Insider's Guide

Insider’s Guide with Rose Ferguson

2nd January 2024

There is so much to be excited about and celebrated in January. With a new year full of promise, it is also a time to reflect on what we can do to take care of our own wellbeing.

To kick start 2024 in the best way possible, we asked ‘The Queen of The Reset’ and renowned nutritionist Rose Ferguson to reveal her Insider’s Guide to the Cotswolds.

 

How long you have visited and or lived in the Cotswolds?

I’ve been lucky enough to call the Cotswolds my home for 13 years now, and visited long before that. I love living here.

My favourite spot is…

The whole walk along the river between Eastleach and Southrop is a favourite, especially the babbling brook just outside Southrop.

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My favourite view of the Cotswolds is…

From my kitchen: on a clear day you can see all the way to the Ridgeway!

I also love the view when you drive into Burford. Looking down the hill early on a winter’s day is magical.

My favourite place to escape in nature is…

Our house is surrounded by field after field and we are lucky that we are able to walk out of our house straight into them. The fields change appearance daily: in the summer many are planted as wildflower meadows, in the autumn the leaves look incredible, and then the steely winter months are quite dramatic.

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The best place to go early in the morning is…

Swimming in the lakes outside Minchinhampton is a great way to start to the day! Or going for a run around the Hatherop estate.

Something only locals know is…

Getting a paddle board and hitting The Thames at Kelmscott is special. It’s quiet and feels like a secret part of the river.

My cultural fix is…

I love visiting Oxford and we used to go to The Ashmolean a lot when the children were little.

My foodie go-to is…

My local pub The Bell at Langford is just brilliant, we eat there at least once a week and have had some good times in there. The Bull in Burford is exciting and the food is exceptional. Talking of Bulls and Bells – The Bull and The Bell in Charlbury are amazing too – as is the Chequers in Churchill and The Wild Rabbit in Kingham.

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My nighttime escape is…

Hanging out at home with the whole family. Cooking is an escape and total joy for me; creating in the kitchen and then putting the fire on makes me very happy! The produce you can get locally is inspiring – Daylesford (obviously) and Upton Smokery, the butcher, and The New Wave Fish Shop in Lechlade.

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A misconception about the Cotswolds would be…

That it’s just a summer destination. In fact, the Cotswolds is stunning in every season, each bringing its own unique charm and beauty.

Three words to describe the Cotswolds…

Calm, crazy and home

Portrait imagery of Rose is kindly shared by Rose, you can follow her on Instagram here.

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