Bourton-on-the-Water

We set off in good time despite having had an impromptu family visit the day before. The get together with my brother and nephews was wonderful but it made packing our bags a little bit rushed.

We picked mum up before heading to Bourton-on-the-Water for lunch. The town seemed busier than I have ever seen it before, except perhaps on one sunny mid-August day many years ago. We decided not to struggle to get into a teashop because of the current Covid restrictions and sometimes booking is required in advance. Instead we opted for a meal deal from the Co-op which we intended to eat on a bench with a view but we decided the air was a little bit chilly for Alfresco eating so instead we had an in-car picnic before heading into town.

The village was rather crowded and we chose quieter pathways to enjoy. Mr C spotted an antique shop that he wanted to go in. Only 6 were allowed in the shop at any one time but since there were only a couple others inside we entered. By the time I tried to make my way to the exit there were more than 6 people inside with several of them not respecting social distancing and I found it difficult to get round people in order to leave the shop.

Castle Coombe

We decided to leave Bourton-on-the-Water and continue on our way with the intention to visit Upper and Lower Slaughter. These villages are delightful but unfortunately we were unable to explore them because the parking places were full. It was time to put plan B into action. We drove to Castle Coombe where we were able to park and enjoy a wander around the lovely village. It was like stepping back in time.

Stanton Manor

Afterwards we checked into the hotel before enjoying a cup of tea in our room. Feeling refreshed I ventured out into the hotel garden and reminisced about our previous visit to the hotel in 2008. The garden was a little overgrown but still enjoyable.

We had a very pleasant dinner followed by a nightcap in the bar.

6 Comments CherryPie on Sep 24th 2020

6 Responses to “Stanton Manor – Day One”

  1. I have only been to Castle Combe.
    Have to add Bourton to my list.

  2. It looks a lovely hotel. I love Castle Combe. I have never known Bourton on the Water anything but heaving with people but the Slaughters are so pretty if you can park!

  3. shabana says:

    wow such a lush delightful village :) ))

    i loved the glimpses absolutely :)

    i think finding such places packed with people after lockdown seems bit normal ,people missed outings indeed
    i am happy you could find quieter path and good dinner :)

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