My Trip to England: The Cotswolds

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I have wanted to travel to England since I was a little girl.  Literally, since the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.  I remember watching the wedding on TV and dreaming of what it would be like to visit England.
The gardens at The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe

I finally got my wish!  I recently returned from a trip to the UK where I visited the Cotswolds and London.  My good friend, Sarah, is an expert at traveling on a dime, and she was the catalyst behind this trip - and I couldn't be more grateful to her for helping this dream of mine come true!  (I'll be sharing some budget-friendly travel tips in a future post - so watch for that!)

Since this is the week of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my trip with you...

Let's begin with the Cotswolds, shall we?

Once we arrived at Heathrow, we headed on a bus out to Bath, where we stayed for the first few days of our trip.  (More on Bath later too.)

The following morning, we were up early for a bus tour of the Cotswolds.
We used a tour company called Mad Max Tours which I highly recommend. 
Mad Max has several different tours all of which begin in Bath.  They use mini busses so the groups are small, and the busses can travel back roads which normal tour busses can't use.  That way you get a much more personal and up-close look at the areas you are touring.

The tour includes pre-recorded audio of interesting historical information about each area, and our tour guide was a wealth of information and very funny as well.  He made the trip very enjoyable.

Now for some eye candy....
Castle Combe

Castle Combe

My friend and travel-companion Sarah and me in Castle Combe

Castle Combe

This over-the-street wonky old house in Castle Combe made me smile

Cottage after gorgeous cottage throughout the Cotswolds

The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe

The gardens at the Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe

The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe

A Park in Bibury

The cottages in Bibury were stunning


A view of Arlington Row in Bibury

The Swan Hotel in Bibury



Bourton-on-the-Water is a gorgeous village set along the river Windrush



Tetbury (We loved finding the most comical names of places - and The Snooty Fox was right up there on our list)

The rear entrance of the property belonging to the Duke of Beaufort

Read about the rest of my trip:

Part II:  Bath
Part III:  London
Part IV: Windsor



Kim said...

Thanks for sharing, I have always wanted to go there myself! It is so charming I think I am going to melt!

Unknown said...

I'm so glad you love the Cotswolds. I am lucky enough to live there. Bath is gorgeous too. Enjoy the rest of your trip to England x

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