Want a break from the manicured gardens and twee tea shops of the Cotswolds? Jane’s Place is the perfect antidote.
Hidden at the end of a long, bumpy lane, by the canal, you won’t find a more colourful or chaotic place to have afternoon tea.
Arrive to the sound of an old-fashioned gramophone playing the Andrew Sisters. Wind your way through a jumble of bunting, arbours and apple trees to find yourself a table with lacy tablecloth and mismatched chairs. Or perhaps you’d prefer the shabby sofa facing the water?
When you’ve had your fill of home-made lemon gateau, or maybe a strawberry scone, explore the garden. Spot the dove house, the old rocking horse, the wildflower garden, the swing, the ornamental bird cages (with real and pretend birds)…
Jane – a colourful character herself – lives on a houseboat here and opens her “café” on her smallholding every summer Sunday afternoon.
As she refills our (vintage silver) teapot, the sky goes black and rumbles. “Ooh, isn’t this an adventure?” she smiles. It certainly is – with or without the thunderstorm.