The Wonders of Chipping Norton

You cannot venture to the Cotswolds and miss the quaint delights of Chipping Norton. Located just a twenty-minute drive from Lorien cottage, is this stunning historical town brimming with character and amazing shops.

We couldn’t resist taking a trip to the well-renowned antiques mecca ‘Station mill’, an Aladdin’s cave of curiosity. Venture across the ground floor level to find French antique mirrors and chandeliers, that would have most certainly once taken pride of place in a stately chateau. Perhaps paintings are your thing or one-off pieces of hand decorated furniture? Here you are most certainly sure to find it. We take the stairs to the next level where we are equally impressed with our findings, it really is like stepping back in time. A sweet shop od different items and styles, so much to take in. Be warned, if you plan on doing some interior shopping for back home, Station Mill will most certainly warrant a large vehicle or courier, there is just too much to choose from!

After making some very unnecessary purchases, we decided to have some lunch in the little café located within the centre. Fresh bread and a variety of fillings made for a great sandwich. Once we had grazed and were ready to continue exploring, we headed to the high street where it didn’t take us long to stumble upon Rosie B interiors a little shop full of wonderful cushions, candles and homewares. Further up the hill and more independent shops such as Mash, perfect for a smaller easier to transport keepsake or souvenir.

Once we had walked the high street and popped into all of the delightful shops, we decided that we deserved a nice glass of wine. Where better to settle down then the quirky named ‘Bitter and Twisted’ a fab pub with cool furnishings and a welcoming atmosphere, although it was a bright sunny day, you can also imagine retreating to this little spot in the winter when the weather is taking a turn and a hot toddy is the order of the day.

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