This country keeps amazing me more and more each day. I visit an area and think it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, until I visit the next area and I think it’s even better! I visited a little area in the Cotswolds yesterday and I can’t find the words to describe the beauty of the place. Simply GORGEOUS.
Of course I had heard of the Cotswolds before. However I wasn’t expecting to drive through some Cotswolds villages yesterday on our way past Oxford. I believe this happened because a very simple geographical error in my part. I knew the Cotswolds district is where it is, I simply didn’t realise Oxford is so”western”! Now that I’m looking at a map, I must admit I thought Oxford was where Milton Keynes is. Oops :S
We were driving towards Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, for Jon and Dave’s Rally Experience Day (that they both thoroughly enjoyed) and on our way there -and back- we drove through villages like Woodstock, Enstone, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Weston-sub-Edge, etc. I’m not even sure that the beemer’s sat nav took us the most direct route, as it took us like 20 minutes to drive just 7 miles, but somehow I’m happy that it took us that route as it was the most beautiful scenery I’ve seen in my life.
I know I’d be happy living in somewhere like that. I like big cities, but just for visiting. I rather spend my days sorrounded by greenery and stone cottages, flowers and cows, old ladies in tea rooms and the kind of tourists that you get in this area… Now we just need the money to be able to afford to live in one of England’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty! As I am pretty sure that beauty doesn’t come for free and houses in this district must be really pricey.
On our way back we stopped in Woodstock and visited the parks and gardens of Blenheim Palace. The place is simply stunning, and the gardens endless! We could have walked forever, but it had already been a long day and we still had another hour drive to get back home. So we didn’t stay very long. We walked the park and some of the gardens and decided that one day, when we are rich, we will have gardens like those, with waterfalls and the lot 🙂
Here’s some pictures:
Jon looking groovy in front of his “dream-cottage”
Yes, we could be happy coming to the “countryhouse” every Sunday lunchtime 🙂
Don’t know why I’m smiling. I wasn’t too happy to leave my little Cotswolds house!