This is pretty much what happened a couple of weeks ago. H had been to have his hair cut, I'd stayed at home to make the breakfast of dreams and then we decided we wanted to go somewhere.
I was adamant I wanted to go somewhere to see the Autumnal colours and get some fresh air so turned to google to see where people were saying the best seasonal colours were in the Cotswolds. I was aiming for a National Trust place as we are both members but when Batsford Arboretum popped up a few times, we decided that was the one. We hopped in the car and drove the short distance to Moreton-in-Marsh.
Batsford is a beautiful place to visit. At 56 acres, there's a lot to see an the views of Evenlode Valley are lovely. As well as the grounds, filled with a vast array of botanical loveliness, there is a visitors centre with a terrace cafe, the garden shop and a couple of shop, including a shabby chic furniture and trinkets hut.
We had a really lovely walk. And it really is amazing what a little bit of a fresh air can do for you. Luckily we managed an hour and a bit walking dodging the rain but had to seek shelter towards the end of our walk. Bonus thing from the day - we spotted 5 different sausage dogs and it confirmed I need to adopt one ASAP...and also, a donkey...
The Arboretum is the only bit you have to pay for.
£7.95 for adults, £6.95 concessions, £3.50 for children aged 4-15 and £19.95 for a family of 4 (two adults, two children)
Free entry to cafe, garden shop and plant centre.
Postcode: GL56 9AD