I’m not exactly sure you can call it a farm, as there wasn’t an animal in sight, but the Daylesford Farm in the Cotswolds is definitely worth a visit or a stay. I have always been a fan of the Daylesford Cafe’s in London and recently found out that it is possible to rent their cottages for a weekend. Pregnancy is the perfect time to try out these sorts of trips as many other holidays (such as skiing which I am used to doing) are a no-go. Pretty much all of my travelling happens outside of the UK (minus some trips to Coworth Park but that doesn’t really count as travel does it?!) and I am almost embarrassed to admit I have never really seen any of England. I guess its normal to want to leave your country to go on holiday but add to that the fact that I am such a sun bunny, the thought of spending lots of time in the muddy cold English countryside has never really appealed. But the Cotswolds has always been on my list.
After our trip to Sweden (we went to a very minimalistic Japanese-style retreat which I am not sure I would recommend) I was a bit apprehensive about spending the weekend in a cottage. I am the first to admit I am very spoilt but I really do love to stay in luxury hotels when I go away. That for me is what makes it a holiday. But I am always up for new experiences so I was willing to give this farm malarkey a try. We rented a car for the weekend and drove down from London on Friday evening – the journey took a bit longer than expected as it started snowing just after we passed Oxford! (note to self: next time pack warm clothes when going to the countryside for a weekend.) Nevertheless we made it there in one piece and found our adorable cottage – equipped with its own fireplace and fresh produce from the Daylesford Farm Shop. As far as cottages go it was definitely a luxurious one, which wasn’t all that surprising as it is the brainchild of the uber stylish Carole Bamford. The Farm is located near Kingham in the Cotswolds and so there is plenty to see in case you don’t want to spend all of your time in the actual cottage. On the grounds there is a cafe, a food store, a garden store, a Bamford Haybarn Spa, a cookery school and a Bamford Barn selling lots of amazing products so you can easily spend at least a day going to all of these! On Saturday we had a long lazy lunch at The Wild Rabbit in Kingham which is definitely worth booking but the rest of the time we just cooked in our cottage, went for long walks, read books and slept! If you are ever looking to escape London for a few days and not go too far, I would absolutely recommend visiting the Daylesford Farm. They have cottages of different sizes so we even thought it would be fun to come back but with a few more people. I leave you with some photos of our weekend and wish you all a lovely week!
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