Secret Cottage Tour
On my latest trip to England with two friends, I was able to take the most unique lovely tour of the Cotswolds. I don't usually take tours. Instead I like to drive around and make discoveries on my own, but this trip was a little different as it was more pleasure than business. We made our way to the Moreton-on-Marsh train station and met up with the 3 others on our tour plus our driver/tour leader Ian. The 6 hour tour through small picturesque villages in the Cotswolds is broken up with stops back at the Secret Cottage for elevenses, lunch and cream tea. The Secret Cottage is a lovely private thatched roof cottage where you are greeted by the owners and their grand hospitality. I couldn't wait for us to return for more tea & coffee and treats!
It was actually nice to take a day off and let someone else do the driving! As you can imagine, there's a bit more to the tour than just the beauty of the surrounding countryside. We also learned a lot about the architecture, history and agriculture of the area. We buzzed down country lanes and would just park in small towns and get out and stroll. There were no crowds, no tourist traps. I think the largest town we stopped in was Lower Slaughter. We drove through Stow-on-the-Wold to get there, but didn't stop. Thank goodness. It was crowded!
In a bit of a coincidence it turns out that every one in our group had a Kansas connection. Remember, there's just 6 of us! Half of us were my friends and I and we're all from Kansas. A couple from Dallas both went to KU and met there. He played football for KU in the 60s. And the other lady had married a Kansan and lived in Kansas for several years. What are the odds?
If you ever find yourself in London and want to get away to the country, but aren't sure about doing it on your own this is a great little adventure. You do need to take the train to Moreton, but that is fun in itself. In our little group we arrived by car, the couple by bus from Cheltenham and one person by train from London.
Here's a couple of links for more information.
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