Your Cotswolds Escape: 48 Hours In (And Around) The Countryside
With so many areas in The Cotswolds to explore, it’s often challenging to select a favourite. However, Long Compton is quickly becoming a well-loved village to escape to for staycations, and for good reason. Close to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Chipping Norton, it comes with all the characteristics of a country escape but with the option for alternate days out nearby. With thatched cottages set in local limestone, charming lanes to wander down and plenty of walking trails to choose from, this is the perfect place to recharge and explore. From cosy nights and hiking outdoors to trips to the theatre and creative workshops, here’s a host of ideas of what to do during a weekend stay in The Cotswolds.
Get cosy at Ivy Cottage
Situated along the centre of Long Compton, this two-bedroom cottage is ideal for those seeking a countryside retreat with a sense of style. There’s an open-plan dining and kitchen area – which will make you second-guess dining out – as well as a cosy living room to unwind in. The bedrooms come with beautiful attention to detail, and the master has a copper roll bathtub to draw you in. Bookmarking ideas for spring-summer? This cosy cottage also has an inviting garden with an outdoor dining area, perfect for summer hosting and al fresco coffees.
Ever visited Shakespeare’s birthplace? If not, this is the perfect opportunity. Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon for a day out during your stay, and with plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from, you can make a full day of it. This is also where one of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre’s is located so that you can enjoy Shakespearean performances, as well as a diverse range of plays from contemporary writers. If you’re visiting during the summer months, hire a boat and row along the canal for an unrivalled route crossing all the sights.
Visit Daylesford Organic Farm
Daylesford Organic Farm is just a ten-minute drive away, and it is surrounded by picturesque pastures, making it a day out worth adding to your list. Fresh fruit and vegetables are picked daily, and there’s an onsite farm shop, cafe, bakery and creamery to stock up on a range of goods to take back to your cottage. There is also a wellness spa and workshop and cookery school, with an ever-changing calendar of events to choose from, so why not book something ahead of your stay to make the most of Daylesford’s flagship location.
Walk to the Rollright Stones
If you’re the outdoorsy type, try tackling the nearby routes, with a selection of incredible views and points of interest to choose from, including the ancient Rollright Stones. For a longer route, take the 8.5-kilometre loop trail near Chipping Norton, which is suitable for all skill and fitness levels. However, if you’d prefer to keep things local, explore the nearby country lanes and fields for equally scenic alternatives.
Get creative at Whichford Pottery
Established in 1976, Whichford Pottery is a family business that prides itself on keeping pottery skills alive, sourcing ethical materials and experimenting with hand-thrown and hand-pressed methods alike. For the creatives amongst us, this is a must-visit location during your stay and there’s often the opportunity to take part in tutorials and workshops too.
Enjoy the local pubs and dining
There’s a host of inviting local pubs and restaurants to try out if you can tear yourself away from the dining setting at Ivy Cottage. The Red Lion Inn is one of the closest, nestled in the centre of the village, and is a welcoming spot to enjoy a fireside drink or freshly prepared food using local ingredients. If you feel like venturing to Stow-on-the-Wold, a nearby market town, there’s The Old Butchers or The Porch House, which have also long been favoured by locals.