Monday, April 25, 2011

Cotswolds escape

Hubby and I have been working super hard lately, with no breaks, so as I sat at my desk this morning I started day-dreaming about our first weekend away together to Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds, way back in the late 90s!

The village of Upper Slaughter is located in the county of Gloucestershire, one mile away from Lower Slaughter and resides on a gentle grassy slope above the stream that connects the two villages. The building that dominates Upper Slaughter is the beautiful gabled Manor House which is one of the finest buildings in the area. The oldest part of the house dates from the 15th century but the front is Elizabethan. The Manor is now a hotel and that's where we stayed!

Our first glimpse of the Lords of the Manor hotel:

Upper Slaughter was identified by author Arthur Mee as one of the 32 "Thankful Villages", although more recent work suggests a total of 51. Meaning the small number of villages in England and Wales which lost no men in World War I. In Enchanted Land (1936), the introductory volume to "The King’s England" series of guides, he wrote "that a Thankful Village was one which had lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again."

We had an amazing dinner at the Michelin star restaurant:

Followed by coffee and port in the lounge:

Grab a pair of complimentary wellies before going for a romantic walk to the stream - which we did in the moonlight after dinner:

And so to bed:

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