I was going to re-visit Woodstock in Oxfordshire for my New Year’s Resolution and then I read about Great Tew in my Britain magazine and it talked about thatched cottages…and well you know what I’m like, I would sell G to the circus just so that I could visit a thatched cottage.  It also helped that Great Tew was less than a 10 minute drive from my hotel… and Woodstock was over half an hour (it was Sunday…you need an easy life on a Sunday).

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After a few twisty and twirly roads to get into the tiny little village, I parked the car in the public car park…it’s so tiny that you need to park here and walk in (it takes no more than 2 minutes before you spot your first cottage).

First impressions…I basically had kittens!!!!

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^^Yes there was even a sign to prove this!

A number of the cottages were built in the 17th century…making them older than New Zealand…and most of them have thatched roofs…

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…here…

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…is…

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…the…

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…proof!  ^^A peek-a-boo thatched cottage!

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England, gardens and thatched cottages are a match made in heaven and Great Tew delivers…

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…to honey coloured houses with sweet honey suckle flowers…

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…to full on out of control English gardens…

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…to rambling roses and cute little windows…

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…to rambling roses and little front doors!

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And of course, Great Tew delivered on the ol’ door porn as well…17th century style…

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…totally charming door porn…

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…honestly I would happily move into this house, actually any of them!

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Now if you think, I could never drag my partner in crime to Great Tew then don’t fret…the village pub is one of the oldest in England…

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…and it’s pretty darn cute!

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Just look at the inside of this pub…

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…and you can stay…

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…eat…

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…or be merry!  I may have enjoyed a pint of lemonade and orange first thing on Sunday morning. (remember I was driving…and only idiots drink and drive…the New Zealand drink driving ad campaigns worked a charm on this Kiwi!).

I totally fell in love with Great Tew in Oxfordshire; it’s charming and pretty untouched by tourism however like all good things, I’m sure that will change with time.  If you’re heading to the Cotswolds then I highly recommend a visit to Great Tew, this was the highlight for me personally on my weekend away.

Travel Tips for Great Tew, Oxfordshire

  • You will need a car to visit Great Tew as it’s a tiny little village
  • There is a car park right at the entrance to the village and it will only take seconds to get to the centre of the village by foot
  • If you wish to have lunch at The Falkland Arms then make sure you make a reservation especially on the weekend
  • You can stay at The Falklands Arms as they offer rooms
  • Remember that these are private properties so you need to be respectful and not enter private property unless invited
  • Great Tew is approximately a 30 minute drive from Bicester Shopping Village, making it a lovely day out to Oxfordshire.
  • You can read my other posts on Oxfordshire including Heythorp Park (where we stayed again however service wasn’t as good as before), my Weekend Guide to Oxfordshire and the Bicester Shopping Village.

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Have you visited Great Tew or Oxfordshire before – what are your thoughts on the village and county?  You can check out more at the Experience Oxfordshire website.

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I’m a big fan of bucket lists…I’ve even got a Pride and Prejudice bucket list…I’ve visited Jane Austen’s resting place, had afternoon tea at Cassandra’s Cup, visited the Jane Austen House Museum and just recently visited Belton House.  So of course strolling the streets of Meryton was high on my bucket list!  A short drive from Castle Combe, is the cute little village of Lacock in Wiltshire which should be on any Jane Austen fan’s wish list.

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G’s ears were still recovering from our visit to Castle Combe so as soon as I saw the high street of Lacock, his little ears were bright red again from my squeals!

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First impressions…there are a lot of cars parked on the high street (which are the residents) so unfortunately it’s not picture perfect…

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…however it’s still gorgeous!

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^^This a true reflection on what you’re going to see like we did!

G knew I was going to be hours exploring and taking photos so he found a nice shady tree to sleep under while I went exploring…spot the foreigner and the Englishman, I never get bored of all this history within England.

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There are quite a few wobbly drunk buildings (but obviously nowhere near as many as Lavenham)

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…and you can spend a few hours just strolling through the streets of Meryton, trying to locate the Militia…

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…pretending to be buying bonnets (there aren’t any for sale)...

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…hoping to run into Wickham so you can give him a kick in the shins for all his sins…

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…dodging horse poo (however you’re more likely to be dodging a pram today)

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…practising your twirling skills before the Meryton Ball…

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…while worrying about what you’re going to wear to the Meryton ball…

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…worrying if Mr Darcy will be there…

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…and Bingley’s sisters…

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…then slowly remembering that you’re not going to the ball!

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How beautiful is the war memorial in Lacock…

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…a reminder of the worlds past mistakes and the men that lost their lives.

I haven’t used my National Trust membership for years and lo and behold I’ve used it so much in the past month…

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…it’s free entry into Lacock Abbey as it’s a National Trust property and the gardens and house are just stunning…

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…a little shoefie action going on…

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…the famous cloisters…

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…that Colin Firth strode along (I promise that I didn’t lick the floor, I truly didn’t…they have NT staff on hand to stop ladies doing that!)…

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…and if you’re a Harry Potter fan they will look familiar as well!

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^^One of the coolest spots in Lacock on a hot summers day!

The Talbot Family were the last owners of the property and this is the birthplace of photography…

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…with an interesting display on how the negative was developed…

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(excuse the pun!)

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…unfortunately I was a tad early for dinner…

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…that moment when you suddenly realise that you match the carpet…eek!

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I play the piano very poorly indeed so I didn’t rock out a tune or two…

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…quickly moving onto the next room…

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…where the ceiling reminded me to always look up…

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…and there was a costume exhibition on during my visit.

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Now those gardens at Lacock Abbey…

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…the Tudor Courtyard is a nice little spot with a little second hand bookshop tucked inside the courtyard…

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…I love climbing roses…

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…and say hello to floral door porn!

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My tummy was starting to rumble so I popped into the church where they had a bake sale going inside…

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…where couples were enjoying a cuppa and a piece of cake…

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…I decided to keep walking, past a few great little places for a nibble…

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…picture perfect nibbly places to eat…

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…locating G, we picked up some refreshments from Lacock Bakery…

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…which is picture perfect itself!  They do a rather nice gluten free chocolate brownie and I hate chocolate brownies so that’s saying something.

I absolutely adored Lacock and think it’s a fabulous little spot for a day trip…

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…the honesty of this village is sweet, if you want to buy something then please place the money through the letterbox to buy fresh lavender…

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…meringues…

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…flowers…

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…jams…

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…and that’s how I paid for my two courgettes!

Travel Tips for Lacock, Wiltshire

  • Lacock is pretty flat so you can get away with most shoes however if you are going to enjoy the gardens at Lacock Abbey then flats would be better
  • There are a number of places for a quick bite to eat – I only tried the Lacock Bakery for gluten free goods and they sold a chocolate brownie which is okay if you need a quick fix
  • A picnic in the ground of Lacock Abbey would be perfect
  • Parking can be a bit of a nightmare so would suggest arriving in Lacock early as the village can get slightly congested later on in the afternoon.
  • Castle Combe and Lacock are perfect for a day trip together!
  • Take cash as there are a number of honesty stores and other village events held on the weekend

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Have you visited Lacock or Wiltshire before – what are your thoughts on the village and county?  You can check out more at the Visit Wiltshire website.

xx

Weight: Unknown as away this weekend

“She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion of her.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 29, 2016

My Life Goal, ze Weight

I don’t have a clue what I weigh this week but am feeling rather bloated, fat and overheating aka just one large hot sweaty mess!  Not helped that I’ve done a lot of “gluten free research” over the past two days trying out lots of gluten free cakes in tea rooms around The Cotswolds…someone has to do it right?!?

Shake Your Booty

I haven’t done any exercise this week other than a lot of walking…we have a walking challenge going on at work and the apprentice and I have a bottle of bubbles at stake…basically he was going to buy me the bubbles now as he doesn’t walk anywhere…then he downloaded Pokemon and boom…I might as well buy him the bubbles now…seriously I’m only doing 1,200 steps on some days during the week…I’m sure my step counter is broken!  But also…who has exercised this week in this heat?!?

I just want to congratulate all the ladies out there who have their periods or are going through menopause that have got through this hideous hot week in England without killing anyone…I salute you!!  I had to work from home on Wednesday due to my period…I had three changes of clothes at work on Tuesday as my body just started overheating and playing funny buggers…could we just have some 20-22 degree days again please!

What I’m Up Too…

I’ve managed to tick off 4 counties this weekend bringing my total up 20 out of 48 counties – Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire…that’s a lot of shires!  Next week, I’m heading to Kent to see some friends for a day trip…we’re going to eat ice cream in Broadstairs…we are going to give Aunty Kelly’s New Zealand ice cream a run for it’s money, I have a funny feeling that New Zealand doesn’t have anything to worry about.  My New Year’s resolution for 2016 is going well I think but time will tell!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 29, 2016

I purchased an Olympus OM-D 10 camera when I was home in New Zealand and I’ve really struggled to get used to the camera especially when it comes to the colour saturation…but I am persevering with the camera and have used it all weekend.  So if you have any tips please let me know!

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 29, 2016

^The Cotswolds Lavender Fields…where I actually fell more in love with the wildflowers…I just wished my front garden looked more like this.

So what’s all the gossip?

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So who would have thought that someone would get excited about driving along the M4…well I almost had kittens and for one reason only…so I could finally visit Castle Combe in Wiltshire and tick off another English county!  Luckily for me, Castle Combe isn’t that far off the M4 and we were driving back from our rather blink and you miss it visit to Cardiff so G really couldn’t say no to me…and I’m a kiwi so no is always a yes.

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I’m going to say right now…Castle Combe did live up to all my expectations bar one…I didn’t spot a tea room that was open…first world problems I know.

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We parked the car at the top car park and walked down (like they advise you to do so not to congest the tiny village with it’s narrow road…but you know how people are…they’re all about themselves…please feel free to give these people an evil glare!).  The walk down doesn’t take too long (maybe 5-10 mins depending on how much grumbling the Englishman is doing behind you) and you get some pretty photos…

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…then funny photos…

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…and then pretty again photos on the way into the village.

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I managed to spot a few awesome pieces of door porn for me to “collage” at some point in the future *coughs* mind the green bin (nice to know they recycle in Wiltshire!)

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…and another door…

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…shock horror, another one…

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…one last one! (eek…maybe not!)

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Once you get into the centre of Castle Combe, there will be a rainbow that directs you to Unicorn Cottage…

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…where you will be sprinkled in instagram gold dust and allowed to ride the unicorns….in exchange you will get loads of likes on your instagram photos. (I’m fibbing about the unicorns but not about the likes!)

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^^ It’s rather pretty don’t you think?

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^^And this is where unicorns head to for their staycations in England!

Venturing past a number of honey coloured cottages…

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…I found the spot that every other visitor to Castle Combe had found before me….

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…it was totally worth it for that view!  Gotta love being a tourist!

After admiring the view and taking a few hundred photos of exactly the same view…just in case my camera didn’t save the first 250 photos to the memory card…I wandered back up to the top of the village…of course, taking a few more photos…are you ready…Castle Combe is like raindrops on roses…

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…whiskers on kittens…

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…bright cooper kettles…

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…warm woollen mittens…

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…brown paper packages tied up with string…

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…these are a few of my favourite things!

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Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels…

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…Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles…

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…Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings….

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…These are a few of my favourite things!

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Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes…

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…Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…

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…Silver white winters that melt into springs…

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…These are a few of my favourite things!

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London or Cardiff exploring Wiltshire and the beautiful village of Castle Combe. Castle Combe is located in the Cotswolds and has been used in many movies due to it's beautiful honey coloured cottages. Click the link to read my Castle Combe Travel Tips!

When the dog bites, when the bee stings…

England Travel Inspiration - The perfect day trip from London or Cardiff exploring Wiltshire and the beautiful village of Castle Combe. Castle Combe is located in the Cotswolds and has been used in many movies due to it's beautiful honey coloured cottages. Click the link to read my Castle Combe Travel Tips!

…When I’m feeling sad…

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…I simply remember my favourite things…

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…And then I don’t feel so bad!

Travel Tips for Castle Coombe, Wiltshire

  • Use the car park at the top of the village and walk down (it’s an easy walk)
  • Wear sturdy shoes for the walk up and down…imagine it would be slippery on a wet day (and take a hankie as well…don’t use your sleeve…plus make sure you’re wearing clean knickers like your mother told you to do!)
  • Take cash and there were a few little honesty stores where you could buy cake…make sure you leave the right money and don’t ruin it for the people who follow you
  • When the sign states “Private Property…Do No Enter”, it does mean exactly that…don’t climb over someone’s property to get a photo…it’s rude, disrespectful and you will ruin it for others
  • Of course there were a couple of drinking establishments to grab a pint

Have you visited Castle Combe or Wiltshire before – what are your thoughts on the village and county?  You can check out more at the Visit Wiltshire website.

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xx

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