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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Travel Diaries: The Cotswolds

I love visiting new places within the UK and exploring little jems that I didn’t know existed. As I’ve got older, I’ve been more interested in travelling to places within England and see what this amazing country has to offer. Where I live quite close to London, I’m use to a busy atmosphere and everything going on. It’s nice to take breaks to the countryside to unwind and enjoy the serenity of the natural environment.

Last week, myself and my blogging bestie Emma Corrie Hill checked into The Maytime Inn Hotel located in the heart of the Cotswolds. I’ve never been to the Cotswolds before so I didn’t really know what to expect of the area and the hotel, but it certainly didn’t disappoint when we got there!

I decided to drive to the Cotswolds as I enjoy being in my own car, chucking my suitcase in the backseat and not having to worry about lugging it on and off trains. From Essex to the Cotswolds, it took roughly 2/3 hours which wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t for the weather! Driving in torrential rain certainly wasn't the best conditions.

Anyway, we finally made it to The Maytime Inn and checked into our room which was so homely and cosey; I could have stayed for a lot longer than one night. We had 2 single beds with a cute country style knitted blanket on top which was more inviting than ever. As soon as we put our bags down, Emma made herself a tea and I sat there with the most amazing hot chocolate. We spent an hour or two relaxing and chilling out after the long drive before heading into the pub for dinner. I wish this pub was a lot closer to home as that would certainly be my local! It’s nice to go places for dinner that aren’t part of a chain as it’s a change of scenery and after all, what could be better than a countryside pub?

We then freshened ourselves up for dinner and went next door into the pub. Now when it comes to food, I’m not the best one to talk to. However, Emma on the other hand, had fish and chips followed by sorbet for desert which she said was amazing! The pub welcomes animals so to top off our evening, we were greeted by a gorgeous cockapoo which myself and Emma were obsessed with. Another thing I enjoyed in the pub was their choice of music. It was like an Ibiza chill out playlist that they had on which was so relaxing and peaceful.

After dinner, we headed back to our room. Emma had a bath and I laid in bed going through Instagram. The next day, we woke up quite early and went into the pub to have some breakfast. I had a croissant and fresh orange juice whilst Emma ordered an English breakfast and toast. I’m not really a breakfast person so having something quite small was enough for me.

After breakfast, we then walked around The Maytime Inn grabbing a few pics of the beautiful surroundings. By then, it was time to pack the car up and head home.

I loved the midweek break away from London and The Maytime Inn did just the job. If you’re looking for a getaway to the country side then I’d certainly recommend you checking this place out. The staff were so helpful and it was the perfect place to unwind.


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