Blenheim Palace

Afternoon Tea at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the family home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough, as it has been for all the Dukes in the past 300 years.  It is the only non-royal house in England to hold the title of a palace. Location:  Blenheim Palace is located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire 8 …

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Barton's Mill, Old Basing

Bartons Mill, Old Basing, Basingstoke

Location: Bartons Mill is located in the picturesque village of Old Basing in Hampshire, just two miles east of Basingstoke.  Easily accessible by road Bartons Mill lies 43 miles south west of London and is less than 10 minutes drive from junction 6 of the M3 motorway. For guests arriving by train, Basingstoke is on …

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Old Basing, Hampshire

Day 2. Old Basing and Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

After a good night's sleep we started the day with a delicious cooked breakfast at the lovely Barton's Mill on the outskirts of Basingstoke.  It was a bright, sunny morning as we set out on foot to explore the picturesque village of Old Basing. From Barton's Mill we followed a short section of the Basing …

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Day 1. A weekend in Basingstoke

We planned a short break in Basingstoke, the largest town in Hampshire, located close to the West Berkshire border.  The town lies 30 miles (48km) north east of Southampton and 48 miles (77 km) south west of London. It is easily accessible by road being just a few minutes drive from Junction 6 of the …

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Hotel Indigo Bath

Hotel Indigo Bath

Hotel Review Following a multi-million pound restoration project taking four years, the 166 room Hotel Indigo Bath finally opened its doors in September 2020.  It's set in a beautiful honey coloured Bath stone Georgian terrace laid out in the 1740's by renowned local architect John Wood the Elder. Location: The hotel is perfectly situated on …

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Roman Baths, Bath

Day 4. Bath’s Roman Baths and surrounding area

Our final day in Bath had come around all too quickly and after enjoying a delicious breakfast at the Hotel Indigo Bath we checked out of the hotel and set off to visit Bath's number one attraction, namely its Roman Baths. The baths are located in the centre of Bath next to the abbey and are open daily …

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Bath Crescent

Day 3. A walk around Bath

After a leisurely breakfast our day began with a visit to the Bath World Heritage Centre on York Street.  The centre is free to visit and features interactive exhibits and displays.  UNESCO added Bath as a cultural site to its World Heritage list in 1987 and from reading an information board we learnt that it had …

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Bath Abbey

Day 2. Exploring Bath

After sleeping soundly in our lovely room at the Hotel Indigo Bath we popped downstairs to start the day by tucking into a delicious buffet breakfast in the attractive Elder restaurant. Ready to go after a couple of cappuccinos we ventured south east of the town to visit the American Museum and Gardens (standard adult admission £14.50, …

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Wells Cathedral

Day 1. Cheddar Gorge and Wells, Somerset

We began our four day break centred around Bath by visiting Wells in Somerset which lies 22 miles to the south west of the city.  I'd long wanted to visit Wells, as it's England's smallest city, nestled on the edge of the Mendip Hills with its roots dating back to Roman times.  The name of …

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Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden

Cotswold House Hotel, Chipping Campden

Hotel Review Overview Cotswold House Hotel is a luxury hotel and spa in a charming Grade II listed regency townhouse in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire featuring 28 individually styled bedrooms and suites. Location: The hotel is situated in the centre of the charming market town just 16 miles from Cheltenham and within two miles of the …

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