Sherbourne, a bNational Trust Cotswold Gems Reviews
Park Lodge and Sherbourne, the hidden Cotswolds Jul 20, 2014
Many of you will no doubt have heard of the Cotswold village Bourton-on-the-Water, but very few will know of the Sherbourne, a beutiful honey stoned village beside the river Windrush with its lovely old postoffice which serves cream teas in an English country garden setting.
The village is owned by the National Trust and is part of the Sherbourne Park Estate. The house has been converted into retirement apartments but the estate was given to the trust on the condition that it continues to be farmed in the traditional way.
To visit it is best to first view Lodge Park(signposted right turn from the A40) which is a 17th century grandstand built by one of the estate owners to enjoy his favorite pleasures of deer coursing and entertaining. The building is substantial and imposing in its own right, and in later years it was converted to a comfortable dower house.
After having visited Lodge Park return to the main road and take the turning marked Sherbourne and take a right turn into Ewe Pen Barn car park. From here maps are available for various walking routes around the estate.
To take tea at the post office simply follow the path to Sherboune Village and turn right. Keep walking along the line of the Windrush until you get to the war memorial and the post office tea shop is a few yards further on.
To return go back to the war memorial and follow the sign (behind the parish board) directing you back into the estate. You will walk behind the house and through the old pleasure gardens back to the starting point.
The whole walk is approximately two miles. With cream tea at the post office this makes a perfect afternoon stole in what truly is the 'hidden Cotswolds'.
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