In a perfect Cotswold village, the perfect pub...

Trip Start Feb 12, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, May 12, 2008

With the first bank holiday of the Spring, we set off in our rental car for the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Our destination was the tiny village/hamlt of Great Tew, down a couple of narrow country roads from the larger village of Chippng Norton. The names of villages were worth the visit alone - Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Little Rollright, etc.

The Cotswolds is a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". Great Tew consists of about eight buildings - including the village church and pub/inn - many of them thatch roof and all made of the classic Cotswold yellow brick or stone. It was this 16th century pub where we settled in for the night - the Falkland Arms. With flagstone floors, oak beams and several English ales on tap, it proved to be the perfect English pub. In the evening we enjoyed baked English cheese, ciders and live folk music.

Throughout the weekend, we traveled down narrow roads past fields of bright yellow flowers, ancient stone alters and random roadside pubs. On Monday we ventured into a couple of the more tourist recognised towns - Broadway and Chipping Camden and while the crowds were not ideal, even bus loads of geriatrics couldn't take away from the beauty of the Cotswold stone cottages.

The other piece of news to update - it seems many could not follow directions so we received many votes for our June trip via emails. And the winner is.............
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