I loved that pretty and most comfortable Cotswolds Hotel. Loved it. We hired a car to drive through The Romantic Road, Cotswold in England last Summer, stayed at Swan Hotel in Bibury.
Our journey to The Cotswolds Romantic Road started from London. The day we left London was the first beautiful sunny day after we arrived so I was picturing, dreaming really, the beautiful Cotswolds rolling country roads and charming cottages in the sun. You know, blue sky and all that stuff.
On the way we visited Winsor Castle and the Stone hedge. Both sites are grand in their own ways and breath taking. For one day, we had perfect weather and beautiful blue sky.
We booked one Cotswolds hotel (Swan Hotel in Bibury) to stay overnight. It was a punt. Both of us knew nothing about Bibury or Swan Hotel before the trip. But Bibury was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England” so I was keen to explore the town.
It was quite dark when we got there. Swan hotel is furbished as the 17th century country house style, sitting in the heart of the village on the banks of a river. I was immediately attracted to its charming appeal.
Hotel stuff was very friendly and I couldn’t wait to have something to eat. It turned out this Cotswolds hotel offered Award winning food and a good selection of fine wine. Walking pass the beautifully decorated lounges with real log fires, we sat down in the gallery restaurant. My dinner was smoked (whole) trout with baby potato salad and it was divine! Later I found out that Bibury trout farm was just a stone’s throw away. No wonder my trout tasted so fresh.
Swan hotel won the best breakfast awards many times and it certainly didn’t disappoint us. I ordered smoke salmon with poached eggs. Happily to report that it was not salty, super market quality smoke salmon. It was simply unforgettably delicious!
I didn’t love it just for the food. Mineral rich, natural spring water (bottled at the source) was provided in the bedrooms. Our room was supper comfortable with luxurious bathroom. Everything was so cute, making me wanting to stay longer.
Rain started at night. It continued to rain heavily for the next 2 days. Our journey through romantic road Cotswold was filled with rain and chilled air. I had to put on both my jumper and thick jacket to keep warm (August in UK). But we still managed to go out and about in the rain cause we were tourists from overseas.
How I wished I could just stay in that romantic country house, having a warm bath and eating freshly smoked salmon. Or Trout.