Lechlade boasts a variety of shops, from antiques to leisure activities, and other amenities. It is set in delightful countryside, situated on the Thames. The Roman town of Cirencester is 11 miles to the west, Burford is 8 miles to the north, Oxford around 20 miles to the east. It originates as a market town from the 12 to 13th centuries, and was a crossing point in the Cotswold wool trade. 19th and 20th century visitors increasingly found it attractive for fishing and other river activities and it has maintained a charming fishing village aura.
The Trout Inn and the Riverside pub, which includes the marina, are on the waterfront and are both able to provide good value hot fayre. Alternatively, you can order from our own range of gourmet breakfast, picnic and supper hampers, from our own deli/bakery in Montpellier, Cheltenham (Maison Chaplais), which can be waiting for you when you arrive for your Cotswold stay.
Things To Do
A short and very pretty walk will take you past the Trout Pub (where, if you were so inclined, you could pick up a little motor or rowing boat) and carry on to Buscot Weir, where the pretty village of Buscot has a classic village shop which serves homemade cream teas.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
The Cotswold Wildlife Park is a must for a fun family day out to indulge in learning and viewing some of the world's exciting wildlife. Suitable anyone looking to learn more or just to marvel about the wonderful world that we live in.
Kelmscott is home to the famous Kelmscott Manor House which William Morris lived in. It is open to visitors with a history of his life and work. The village is very pretty and many of the houses with their flagstone walls are owned by the National Trust. The local pub, The Plough has seating outside and is a pleasant spot for watching the world go by.
The obvious "must visit" village is Bibury with it’s famous Arlington Row. With their Stonesfield slate low roofs and smoke pouring from the chimneys, set right by the river, they are gorgeous to look at. Just behind there is Bibury Church and the lovely and peaceful Bibury Court Hotel (open to non residents) where you can have a delicious light lunch or tea on the terrace set overlooking the river Coln, surrounded by beautiful mature trees. It is also the setting where films such as "Stardust" and "Bridget Jones Diary" were filmed.
Coming back closer to home, our nearest town is Cirencester, the famous Roman centre with the Fosse Way and the White Way, ancient Roman Paths, crossing there. It still is a busy town, and has the sense of being the focal point and centre of activity that the Romans made it. If you are in need of a night out with a bit more energy than the smaller towns and villages can offer, Cirencester is the nearest place, with bars such as ‘Times Square’ and 'Seventeen Black'.