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London > Oxford > Cotswolds Day 1

The Cotswolds is an area about 2 hours drive from London. Its known for small villages and towns with homes and buildings made from a golden color stone that makes you feel like you are in a fairytale land. Its beautiful.

We started by renting a car in London and driving to Oxford, home of the famous university. If I were to do this trip again, I would spend more time exploring Oxford. Its beautiful and there is so much history.

We spent a couple hours on the library tour where we learned about the school’s history and all the books dating back up to 1,000 years if I am not mistaken. I highly suggest the tour. We weren’t allowed to take pics in the library, but I did take some amazing photos on other parts of the tour:

Before leaving Oxford, we had lunch at a local pub called the King’s Arms. We had a scotch egg and sticky toffee. The egg was good and the dessert was ok. What made the egg really good though was this “Oxford Brown Sauce”. I would describe it as a spicy HP sauce. Really good, and I am going to try and hunt some down at home or learn the recipe!

From Oxford we drove to our hotel in the Cotswolds which was called Barnsley House.

I booked a garden view room and was very pleased with the room itself, and the hotel.

Shortly after check in, we made our way to the spa for our 2 hour use of the outdoor hot pool (included with room) and a massage.

Our room included breakfast and dinner. There are two options for dinner. The Potager restaurant and the pub across the street. We ate both dinners in the restaurant.

The meal began with a parsley sauce for dipping bread:

I had the ravioli to start:

…and then the venison.

…and dessert…

On Day 2, we tour the Cotswolds and visit some castles…

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