If you’d like to see what life was like before electricity pylons, motorcars and dual carriageways, it might just be possible in Upper Slaughter. This quintessential Cotswold village seems a world away from modern life – part of a forgotten era. You’ll be able to pick up some locally made pottery or enjoy a cream tea while you’re here. 

Honey-stone cottages, a meandering river and  Norman church in this village preserved in time.

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Upper Slaughter is filled with charming buildings. Renowned architect Sir Edward Lutyens oversaw the rebuilding of the cottages around the town square. And if you’re staying in the Lords of the Manor, you’ll see hints of the past all around you – this luxury hotel is the village’s former manor house.


The majestic property known as Eyford House isn’t just a beautiful sight; it was also home to the poet John Milton for a spell. Legend has it that Milton was inspired to write his masterpiece Paradise Lost while staying here.


There are plenty of traditional Cotswold towns and villages near Upper Slaughter, including Stow-on-the-Wold where you’ll find quaint antique shops and tea rooms. And if you want some high street boutiques, Cheltenham is just half an hour’s drive away.

It can be difficult to park in Upper Slaughter – stop off in nearby Bourton-on-the-Water and walk to the village. 

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