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Report 2099: A Wonderful Three Days in the Cotswolds

By JMW BHM from US, Spring 2014

Trip Description: Late May Driving Tour

Destinations: Countries - United Kingdom; Regions/Cities - Cotswolds

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Day Tours; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 3: Day 1 - Arrival, Lechlade & Windrush

After an all night flight from Dulles we arrived at Heathrow early and cleared immigration with no problems and it was “On To The Cotswolds.” We got our rental car (automatic transmission) with no problem and the drive to Windrush (Burford) went well once we found our way out of the construction zone around Heathrow and I figured out what the speed limit was (70 mph). I was not aware that Britain had adopted miles per hour and that there is a national speed limit unless posted otherwise so I stayed in the far left lane until I realized that every car and truck seemed to be passing me. Our GPS was not updated to handle the diversions (detours) and confusing roundabouts around Heathrow but M4 was a breeze.

It was a beautiful day, so our first stop in the Cotswolds was in Lechlade at the vin-est Wine Merchants to purchase wine for our daily afternoon glass or two. The proprietress was very helpful in selecting the wines and with suggestions about places to eat in the area. Then we drove to The Copse B&B in Windrush, which is a small village of 80 people outside of Burford. There had been a bad accident on the A4 and we had to call Julia to get alternate directions and we went on the ”back roads” around Burford through Barrington and Little Barrington to Windrush and then up the lane where Julia was waiting to be sure that we did not miss the turn-in. The Copse has two en suite bedrooms that are rented and the house and setting are beautiful. But, Julia’s hospitality is the best feature of the Copse.

After checking in, we went back towards Lechlade to Filkins, to eat at the Five Alls for our first meal in England. We knew enough to order our food and drink at the bar but didn't know to give a table number. After finding a table outside in the courtyard we got our food and really enjoyed it. The antipasti and my kidney and steak pie (pot pie) were good as was my wife’s chicken. We were there before the crowd arrived but the Five Alls is a local favorite and the garden and restaurant filled up before we left. Filkins is a beautiful, small village that has a few shops but appears to be a bedroom community for Burford and Lechlade.

By now it was mid afternoon and jet lag had caught up with us so we went back to the Copse and slept for two hours. When we woke up we realized that we had better stay awake for at least a few hours so that we would sleep all night. We got up and walked around Julia’s beautiful yard and watched the horses grazing in the fields behind the house. After we were fully awake we had a couple of glasses of wine in the garden and Julia joined us and helped us plan our next day’s touring. We were surprised that it was light until 10:00pm.

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