Hotels in Lower Slaughter
About a mile from Bourton-on-the-Water is the picture postcard Cotswold village of Lower Slaughter. The name comes from the old English word, Slohtre, which means muddy place and has nothing to do with killing anything! Straddling the banks of the River Eye, both Lower Slaughter and its twin, Upper Slaughter have remained completely unchanged for a century, with no building work taking place at all since 1906.
With beautiful architecture, stunning views and a romantic ambience, Lower Slaughter is an idyllic base for exploring the Cotswolds. Choose from a range of Lower Slaughter hotels for your break.
The main attraction in this charming little place is an old mill museum which can be reached by strolling along the river to the western end of the village. The mill was originally built in the 19th century, and was last used commercially in 1958. It now houses a small museum, along with a tearoom and gift shop.
The nearby village of Bourton-on-the-Water is home to the Cotswold Motoring Museum, a fascinating vehicular journey through the 20th century that the whole family can enjoy. With tons of great looking cars, quaint caravans, motorcycles, enamel signs and more, there is plenty to see here.
Stay a little longer in Bourton-on-the-Water and see the dark side of this charming north Cotswold village on the Bloody Bourton Tour. This is a walking tour of the village on which you can hear the murky village history, including tales of ghosts, murder most foul, religious persecution, witchcraft, crime and punishment and more.
Wildlife fans will love Birdland, a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, inhabited by over 500 birds including the only group of king penguins in the UK. With other attractions such as a desert house, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects, there is something for everyone. The Penguin Café, indoor and outdoor picnic and play areas and gift shop make this a trip to remember.
Food and drink
Lower Slaughter has a couple of eateries to choose from. The Slaughters Country Inn Pub and Restaurant offers a delicious Sunday roast, along with a traditional pub menu. The Lower Slaughter Manor is the complete opposite, offering great French cuisine in a traditional setting.
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