The Cotswolds: Picturesque England


It is the scale of the buildings in the Cotswolds that make you feel as if you are in a story book.  The doors are shorter than average and the windows are kept small, dating back to times when glass was too precious to have large windows.  Slate roofs are covered in lichen and moss, giving a softness to the otherwise hard slate.  The moss also gives varying colors of dark emerald, to light sage with white specks, to add variation to the otherwise honey colored stone of the buildings.

It is easy to see why people love visiting this area of England because everything about it is quaint and precious.  It doesn’t even feel like you are living in the 21st century when you visit, it is as if the crazy world of today ceases to exit at this scale.  Lives of classic English literature take over.

lower slaughter

Our friends, Mike & Graeme, graciously gave us a driving tour through the Cotswolds, starting with The Great Barn.  The barn dated back to Medieval times when the church would have been the wealthiest merchant in the region.  It is believed the barn was built to house grains in the winter time, which were tithed to the church by local farmers.

inside the barn The Great Barn

Then we continued through Burford, Lower and Upper Slaughter, and Stow-on-the-Wold.  This was the first time either of us have visited this region and it is definitely worth a stop.  We can’t thank Mike & Graeme enough for the wonderful tour!

Burford, row houses

Market in Burford

Dream house in Cotswolds


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