The Cotswolds Distillery Tour | Review

Our visit to the Cotswolds Distillery was a pretty last-minute decision. While flicking through the leaflets provided to us in The Hayloft, our gorgeous accommodation, I came across one advertising the Cotswolds Distillery, and booked onto a tour pretty much immediately. This wasn’t just a quick wander and some free booze (though there was some included); it was really interesting and educational, and a proper behind-the-scenes look at how everything works at this young distillery.…

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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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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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‘Anxiety for Beginners’ by Eleanor Morgan | Shelved

Eleanor Morgan’s Anxiety for Beginners presents itself on the cover as ‘a personal investigation’. Morgan, a journalist and author who has suffered from severe anxiety since her teens, weaves her personal experience of mental illness with well-sourced and well-executed research to present this part-autobiography, part-self-help-guide to those whose lives are pulled taut by this debilitating illness.…

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