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The Hayloft, Cold Aston | Review

My wishlist for our stay in the Cotswolds wasn’t too extensive: romantic, self-catered accommodation; situated in peaceful countryside; comfortable size; a nice kitchen; a cosy bed; space to relax; a parking space; a price tag within my not-enormous budget… Okay, I wanted a pretty luxurious weekend for a non-luxurious amount, in a really desirable location – not the easiest set of requirements by anyone’s standards. I thought it was going to be difficult to find, but the moment I landed on The Hayloft by Character Cottages I knew I’d struck gold. …

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Postcards from… The Cotswolds in December

I booked our weekend in the Cotswolds on a complete whim one day in October when I was off sick from work. I had no idea then (stressed though I was) how necessary a few days away in tranquil countryside would be. Neither of us had ever been to the Cotswolds before, and while it didn’t capture my heart in the same way that other areas of the UK have, it did possess that special chocolate-box charm that’s quite unlike anywhere else. …

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Westonbirt Arboretum: An Enchanted Christmas | Review

While planning our recent long weekend in the Cotswolds, the same suggestion kept cropping up all over the internet: Westonbirt Arboretum, and its Christmas light trail, An Enchanted Christmas. …

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Malham Cove | Hidden Yorkshire

It’s a bit rich of me to start a collection of posts called ‘Hidden Yorkshire’ with Malham Cove, one of the county’s worst-kept secrets, but one of the special things about Yorkshire is even the most famous bits are probably pretty tricky to get to. Malham Cove is no exception, nestled in the south of the Yorkshire Dales, half a mile up from Malham village, which is one of those places you can’t help but wonder how residents cope when it snows. …

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Postcards from… York in Autumn

Contrary to the vast majority of bloggers and instagrammers who are filling up my feeds with their joy at the return of woolen jumpers, rainy days, and cold, dark nights, the colder months are not my favourite. I dread saying goodbye to warm sunshine and long evenings when this time of year rolls around. But now I live in York, there’s something to ease the transition into the latter parts of the year, because autumn in this city can be nothing short of spectacular. Perhaps because it’s the time of year I first moved here (almost exactly four years to the day as I type, no less), but York’s autumn holds such a special place in my heart. I actually think it’s one of the best times to visit the city, so if you’re heading to York this autumn, here are some prime photo-spots for your cosy, golden-toned Instagram feed.…

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