How to Plan the Perfect Cotswolds Honeymoon
As the largest of the 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, the Cotswolds is well known for its beauty, but what makes it the perfect destination for your honeymoon? Here at Lords of the Manor, one the finest luxury Cotswold hotels, we believe that the ideal honeymoon is a mix of luxury, interesting things to do and a sense of escape. To help you plan, we’ve put together a little guide to planning a romantic honeymoon in the Cotswolds.
Upper Slaughter, the Lords of the Manor location, is pure escape. It’s a tiny village where the likelihood is that you’ll be woken up by birdsong or maybe a horse and rider cantering through. A perfect start to your romantic Cotswolds adventure would be the gentle one hour walk to Lower Slaughter and back, recognised as the most romantic in the Cotswolds (don’t forget to order afternoon tea upon your return). The road leading back to Upper Slaughter village was voted the Most Romantic Street in Britain recently. Also nearby, the stunning, famously beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Known locally as the ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton is all about riverside walks and and quaint shops alongside the picturesque River Windrush. It’s a truly idyllic spot with quirky museums and cafes which you can enjoy discovering together, reflecting upon your newly-wed status and simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Further afield consider a visit to Tetbury’s awe inspiring Westonbirt Arboretum. The recently completed STIHL Treetop Walkway provides amazing views over Westonbirt’s incredible collection of 15,000 trees. If spending time outside with your new spouse sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, then the Cotswolds ‘Romantic Roads’ might pique your interest too. Although this time instead of strolling, you’ll be cruising through the Cotswolds, with the wind in your hair. The two routes; ‘A Road for Today’ and ‘A Road for Tomorrow’, both wind their way through the lovely Cotswolds countryside.
There are several romantic stops you can take along the ‘Romantic Roads’ including Stow-on-the-Wold; the highest town in the Cotswolds- perfect for watching the sunset. Also en route is the gorgeous village of Bibury (with the most photographed buildings in the Cotswolds, Arlington Row), Broadway with its romantic Tower and Snowshill, which was featured in quintessential British romcom Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Last but certainly not least, you can’t miss a visit to the Slad Valley off your list of romantic pit stops. The Slad Valley is the setting for Laurie Lee’s charming classic Cider with Rosie, a story of blossoming first love between Lol and Rosie. Everywhere you look in the Cotswolds, there’s a fairy story waiting to happen.
After a day full of romantic walks, drives and sunset watching, you can return to Lords and unwind. Make the most of the only Michelin starred restaurant in the Cotswolds and finish the day in style with a stunning meal and a glass of bubbly.
So, from Lol and Rosie to Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy, the Cotswolds has been home to many a pair of lovebirds, and you could be next. Lords of the Manor is the perfect Cotswold wedding venue where your magical honeymoon can begin. Book here or call us today on 01451 820243 to enquire.