A few weekends ago we decided to go on a mini babymoon. The word babymoon is twee and annoying, I know, sorry. Also why is it called a babymoon? A honeymoon is something you take after your wedding and yet a babymoon is taken before you have the baby isn’t it? Anyway semantics aside, we went away for a long weekend just the two of us, to make the most of the time we have together before we become three.
I booked a lovely little one bedroom cottage in a village called Upper Oddington in Gloucestershire. I chose it because it said that there were a couple of local pubs a short walk away and there were places to explore a short drive away. And when I booked it, I wasn’t sure how much time I’d be able to do on my waddling feet and how tired I’d be. So it gave us plenty of options and of course, being self-catering, it also gave us the choice to stay in for food if we wanted to.
We had such a lovely time and the weather was so good to us. (Uh, it’s dull to talk about the weather isn’t it, but it made such a difference to how the weekend worked out!).
It took us about 1 hour 40 mins to drive there from our home in Northamptonshire and after figuring out where the cottage was we then drove to Stow on the Wold for a little explore (we were also too early to check in).
Stow on the Wold is a pretty little town with gorgeous stone buildings and cute delis, gift shops and tea rooms. We went for food in a pub where I had the tiniest gluten-free sandwich known to man (I shared a picture of it on Instagram here) and then we had a little walk around the shops. We bought a few things from a little deli so that we could have a cheese and crackers night in one evening and Rob bought a pork pie as a little snack.
When we got to our cottage later, I was really pleased. It was small but perfect for just the two of us. It was one in a row of four cottages and downstairs was an open plan living room with sofa, table and chairs and little kitchen. Upstairs there was a bedroom with a kingsize bed and an ensuite bathroom.
I’d booked us a meal at the local village pub, The Horse & Groom, that evening which was only a few minutes’ walk around the corner. I had the best meal out I’ve had in ages! It was fish (I wish I’d made a note of exactly what fish it was because I really can’t remember now) with spring onion mash in a seafood roux and for pudding I had a gluten-free chocolate brownie. Unfortunately Rob wasn’t as impressed with his meal, he had a burger which was quite dry and didn’t have much flavour and a sticky toffee pudding which came out deconstructed and had a Ryvita-type base. Not what he was expecting at all! We were too polite to complain though and I had no qualms about my own food.
The next day we went to Bourton on the Water, which my mum recommended, and we loved it. It was even prettier than Stow on the Wold and had a little river running through the town with mini bridges connecting the shops.
After a little explore we headed to the maze. I can’t emphasise how excited I was that there was a maze. I absolutely love them and Rob has always teased me for being such a geek about them but he actually loved it too – he was almost jogging to get around and find all the clues we needed before reaching the middle! He even practically shoved aside some kids that arrived in the middle at the same time as us so he could solve the final riddle before them!
As if it couldn’t get any better, after that we went for cream teas and found somewhere that did warm, homemade gluten-free scones. I was in my element and can’t praise them enough! If you’re in the area do go to the Green & Pleasant Tea Rooms.
That evening we walked to the next village, Lower Oddington, for our evening meal at The Fox at Oddington. It was a little more formal here so we did feel a little out of place but the service was great and the food was lovely. Rob had slow cooked pork belly with an Asian salad followed by a marbled chocolate cheesecake, while I had chicken with chorizo and a polenta mash and then raspberry and strawberry sorbet.
On the Sunday it was raining so we had a slower day – a lay in followed by a roast dinner at a pub in Chipping Norton. That evening we watched some films on Netflix and had cheese and crackers with alcohol-free red wine.
It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend!