“Woweeee!! This is lovely! I love my holiday house!” shouted our little cub as she walked through the front door of Lily Rose Cottage, where we stayed for my birthday weekend in Broadway, the Cotswolds, in May. And she was right! It was absolutely beautiful, and we all wanted to move in. She followed this with “where shall I put my shoes?” (she could tell this is a shoes-off kind of pad!), and then quickly “ooooh this is nice and warm on my feet!’ as the cosy underfloor heating warmed her tootises.
Every little detail had been thought of in this ‘smart’ home to welcome guests, with an enclosed sunny courtyard (with swing!) for breakfasts and scooting; a huge comfy bed; the biggest bath we have ever seen; the travel cot all set up for our arrival; and a lovely hamper of treats and essentials ready for our stay. Even Mr Cotswold Baby Co. was speechless! (and has since taken a keener interest in our own home renovation!). He particularly liked the pre-stocked wine fridge with honesty pot, and easy tv that doesn’t require moving the wifi router closer to it to get netflix working.
We had spent the morning having a picnic in our own carriage on the old Cotswold Express steam train from the newly-opened station at Broadway (https://www.gwsr.com) to Winchcombe, where we walked into town for an ice cream, and then hopped back on the train to our holiday house. In the afternoon, we wandered two minutes along the road into the centre of Broadway, where we settled into one of the many pub gardens for a birthday pimms in the sunshine and a quick-fire round of Peppa Pig pairs. Then we headed to the famous Lygon Arms for our tea, with a tasty kids menu and juicy steaks for us.
The next morning we spent exploring all of Broadway’s shops, including the fabulous Rikki Tikki Toy Shop, where we chose a bright pink basket for our scooter! Then to the Deli bought bits for a scrummy picnic in the amazing adventure park, with fun on the swings, slides, climbing wall and zip wire! In the afternoon we headed to Broadway Tower, for a walk in the sunshine while taking in the view (and counting sheep poo). Then a little voice requested “maybe we can get an ice cream from the lady in the pink hat?”, so we treated ourselves to one from the quaint little bike stall selling Cotswold ice cream. That evening, we popped next door to the Indian restaurant for a very tasty curry, with our little cub devouring popadoms and mango chutney, and sampling our spicy mains!
We were very sad to leave Lily Rose Cottage the next morning to head back for nursery and work, and will certainly be returning. It is the perfect size for our little family of three, and a really easy place to stay with a toddler. It is also ideal for a cosy couple’s break, in such a handy location right in the heart of Broadway, with everything you need on your doorstep. The town is also very close to National Trust’s Snowshill (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshill-manor-and-garden) and Hidcote (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote), plus it is now the season to visit the nearby Confetti Fields (https://www.confettidirect.co.uk/flowerfields/) and Cotswold Lavender Farm (https://www.cotswoldlavender.co.uk/visiting-our-farm).
For more information on Lily Rose Cottage see their Instagram page @lily_rose_cottage, there’s great availability for a stay this summer – for full details check out their website:
Please note we received a 7% discount on our stay, but our comments are 100% genuine 🙂