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Charming bed and breakfasts in the English countryside

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Heading to Britain, and looking to explore this country outside of the major cities? If so, you are in for a treat, as the charming towns and villages in this nation will earn a special place in your heart when you get to know them.

When staying in these rural areas, the following charming bed and breakfasts in the English countryside will be part of the reason why this trip here certainly won’t be your last.

1) Orchard Barn, Bridport

Put together everything you’ve ever considered when it comes to the dream bed and breakfast in the English countryside, and you’ll likely come up with something that looks like the Orchard Barn, which is located near the English countryside town of Bridport.

While this place inhabits a large country house, a separate wing for guests ensures privacy for those that crave it, while still permitting access to the Corbetts, the lovely couple that runs this place for much of the year. Spend your nights by a roaring fireplace with ample firewood standing at the ready, anticipating the gourmet English breakfast that will be waiting for you the following morning.

2) Brick House Farm, Buntingford

Want to stay on an actual working farm during your getaway to the English countryside? The appropriately named Brick House Farm will be an inspired choice for those seeking to check this desire of their bucket lists, as it mixes the elegance of a top line bed and breakfast with the authenticity of a farm that runs in the way it has for generations.

The agricultural bounty of this property inevitably finds it way into the first meal of the day, served in a lovely garden for one of the more romantic moments you will experience if you are traveling with your significant other.

Additionally, if the summer weather should get a touch sweltering, the on-site pool will grant the opportunity for refreshment, so don’t forget to pack a swimsuit!

3) Cherry Trees Bed and Breakfast, Chipping Campden

Situated smack in the midst of the Cotswolds, the Cherry Trees Bed and Breakfast makes for a great base to explore this region while having a place that feels like home to go back to at the end of the day. Located within easy walking distance of the postcard perfect country town of Chipping Campden, you won’t have to go far for many of your sightseeing adventures.

When the time comes to head back to this accommodation, you’ll love the daily tea and cookies, luxurious shower and bath in your ensuite, and the local knowledge and companionship of your hosts, Angie and Steve.

Key Stops On Britain’s Literary Trail

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The United Kingdom has given the world much over time: rock bands with a deft taste in lyrics and rhythm, the meditative pleasure of enjoying a spot of tea with a delightfully sweet treat as a counterbalance to the drink’s bitterness, the practice of driving on the left that thumbs its nose as the French and the Americans in one fell swoop.

One area though, where Britain has left its mark from generation to generation without fail, is in the department of creative writing. Ever since the Age of Enlightenment liberated the civilized world from the curtain of ignorance that was the Dark Ages, British authors and playwrights have been cranking out prose, plays, and novels that have inspired countless lovers of the written word throughout the world.

As much as you have enjoyed reading the literary genius of these savants, don’t you think it is time you took the next step and walked the ground upon which they tread in days gone by, desperately searching for the muse they needed to finish writing their tale? If you have the desire to do so, then book your plane ticket for the United Kingdom, as we have prepared an itinerary that will take you through the neighborhoods and backyards of three prominent British authors.

William Shakespeare: Stratford Upon Avon

Located in the English countryside a couple hundred kilometres northwest of London, the birthplace of William Shakespeare is practically a mandatory stop for all fans of literature. With the quaint surroundings of this provincial town dripping with inspiration for the aspiration for the budding wordsmith, William was born, raised, and met the love of his life here, before rising to fame as one of the greatest playwright’s in the history of the English language (he is even credited with the creation of many words, having coined them in his manuscripts).

Charles Dickens: London

As Britain was serving as the epicentre of the unfolding Industrial Revolution, the rapidly increasing economic inequality that resulted from it served as the backdrop for many of Charles Dicken’s works, which included the seminal tales of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist. Visiting the townhouse in the borough of Camden in the heart of London is a great way to get inside the head of this author, as this is the place where his wife’s sister tragically died in his arms as he wrote the latter work referenced above.

Remembering this, imagining the soot-filled air of 19th century London, along with the radical rich-poor divide that defined this point in history is the ideal way to not just learn about Dickens’ living arrangements, but to feel them as well.

J.K. Rowling: Edinburgh

Moving to the present day, the mantle of fine British authors of the past has been picked up these days by J.K. Rowling, author of the novellas making up the Harry Potter series. Living and writing against the backdrop of Edinburgh, where reminders of its medieval past were everywhere, this perpetually poor artist went for it and produced a fantastical series about a bunch of teenage witches and wizards in training, set against the backdrop of the modern world.

She lit the imaginations of the present young generation on fire, and she has been richly rewarded for it. Those looking to see the sights that inspired locations in the books and subsequent movies have many tour agencies willing to show them around places such as Gloustershire Cathedral, the London Zoo, and even the Elephant House in Edinburgh, where Ms. Rowling wrote the first lines of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Sights to See in London, England

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After negotiating a career break with your employer, you are set to go on six month odyssey through the most stylish, hip, storied, and elegant continent on this planet – Europe.  This land mass has thousands of years of history just waiting to be explored, decadent food to be savoured, and modern avant garde attractions to be appreciated. Read the rest of this entry

Celebrating A London Christmas In Style

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You and your partner absolutely adore Christmas.  The lavish decorations, sumptuous food, inspiring music, and of course, the mystery and surprise of gift-giving all get you tremendously excited at the arrival of the holiday season.  Recently though, you have been pining for a change to your Christmas routine.  You have lived in your current city for some time now and lately, you have started to fall into a rut with regards to your holiday activities. Read the rest of this entry

Things To Do In Bristol, UK

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Bristol is located in South West England. The population of Bristol is estimated at between 400 thousand and half a million people. Bristol is the sixth biggest city in England, and the eighth biggest city in the entire United Kingdom. Close to Bristol is the River Avon, and the water from this river goes into Bristol Channel. Read the rest of this entry