Asthall: A Hidden Cotswold Gem
Nestled in the Windrush Valley the village of Asthall sits snug and sleepy alongside the river which meanders off to the next village through sun kissed fields and passed grazing cattle and sheep. Quaint Cotswold stone cottages give way to large homes on the cusp of the village including Asthall Manor, a 17th century building with beautiful gardens that hosts ‘on form’, a sculpture exhibition set through out the grounds of the house every two years (2018 is your next opportunity to see it!) The Manor holds classes and events such as yoga and art workshops, and also plays host to The Potting Shed Cafe, tucked in the corner of the walled garden opposite the house.
The Potting Shed Cafe is a Pop Up Cafe this year hosted by Fiona Cullinane, an inspired chef bringing her eclectic style and imaginative flare to the rural idyll.
The old stone Potting Shed houses the cafe with mismatched garden furniture decorated with cheerful homegrown flowers making up the dining area; it really is like stepping into a Country Living lifestyle shoot.
This bank holiday weekend is your last chance this year to visit, so if you have time on your hands it’s well worth a trip, plus the village and surrounding countryside are offer up lots of gorgeous walks, perfect for working up an appetite!
Expect delicious salads made with locally grown ingredients, homemade cakes and bread, and lashings of lemonade.
It’s a perfect spot for lunch or afternoon tea, and to unwind in a peaceful countryside setting.
I’m so glad to have visited and look forward to Fiona’s future ventures! Watch this space!
Have a great bank holiday weekend.
Love, Rosie xxx