Rick Steves’ show about the Cotswolds featured a segment on Stow-on-the-Wold and the quaint stone village made my list of places to visit on this trip. Our friends, Phil and Gill, dropped Carol, Buddy, and me in the village and went to visit an elderly friend in the area. We walked the streets and took photos for a while and decided we needed a break to warm up. We found a nice bright restaurant called The Hive and decided to order brunch. Carol and I found their mashed avocado on toast delicious! After brunch and some nice hot tea, we ventured back into the square. Our friends found us in a small shop nearby and suggested we visit Bourton on the Water.
Bourton on the Water is a large village, but we just made a brief stop for photos at the bridges over the River Windrush before proceeding to Lower Slaughter, voted most beautiful village in the Cotswolds. The 19th century water mill on the River Eye offered a great photo opportunity. We then drove down the road to 17th Century Slaughter Manor. I took a few photos and we headed back to Cheltenham.