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.

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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?

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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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