Cottage in the Cotswolds

Blockley Village

Here we try to give you a flavour of the village and its facilities:

The Great Western Arms

The Great Western is the pub nearest to the cottage, and its food and service has proven very popular with visitors.  The people who run it are friendly and hard-working and do everything to ensure that the pub is a real asset to the community.

You can see it from the cottage, but to get to it you need to walk up to the corner, about 200 yards.

Blockley church
A little further on, you come to the church, a typical Cotswold stone tower.  Occasionally, concerts are held here. You might have noticed it in the background of the previous picture.  It is right at the centre of the village, just below the village green. 
Blockley shop and cafe

Blockley's community-run shop and cafe had a major upgrade to new purpose-designed premises in mid-November 2014. The shop sells a good range of goods and also operates as a post office. It sells a range of ready-to-cook meals as well as normal daily items. It is currently open from 9am to 7pm every day but Sunday, when it opens 8am to 5pm. The cafe serves coffee, tea, drinks and interesting food of high quality, and does prebooked restaurant meals on Friday and Saturday evenings. These new premises are much easier to work and illustrate the pioneering spirit of the community.

Village green

This is the large, sloping village green.  You can see the war memorial and behind it a very attractive row of houses overlooking the green.

From the green you have some fine vistas of the surrounding hills.

To the right and behind is the bowling green.  Behind the camera is the village shop and post office.

The high street
Once the high street had many shops.  But, despite its name, the high street doesn't actually lead anywhere.  Hence it is very tranquil, a long row of attractive houses arranged on either side.  A little further from the church is ...
The Crown Hotel
This is Blockley's other pub, which as it is a hotel also has a separate restaurant.  It is a very attractive building. 
A view of Blockley
This is taken from a footpath above the village, to the East.  Looking down, you can see that the village is laid out along the course of Blockley Brook.  It is the brook which, despite being just a gentle stream, powered all the mills that once provided employment to several hundred workers.  Silk was the main product of the mills.
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