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The Cotswolds, UK


Shop Bertioli by Thyme

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Thyme has been a journey, it has evolved over the years, growing organically into what is now our ‘village within a village’. We moved here as a family in 2001 and acquired a collection of historic, agricultural buildings that had been forgotten and fallen into a state of complete disrepair. The ambition was to breathe new life into these old working buildings, preserving their huge internal spaces and reconnecting them with the land and farm.

Here! Charlie (a member of Thyme's founding family) is our Head Chef, leading the food and produce. His time is spent in the kitchens of our Ox Barn restaurant, the cookery school and in the gardens – Charlie works meticulously with the garden team to select and grow the fruits, vegetables, and herbs used to create his menus.

Most wonderful of all, atop of the archway of the Ox Barn is a stone ox head. Above the keystone just behind this ox head, hides a bottle of whiskey built into the wall, placed there by the original stone mason that constructed the archway in 1843, intended to be enjoyed by the stone mason who one day will take the arch down, hopefully in many years to come.

The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, characterised by idyllic English countryside and honey-hued stone unique to the area. The historic wealth of the Cotswolds was built upon the wool trade, with rolling hills strewn with flocks of ‘Cotswolds Lions’, a breed of sheep known for its mane-like, shaggy fleece. The area today is made up of a collection of picture-perfect villages and towns, some comprising of the oldest cottages in the world, historic houses with world class gardens, and marvellous craftspeople.

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