Broadway, Bourton and beyond
Broadway has a history harking back more than 5,000 years, but it became especially prosperous in medieval times. Today, this large village with its epitomic limestone buildings is an excellent starting point for a day tour of the Cotswolds. Wander down Broadway’s tree-lined high street, stopping into some of the charming shops, cosy cafés and inviting pubs along the way. If you’ve time, be sure to visit Broadway Tower, an iconic folly set atop a hill that affords gorgeous views across the pastoral landscape.
Continue to Bourton-on-the-Water, a chocolate-box village whose attractive high street is flanked by the River Windrush. This sleepy conurbation has become a must-see on the tourist trail, not least for its charming riverside tearooms, quaint Grade II-listed model village, Cotswold Motoring Museum and Kit Williams-designed Dragonfly Maze.
Finally, head north to Hidcote Manor Gardens. This National Trust estate is home to a prized Arts and Crafts-inspired garden: more than four hectares of manicured green space, divided by walls and hedges into ‘rooms’. Each of these spaces has its own curated character, and is filled with displays of perennials and unusual shrubbery. It’s undoubtedly one of England’s finest gardens.