This is a bit of a belated post, but it’s something I did want to write about. Last weekend, Matt and I went away on the Friday night for our anniversary, to a little hotel near Broadway, which isn’t that far away from where I live in the Cotswolds. It’s a cute little town, with some great cafes and pubs, and LOTS of super cute gift shops. Just my kind of place!
We set off early in the afternoon, and the weather was actually okay when we arrived, if a bit windy. The hotel we stayed at was called The Fish, which is on the Farncombe estate, just out of Broadway. The whole place is absolutely amazing, and our hotel was perfect. It’s actually the cheapest hotel on the estate to stay at, although it’s still absolutely amazing and great quality. We stayed out in the Stables, which are down a hill from the main hotel where the reception, bar, and dining room are situated. We drove down (so as not to drag our bags all the way down there), and found our room, which was small but perfectly formed, basically so Pinterest- and Instagram-ready I couldn’t quite believe it. We also had an amazing view out over the countryside and Broadway.
Unfortunately, the weather took a slight turn for the worse once we’d settled in, so rather than head out and explore the area we decided to get afternoon tea instead – always a good choice. This was in the bar, which is a really nice space. The whole hotel is decorated in a sort of country-minimalist style, in that you get the countryside elements (old books, shooting jackets, wooden bar etc) alongside what is essentially quite minimalist furniture. It isn’t overwhelming, if that makes sense. A few moments with the staff were a bit awkward, which I’m sure I only picked up on because I cringe at anything vaguely out of the ordinary, but overall the service was excellent. The afternoon tea was unusual – it was served in a box – but the cakes especially were lovely. We also had a glass of prosecco each, which was a nice touch. Not the best afternoon tea I’ve ever had, but a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon.
We also decided to eat dinner in the bar, so we just ordered some more snack-like dishes to share. We picked a mini camembert, which was my favourite, mini cumberlands, chips, and Matt ordered a fancy fish finger sandwich which I wouldn’t have gone anywhere near. It was all excellent quality food, if a bit more informal than we’d hoped, but again an enjoyable evening.
Before we went to explore Broadway the next day, we had a lazy morning in the room, and of course breakfast in the main part of the hotel. Breakfast was a buffet, but it was really good. They also had tons of cereal, and everything imaginable to go on top – I had rice krispies with little chocolate buttons, just because I could. It was great! We also opened our anniversary presents for one another. Matt had very kindly got me a Christmas cushion I’d been wanting from Marks and Spencer, and the Yankee Candle advent calendar, which I was really pleased with. He knows me so well :’)
Once we’d checked out, we then drove into Broadway. You can walk to it from the hotel, but it was a horrible day and had been raining since we got up. So we packed up the car and drove, and actually found a car park quite easily, which I wasn’t expecting! I’ve been to Broadway itself before, but not for a couple of years, so it was nice to go back again. I’m always a fan of places like that – you don’t go often enough for them to get samey, but you still know roughly where things are and what there is there.
Anyway, the weather was horrible, so we didn’t actually spend that much time outside appreciating how lovely a place Broadway is. But we did appreciate all of the brilliant gift shops, which were all stocked with Christmas stuff. You guys know I’m crazy about Christmas, so this just made the day even better! I picked up a little tea light jar with a sort of frosted finish to it, with a Christmas scene going round the outside, to use with the candles from my advent calendar. There were so many more things I could have bought, but of course being pretty skint at the moment meant I couldn’t really go crazy with the Christmas decs!
We stopped for lunch to shelter from the rain, at a pub called The Swan. Everyone seemed to have congregated there, obviously having the same idea as us, but we got a table within about 5 minutes. Inside is like a perfect classy country pub, not too shabby but still homely at the same time. We ordered a breaded brie to start, which was to die for, and I picked the roast chicken for main. What I didn’t realise until it arrived was that it was literally about half a chicken! It tasted amazing, and it came with fries and aioli, which I absolutely loved! Pudding was treacle tart and custard, which I don’t think needs any more explanation! I don’t think we really planned to stay and have what became a three course meal, but it looked so dull outside, and it was so cosy inside, we didn’t rally want to leave.
That was just about it for our little Cotswolds break. I had a lovely time, and I can’t thank Matt enough for treating us! Broadway, and the other popular villages in the area (Stow, Bourton, Burford), is so worth a visit, although I would recommend going on a slightly nicer day! I’d also highly recommend The Fish for a weekend stay, it was a perfect little getaway which really made our anniversary special.