Being something of a sophisticated area, we think that a stay in the Cotswolds has got to include at least one day out at a castle…and if you make the half an hour journey to Banbury you’ll find the gorgeously quirky Broughton Castle. The castle started out as a manor house, but when a chap named Sir John de Broughton bought it in the 1300s, he set about making the additions needed for his home to be called a castle – and there’s even a moat.
Today, the castle’s the home of the Fiennes, and it’s open to visitors on selected days throughout the year. If the castle looks familiar while you’re there, there’s every chance that you’ve seen it as a location in one of the many films its starred in. To name a few, Broughton’s been used for the filming of Three Men and a Little Lady, Jane Eyre, The Madness of King George and Shakespeare in Love.
Visitors are welcome to take picnics along and eat them in the park, so if It’s been too long since you packed your favourite fodder and dined al fresco then this is the perfect opportunity.