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quaint village on way to Bath

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quaint village on way to Bath

Not sure which area of England to post this. Booked a B & B in London for 3 days then picking up our car at Heathrow early in the morning so we can be at Windsor Castle when they open. I then want to visit Highclere in the afternoon (checked there website & they are open when I am visiting). If I do not get in that day I would like to stay somewhere not too far away so I can attempt to get in the next morning. I would like to stay in a quaint village in a B & B since this is our first time in England & we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary.

If I cannot get in I was thinking of visiting Avebury Stone Circle in the afternoon. From there we plan on visiting Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Wells, & Bath, & then go to the Cotswolds for a few days before heading North to York & then Scotland. I was thinking of not booking anything ahead of time since I do not know if I will get into Highclere, but it is a Friday heading into the weekend. Just do not know how busy a travel season it is in England the weekend after Easter.

Thanks for any advise you can give me.

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1. Re: quaint village on way to Bath

It's a bit out of your way, but Bibury might be the sort of thing you're looking for.

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Depends on how far away you are happy to be, but the New Forest would be perfect. Many unspoilt villages,horses wandering around you, and very quiet if you get away from places like Brockenhurst. From the north of the area it is probably about 45 minutes to the castle. It is also a good place then to carry onto Salisbury and to do Stonehenge(and Avebury, which most 'locals' actually prefer as there is a bit more to it) Stay a night somewhere around Old Sarum and do Avebury the following morning and then go to Bath. It is worth at least a night, there is a fair bit to do.

Edited: 3:20 am, April 05, 2014
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3. Re: quaint village on way to Bath

Forgot to mention that you should try and go into Salisbury properly, see the cathedral and the like, the center is very nice.

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I think you'll find that Highclere tickets are sold out for the whole of 2014. BTW "quaint" is not really used as a serious description of a place in the UK, it's tends to be used more mockingly (if it's used at all). "Picturesque" is probably the word you're looking for and will stop people sniggering.

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'Quaint' is not a word to use - particularly if speaking to people who live their everyday lives in places that you might erroneously descibe as 'quaint'

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7. Re: quaint village on way to Bath

Thank you to those of you that suggested some picturesque places to stay. I will research those villages.

Sorry if I offended some people by using quaint, I didn't mean too.

Looking forward to our stay in your lovely country.

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8. Re: quaint village on way to Bath

nothing wrong with the expression 'quaint' so don't worry.

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9. Re: quaint village on way to Bath

We recently (two weeks ago) stayed in a beautiful small village that is within driving distance of several of the places you mentioned. The village is Beckington, and the B&B is the Old Parsonage House. I haven't reviewed it yet, or I'd link to my review, but we loved everything about it-- the village, the people who run it, the rooms, the breakfasts, the excellent service.

The Bath park and ride was a 15-minute drive from there, a beautiful drive. On another day we went to Glastonbury in the morning (also a beautiful drive), about 30 minutes away, and then to Wells for the afternoon, another 15 minutes drive. Avebury, Bradford-on-Avon, and Longleat are also very close. We spent another day in Lacock (a beautiful village), which is around 25 minutes away. We didn't drive to Salisbury, as we had been there in the fall, but I think it's supposed to be about 35 minutes away.

We absolutely loved staying in a beautiful place, in a quiet village, with lovely, short drives every morning to the places we wanted to go. Look at the reviews for the Old Parsonage House in Beckington, and feel free to PM me if you have other questions.

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10. Re: quaint village on way to Bath

I am surprised you liked Beckington tbh. Much too busy IMO to have that countryside feeling. If you are happy staying that close to Bath anyway-it is only about 25 mins max from Beckington, even in peak traffic at Limpley Stoke Viaduct- try somewhere quieter like Wellow.