Cotswolds: Luxury Retreat at Daylesford Farmhouse

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 outposts in Pimlico or Notting Hill. But nothing compares to the real deal.

Our first stop, as usual, was the Bamford Haybarn Spa for some morning yoga.

It’s a airy, sun drenched space that calms your mind the second you walk in.

We were invited to a quiet cup of green tea if you arrive before the class begins while we wait for the rest of the yogis to file in. Once everyone has congregated, the group is lead upstairs to drop off our bags and begin.

Early morning yoga is the best – the sun seems to stream in through the skylights on even the most overcast day. I also love that you can faintly hear the distant cows mooing and birds chirping, it’s really a serene experience.

At the end, they lead everyone back downstairs to the Lavender Room for yet another cup of tea to be shared amongst all of our newly bonded yogi friends. While chatting we discovered neighbours we never new existed and made plans to all get together again over Pimms in the garden.

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!

Having sipped about two pots of tea by this point, we decided it best to keep exploring. 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!

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.

 

XOXO,

 

61 Comments

  1. Emilia
    16/03/2017 / 15:27

    It’s so beautiful, and I really love those cottages! Added to my bucket list 🤞🏼

    • 16/03/2017 / 15:34

      As it should be! Most people traveling from the US always overlook the Cotswolds, but it’s worth visiting as a destination on it’s own!

  2. 16/07/2017 / 16:55

    I love Cotswolds and Daylesford farmhouse looks like an excellent retreat with interesting activities. I have been in the UK many times and maybe this place is one reason to come back one day. Thanks for sharing.

    • 16/07/2017 / 17:07

      You should absolutely visit next time – it’s the most quintessential English village I can think of!

  3. 16/07/2017 / 18:22

    What a fabulous way to spend the day. I absolutely love the Cotswolds, and living in London too, I sometimes need to get away to the peaceful English countryside. I haven’t been back for a while though, so maybe it’s time for another visit. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • 16/07/2017 / 18:36

      You should check it out, Kingham & Daylesford are my favourite little corners of the Cotswolds. There are direct trains from London every hour or so, so it’s an easy break!

  4. 16/07/2017 / 19:07

    This place seems amazing. I’m saving this and hoping to visit soon. I’ve always wanted to go to the Cotswolds!

    • 16/07/2017 / 19:41

      It’s a great place to relax, and all of the villages are close together so you can very easily explore the region!

  5. 20/07/2017 / 20:46

    This place is lovely! I love the concept of the fresh food directly fetched from the farm

    • 20/07/2017 / 20:58

      Me too Ayana – it’s not only super sustainable but also delicious 🙂

  6. 21/07/2017 / 02:01

    What a pretty place! I’ve never heard of Cotswolds, but will add it to my list of places to visit. You photos are lovely too. Makes me want to fly across the ocean for a vacation.

    • 21/07/2017 / 02:03

      The Cotswolds are such a beautiful place, especially in the summer!

  7. 21/07/2017 / 09:33

    This looks beautiful! I love the Cotswolds and I’m with you, escaping London sometimes is soooo pleasant to get away from the busyness.

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:31

      I’m with you there Neelie – I love my countryside escapes 🙂

  8. 23/07/2017 / 23:57

    This looks lovely. What a great way to unwind and relax. I love that little store too. So many yummy things.

  9. Shannalyn
    24/07/2017 / 02:20

    Omg this place looks absolutely magical! I love the look and feel of farmhouses. I have never heard of Cotswolds but when I travel to London I’ll have to check it out.

    • 18/08/2017 / 20:59

      You’re going to LOVE it

  10. Steph @ The Pink Backpack
    24/07/2017 / 12:11

    I have heard of the Cotswolds but never Kingham. This place seriously looks divine! What a wonderful way to spend a week away 🙂 I will definitely keep this in mind for next time I’m in the area!

    • 18/08/2017 / 21:00

      The Cotswolds are full of gorgeous little villages, but I think Kingham is the best. You definitely should check it out if you get the chance 🙂

  11. Brooke Abel
    24/07/2017 / 14:43

    This is so cute!! I’ve only been to London and definitely want to go back and get out into the countryside. I love the decor here too..nothing better than farm to table food away from the city! Glad you had fun 🙂

  12. 24/07/2017 / 17:22

    Oh wow!
    This space looks amazing. I felt calmer just by looking at the pictures. I pinned it to my Europe places on Pinterest.
    Thank you for this suggestion.

  13. 24/07/2017 / 23:09

    This place looks amazing! Nice mix of modern and rustic, and so relaxing looking as well. I could seriously use some of that right now. XD Love the pictures. Great post!

  14. 14/08/2017 / 16:19

    OMG, everything about this place looks so relaxing… the neutral color palettes, the bakery, the rooms! Adding to my bucket list!

    • 18/08/2017 / 20:57

      I wish I could just move in, it’s so perfect!

  15. 14/08/2017 / 20:20

    How rad is this!?!? So awesome.

    • 18/08/2017 / 20:58

      It’s seriously the best Brittany!

  16. the sophia diaries
    15/08/2017 / 01:20

    Wow, this place looks absolutely stunning! Love the way you captured the place <3

    • 18/08/2017 / 20:58

      Thanks Sophia, it’s always fun to take pictures of such a beautiful place 🙂

  17. 15/08/2017 / 02:30

    This place looks so peaceful and relaxing. I could totally post up there for a whole weekend! 🙂
    Cheers, Sarah Camille // SCsScoop.com

  18. 15/08/2017 / 17:57

    Wow! This place looks really amazing! I hope you guys had the best stay. I’ll have to put it on my list of places to visit.

  19. Anna English
    18/08/2017 / 19:43

    Totally adding this to my travel wish-list!

  20. 18/08/2017 / 20:31

    Pinning this to my travel board… looks like a lovely spot to visit!

  21. 18/08/2017 / 20:54

    This place looks incredible! That yoga studio, wow, love those huge stumps!

  22. ashley
    18/08/2017 / 23:14

    what a beautiful retreat in a gorgeous location! loved seeing all the photos.

  23. 19/08/2017 / 18:03

    London is one of my favorite cities in the world but am so bummed we didn’t experience the countryside. Cotswolds looks like a little slice of heaven, thanks for sharing!

    xo, Sara

  24. Ashley DTKAustin
    19/08/2017 / 22:46

    Oh my gosh, this place looks absolutely gorgeous!!

  25. 20/08/2017 / 21:26

    I’ve been dying to make it back to London one day! That food looks delicious.

  26. 20/08/2017 / 22:40

    This place is so pretty! Hope you had a great time!

  27. 20/08/2017 / 23:30

    This looks amazing, I want to go!

  28. 21/08/2017 / 03:04

    This looks like such an amazing place to stay in London! I will definitely try to visit one day!

  29. Lydia
    21/08/2017 / 03:38

    Ok so beautiful!! And that food, looks absolutely delicious 😍

  30. Anna Baun
    21/08/2017 / 04:17

    Saving this as we speak! I LOVE this space! I definitely need a visit! XO

  31. Adaleta
    21/08/2017 / 14:57

    Wow this is so beautiful, I love the country farm house

  32. 24/08/2017 / 16:10

    I need a day of this in my life! I think my car would have been full to the brim with all that gorgeous farm produce! How wonderful.

  33. 24/08/2017 / 19:28

    This place looks beautiful. I love your photos. I feel like I’m there myself. It’s a part of the world that I feel I should explore more. Very inspiring.

  34. 25/08/2017 / 16:12

    That looks and sounds like a great place to go to retreat from the world for a little while. It looks very peaceful and serene and just a place to revitalize oneself and collect your thoughts:)

  35. 29/08/2017 / 20:23

    What a beautiful post! I really enjoyed looking at all of these pictures.

  36. 30/08/2017 / 20:09

    This sounds so lovely! It’s always nice to get out of the city, and a little relaxing yoga in the countryside sounds amazing!

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