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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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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Chatsworth House

Discovering Hidden Chatsworth

Chatsworth House is one of England's finest stately homes, located on the east bank of the River Derwent in rural Derbyshire.  The vast estate is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549. After Chatsworth closes its doors following a busy Christmas period one might be …

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Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe

Day 2. Touring the Ribble Valley

It was the perfect way to start our day, sitting in the conservatory of the Gibbon Bridge Hotel enjoying a cooked breakfast with views across the delightful landscaped gardens. Our first activity of the day was then just down the road at Leagrams Organic Dairy just outside the picturesque village of Chipping.  The entrance to …

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Exterior of Brabins Shop and Cafe, Chipping

Day 2. Ribble Valley highlights

After a traditional Lancashire breakfast at The Inn at Whitewell we were soon ready to see more of the beautiful Ribble Valley.  Our first stop of the day was just up the road in the charming small village of Chipping.  Narrow winding country lanes lead into the village centre, its attractive stone cottages bedecked with …

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Upton House, Warwickshire

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

The weather forecast was good so we planned a visit to Upton House and Gardens near Banbury in Warwickshire.  Arriving around 2.00 p.m. on a glorious summer's day the main car parks were already full but we were directed to an overflow parking area in a field which was only a short walk from the …

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Croft Mill Aparthotel, Hebden Bridge beside the canal

Day 1. A short break in Calderdale

It was a long time since I last visited Hebden Bridge, a small market town nestled in the south Pennines, eight miles from Halifax.  We travelled there by car, making our first stop at Shibden Hall one mile outside Halifax.  This half timbered Tudor fronted house dating from 1420 is set in Shibden Park covering …

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River Arun, Littlehampton

Day 4. Littlehampton and Petworth House

The sun was streaming through the windows as we pulled back the curtains of our hotel room.  The Premier Inn Worthing had been a good choice with its seafront location and our three night stay had been very comfortable.  The Coastliner 700 bus service which we had used to get to and from Brighton continues …

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Setting off early one weekend we decided to visit Nostell Priory on the outskirts of Wakefield in West Yorkshire.  Approaching Wakefield we stopped off for breakfast rolls and coffee at the Union Rooms in Batley which is just around the corner from a Mill Outlet so we had a quick look in there before moving …

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Christmas at Lotherton Hall

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

The weather may have been dull and dreary but what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than to attend a festive event.  When an invitation dropped into my inbox to preview the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, I was excited to find out more. The Lotherton Estate is situated in the north of …

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