The Cotswolds are considered by many to be one of the most beautiful areas in England. The warm richness of the soft natural limestone and the wealth of the wool trade, have left a heritage of superb buildings. The area is now an attraction to anyone who loves peace and tranquillity, no matter what the season.
There are many places worth exploring; nearby Bourton-on-the-Water (just over two miles away) is the epicentre of the tourist track in the Cotswolds, the River Windrush flows through the town under a succession of lovely footbridges. The market town of Stow-on-the-Wold is only 3 miles away and offers plenty of shopping and eating opportunities. Beautiful Broadway, with its wide high street, lined with horse chestnut trees, has lured visitors for centuries. Chipping Campden, home to the Arts and Craft movement, is described as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds' this ancient town is full of stunning architecture, 'a masterpiece of limestone and craftsmanship'.
Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter are built on the banks of the River Eye. Two of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds ‘The Slaughters’ are very popular with tourists eager to experience a traditional Cotswold village. These tranquil and secluded villages are not far from the very popular town of Bourton-on-the-Water. In Lower Slaughter it is well worth visiting the pretty little church of St. Mary, which is usually decorated with flowers.
The name 'Slaughter' is derived from the old English word ‘Slohtre’ meaning a muddy place, which it may once have been, but not anymore.
There are some wonderful photo opportunities, especially in the spring, and the River Eye meandering through the centre of these villages sets off the cottages and their small colourful gardens to perfection. It is well worth the effort to walk along the river between the two villages to explore their different characters and absorb the atmosphere and beauty of the surroundings. You can enjoy fine food and local ales in a cosy and relaxed fireside setting at The Slaughters Country Inn in Lower Slaughter.
Other local attractions to visit:- The Model Village, Birdland, Motoring Museum and Perfumery in Bourton-on-the Water. World of Mechanical Music nearby in Northleach that shows an array of mechanical music instruments. Just a few miles way is Adam Henson's (Countryfile) Cotswold Farm Park, Further on is Snowshill Lavender Farm where you can see different types of lavender growing in the summer months and also Snowshill Manor (National Trust country house).
At certain times in the summer months we have a group of local Morris dancers touring the local villages.