Day 2 - Cornbury Park, Chipping Norton & Bourton-on-the-Water

Monday, 17 April 2017

Happy Easter Monday! With the long weekend afforded to me, I thought it was only right that I get this blog post up. So, after we left our lovely hotel room on Saturday that I spoke about in One Night at The Bull Inn, we decided to explore the area, so today here is part 2 of my Oxford visit.

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

 I found that Cornbury Park was nearby and we decided to go for a short walk around there as you can only access it by foot. The land is part of the National Nature Reserve and it has deer on the land - and I managed to spot a load of them. I'm not sure how long the walk is but we only did a bit of it as we wanted to see other areas. The whole area is so beautiful, serene and peaceful and I love looking back at these pictures and feeling that wonderful calm I felt whilst I was there, I even managed some yoga poses because 1) it makes for good photos 2) zen

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park Railway underneath bridge

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park


Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park
When you wear no make-up but want your photo taken :( 

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park


The next place we visited was Chipping Norton, this was mainly to grab something to eat. We took a lovely drive here and if you're fond of country roads and driving fast you'll enjoy this, I enjoyed the scenery mainly whilst fearing that another car would smack us and our lives would be over, however my boyfriend very much enjoyed these roads. We found a really cute cafe in Chipping and although I wasn't impressed with my food (do you ever have one of those days when everything is just unsatisfactory?) the place was lovely and stocked a range of unique condiments and sauces. The front of the cafe was particularly pretty.





Our final stop was Bourton-on-the-Water, which is a lovely little village in the Cotswolds. We stayed in the area with the bridges and just had a little stroll around there.












Try taking a picture of this bridge and not getting anyone in the shot - impossible! After that we headed back home and I managed two shots here when we stopped randomly so my boyfriend could take pictures of his car.




So that was my weekend so many weekends ago! This has spurred me on to go to more places in the UK, there are so many hidden gems and I think it can be just as great as going away. As long as you're always exploring new things I don't think it matters too much where you've trotted to, just that you keep doing and it keeps being inspired! 

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One night at The Bull Inn, Chalbury

Monday, 3 April 2017

Last weekend my boyfriend and I headed off to Oxford for a belated birthday celebration for him. We were on a quest to find a pub room that had an amazing bath (his idea) because I frikkin love them, good food and nice places for walking. We ended up choosing The Bull Inn in Chalbury and it ticked all those boxes. I’m so glad he looks for these important things, I would have been happy with just a comfy bed! We had such a wonderful stay (with the roll top bath being the highlight, seriously look at my interior board to see how much I love baths) that I just had to review the place. I also took my DSLR with me and used the weekend to practice, so you'll have to forgive me for any out of focus shots! I shot on my 18-55m lens and a 50mm lens.

The Bull Inn, Chalbury

The Bull Inn


The Bull Barn

The Bull Inn


The Bull Barn

The Bull Barn

The Lair at The Bull Inn

The Lair at The Bull Inn

Roll top bath in The Lair at The Bull Inn

The Lair at The Bull Inn

Bed in The Lair at The Bull Inn

Bedside table in The Lair at The Bull Inn

Teas and coffees in The Lair

Teas and coffees in The Lair

The Lair at The Bull Inn

View from The Lair at The Bull Inn

Shower in The Lair


The Lair at The Bull Inn

Waterfall shower at The Bull Inn

You walk into a very cosy looking pub and then through the outdoor area and then behind it is what they call they ‘The Bull Barn’ and it has either 5 or 6 rooms. We stayed in ‘The Lair’ and it was stunning. Everything is one room though and that wasn’t something we were expecting, but we had an amazing bath and then a shower on one side and then other was a huge bed, nightstands, drawers, a tv and a tea and coffee making side. We dropped our bags off as soon as we arrived, had some prosecco and then headed off to explore the area.


Salted caramel cake at the Chalbury Deli
















The walk around was lovely and then it was time to come back and make use of that bath! They have Neal’s Yard products everywhere so I very quickly got over the fact that I didn’t bring a bath bomb with me! The bath is huge and it’s only made me want to get about 10 baths for my future home! I drank prosecco, put a face mask and submerged myself into the lovely bubbles. After that, it was dinner time and the food was okay, I think my boyfriend enjoyed his a lot, for me it was nothing to write home (or here) about. 

Roll top bath at The Bull Inn

Roll top bath at The Bull Inn

Roll top bath at The Bull Inn

The bed was huge and so comfortable and I had a great night’s sleep (I think all the red wine I had at dinner had something to do with that). Although we were woken up at around 6am by what could only be described as elephants walking above us, but I plugged in some headphones and went back to sleep! Breakfast came with the room so in the morning we had a menu we could choose from as well as juices, teas, coffees and cereals to choose from. Overall the stay was just fantastic, it was £150 for the one night and was a lovely treat - obviously the bath just made the whole stay for me. 

I’d definitely recommend a stay here and visiting the deli that’s next to it! I picked up some white chocolate millionaire shortbreads that I just cannot stop thinking about, the picture of the cake above is also from there. The Bull Inn is located in such a good place as it's super close to the train station but if you drive it's also great because you can easiyl go to Oxford for a visit andd it’s just on the edge of The Cotswolds so you can take a drive there if that takes your fancy.


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