Discovering the Cotswolds
If you wish to explore the local area during your stay at The Slaughters Country Inn, there’s plenty to discover. Close at hand are Batsford Arboretum and many delightful Cotswold towns and villages such as Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the elegant City of Bath are all within easy reach.
Then, of course, there's Cheltenham, only a short lovely drive away, a magnificent town with beautiful regency buildings and many world famous festivals including Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Festival of Science and the Wychwood Festival. Other great attractions nearby include the Cotswold Olympick Games, Kemble Air Day, Chipping Campden Music Festival, Longborough Festival Opera and the Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2013, March 12th - 15th.
Antiques: The best location is Stow-on-the-Wold, a very pretty market town, with a broad cross selection of Antique shops, good parking in the main square, and plenty to see and do.
Walks: Start with our village, and a gentle stroll along the River Eye, past The Slaughters Country Inn to the Old Mill Museum where you can also find local crafts and home made ice cream. Local walks to Upper Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water are easy to follow and give you a chance to stretch your legs. For those more ambitious we can direct you further afield.
Cotswold Villages: Apart from Lower Slaughter Manor, which we believe to be the prettiest, there are many others. I would suggest a car drive towards Chipping Campden. Taking in Stanway, Stanton and Snowshill, definitely the most unspoilt, beautiful villages you can imagine, Chipping Campden offers you some shops and good tea rooms and dining options. Broadway, Burford and Bibury and also well worth a detour.
Gardens: Hidcote is the best known, tucked behind Chipping Campden, and is open over the weekend. Snowshill Manor and Gardens are open on Saturday and Sunday.
Houses: Blenheim is an obvious choice, about 30 minutes drive in the small town of Woodstock. Chaselton House, one of the finest Jacobean houses in the country is situated a few miles out of Moreton-in-Marsh. Sudeley Castle and Gardens, outside Winchcombe is spectacular.
Farm Shop: Daylesford Organic, a couple of miles outside Stow-on-the-Wold is well worth a visit. The farm shop and café are outstanding, as is the garden shop, tea tasting room and or course Lady Bamford’s own range of clothes.
Children: Cotswold Farm Park is a must and only 5 miles from the hotel. Bourton-on-the-Water gives you ‘Birdland’, Dragon Fly Maze, Model Railway and Motor Museum.