Romance in the Cotswolds
9 Romantic Places to Visit Near Broadway
When holidaying in Broadway you’ll never be far from romance. Chocolate box Cotswold villages are perfect for wandering and perusing artisanal shops and boutiques. The glorious countryside and rolling hills invite you to explore hand-in-hand. Meanwhile, teahouses and traditional country pubs provide idyllic settings to indulge your hunger. If you are planning a getaway with your loved one then check out these 9 romantic places to visit near Broadway.
Rising gloriously above our town is the Georgian-era folly of Broadway Tower. Bring a picnic and enjoy majestic views and sunsets from the gorgeous parkland once loved by artists such as William Morris. Deer often roam by and add to the romance. Get your creative juices flowing by joining arts and crafts workshops at the Tower Barn. Even getting here can be an adventure by following the Cotswolds Way from the town.
The Cotswolds Way
Talking about the Cotswolds Way, there’s several scenic walks to explore and get away from it all.
Wander across lush meadows and over the Cotswold Edge escarpment to Chipping Campden. En route you’ll be able to see Dover’s Hill, the location for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games. Alternatively, follow signed tracks to the Iron Age fort of Shenberrow Camp and then down into the village of Stanton.
Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre
Romance abounds all year round at the 56-acre Batsford Arboretum. Whether its the bluebell and snowdrop swathes of spring, the summer clouds of forget-me-knots, crimson autumn leaves or frosty winter wonderland, there’s always a feast for the eyes. The arboretum is dog-friendly and there’s a great garden terrace café that serves up a delicious array of cakes and pastries.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Staying on the subject of flowers, Kiftsgate Court Garden is a celebration of three generations of women gardeners. An explosion of vivid colours and sweet aromas await at the themed gardens and borders. Plan your visit in May when the approach to the gardens features a beguiling bluebell wood. Weddings and views toward the Malvern Hills add to the enchantment.
Get an insight into the processes of gin and whisky distillation at the award-winning Cotswolds Distillery. Not only can you visit the production area but you’ll also get the chance to sample a range of spirits and liqueurs. Fancy yourself as a bartender and mixologist? Sign up for the gin and whisky blending masterclass workshops and have a blast creating signature cocktails for each other.
Despite a perhaps somewhat unappealing name, The Slaughters are the personification of Cotswold charm. Even better is that it’s two picture-perfect riverside villages in one. Spend a day strolling between Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter, admiring rural pastures and cute stone cottages along the way. You won’t want to miss the free ice cream tastings at the Lower Slaughter Museum.
All Things Wild
Gear up for a playful day out meeting creatures from around the world at All Things Wild. From cute meerkats and mischievous lemurs to elegant zebras and wily fox, it’s a memorable experience for animal lovers. Animal encounters and feedings let you get intimate with the park’s residents. Who will be brave enough to pose for a photo with a snake wrapped around their neck?
Chastleton House stands as a time warp to the 1600s and Jacobean era. This National Trust property is an excellent for those that wish to escape the modernity of the 21st century for a day. Adorned with delightful topiary displays, the garden is a particular highlight. The rules of croquet were established here in the 1860s — visit from April to September to play a game of this ever so English game on the emerald green lawns.
Planning your romantic getaway in the summer? Then you simply can’t miss the inspiring sight of the Cotswold Lavender fields. The purple and pinkish hues of the lavender carpets dazzle against a backdrop of sprawling meadows and farmland. Make sure to pack your camera to snap some splendid shots together. Before leaving, browse the shop for lavender-infused candles, cosmetics and oils.