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Notes From The Cotswolds – Welcome to Larkford by Penny Parkes
2016/02/05  |  By:   |  Features  |  

Have you ever watched Escape to the Country, or wished that you could actually live in the idyllic holiday cottage you’ve just found? Well, you’re not alone – most of us have been tempted to dip into fantasy to find our perfect home at one time or another. And this is where you get to see inside my imagination because thanks to the wonderful team at Books And The City, we now have a map of Larkford!

To be honest with you, I had a little cry when I first saw it… It’s like a tiny window into my soul, because Larkford is just that – it brings together all the wonderful and inspirational places where I have lived and loved and worked over the years.

If you take a short stroll through the town, you’ll find honeyed Cotswold stone cottages and a swathe of Georgian town houses with glossy front doors and huge sash windows. Alongside a few tempting boutiques, you’ll be seduced in to The Deli by the sounds of laughter and the aroma of fresh coffee.

You will know, without a doubt, that this is a town where your business is everybody’s business. Your doctor at The Practice may well be your neighbour, or even your best friend, and you certainly know the names of everybody’s dogs – and sometimes even their children!

This is a town where a community lives to support one another – in good times and in bad – whether it’s by celebrating the ancient River Swimming Club and the Rites of Spring, or whether it’s pulling together when the precious medical centre comes under threat.

This is a town where eccentricity is a boon, experience is a joy to be shared and ‘home’ is so much more than just an address.  As I wander through the streets of Larkford in this beautiful illustration, I can only hope that my readers will be captivated by the sense of togetherness that Holly feels as she finds her voice, her heart and her home.

Perhaps though, you might just prefer a run through the woodland trails that surround Larkford as it nestles in the valley, a stroll along the riverbank with your loved one or maybe just a tipple and a chat at The Kingsley Arms after work?  I can’t wait for you to get here – I’ll meet you at the bar – mine’s a G&T.

Map Larkford

Out of Practice by Penny Parkes is out in eBook on 23rd May and paperback on 28th July.