You can find the small market town of Moreton-in-Marsh on the Roman Fosse Way, a former coaching route between London and Worcester. The town has a weekly market – the largest street market in the Cotswolds – every Tuesday. Wander down the High Street and take in the beautiful buildings dating back as far as the 13th to 18th centuries, including the White Hart where it is alleged King Charles 1 took shelter during the civil war.Read More
Equally famous The Bell Inn is said to be the inspiration behind The Prancing Pony – the inn JR Tolkien featured in The Lord of the Rings. It would be rude not to pop in and choose from the mouth-watering homemade dishes on the menu, sourced from seasonal local produce and best enjoyed with a glass of wine or cask ale. Visitors to the Bell Inn will be relieved to hear that the nearby Curfew Tower no longer operates as a lock up for local drunks!
Whilst staying in a holiday cottage in Moreton-in-Marsh we’re sure you will be looking for places to eat out and you won’t be disappointed by the selection of gastro pubs in and around the local area. From the Horse and Groom in Bourton on the Hill, the three Rosette Kingham Plough, The Wild Rabbit in nearby Kingham and the Times UK No 1 Inn – The Ebrington Arms, you most certainly won’t go hungry. If you fancy a takeaway our favourite pizza place is Locojos in Oxford Street.
A great day out, with yet more food to be enjoyed, is nearby Daylesford Organics farm. Get hands on in their incredible cookery school, or leave the cooking to someone else and enjoy a meal in the Trough Café, The Old Spot Restaurant or the Legbar. Plan ahead and you could enjoy a treat at their on-site Bamford Wellness Spa where you can choose from yoga, pilates, wellness treatments and a dip in the wellness pool.
When you’re not relaxing in a wellness spa or feasting on local delicacies in a gastro pub, you will find a selection of independent shops and antique stores in and around the market town. The Cotswold Grey is the place to stock up on contemporary homeware which will bring a touch of the Cotswolds to your very own home. Or for a piece of history you will be spoilt for choice in the many antique shops. On our last visit we counted at least 6 on the High Street alone, each with their own selection of period furniture and objet d’art.
We always recommend families hop in the car and spend the day at the nearby Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. The sprawling gardens are set over 160 acres and feature a planted walled garden and a tropical house. Whilst the park is also home to wildlife as varied penguins, snakes, rhinos, giraffes and a giant tortoise!
Another great day out with kids is the nearby Cotswold Farm Park made famous by its owner – Countryfile’s Adam Henson. There are wildlife walks featuring perfect spots for den building, an outstanding adventure play area and the unusual bouncy pillows! Luckily there’s also a lovely café and picnic area for Mum and Dad to relax.
Walkers have plenty of choices of spectacular routes taking in the breath-taking views and local villages and hamlets. The circular walk along the Monarch’s Way and Heart of England Way starts and finishes in the town itself. Nearby there is a delightful route taking in Sezincote House and Bourton on the Hill in a 7km loop.
We know many of our self-catering guests are cyclists and they will be pleased to know there are plenty of routes to explore in and around Moreton-in-Marsh. We recommend the Cotswold Line Explorer at 19 miles long and taking in a few sharp climbs along the way. The route takes you over Chastleton Barrow, passing by Chastleton House and stopping off at the Rollright Stones before returning along the Evonlode Valley.
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