The Cotswolds is the chosen weekend escape for many city-stressed Londoners. The picturesque villages and lush countryside provides a calm retreat away from the busy capital, and is particularly charming in the summertime.
Last weekend I rounded up a few of my closest friends for a blissful weekend away at Yarrow Cottage, one of the luxurious properties by Beachspoke. The 300-year old thatched abode is found in the idyllic village of Churchill. We drove down after work on Friday, being careful to miss the rush hour. The town of Churchill was even quieter than I had expected… and I quickly felt at home.
I had been sent a few instructions about Yarrow Farm by email, which made our arrival effortlessly easy. The house is lovely in any season, in winter the living room is particularly cosy with a log-burning stove and snug sofas, and in summer the outdoor terrace complete with BBQ is perfect for balmy evening meals.
Upstairs, two beautiful bedrooms are ideal for two couples or a small family. The master bedroom has a custom-made super king bed with traditional exposed wooden beams and characterful décor. The second bedroom is just as comfortable, but a little smaller in size.
The dramatic bathroom was my favourite room in the cottage, with a huge copper roll top bathtub, double rustic sinks, a powerful walk-in shower and fragrant Bamford toiletries (from nearby Daylesford Farm). I’ve never had so many baths in one weekend, but it is difficult to resist when you have a bath like this to enjoy!
Our warm summer evenings at Yarrow Cottage were spent relaxing in the garden, playing scrabble and feasting on homemade salads. When the sun went down we retired inside to the intimate living room, where we couldn’t resist catching up on recent film releases, including Paddington!
The Beachspoke team had kindly left delicious provisions for us in the cottage kitchen, so we had gin & tonics on arrival and eggs and toast for breakfast the next morning. It was these thoughtful touches that made our stay so memorable.
For £200 a night and just an hours’ drive from London, I can’t think of a more magical place to escape to this summer season.
More information and book a stay at Yarrow Cottage here.