This past spring, we took a trip to England and stayed in Notting Hill, London, Cotswolds and Bath. We have a little vacation schedule where we take a major trip every other year. So, this year was merry old England. I did a bit of research before the trip since I’m the organizer, I feel that in a previous life I must have been a travel agent. With the help of several great websites, I was able to create a pretty fun trip. My husband is not too crazy about the whole city scene, so I had to plan half of the trip in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. So, let’s get beginning our fun adventure to England.
Notting Hill, London
We ended up using Uber throughout our stay in London since they picked us up curbside and it was about the same price as the Tube. While in the city we took a tour of the Tower of London. I bought an advance package through the great site, Viator.
Harry Potter Studio
We just had to take this photo!
Now off to the Cotswolds, and Stow-on-the-Wold.
Well, we arrived on a Bank Holiday, and we weren’t quite sure the buses from the train station were working. Luckily for us they were and we had a quick trip to our quaint rental cottage.
I’m on the social media app, Instagram and I have gotten to know a woman that has a rental cottage. We, of course, rented her adorable cottage and I felt like I was in the movie, “The Holiday!” Here is the link to her rental cottage: Loraine’s Cottage
Don’t you just picture sheep walking down this alley? Supposedly, if the towns have a big open square and wide streets, then it was a town that used to depend on sheep for its revenue. Stow-on-Wold had the big town square where the sheep were bought and sold.
Oh my, this restaurant was so great! I ordered a Salmon Pie and it was delish. The top was covered with yummy cheese that was broiled and crispy.
I found a tour guide who took us around the heart of the countryside. Ken did all the driving and talking, so it was a pleasant and less stressful way to view the quaint towns. We had a fabulous time with him for the day.
Don’t you just love this lovely thatched roof home? Ken our tour guide explained that the thatched roofs would sometimes allow insects to drop out of the ceiling. So, the canopy bed came in handy at keeping the critters away from the sleeping homeowners!
This is the beautiful town of Burton-on-the-Water. The day we visited it was packed with vacationers and tourists.
If any of you watch, “Downton Abbey” you may recognize the next couple of photos. This is the building that I believe the character, John Bates got into a brawl just outside the doors.
Bampton, A Downton Abbey Town
This is the small and cute town of Bampton. It is a very sleepy town and doesn’t look like a film crew would take over the streets and sights. Here is the church that they use for the show.
This Old Bampton rectory is used for the exterior shots of Isobel Crawley’s house. Ken was pretty in tuned with the filming schedule and the crew was due in the following week, so bummer for us that we didn’t get a chance to see the filming.
Ah, Warwick Castle. This site is a little cheesy, but our teenagers still enjoyed it. I signed up for their scary dungeon tour and boy, it was pretty scary. It was like walking through a haunted house, but you were participating in the tour! My daughter and I held on to each other the whole time! But, our teenage kids loved it and all of us had a fun day.
They had a conservatory that served tea and pastries. As you can see, it was so beautiful and serene. Peacocks roamed the gardens You can spy a teal and blue one on the hedge!
The famous Roman Baths. The day we went wasn’t too crowded, so we had a fabulous time. We were able to enjoy the audio tour that came with our tickets. I highly recommend using this interesting tour.
The Cresent is impressive and quite breathtaking! We just happened upon it while walking around town. I half expected to see a Jane Auten character show up on the one of these doorsteps.