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Monday, 4 October 2010

wet and windy weekend away

We wanted to have a weekend away, before the cold wintry weather arrives.After considering various places, we decided to visit Cotswolds, which is only 2 1/2 hours and a pleasant drive away.
We usually have a good weather this time of year, well not this year! But the B&B was booked and the weather man promised a better weather for Saturday.
The first stop of our trip was Burford, on a nice day a very pretty small town, not so very pretty on a wet and windy Friday.

But even on a day like this there is a lot of shops to browse in and plenty of establishments to hide in from the rain and take refreshments.

 And then there is Burford Needlecraft Shop, which is packed with everything a needleworker might need. It was very quiet in the shop that day, all the local needleworkers were probably indoors stitching away.
It is the kind of a shop where I forget the time!


And there is the sweet shop, and what a sweet shop!

From Burford we drove to Bourton on the Water, another one of Cotswolds towns very popular with tourists. We have visited here several times, it used to be one of our places to escape to when we used to live in London area, and we also brought our overseas friends here.

We were booked in at the Holly House, a lovely B&B owned by Paula and James Lyons.We stayed with the Lyons family before and it was a pleasure to return here. Paula, with her cheerful personality, is a very good host and James cooks a great breakfast. The rooms are very clean and comfortable.
I would recommend Holly House to anyone visiting the area.

Saturday turned out to be much better day for sightseeing. Some more pictures from the area.

Sunday was again grey and wet. After a substantial "Lyons" breakfast we packed our bags and a jar of greengage jam made by Paula's mum, and headed for home. On the way the weather improved well enough to be able to stop and visit the  Lacock Abbey and the Village.


Lacock Abbey and the Village has been used as a location for many films and television productions: Cranford, Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Emma, Moll Flanders,
The Other Boleyn Girl, Robin of Sherwood.....................


After a light refreshments at the "King John Hunting Lodge" Tea Room it was time to drive home.

P.S. Only after my return home and publishing this post, I found out from Sue, who lives in the area, that a new patchwork/quilting shop opened in Burford two days before our visit, see Cupcake Cottons.
Unfortunately, due to the weather, we never found it! It could had been a lot more expensive weekend!


  1. Thanks for more pics of your outings. I have not visited the cotswolds but of course the area is featured in a lot of travel shows.
    I don't know which of the shops would have kept my attention. Perhaps the one with the needlework supplies.......but the sweet shop looks so inviting.

  2. What a lovely trip you had even if the weather is not the best... Thanks for the tips and sharing the pictures!


  3. You have been all round where I live this past weekend- Friends of mine Steph and Jacky of Cupcake Cottons opened their Quilt shop in Burford last Wednesday- If you go again it is right opposite Just Fabrics on the roundabout.
    I am so lucky to live here.
    Sorry the weather didn't perform for you.

  4. Loved your post and the visit to the Cotswolds. 5 years ago Peter and I visited the area and spent quite a bit of time in Burford. I particularly remember the needlecraft shop and spent quite a few hours there. We also enjoyed a lovely morning tea and wandering around the shops but like your visit it was also raining during our visit. Take care.

  5. How strange is that my friend also went and sent me some of the same photos you have taken....i must have a trip here myself as never been...glad you enjoyed.

  6. Nice photos. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  7. Hello Radka, sorry I've not commented for so long. These photos are just stunning. I love all your buildings. They are so inspiring. How lovely that you had time to spend in the needlework shop, not to mention that gorgeous lolly shop. I'd have spent up big time in both!! Thanks again for the travel photos. I so enjoy seeing your lovely sights. This week has been rather disjointed for me, and caused my absence.

  8. Thanks for sharing lovely photos from a nice weekend. I would have loved to join you on that tour. Better save your links. Who knows, when I come to England again.
    Have a nice sunday and thank you so much for your nice commets in my blog.

  9. What wonderful photos of the Cotswolds - you had a fabulous time there travelling around.
    x Suzy

  10. Very nice photos here ! Thanks for visit and comment on my blog :-)


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