Having had a pretty relaxed travel day for the first day of our Cotswolds minimoon, I had a plan for a more action-packed (read: National Trust and pretty village-filled) second day. Thanks to the area being so ridiculously photogenic and the number of things we packed into each day, I’ve had to split the second day into parts!
So first up on Day 2, we headed over to a nearby town, Stow-on-the-Wold. We’d actually driven through here on our road trip back in 2016, but we wanted to take the time to explore it a bit better – take in the beautiful sandstone buildings, the cute touristy shops and cafes, and more importantly, we’d discovered that the Cotswold Company had their flagship store there!
We actually had to pop into Fat Face first because, as I mentioned last time, we’d had to pack in such a hurry that it turned out we were a little bit short on clothing – particularly Ben who had turned up with only 2 T shirts (one of which was pyjamas!) and a vest! We grabbed a few necessities including this top and a pair of cropped jeans for me, as well as a new hoodie for Ben – it turned out he was also short on layers too!
The town of Stow-on-the-Wold is pretty, but not one of the most outstanding ones in the Cotswolds. I snapped a few photos of notable signs and buildings as we wandered, then we popped into a fudge shop where I just had to grab some of the local treats for me and my mum who can never pass a fudge shop without going in!
And then it was time to head to our final destination in the town: the Cotswold Company store. We’d actually been discussing already the new super king bed we were thinking of buying, so we did go in there with an idea in mind for upgrading our bedroom, but the store itself is so gorgeous that you can just wander round without a purpose and get interiors inspiration.
We already own a number of pieces of furniture from the Cotswold Company including a chest of drawers, bedside tables, bookcases, a console table and more. I’m also in the habit of grabbing their little brochure that comes through our letterbox every so often and lusting over everything, so we knew that we were going to like what we saw in there. But I didn’t realise quite how much I would love EVERYTHING. I’ve come away with a wishlist as long as my arm which includes their painted beds, reed diffusers and mustard lamps – I want one of these SO bad!
The store is set out vaguely like a home, although with multiple kitchens, living areas etc., meaning that it feels like very cosy and homely. I spent waaaay longer than I should have going back and forth through the rooms trying to persuade Ben that we should definitely refurbish our entire house. In the end we left with a new throw for the bed that came with a pretty nice tote bag, so I suppose I’m happy enough with that.
And now I’ll just leave you with the photos of the shop, as I think they really do just speak for themselves!