There is nothing quite so cozy as a cup of English tea in a charming setting with some nibbles on the side.
On a day trip from London, you exit the M40 onto the A40 and one of the first sheep towns you come to after Oxford is Burford. I say sheep towns because once upon a time the area of the Cotswolds (meaning sheep on the hills) was famous and prosperous for the sheep trade. Burford is a little town with very old houses leaning together along a main street that slopes gently down to a a valley and bubbling creeks.
In the middle of the main street (called high street in England), is a bakery called Huffkins. Once you peel your eyes from the picturesque windows filled with hot cross buns and rasberry tarts, ask the hostess for a seat. To sit down you pass through a very popular bakery filled with beautifully displayed goods and into the little dining room. The stone walls speak of the age, and the cheerful dining room is filled with wood tables and chairs. We were there in the spring and the sun peeked through the windows, and little wildflowers in tiny vases perched on the windowsills.
We ordered afternoon tea which came with famous English tea in a little white teapot with cream and lumps of raw sugar. On the three-tiered carousel were little egg salad and cucumber sandwiches, multilayered slices of cream cakes, and a variety of shortbread cookies (famous lardy cakes optional). We spent a lovely couple of hours that afternoon cozied into the old bakery, eating the delectable selections, and warming our bodies and hearts with good English tea and company. Cheers to a wonderful little town in England!
What do you think? Is that someplace you would like to go? Let me know what is on your bucket list?
We would like to invite you to a writer’s week or weekend at Woodstock Inn Bed and Breakfast. It’s the perfect time to cozy in and produce the kind of writing you have always dreamed of! Kimberly Morgan, owner of the inn, is an active writer with two novels, a screenplay, and several plays to her credit. Would you like to join Kim for a week of focused writing?
The intent for the writer’s retreats is to give writers a chance to get away and focus completely on their writing. Woodstock Inn offers private rooms with en suite bathrooms. There are nooks and crannies throughout the property that you can tuck into and write. Breakfast is served every morning, and a boxed lunch is included midday. There are easy, paved walking spaces around the inn to help get the kinks out. In the evening, enjoy the historic Independence Square for dinner in a selection of nice restaurants, or use our kitchen to prepare something simple.
Evenings will include gatherings around the fireplace to help inspire you. Gatherings will include writing tips and takeaways, discussion of work, and the chance to share your work with others. Take off in the middle of a talk if you get inspired to write. We don’t mind. The week is focused on you being able to produce the writing you have longed to create.
Week price: $775 single occupancy. (There are a few rooms that can accommodate 2 people. price for double occupancy: $475 per person.) Weekend price: $350 single occupancy (There are a few rooms that can accommodate 2 people. Price for double occupancy $225 per person.)
Come and join us on one of the following weeks or weekends…
March 15-22 Writers Week – Celebrating British Isles! Do you want to write about castles and cottages, kings and paupers? This is your chance. This week includes a party to celebrate the Irish!
April 10-12 Writing weekend – Christian writing weekend. Inspirational writing is one of the top genres to write in. Don’t miss this great weekend!
May 1-3 Writing weekend – Want an international setting to your novel? This is the weekend to virtually explore the world with traveler, Kim Morgan.
Go to our website and make these arrangements (WoodstockInnMo.com) or contact the innkeeper directly at 816.886.5656.