Complete Guide to Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter Villages in the Cotswolds Countryside
If you keep reading about villages in the Cotswolds being the prettiest in England, it’s because it’s true. Places like the twin villages of Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter only confirm this even more. And they are certainly on our list of must-see places in the Cotswolds!
When visiting both these beautiful English villages you’ll soon realize there are no shops to buy things from, not much traffic but an untouched architecture for over a century. Quiet, charming, and truly magical, no wonder people come from far away for a chance to experience such unique places. When in the area, you get to see not one, but two villages connected by the River Eye.
Things to see and do in Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds
What TO DO
Walk around the village
Explore every street, every bridge, and corner of one of the most untouched villages with honey-colored stone houses in the Cotswolds. You will have the chance to see St Mary’s Parish Church, the old Town Well, a historic landmark, and the Slaughters Village Hall.
Where TO DRINK
The Old Mill Museum
Impossible to miss, the Old Mill is a restored 19th-century flour mill, with a working waterwheel. HEre, you can have a history lesson about the village and enjoy some homemade ice cream with scones and cream tea.
1st March to 31st October 10:00 am – 6:00 pm*;
1st November – 28th February 10:00 am – ’til dark! ;
*Tea Room & Café Terrace close at 5:00 pm
Where to EAT + SLEEP
The Slaughters Country Inn
A quintessential mid-range country inn in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside, with an authentic charm of a traditional village inn. If you’re looking for a proper Cotswolds-experience in a less busy part of the region, The Slaughters Inn is certainly the place to enquire!
And if that wasn’t enough, they even do weddings here, if you are planning for a very relaxed atmosphere in a postcard-looking Cotswolds village. Photos on the stone bridges and streets in the Lower Slaughter are not a bad idea!
Lower Slaughter Manor House
Cotswolds has many traditional boutique hotels to offer but some really modern-luxurious ones as well.
Lower Slaughter Manor House is a Grade-II listed 17th-century house, which used to be a convent housing nuns in 1443. It 1603 returned to the crown and was owned for a few hundred years by Sir George Whitmore.
Today, Lower Slaughter Manor is a luxury hotel where you can enjoy delicious seasonal food and be spoiled in a contemporary design location.
This is one of our personal favorite places to visit for many reasons. First of all, it’s such a hidden gem in the heart of the Cotswolds region, with far fewer tourists visiting than in the bigger towns nearby. That means it’s extremely pleasant to walk around without having to dodge other people taking photos of locations.
It’s a much quieter, less-traveled village in the Cotswolds and in such a brilliant location, close to wonderful places to see. It’s perfect for an afternoon tea, lunch or dinner, and an overnight stay, of course!
Lower Slaughter is one of our 5 personal favorite photoshoot locations in the North Cotswolds and we would highly recommend you visit and why not, take some professional photos here, of course!
You can also walk along the river to Bourton-on-the-Water for lots of things to do for families with kids, especially.
Things to see and do in Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds
Upper Slaughter was also built along the River Eye, crossed by charming stone bridges.
What TO DO
Walk around the village
Just as charming as Lower Slaughter, Upper Slaughter is made of Cotswolds stone houses, it has a church like any village around here, St Peter’s, The Old School House, and lots of history.
Where TO EAT + SLEEP
Lords of the Manor Hotel
For an afternoon tea or a luxurious overnight stay (booking essential), you can visit Lord of the Manor Hotel. It belonged to Henry VIII and occupied later by Ferdinando Tracy Travell, whose portrait hangs on the first-floor landing.
If you wanted to make the most of your day out, you can also visit the nearby villages: Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper Slaughters, of course!
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