UK Stays: The Rectory • WishWishWish

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Escape to the Country

I seem to have spent a good chunk of time over in the Cotswolds this summer. Absolutely no complaints from me – I always try and stay put for a bit over the summer when the weather is nice, because I love making the most of the beautiful places we have here in the UK.

This time it was for a overnight stay at The Rectory in Malmesbury with a bunch of blogging ladies. After less than a couple of hours in the car (I forget how great it is living in such a small country until I have to travel the width of it) we’d arrived at this picture-perfect spot, the ideal place for a staycation.

A former (yep, you guessed it) rectory, this historic spot is anything but stuffy. Recently refurbished, each room is thoroughly thought-out. You might be lucky enough to find yourself in a room with a pink headboard, or perhaps a deep clawfoot bathtub.

It’s gardens and grounds are just as stunning. Our first port of call was afternoon tea outside, scoffing homemade cakes and scones. After, we passed up a round of croquet (doesn’t anyone actually know how to play?) in favour of taking photos, because it’s hard to resist when your backdrop is this pretty.

After dipping our toes in the pool and deciding it probably wasn’t quite warm enough (hard to believe now as this was just a few weeks ago!) it was time to get ready for dinner in their beautiful greenhouse style dining room. Everything about our meal was perfect.

We retreated back to the hotel’s cottage to gather on the sofa for an episode of Love Island (those were the days) before all retiring to our rooms for a particularly comfy nights sleep.

After filling up on breakfast the morning after (you must order the french toast if you go, it was one of the best I’ve ever had) it was time for us to head back to the big city.

Escaping to the country for a night or two is such a privilege. Thank you to The Rectory for hosting me!

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