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The Pretty Village of Snowshill and it's Lavender Fields
Close your eyes and picture a secluded village full of charm and tranquillity. It’s quaint and pretty cottages, with their colourful welcoming gardens, clustered around it’s beautiful old Church on the village green. A subtle scent of lavender in the light breeze - welcome to a delightful piece of English countryside - Snowshill.
The Village of Snowshill
The Village of Snowshill in The Cotswolds
Snowshill is situated in ‘The Cotswolds’ a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering an area of 790 square miles. Incorporating the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire but also extends into parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
It is popular with both the English and international visitors and is well known for it’s small villages and market towns. Also the ‘wolds’ - meaning the gentle hillsides.
The Cotswolds is a popular area for walkers and the countryside can be enjoyed via the famous ‘Cotswold Way’ a long distance footpath, approximately 103 miles long, running the length of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Cotswold village of Snowshill
The Quaint Charm of Snowshill
As the name ‘Snowshill’ suggests, this Cotswold village is set in the hills above the popular small town of Broadway. If there is any snow in the area, Snowshill gets to hear about it first!
You can easily walk around the village of Snowshill in a matter of minutes, but to truly enjoy the delights here it will take much longer!
The 19th Century village Church of St Barnabas stands proudly in the centre of the village, surrounded by a small village green and a cluster of old cottages.
The English love to give their home a name, the first picture is Clare’s Cottage (the name is under the window) and is probably named after the owner.
The second picture is of the Old Forge (the sign is to the right of the window) and would have originally been the Old Forge, more common names are the Old Bakery, Old Post Office and Old School, you often see these in small villages.
Quaint Cottages & Welcoming Gardens
With it’s quaint cottages and beautiful gardens, no wonder the picturesque village of Snowshill was chosen for the winter scenes in the film ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’
Filming took place in the centre of the village, including the village green and a local house featured as the home of Bridget’s parents.
The cottage in the picture below is just off the main village path. If you look closely you will see that the downstairs window is just above the pathway, so when the residents look out of the window they may just see some legs passing by!
In the picture below, the garden seemed so welcoming I wanted to push the gate open and go in and explore!
Quaint Cottages and Welcoming Gardens
Snowshill Arms and the Donnington Way
The Snowshill Arms is a Donnington Brewery pub. A local brewery located in the village of Donnington.
They have 15 Cotswold pubs and they are all identified by the black and white sign.
Not only are the Donnington pubs popular for their beer, they are also popular for those that like exercise!
There is a 62 mile walk that links all the pubs together called the Donnington Walk, there is even a book published detailing the pubs and walks.
It’s a circular walk that can be broken down into smaller walks from pub to pub. All the walks are through beautiful Cotswold countryside and each has a pub at the start and end.
I am proud to say over the years we managed to visit 13 of the Donnington pubs, most of them using the walks!
A walk from the Snowshill Arms to The Mount in the village of Stanton is a particularly beautiful walk.
The charm of SnowshillClick thumbnail to view full-size
Snowshill Lavender Fields
The Snowshill Lavender Farm has 53 acres of lavender fields and is a third generation family farm.
It has become a booming business and produces and sells the finest quality lavender products including essential oils, soaps and creams.
There are many health benefits of lavender oil which is extracted from the flowers using steam distillation.
The flowers of lavender have a distinct fragrance and are known to have a calming and relaxing effect both physically and emotionally.
Lavender flowers during the months of July and August. Although we visited in July, due to the wet early summer many of the lavender fields were only just coming into flower.
Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies
A delicious recipe for you to try!
½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp dried lavender flowers or 3-4 tbsp fresh flowers
1 large egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup oatmeal
1 ½ cups white flour
¾ tsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
In Bowl 1: Blend butter, sugar & lavender until smooth.
Then add the egg, milk & vanilla.
In Bowl 2:
Blend oatmeal, flour, and baking powder together.
Add in your chocolate chips to this dry mix.
Blend both mixes together to form a soft dough.
(If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour.)
Use a teaspoon to put onto a baking tray.
Set oven to 350° F
Bake for 10 minutes for soft cookies, or 15 mins for crisp ones.