Broadway is a delightful and much photographed village in the Cotswolds. It is an ideal base from which to explore all that this wonderful region has to offer. The high street boasts a number of ancient horse chestnut trees and showcases an eclectic mix of classic Cotswold honey-stone cottages and other period properties.
The road that runs through the village is one of the ancient ridgeways and is the main thoroughfare connecting London with Worcester. Its name comes from its physical characteristic – it is a very wide road, hence it is called Broadway. The village has long been a draw for creative types, and has been home to J.M. Barrie and William Morris. The renowned designer of furniture, Gordon Russell, lived and worked in Broadway, and it aptly boasts a Design Museum.
There’s so much to see and do in Broadway. A range of restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops can provide a delightful way to while away an afternoon. If you are travelling with kids, you won’t be disappointed by the nearby activity park, and of course the village is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in all England. Accommodation is plentiful and always charmingly situated.
One of many stand-out historic buildings on the high street is The Lyon Arms. How enthralling it is to think that the legendary Oliver Cromwell spent a night there during the Civil War – the very night before one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Worcester. Indeed, King Charles I was also briefly in residence here too, using the hotel as a meeting place where he could gather together his most ardent supporters. Sympathetically updating a historic property with automatic gates in Gloucestershire is easily achievable. Automatic Gates can be installed by http://protonaccesscontrol.com/.
Broadway is known locally as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’, and it’s not hard to see why. It is located in a picture-perfect setting in the west Cotswolds yet is just a two-hour drive from central London. Wonderful Stratford upon Avon is easily accessible, as are Warwick and Oxford. The Cotswolds have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, and they form part of the walking trail so loved by hikers, the Cotswolds Way, which twists and turns around the picturesque countryside that separates Bath and Chipping Campden.