We did a driving vacation from Glasgow, Scotland to London, England. We made a few stops along the way, but our most favorite stop was in the Cotswolds. Before we actually drove into the Cotswolds we stopped at Cheltenham. We stopped to get coffee and maybe ask for some suggestions. We didn’t have a place to stay, we thought we would just hope for something special. I had found a few places on Booking.com, but I had not booked anything because we weren’t sure what town we wanted to stay in.
As we are sitting outside enjoying our coffee we ask the gal next to us for some suggestions of places to visit. She told us we needed to go to the Slaughters. She said, “I know it doesn’t sound very charming, but it’s actually quite lovely.” We also told her we wanted to go to Stow on the Wold and she said it was also another great stop.
We began to make our way into the country on the very small, tiny roads remembering to drive on the left hand side. Apparently the locals prefer that. 🙂 Each and every town was so charming. We made our way into Stow on the Wold. I had a few places book marked and we decided to try and find them and see if they had anything available. We knock on the door and the owner was completely surprised to find us standing there. (I guess people don’t show up unannounced) He was very pleasant and super funny trying to figure out how we found him. Then he showed us to the one room he had left for the night. It was the best room we stayed at in the whole 2 weeks we were on the road. He also gave us a little discount since it was going to be empty that night anyways.
Without taking any info he hands us the keys and tell us to come to his bar sometime that night pay there. He warned us it would get crowded. After we get settled in we decide we want to wander around this little village. And by little I mean walking from one end to the other in a matter of minutes. Still, every street was so sweet.
We walked into the fully crowded bar. He told us we needed to get one of the beers that was local. So we grabbed our beers and tried to find a seat. We saw one table with 2 empty seats. We asked if we could sit. They were super welcoming and warm and inviting and said that we could join them. After some questions we found out that they had just had a guest visiting from Portland, OR. Small world. As the conversation went on they told us were at the locals table. At that we asked if we needed to move and they said that we could stay. They said more would be coming, but some of them were leaving too.
About that time Grandma comes in, everyone cheers and she starts asking everyone “You want a beer? You? You?” Then “You?!?!” She was a little surprised that she didn’t recognize us, then she just said “Well, do you want another beer?” We laughed and told her we getting ready to leave.
That was probably one of our most moments on this trip. Just how the locals totally took us in and chatted us up.
My only regret was not spending more time in the Cotswalds. I don’t know that we will head back to England anytime soon, but if we do I am going back and spending at least 2 nights. It’s just very peaceful and quiet.
Before we made our way on to London we did stop at the Slaughters. Incredibly charming!!! Wish we had more time to explore, but we needed to keep moving. Definitely a village I would stay in.
Are you willing to travel without a plan? We don’t do it often, but we love being spontaneous, especially when it turns into a fun memory.