18-19 January 2015
Since my mother and sister are here for at least a while, E and I decided to do some travelling around UK. It is definitely useful to have two extra pairs of hands especially with the children around. It was a 2.5 hour drive from our place in the bitter winter cold. Mummy was definitely not excited about it…. It was expected to snow but thankfully the weather held up.
Our Cotswold Road trip is split up into 4 main destinations- Castle Combe, Gloucester City Centre, Bourton-on the-Water and Stow on the Wold. It was a nice first trip albeit the cold. But it was a nice change of scenery from London City.
First Stop: Castle Combe
Castle Combe has been called ‘The Prettiest Village in England’. The village houses are all of typical Cotswold type, constructed in stone with thick walls and roofs made from split natural stone tiles. The village has played host to many filming activities, the most famous of these being ‘Doctor Doolittle’ filmed in and around the village in 1966. More recently, the village has had a major role in ‘War Horse’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘The Wolf Man’.
Below is the picture of the 14th century market cross, erected when the privilege to hold a weekly market in Castle Combe was granted, is situated where the three principal streets converge.
There were cakes selling outside one of the cottages. There was no one to man the sale of the cakes and transactions were based on trust. If you decide to get one of the cakes, you will just need to drop the amount through a hole in the door.
My beautiful mother.
We wanted to visit the Old Rectory Tearoom but it was closed on Sundays. 😦 It supposedly serves traditional English cream tea with freshly baked scones. In the end, I got my fix at one of the cafes at Bourton-on the-Water.
Gillian’s laughs are very infectious these days. She is 1 year, 8 months and yet her demeanour feels older.
Lunch at Castle Inn
Castle Combe is a really small village and it took us about 30 minutes to finish walking the entire place. It feels totally untainted from modernisation. There were only three restaurants, one tea room and a few other tiny shops. We decided to have lunch at Castle Inn, which is a hotel with a restaurant in it. The interior was gorgeous to a fault, with beautiful exposed beams and fireplaces. Basically, it was an instagram friendly place. Lunch was really good. E liked his Sunday Roast. The sticky toffee pudding was decadent but oh-so worth it.
The Banana girls. I love being matchy matchy with Gillian!
Kimberly and Mummy, being matchy matchy too!
One of the rare family photos together!
My Mummy laughing at my stupid jokes. Heehee.
St Andrews at Castle Combe
It is interesting how the church also have a small corner for the little ones to be entertained. Ryan and Gillian love it!