Harriet O'Brien, The Daily Telegraph, October 3, 2014
Beautifully rural yet accessible thanks to good road and rail networks, and with much foodie appeal, the northern Cotswolds is a bucolic autumn destination. In the triangular area between Chipping Campden, Broadway and Moreton-in-Marsh (where there’s a railway station – and taxis) the views over wooded hills present spectacular colour at this time of year. Yet, if it’s wet, there’s plenty to do under cover.
Dormy House (01386 852711) well positioned above Broadway. It’s an old farmhouse turned boutique hotel – with a state-of-the-art spa ; doubles from £280 including breakfast. Or stay on a sheep and beef farm: Snowshill Hill Farm Estate B & B (01386 853959; snowshill-hill.co.uk ) is in a pastoral setting near postcard-pretty Snowshill village; doubles from £80 including breakfast.
The Eight Bells (01386 840371; eightbellsinn.co.uk ) in Chipping Campden for a lunch of soups and hearty fare, or Luke’s Broadway (01386 854418; lukesbroadway.com ), a modern British bistro run by the youthful Luke Thomas at the lovely Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway. Book for dinner at the Horse & Groom (01386 700413; horseandgroom.info ) at Bourton-on-the-Hill, offering the likes of slow-cooked spiced lamb; or make for Russell’s of Broadway (01386 853555; russellsofbroadway.co.uk ) in the eponymous village for chic brasserie cuisine.
Handsome Broadway, which has treasure troves in the Ashmolean at Broadway (01386 859047; ashmoleanbroadway.org ), an arm of the renowned museum in Oxford, and the Gordon Russell Museum (01386 854695; gordonrussellmuseum.org ), which celebrates the Arts and Crafts designer. Nearby is glorious Snowshill Manor (01386 852410; nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor ; open until December), housing Charles Wade’s extraordinary collection, from Samurai armour to 18th-century toys. Explore Chipping Campden, arguably the prettiest town in the Cotswolds, calling in at the wonderfully retro Hart Silversmiths (01386 841100; hartsilversmiths.co.uk ) and the Court Barn Museum (01386 841951; courtbarn.org.uk ), devoted to design and crafts.
Explore some of the 100-mile Cotswold Way, which starts at Chipping Campden ( nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold-way ). Take in autumn colour with a walk among the trees at Batsford Arboretum (01386 701441; batsarb.co.uk ). Follow footpaths along Broadway Hill – the views from this sharp ridge are terrific – then head to Broadway Tower folly ( broadwaytower.co.uk ) and stop for tea at its café Morris & Brown.
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