If I ever get that lottery win, the first thing I would do is find a house at the top of Broadway High Street. I love this little village. And yes I’m slightly biased as I’ve made some of my favourite memories here, but there are so many reasons to love it.
To me, Broadway gives you the best of both worlds. Rural enough to escape, but close enough to the shops and a couple of really fancy cocktail bars that you can get your heels on for – what more does a girl need?
But let’s start from the top. All of this is overlooked by Broadway Tower – our very own Castle on the Hill. It’s said that from the top of the tower you can see up to 16 counties on a good day (and with good eyesight, which I don’t have!) I recommend starting from the top as it’s MUCH easier doing this walking down-hill. But before you set off, there’s both the Morris & Brown cafe and the Tower Barn to have a mooch around. Here you can get grab a bite to eat, do a little shopping and even hire out e-bikes if you prefer to see the views on 2 wheels.
There are multiple routes into Broadway from The Tower. We recently took the Cotswold Way and the Limestone Trail which conveniently takes you around The Dormy House Hotel. The Dormy is one of 3 award winning hotels on The Farncombe Estate – together with The Fish and Foxhill Manor. Although a little walk outside of the village centre, this would always be my favourite place to stay in Broadway. This is where ‘Hygge’ comes to life – with Scandi inspired interiors crossed with countryside luxury, it’s heavenly. You can read all about our stay at The Fish on my previous post.
Despite Broadway being a hotspot for tourism, out on the walk routes it’s utter peace and quiet. The thing I love most about the countryside. With more turn styles than traffic lights, it’s often my favourite way to clear my mind.
This walk in particular leads you nicely into the top of Broadway’s Upper High Street – a long row of beautiful Cotswold homes sculpted from honey coloured stone. Like real life Rightmove, it’s a place to dream about your perfect house.
Soon the lower High Street comes into view and your met with shops, cafes, pubs and the historic Lygon Arms. The shops are mostly independent, which I love. You can always pick up the loveliest gifts and so many nice things for the home. For the ultimate interior inspiration, head to Oka which has been set around a beautiful Georgian farmhouse.
Nestled between the shops are some of the most twee little coffee houses and cafes. My number one is Market Panrty – mainly for the good coffee and the cute bench in the window which makes the ideal spot to watch the world go by. It is pretty cosy here, so if you can’t get a table there are plenty of other tearooms to choose from.
A visit to Broadway is never complete without stopping at Broadway Deli. With the iconic orange car in the window and piles of fresh fruit and veg outside, you can’t miss it. There’s even another cafe inside where you can sample the produce.
Across from the deli is probably one of the most iconic buildings on the High Street, The Lygon Arms. A 16th century hotel with spa, restaurant and even its own wine bar next door. It’s also a wonderful spot for afternoon tea, especially with all the cosy lounges and roaring open fires that you can warm up in-front of.
The village doesn’t end there. Further down there are two traditional country pubs, the Broadway Hotel and The Swan – both just as lovely in every season. The Swan becomes a little more lively, especially on a Friday and Saturday night, as they often have live music.
And if you still haven’t stumbled across your dream home, perhaps one of these might just do it?
I think I fall in love with Broadway a little more every time we come here. There’s always something new to discover and no matter what the weather, it always feels welcoming. I recommend it to everyone – couples, families, it’s even completely dog friendly!
If you’re planning a long weekend here or even just a day trip, you’re certainly in for a treat ❤️