The Fish Hotel - Broadway, Cotswolds

If only every weekend was a bank holiday, wouldn't that be wonderful?! A three day weekend followed by a short, four day week? I think so! I am sure everyone would feel far less stressed or tired at work, even after waking to the buzz of the morning alarm clock bursting into action. This is why Scott and I tend to mark out public holidays in our diaries, keen to make the most of them. True to my word, we did just this over May Day last weekend. Off in search of The Fish Hotel we went, travelling through the most idyllic Cotswold countryside. Not so secretly dreaming of our future home at almost every traffic light too!

We journeyed through the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway, which is definitely high on the list of picture-postcard perfect places I think I have visited in the UK. I couldn't resist uploading photos of a two hour walk we ventured on the following morning, to Broadway Tower (keep scrolling for the photos, which are featured further down this post). 

The Fish Hotel is situated on the 400-acre Farncombe Estate - a private estate which is also home to two sister hotels; Foxhill Manor and Dormy House. The accommodation at The Fish is spread out, creating a "village style" vibe. Our hotel room was on a higher plain, so we had great views of the unspoilt countryside rolling out into the distance.

We were excited to explore our new home for the night; starting with a cup of tea and Marshfield Bakery shortbread and flapjacks, with the welcome addition of fresh milk from the communal Smeg fridge!

We had a comfortable bed, complete with a polka dot throw and ornate cushions. The only downside I could comment on here would be the lack of feather pillows! I am not going to lie, I am a bit of a pillow snob, and foam pillows just don't cut it for me, unfortunately! I find I always wake up with a stiff neck. However, this didn't taint our enjoyment of the time spent there.

You may wonder why, when The Fish Hotel is miles away from the ocean, it should be associated with sea life? Well, the hotel has a tale to tell;

"We’re miles from the sea and it’s a hike to the nearest river, yet here we are at The Fish.

How did that happen? Legend has it that The Benedictine monks of Pershore Abbey could have told you. Until the monastery was demolished in the 16th century, Fish Hill more than just a wiggly sloped stretch of the A44; it was their fridge. They kept and cured the abbey’s fish stocks in caves hewn into the hillside, which soon became known as ‘Fish Hill’. The monks may be long gone, but the name they left us lives on." (www.thefishhotel.co.uk)

Now you are familiar with the fishy history, let's continue our tour; it's almost breakfast time!

A delicious spread of pastries, yoghurts, cereals, fresh fruit, hams and cheeses were presented at breakfast, with the option of having something hot on request. We popped down to the restaurant first thing, keen to make the most of our day in the Cotswolds. 

Breakfast is included in the room rate, so we also enjoyed a hearty full English, plus salmon and scrambled eggs too.

After breakfast, we made our way back to our room, ready to don our wellies and walk off our bacon and sausages.

Although a little overcast, the sun shone from time to time, making our two hour walk very pleasant to Broadway Tower.

It was certainly worth the walk, Broadway Tower is remarkable! The "brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown." The tower stands with such fierce defiance, it almost takes your breath away as you peer up at it. To feel so close to history is quite incredible, and the panoramic views of the gorgeous countryside only added to the experience. (http://broadwaytower.co.uk

Sadly we didn't have time to take a tour inside, or stop for a hot chocolate, as we had to make the journey back to the hotel before check out. However, en route, we were able to stop for photos with the locals. Although, some of them seemed far more interested in polishing off their breakfasts than looking at us! 

So engrossed in their grazing, we had quite a few 'bottoms up' shots!

However, we did manage to capture one or two smiles :)

This mini break was just what we needed. It was so refreshing to just step out into the great British countryside; to see hundreds of bluebells in bloom, and appreciate nature going about its daily business. If you want a 'get away from it all' weekend, then book up at The Fish Hotel. It appears to be child and dog friendly too, so I imagine it will be a place we revisit in the future. For all the details, please head to their website.