22 December 2012
Lower Slaughter is just a short drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. The word “slaughter” is associated with something violent and bloody but not so. The name of the village of Lower Slaughter stems from the Old English name for a wet land 'slough' or 'slothre' (Old English for muddy place) upon which it lies. There is actually a similar village called the Upper Slaughter but the best place to see and shoot photographs is by the stream along the Copsehill and Becky Hill Road.
The village is so quaint and peaceful and romantic. The stream running through the village is crossed by two small bridges. In our last visit to the Cotswold in September 2012, we were informed by the owner of the B&B that we stayed in Cirencester that the stone bridge running across the village is the place where a lot of local marriage proposal takes place. No wonder. I will let the photos speak for themselves.
|Peaceful, Easy Feeling at the village of Lower Slaughter|
The small village has little parking spaces on its narrow street, so we drove through the village and parked our car on a clear patch of grass, along the Becky Hill Road, about 5 minutes walked away from the main attraction. Walking back towards the stream and old mill, we chanced upon a couple taking their wedding photographs on the bridge.
Once the wedding couple finished their photo shoot, it was our turn. Not quite the same without the proper attire.
|Our “couple” photo|
Across the bridge and strolling along the river and walking by several traditional Cotswold cottages, we came to the old mill. The mill has a gift shop selling craft type products and includes a cafe. Walking past the mill and up a slope paved road we came to residential area with more modern looking houses with beautiful gardens.
|Cottages on the way to the mill|
|Restored water wheel of the old mill|
I think this is one of the most beautiful and peaceful village in the Cotswold and hopefully will remain in its present state for a long long time.
Our final destination for the day is Stratford Upon Avon where we will spent the night at the Ambleside Guest House. Stratford Upon Avon is a short drive away and the B&B, located along Grove Road, was easy to find. Parking the car was a little bit more challenging as the parking space is behind the B&B. To get to it, I have to drive the Audi A4 through a narrow path between two blocks of terrace houses, with barely a foot to spare on each side. Actually not too bad as we are used to tight spaces and narrow car park spaces back home.
|Checking out the TV and wi-fi upon arrival||The room with a queen size bed. Other half of the room has 2 single bed.|
We booked a family room and it was comfortable and spacious enough for the 4 of us. The guesthouse is excellently located and within walking distance to the town centre. No more driving for the day and we spent the evening at an excellent restaurant recommended by Peter (the host of the guesthouse) and relaxing in the room.