While I was driving around the tiny villages in the Cotswolds including Great Tew, Broadway, Stow on the Wold and Bibury, I saw a little brown sign indicating a National Trust property so I thought hells bells why not stop and explore Snowshill Manor as I’m a National Trust member.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of artefacts collected over the years. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

I didn’t know what to expect when I pulled into the car park so I was happy to receive the information booklet on the property which proved to be a fascinating read.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of artefacts collected over the years. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

To get to the manor you need to walk past fields of sheep…well it is the Cotswolds isn’t it!  Thankfully it was a rather warm day so of the sheep were sitting under a tree keeping cool or scoffing grass…rather than getting frisky and trying to scare a certain Kiwi.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of artefacts collected over the years. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

Snowshill Manor is a large manor that was purchased by Charles Wade to house his treasures from around the globe, kinda like a shoe room but just bigger and it was never lived in…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of artefacts collected over the years. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…the treasures are slightly eccentric…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…but a total feast for the eyes…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…and something new to discover in every room.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

Leaving the house to discover the gardens which included a cute little honesty box for the lillies in the garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…to hidden gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…rambling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…men in tights, seriously it’s not a proper English garden until someone either puts on this tightest tights or gets totally naked…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…to the sweetest smelling flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…to some prickly customers…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…and gorgeous views over the Cotswolds.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

After exploring Snowshill Manor I decided to head to Cotswold Lavender after an earlier tip off on instagram and I wasn’t disappointed!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

Rows upon rows of beautiful lavender…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…but the best bit was watching the tourists going mad with their lavender photos and posing; seriously how sweet are these two!  I took photos of them together a bit later on with their own camera…they were super cute little couple.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

As much as I love lavender, the wild flowers were the winner of the day…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…I…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…just…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

…couldn’t…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

….get enough of them; to the point that I may have become slightly obsessed!

Sometimes the greatest pleasure in life is just taking time to sniff the lavender.  We all rush around in this world and I personally feel that we don’t take the time to really enjoy people’s company properly anymore (this is where quality and quantity go hand in hand…I would never double book myself or jam in three catch ups in one day…I want to savour my time with a loved one), we don’t really appreciate our gorgeous surroundings or just simply take the time to relax as we suffer from the “fear of missing out” syndrome…I’m happy to miss out on things now if it means that I get to spend quality time with the people that I love….time is something that you will never get back!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

Travel Tips for Snowshill Manor and Gardens

  • Snowshill Manor and Gardens is a National Trust property so it’s free entry if you’re a member otherwise it’s £10.40 per adult – you can read more here about joining up.  Post Code – WR12 7JU
  • There is a bit of a walk to the manor house however they do offer a buggy for those with less mobility, you will still need to walk through the orchard and gardens to get to the manor.
  • It’s a lovely spot for a picnic…something that I’ve found out recently is that National Trust properties rock especially Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire.
  • Cotswold Lavender is close by the Snowshill Manor, entry is payable in cash and there is a cafe on site…it is now closed for the summer but check out their opening times on the website.
  • A perfect day trip would be to combine the above two activities with a visit to Broadway…it would make a lovely day trip in the Cotwolds
  • Snowshill featured in the first Bridget Jones’s Diary movie…the church scene…I didn’t get a photo…bugger but I did see it as I drove around slightly lost.
  • You will need to have a car to visit Snowshill Manor and Cotswold Lavender however there are so many lovely walks in the area.
  • All the photos were taken on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring the National Trust property in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor and Gardens. A unique collection of treasures collected over the years from around the world. Close to Broadway is Cotswolds Lavender, row upon row of lavender to rival the French lavender fields. Click the link to read my Travel Tips for the Cotswolds!

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Visiting Bibury in Gloucestershire was on my bucket list so it seemed only right that I visited the village as part of my 2016 New Year’s Resolution!  The village is one of the most photographed in the whole of England and there’s even a picture of Arlington Row inside the UK passport (that’s your fun fact for today).

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

We were staying at the Crowne Plaza Oxfordshire property for a long weekend so in my mind, I was going to get up early and head to Bibury before every Tom, Dick and Harry turned up…I slept in, then went for a late breakfast and turned up in Bibury with Tom, Dick, Gary, Jeff and Harry it seemed.

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

Bibury is a tiny little village and famous for a row of gorgeous little cottages, Arlington Row which are totally worth a visit if you’re in the area.

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

Be warned, there are tourists everywhere trying to get photos of the cottages…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…but it’s actually fun to watch everyones faces as they see Arlington Row for the first time…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…you just need to wait and you may get that moment when you get the spot to yourself…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…if not, look at the gorgeous features of each individual cottage…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…rambling flowers around colourful doors…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…seemed wrong not to include No. 6 Arlington Row as well!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

What I didn’t realise was that these cottages fall under the National Trust and you can now stay in one for a few days…if only I had known (there’s a link to the cottage in my travel tip section so keep reading!).

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

Now just to burst the “it’s so perfect” bubble…there is a banana mobile that you won’t be able to avoid; unless the owner has gone to do his grocery shopping.  Apparently tourists and photographers are up in arms over the car however the villagers think the car is just a storm in a teacup…hmmm…either way, it seems to be a very English problem!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

You know how they say that you should never work with children or animals in film…well I tried to get the cottages with the swans in front…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…and you know how I’m scared of birds (this includes man  / lady eating swans).

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…seriously, I tried to do some swan whispering to get this damn bird to look up to get a photo while walking as it was floating down the river…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…honestly this is why I don’t like birds….

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…in the end we got there but I’m pretty sure that bloody swan did this on purpose and it was given a number of spirited names during the process!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

^^I even managed to photograph the black swan…why hello Natalie Portman!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

^^Thought it was time to drop in a Bibury shoefie…my stomach muscles had a work out trying to get my feet into the photo…plus I was trying not to fall off the wall as well…I didn’t fall just in case you were wondering!

There is more to Bibury than just Arlington Row even though it is the main drawcard and what everyone comes to see…there are some beautiful homes that you’ll want to move into…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…with beautiful doors of course…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…more cottages covered with rambling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…and tiny little cottages!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

After a nice little wander up and down Arlington Row, I felt the need to do some gluten free research in Bibury so popped into the William Morris Tea Room…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…I just wanted a cool refreshing drink BUT ended up having a gluten free coconut kiss…mwah!

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

^^It reminds me slightly of an odd shaped boobie!

The Swan Hotel seems to a be where all the cool bloggers stay…and with good reason…you can get up early and take photos around the village before all the tourists arrive and they offer afternoon tea as well…

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

…plus it looks absolutely stunning.  I’m slightly confused if I would want to stay at The Swan Hotel or the National Trust Arlington Row cottage if I ever went to stay in Bibury…which one would you choose?

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

Travel Tips for your trip to Bibury, Gloucestershire

  • Parking is almost non-existent especially on the weekends so park at the top of the hill and walk down…it only takes 5-10 minutes (dependent on how many times you stop to photograph random doors!)
  • The Swan Hotel and the National Trust Arlington Row cottage seemed to be your best accommodation options in Bibury however there are a few B&B options as well
  • The William Morris Tea Room had one gluten free cake option if you’re a tad peckish 
  • Either arrive extra early or late to Bibury to hopefully avoid the crowds; I visited around 11am and there were already a number of coaches parked up.
  • There are a number of signs up (in various languages) asking you not to enter private property, please respect these requests and don’t enter a persons garden without permission…I saw this happen and was flabbergasted!
  • On my weekend in the Cotswolds I also visited Great Tew in Oxfordshire which is a hidden gem in the Cotswolds and definitely worth a visit before it becomes a super popular destination like Bibury.  Plus if you’re thinking of visiting Gloucestershire for a whole weekend then check out my postwhere you can even stay in a castle for a night!
  • Check out the Visit England page on Gloucestershire to see what other cool places there are to visit in the county

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

So have you visited Bibury in Gloucestershire, what did you think of this beautiful village in the Cotswolds?

England Travel Inspiration - A day trip to one of the most beautiful Cotswolds villages, Bibury in Gloucestershire which is home to the gorgeous Arlington Row. Click through to read my travel tips for Bibury, Gloucestershire including where to find gluten free food in the village, when to visit and where to stay!

xx

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