I love London, I swear. It’s got an incredible energy, with endless opportunities beckoning to you around every corner. But the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve appreciated being able to escape it all.
Luckily, my best friend has a cottage in the most beautiful corner of the world: the Cotswolds. And not just that, she’s got a place in Kingham, the most picturesque little village of them all.
I’ve been going to her little cottage overlooking the poppyfields for years and fall more in love with it each time I visit. This past week and a half, took the train out to the Cotswold countryside and visited again.
First thing in the morning, we pull on our wellies and trod through the muddy country path through said poppyfields and glorious pastoral scenes to a little luxurious slice of heaven called Daylesford.
You may have heard of them before, or even been to their London outposts in Pimlico or Notting Hill. But nothing compares to the real deal.
It’s a airy, sun drenched space that calms your mind the second you walk in.
You’ll be invited to a quiet cup of green tea if you arrive before the class begins while you wait for the rest of the yogis to file in. Once everyone has congregated, you’ll be lead upstairs to dump your bags and begin.
During the morning yoga the sun seems to stream in through the skylights on even an overcast day. I also love that you can faintly hear the distant cows mooing and birds chirping, it’s really a serene experience.
Afterwards they’ll lead everyone back downstairs to the Lavender Room for yet another cup of tea to be shared amongst all of your newly bonded yogi friends.
If you’re not one for yoga, they’ve also got a fabulous range of spa treatments and massages, which we also indulged in later in our visit.
The first Beginner Yoga class you take is free though, so there’s really no reason not to give it a try!
By this we’d finished our tea, we’d worked up quite the appetite. We emerged back into their perfectly landscaped garden and headed over to The Trough for brunch.
Again, the only word I know to describe it is heaven.
All of the food is literally fresh from the farm, prepared under expert care by their skilled chefs.
I got a traditional Full English alongside a little matcha latte.
If you’ve never experienced a fry up before, this is where you want to go. It’s got a bad reputation for being heavy and greasy, but done the Daylesford way it’s divine.
If I could eat here every day for the rest of my life, I happily would!
If you don’t feel like having quite such a formal experience, Daylesford have recently added The Old Spot for more casual pizza and coffee. It’s a great place for grabbing a morning latte and powering through some work on the laptop!
We also took the opportunity to head over to their farm shop and stock up on, well, everything.
They’ve got fresh produce, pre-packaged meals, spirits, home-goods, and everything else you didn’t know you desperately need.
When the weather is nicer (which does happen, I swear!) you can hang out beside their garden centre and soak up the fresh countryside air.
Having had our fill of relaxation for the day, we head back down the country paths towards Kingham with bags of fresh produce and little treasures in hand.
If you’re not so lucky to have a friend with a charming little cottage, you can stay right on site in one of their Cotswold Cottages. I’ve never been, but I’ve also never had anything but perfection from every other aspect of Daylesford, so I have no doubts their lodging would be the same.
Or if you want a slightly more authentic countryside experience in Kingham itself, you can stay in this loft-like cottage, this adorable shephard’s hut if you’re after a glamping experience, or even in her own place (be sure to say hello!).
Daylesford is one of the most luxurious escapes, and we’re really lucky with just how accessible it is -just two hours from Paddington and you’ll have arrived in your own corner of heaven.