THE COTSWOLDS – THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Russell’s is situated on the high street of the Cotswold village of Broadway. Lined with immaculate lawns, horse chestnut trees, honey-stoned cottages, antique shops and boutiques, the village is steeped in history and charm.
Surrounded by magnificent countryside, Broadway is the gateway to the picturesque villages that are dotted around it including Burford, Chipping Campden, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh, The Slaughters, Snowshill, Stow-on-the-Wold and Woodstock. Larger nearby towns for shopping and attractions include Regency Cheltenham, Cirencester, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
The village is a great base for a variety of shops of all types. A full guide can be found on The Beautiful Broadway website
Some of the most notable shopping can be found at Sue Parkinson, Cotswold Trading and Landmark. For a great selection of art we suggest you visit one of the three John Noott Galleries in the village or Trinity Fine Art.
OKA have recently opened a flagship home store in the village and is situated in one of the premier buildings on the High Street. For other homewares visit Broadway Cookshops.
Whilst you are in Broadway, pamper yourself or your partner at Lasting Impressions Beauty, Muse Hairdressers or Broadway Florist. If you want to shop further afield we recommend Daylesford Organic or The Cotswold Farm Store, all within a short drive of Broadway.
You can see more on the local Broadway Cotswolds website
HOUSES AND CASTLES
There are many fine properties to visit locally. Some of the most notable are Blenheim Palace, the seat of The Dukes of Marlborough. The Palace and Gardens are open from spring until the end of October and the park is open throughout the year.
The National Trust Property, Snowshill Manor is situated in the next village and contains a fascinating and eccentric collection of artefacts from around the world.
Sudeley Castle was once the home of Queen Katherine Parr and is now the home of the Ashcome and Dent-Brocklehurst family. It is situated in the town of Winchcombe.
Broadway Tower is a local landmark, is a great walk from the centre of the village and benefits from stunning views as far as The Black Mountains.
Warwick Castle is a little further away but is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country.
Hidcote Manor Gardens are historic and famous gardens owned by The National Trust. They are one of the most beautiful gardens in The Cotswolds.
Sezincote is an Indian style House with an eastern Hindu garden and is situated close to Batsford Arboretum, home to a rare and beautiful collection of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Its stunning all the year round, especially the Autumn. In the same village is Bourton House Gardens, another of the most beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds. Kiftsgate Court Gardens is home to wonderful borders, a stunning contemporary water feature and the famous Kiftsgate and Rosa Mundi rose walk.
WALKS AROUND BROADWAY
Broadway is the perfect base for walking with The Cotswold Way running through the heart of the village. We can direct you on circular routes or more long distance routes and arrange a picnic to take with you (arranged in advance).
Be sure to visit some of the most beautiful towns and villages which make the area so famous. You should certainly visit Chipping Campden, Burford, Bibury, Moreton in Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Woodstock together with the prettiest villages of Stanton, Snowshill and The Slaughters. Nestling on the edge of The Cotswolds and well worth a visit are Stratford upon Avon and Cheltenham.
Broadway Golf Club, Willersey Hill, Broadway:
18-hole parkland hilltop course, bar and restaurant. Visitors welcome at all times by appointment. Handicap certificate required. Tuition available.
Tel: +44 (0)1386 853683
We are surrounded by racecourses at Warwick, Stratford upon Avon and of course Cheltenham where the National Hunt Festival is held in March.
Willersey Stables, Willersey Road Farm, near Badsey:
Modern indoor school. Hacking over 100-acre farm, cross-country course. Five years to adult. Beginners to intermediate, qualified tuition.
Tel: +44 (0)1386 858189
In the picturesque Cotswold village of Stanton, a few miles from Broadway, Jill Carenza (formerly Gabb) has been offering riding, and Bed & Breakfast in her 17th century Cotswold stone house, The Vine, since 1975. www.cotswoldsriding.co.uk
CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING
David Gabb, The Old Bakehouse, Lower High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6DZ. Tel: +44 (0)1386 841048.
Broadway is well situated for The Cheltenham Festival series and the open-air Longborough Opera Festival which takes place in June and July.
Toddington, Nr Winchcombe: www.gwsr.com
We can accommodate you for a early dinner or a light supper if you are planning to visit the theatre.
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon is only a 25-minute drive away and theatres at Cheltenham and Malvern are within an easy drive.
Escorted tour of 3 Cotswold vineyards https://www.samlawson.net/cotswold-wine-tours
OUR HOUSE GIN
We’ve teamed up with Cheltenham Gin who supply all of our house gin here at Russell’s.
Inspired by the spectacular Cheltenham racecourse in the heart of the Cotswolds, each bottle of Cheltenham Gin contains a unique blend of botanicals, including fresh zest from Spanish oranges and limes. We handcraft our gin with water that travels from high in the surrounding hills, filtering down to a spring not far from the breathtaking Cheltenham town in Gloucestershire.
AN AGE-OLD FAVOURITE
Cheltenham Gin is an impeccable example of a new and exciting take on an age-old favourite. Far from the years of sharp, acidic flavours, our Cheltenham Gin has a very fine, soft tone with delicate botanical notes. The wonderful fresh, clean start continues to deeper spices on the mid-palate, adding length and complexity. The finely-balanced citrus and juniper notes are then followed by a hint of sage accompanied by a strong botanical verve.
CHELTENHAM GIN – FRESH, SMOOTH, INTRIGUING. HANDCRAFTED BY GIN LOVERS.
It took our master distillers over three years to perfect this unique Cloudy Gin. The hard work and research is still ongoing as we continue the Cheltenham Gin traditions. Our Cheltenham gin encompasses local spring water and eight hand-selected botanicals. These are macerated in the copper-pot still overnight before the first distillation and the gin is then re-distilled without the botanicals. This double distillation process creates a gin with a much more refined, smooth and elegant palate.