Last summer my friend Melanie and I hopped on a train to escape the dreary weather in London and headed for the Cotswold’s. It was my first time to visit (pop back over here to read all about that trip!) but I fell in love with the English countryside. To say I was eager to get back out is nothing short of an understatement. During this recent visit I took my mom along to experience what sheer and utter relaxation is. After a crazed 72 hours in Ireland, the serenity at the Thyme was very much necessary and with the variety of things to do there was really no reason to even venture off the property – though we of course!
It’s unbelievably easy to escape to the Cotswold’s from London by train but I didn’t want to be confined to that schedule, I wanted to take time to explore, to visit a number of villages and to just forget time restrictions and go with the flow. So I snagged the best kind of ride from Turo to whip around the rolling hills in … a little mini cooper convertible. Make sure to leave enough time to stop in at Cambridge.
I wanted a serene, idyllic place surrounded by the sweeping countryside and maybe one where I could find my own Jude Law (I mean a girl can dream right?) so we checked into the Thyme. The Thyme is actually an old Cotswold country estate situated on 150 pristine acres complete with its boutique hotel, picturesque cottages, a cookery school, a beyond delightful cocktail bar and divine country pub The Swan at Southrop.
Perfection and hospitality is taken to a whole new level.
At night, we were spent – maybe it was from all of the fresh air and relaxing that we’d done, but when we got back to the cottage we turned on a fire and found a jar of fresh made biscuits with a nightcap of homemade blood orange vodka. Let’s be honest, we as American’s are failing in the hospitality world. A fireplace? Biscuits and vodka? Done. Done. Done.
But there was more … when we went up to our beds there were individual hot water bottles tucked into each to keep the bed warm.
Where this gem really stands out is their exceptional food and drink offering. Aside from the very very yummy (and quite cozy might I add!) Swan at Southrop, Thyme offers a plethora of seasonal cookery classes where guests can venture out to learn about the gardens and farm, sourcing all of the goods for the meal that will be whipped up in the drool-worthy sprawling kitchen. You can check out their upcoming schedule of classes HERE and might I suggest booking in advance because they fill up quickly!!! Learn how to properly do a dinner party (here’s hoping you can also learn to entertain on the long tables in the garden! How dreamy are those?!?!) or take a stab at just sticking with cocktails in a mixology class.
We were fortunate enough to be out during a simply gorgeous weekend, allowing us to wander the grounds, visit the garden, the farm – they actually have two pigs named Salt & Pepper. This city girl was out of her element for sure!
With their recently launched spa offering Aurelia Probiotic Skincare treatments this hidden countryside gem might be the place that dreams are made of. Not to mention their wellness space is set up and ready to go for yoga … the retreat loving gal inside of me is just giddy to plan one here! I’ll be heading back this winter to cozy up near the fire places, sip one of their warm custom cocktails and relaxxxxxxx. Who wants to join me?
Full photo diary below!