Maureen Jones is a luxurious journey advisor with All Horizons Travel/Frosch Travel and is predicated out of Menlo Park, CA.
I at all times suggest to purchasers that they get out into the countryside for a part of their vacation particularly if they’ve been to London earlier than and accomplished the standard should see’s of sightseeing.
In March after I went residence, I stayed at Cliveden House, a stunning nation property, simply 30 minutes from Heathrow earlier than going into London. I used to be taken to a dinky little 16th-century village, Bray, on the banks of the River Thames, a couple of miles away from Windsor. What is wonderful about this village is that there are three small eating places, the Fat Duck, Waterside Inn and the Royal Oak, which all maintain the coveted Michelin star. There are solely 140 eating places in your entire British Isles that maintain this honor. The Waterside Inn has held a Michelin three-star award for the final 29 years. I’m a lover of my Ploughman’s Lunch in an outdated pub—cheese, bread, apple and a shandy (half beer and half lemonade)—so I’m the incorrect particular person to be taken to considered one of these eating places. You ought to have your lodge concierge make dinner reservations for you. They have extra clout than you attempting to make them your self. The identical goes for theatre tickets.
There is far selection in all elements of the land that you’ve a tough time selecting what to go to. Highclere Castle, residence of the Duke and Duchess of Caernarvon, which serves on the setting for Downton Abbey on the tv sequence, may be very common and the excursions getting booked out months upfront. A very talked-about tour for households is to the Warner Bros. film studios in London the place you go behind the scenes to see the costumes, props and much extra.
If you’ve got youngsters who’re Harry Potter followers, then go to the 700-year-old Alnwich Castle in Northumberland the place they’ll be part of wizarding masters for broomstick coaching classes on the very spot the place Harry had his first flying lesson. I like sending youngsters to Kings Cross Station to have their picture taken at Platform 9 3/four the place Harry’s baggage is half approach via the wall. I’m a agency believer in magic: I learn all of the tales of witches and wizards after I was little.
The charming villages within the Cotswolds space and Shakespeare nation is a well-liked place to go to, as is Bath and the Roman Baths, and the kids love the fossil excursions on the Isle of Wight. The mysterious stones of Stonehenge are one other place stuffed with historical past however I just like the Callendish Stones on the Isle of Lewis and Harris higher.
Cambridge, Oxford, Norfolk Broads and Canterbury are nice time out journeys from London. Visit Chester and York on the prepare and keep for a couple of days. Both fantastic distinctive historic little cities. Time your go to to attend a particular occasion, like Wimbledon Tennis matches, or the Chelsea Flower Show, a soccer (soccer) match or one of many many happenings which go on every year.
Another place I like is Bovey Castle, a powerful manor home on the sting of Dartmoor National Park, an important mountain climbing location. If you do not wish to drive on slim roads with excessive hedges, then we will prepare so that you can have a automobile and driver. Don’t overlook to take a brolly (umbrella).