This past weekend I took a spontaneous day trip to a tiny little village in Wilshire in the Cotswolds called Castle Combe. It’s about an hour and a half drive from London and was rated ‘The Prettiest Village in England’ here.
I would have to agree, it was stunning. Tucked in a little corner by a hill with a river running through it, with swans sun bathing on the bank of it and free honey tasting from the local beehives, it doesn’t get much prettier or picturesque than that. The population is only 350 people so it is very small, but you can easily spend several hours wandering the mnostly car-free streets, with the locals saying hi to you (very un-London!) and talking your ear off about how gorgeous the setting is.
But it got even better.
Tucked away secretly down a long driveway and behind a gate is a truly stunning 14th century hotel, the Manor House. It is the most gorgeous building I’ve ever seen, in the most gorgeous setting I’ve ever been in. Honestly, it was beyond spectacular and took my breath away.
All in all, I can’t wait to go back. I highly recommend either staying at the hotel, which I didn’t get a chance to do, or spending a good few hours wandering the corridors, checking out all the nooks and crannies of a building built in the 1300’s, and having afternoon tea on the croquet lawn, if the weather is nice enough. The hotel restaurant is also Michelin starred and looks amazing, I wish I had a chance to try it.
If you’re in England, please make the journey to see this place. It is absolutely worth it.