We are a husband and wife in our 20's who will be traveling through the Cotswolds area in mid-May. We will only have 2 days, plus part of a third. We are trying to figure out which villages would be most picturesque to stroll around, and the most scenic route to take between these places. We will have a rental car, and love country views with animals, pretty towns with flowers and old stone buildings with thatched roofs. Especially if they include a pretty waterway or scenic overlook. One of us is very interested in history, famous people and their homes, and British Royalty, but don't want to focus entirely on this for the sake of the other. :) Here are our thoughts so far, and we would be very appreciative of any suggestions anyone can give for our route.
Friday: Spend the morning in Bath, then start driving North after lunch. Possible towns to stop at: Castle Combe (heard this was featured in War Horse?), Bibury (Arlington Row). Cirencester seems a bit big/busy for us. Unless this is a definite must-see, we'd prefer spending the majority of our short time in smaller towns. Overnight somewhere near Bourton-on-the-Water. (We will probably not pre-book this night's hotel. It'll drive me crazy not having everything planned, but hubby likes to not have such a rigid schedule.)
Saturday: Lower Slaughter (Water Mill/Wheel and St. Mary's Church), Stow-on-the-Wold (visit a couple antique shops), Broadway Tower (for the scenic views), Chipping Campden (Almshouses. The Market Hall), overnight in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Sunday: We would like to spend the morning in Stratford, and see a couple of the sites connected to Shakespeare. We have booked a 5:15pm flight departing Birmingham Airport, and we will also need to return our rental car. Would we have plenty of time to make our flight if we left Stratford around 1:00pm?
Thanks for your help!!