Visit Castle Combe – the prettiest village in England

Visit Castle Combe – the prettiest village in England

A long weekend in the Cotswolds with the girls was just what I needed at the end of February. And exactly a year since my hen do in Paris too! This time last year I was the most stressed I’ve ever been, but things just got better and better and so going away with some of my hens was the perfect way to celebrate friendship. Charlotte suggested we visit ‘the prettiest village in England’, which already sounded fun! Castle Combe really is stunning and so worth a visit if you love cute traditional English villages.

Pretty little cottages

I dream of owning a cottage one day, maybe in the Yorkshire Dales, with an open fire and a room filled with bookcases. I’d spend my days curled up in a huge rocking chair with a book, filling my brain with amazing stories. Anyway, the cottages in Castle Combe look so cosy and sweet! There’s even one called ‘Unicorn Lodge’ – who wouldn’t want to live there?

unicorn lodge | this city life

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The perfect film location

Castle Combe is a movie star. Its cottages played a small part of the village of Wall in Stardust (the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel), and was a significant location for Spielberg’s War Horse. It’s not hard to see why it’s in high demand, it’s so beautiful! If I could have it as my backdrop every day, I’d be so happy.

castle combe | this city life

prettiest village in england | this city life

Relaxation miles away from the city

Even the name sounds calming – Castle Combe. As soon as we walked into the village it felt peaceful, but that could have been because we went out of season and there weren’t many tourists! We took a stroll through the village and past the river, snapping pictures of the swans and trying to perfect our selfies next to the cottages. It was so quiet, we could only hear the tinkle of wind chimes and people giggling as they took photos.

castle combe selfie | this city life

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Cream tea at the Castle Inn hotel

I wasn’t going to go all the way to the Cotswolds and not have cream tea, was I! After walking around in the cold, we figured a nice cuppa and scone would be the perfect way to chill out before getting back into the car. And we weren’t disappointed. The Castle Inn’s cream tea was yummy and a welcome break from London prices too!

cream tea cotswolds | this city life

cream tea | this city life

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  1. Liza Tait-Bailey
    25th April 2016 / 9:41 pm

    I live in Cheltenham (which is a town in the Cotswolds), and I love exploring the beautiful villages nearby. I agree – it is the prettiest part of the country! Great photos xxx