A weekend in the Cotswolds or Another bookish holiday

Remember last year when reading Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome lead to planning a holiday and falling even more in love with the great english countryside? Well, it looks like book-inspired holidays are becoming a trend in my life.

I read Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee a few months ago, and I still vividly remember the delicious descriptions of the little Cotswolds village where the author grew up. So when it was time to decide on a location for a weekend away at the end of a hectic August, a stay at a small B&B in a town in the Cotswolds seemed ideal.

It is an extraordinarily pretty area of England; at times it felt like we were on a perfectly constructed movie set. The hills offer magnificent views. under the big sky, all the hamlets and villages are a perfect complement to their environment, built exclusively out of stone and wood. It almost looks like the cottages have sprung up out of the earth.

This was a wonderful place to visit; we enjoyed lots of long walks and discovered perfect picnic spots in green fields while behind every ancient wall built with cotswolds stone there was yet another picturesque scene.


It was with a heavy heart that we returned home after the of our holiday and only after we promised to return. I can now say that Laurie Lee’s lyrical descriptions of the Cotswolds are not exaggerated one bit.

Have you ever been to the Cotswolds? Or have you ever planned a holiday because of a book you’ve read? What’s the bookish location that you would most wish to visit?


10 thoughts on “A weekend in the Cotswolds or Another bookish holiday

  1. Charlie says:

    Love the Cotswolds, there is just so much beauty there. Did you visit the Slaughters? Horrible name but wonderful places. I haven’t gone on a holiday because of a book, but I wouldn’t mind doing so. That said I’d probably pick Helston from North & South (love the description even if not the book) and I’m not sure if it exists so that would be an issue.

    • bookworm says:

      Yep, we walked to both the Upper and Lower Slaughter. The names are indeed awful but the villages are just beautiful! I think Upper Slaughter was my favourite…
      Helston from North & South is a good choice. It doesn’t matter that it might be imaginary 😉 How come you didn’t like the book? Have you read any other Gaskell novels?

  2. Caroline says:

    It’s so beautiful… I wish I could go to explore it and do some reading. It looks so peaceful. 🙂

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