4. Stow on the Wold
For such a small place Stow on the Wold is a paradise for treasure hunters, in fact the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” very much applies here.
The historic streets are filled with antique shops trading in all items imaginable, ranging from tiny objects to large pieces of art and furnishing.
Prices start from a few pounds and can run to several thousands but anyone has a chance to acquire a souvenir that will truly please.
We loved the selection of shops and antique stores for such a small village.
5.Bourton on the Water
Driving through the village outskirts may have you thinking “so what” but wait until you reach the charismatic heart of Bourton on the Water with the river Windrush flowing right through it.
A crystal clear stream lined with carpet-soft lawn and shaded by mature trees – it’s a scene hard to resist. No wonder this place is on occasions called the Venice of the Cotswolds.
As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them. When seeing the locals basking in the sunshine on the Windrush banks, we pulled over and spread the blanket on the lawn to grab some of that relaxing atmosphere for ourselves.
We loved the well utilised space alongside the river, lined with cafes and bars facing the magical scene for a maximum enjoyment.
Keep in mind this is one of the more popular villages in the Cotswolds and can get very busy during summer.
The legacy of silk mills is still evident in the street names of Blockley which is what put this picturesque village on the map. The word “mill” appears in most street signs but the one to keep an eye on is Mill Dene Gardens.
Hidden in the heart of the village, the derelict grounds were purchased in the 60’s by its current owners who over the years slowly turned it into a truly magical garden retreat.
The village of Blockley itself is a collection of golden stone buildings still somewhat reflective of its silky past.