regarded as one of England's most beautiful villages and, in 2011, Copse Hill Road was named as the most romantic street in Britain in an online poll.
Lower Slaughter is home to the pretty church of St Mary. The church and its impressive spire were re-built in 1867 but some arches between the nave and the south aisle date back to the 13th century while the church of St Peter's, in Upper Slaughter, is a historic Norman church with parts dating from the 12th century. Francis Edward Witts, who wrote "Diary of a Cotswold Parson", was rector of the Slaughters from 1808 to 1854.
Lower Slaughter is also home to a restored nineteenth century flour mill, which was last used commercially in 1958. Its tall chimney cuts an imposing figure, partly as it is made of red brick, in sharp contrast to the other buildings in both villages, which are made from the traditional Cotswold stone. The mill features a giant working waterwheel and has a tea room for visitors. It was originally part of Lower Slaughter Manor, which was built in 1658 for the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire. The Manor is now a grand country house hotel.
Food & Drink:
- The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter (www.theslaughtersinn.co.uk): Nestled on the banks of the river Eye, this charming Cotswold stone building is located in the heart of the picturesque village of Lower Slaughter. The Slaughters Country Inn offers a relaxed ambience, a style that is sympathetically balanced between the original features of a 17th Century building and contemporary design. Dining is all about comfort, relaxed and unstuffy, this is the place to enjoy a pie and a pint by the fireside, or a great salad on the terrace in the summer. The menu follows the seasons and the food is simple and flavoursome, from breakfast through to supper you will find just the right thing to eat at the right time of day;
- Lower Slaughter Manor, Lower Slaughter (www.lowerslaughter.co.uk): The Sixteen58 Restaurant at Lower Slaughter Manor is a stylish venue for fine dining in the Cotswolds, decorated in contemporary hues of brown and blue with intimate banquettes that give the dining room a relaxed ambience. Part of the original chapel retains the large open stone fireplace and forms an anti room to the main dining area, perfect for a small party of up to 14 guests. Sixteen58 is also renowned for its award winning cuisine. The talented Chef's always use the finest local, seasonal produce creating menus that are accomplished in execution and full of flavour;
- The River Café at The Old Mill at Lower Slaughter (www.oldmill-lowerslaughter.com): Lovingly prepared great simple dishes made from the best local produce. Enjoy homemade scones with your cream tea or a ploughman's lunch to die for. Just sit by the riverside and enjoy the experience – "A heavenly location".