(L) Batsford Arboretum. Road access to the arboretum was blocked by road works on the day we walked over from Blockley, but the staff were happy to let us in to explore – perfect for a roasting hot day! (R) Batsford parish church.


Randoms: (L) Stained glass window and (R) tortoiseshell butterfly.

Chastleton House

Chastleton House is a Jacobean country house now owned by the National Trust. The family that owned the property had had much of their land confiscated, and so were relatively poor. As a result the house largely escaped modernisation.


(L) This bedroom looks as if its occupant could return any moment! (R) The spectacular long (22 m) gallery would have been used for exercise when the weather was poor.




Hidcote Manor garden (NT) is a spectacular example of an “Arts and Crafts” garden with multiple “rooms” containing different plantings. Well worth visiting even for non-gardeners, the green-fingered would be in paradise.

Chipping Campden, close to Hidcote, was almost too twee for its own good. With so much gorgeous Cotswold stone on view, it was difficult decide what to photograph!

Main room of the holiday cottage in Blockley. Highly recommended!


Blockley II