When I drove through this village on my way to Stroud, I knew straight away that I NEEDED to stop off and explore Painswick on the way back.
The village first appears historically in the Domesday book back in 1086, and is known as 'The Queen of the Cotswolds', and I can definitely see why. There's not particularly much going on, very small number of shops, and businesses, but it compensates with its wealth of history. Back in the day, it was known for its wool trade, with mills and weavers, but these days it is known for its church with cloud-like yew trees, and the Rococo gardens just down the road.
It is definitely a great place to explore the winding narrow roads with quaint cottages all tucked in together. Cosy living, I would describe it as. The roads are hilly, and the buildings ooze traditional architecture. Picturesque, even in the gloomy weather I had that day.
As I was driving in, the village sign also displayed a Fair-trade sign, suggesting that it is a Fair-trade town. I have just done my research, and found out that it was awarded its certification back in 2012. It seems that a few of the B&Bs, hotels, and restaurants serve Fair-trade tea and coffee, and the pharmacy and One-Stop shop sell various products. Good on Painswick!
I do feel that the village would be a perfect weekend escape any time of the year, be it exploring the Rococo gardens in glorious sunshine, or tucking up next to roaring fire in a local pub in the winter months. A must-visit!
- MM x