A perfect English autumn

A perfect English autumn

Yet another stunning, warm, sunny autumn day today. Maybe you are wanting to hang on to this beautiful Indian Summer. Here is a suggestion.

Book yourself and partner a 2/3 night stay at Russell’s in Broadway in the North Cotswolds and let Andrew and his helpful, friendly staff pamper you. After you have booked in and taken tea, stroll up the main street, looking at some of the galleries and antique shops. You must look in Oka – the furnishings, lighting and gifts are amazing!

Dinner at Russell’s is a must. The menu and their wines are superb. No pretentions here, just friendly service and faultless gastro food. Relax, enjoy and think of that wonderful bed that awaits you, large enough for any demanding American guest.

After breakfast you could motor the short journey to Cheltenham for some pre-Christmas shopping or pop down to Tetbury and visit the National Arboretum at Westonbirt to see all the acers and maples in all their autumn finery. You could also take in the world famous gardens of Hidcote, Kiftsgate or Batsford. So many to choose from and so many beautiful Cotswold villages to see.

One of your days MUST be made perfect by visiting Daylesford Farm Shop at Kingham near Stow on the Wold. Offer to purchase a shawl or jumper from the designer shop there for your loved one. Then take a light lunch in the restaurant while you celebrity watch. But if you prefer a cosy, quiet pub lunch, just down the road is the Wild Rabbit, also owned by the Bamfords, stunning!

When you leave Russell’s take a few moments to sit on one of the many benches outside, relax, allow your eyes to go heavy and you may, just may be surprised to see Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, arm in arm, strolling up the street.

If you can’t get away at this time, then spoil yourself by checking out these web sites. This is the very best of England, today and yesteryear.

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