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My Route du Bonheur

From Avebury to Rutland Water, journey into the history of the kingdom

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From the megaliths of Avebury to the lake of Rutland Water, via the birthplace of Shakespeare, this route, which takes us through bucolic countryside and vast and sumptuous estates, promises a cross-section of British history. ‘All the world’s a stage,’ wrote Macbeth’s author…
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1 Colerne-near Bath — 1 Night
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Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Colerne near Bath - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Lucknam Park — the very name conjures images of trees and stately nature. This country retreat boasts sumptuous guest rooms and outstanding cuisine, to be savoured in the grand atmosphere of Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones or in the contemporary Brasserie.Luxuriate at the ESPA spa, enjoy horse riding on the 200 hectares of parkland covering the estate, take a one-day course at the cookery school or simply enjoy the gardens and the magnificent avenue of 400 lime and beech trees planted in 1827. If you wish to venture out of this retreat, the lovely city of Bath is just 15 kilometres away. ... Learn moreless

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Corsham Court, Wiltshire

Corsham Court, Wiltshire

The foundations of this imposing Elizabethan manor house dates back to the mid 16th century, but it was two centuries later that Paul Methuen discovered the more classical contours and decided to house his incredible collection of paintings. Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Veronese, Rubens and Van Dyck are still on display to the delight of visitors. A tour here extends into the gardens of the estate, where you can walk among the peacocks. 

Roman Baths and Circus, Bath

Roman Baths and Circus, Bath

The first spa in England, Bath already had natural hot water before the construction of its first thermal baths by the Romans. Used for nearly four centuries, the baths were then neglected and forgotten. It was finally the arrival of Queen Anne in the early 18th century that made Bath a fashionable water city. The incredible Roman baths were also rediscovered in 1870. 

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Discover the monoliths of Avebury

Discover the monoliths of Avebury

Less known than the famous megalithic Stonehenge, the Avebury site comprises some hundred monoliths erected on nearly 11 ha. Erected around 2500 BC. AD, the Avebury Stone Circle was likely a sacred site, and most of its stones were shattered by superstitious villagers. Located near High St., the Alexander Keiller Museum provides insight into the construction of this old circle.

Crinolines of the Fashion Museum, Bath

Crinolines of the Fashion Museum, Bath

It would be ideal to be able to (re)read Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen here, a novel which so admirably describes the atmosphere of the Assembly Rooms. In the ballroom in the basement of this prestigious building, a stunning costume collection traces the history of 16th century fashion to modern times. Corsets, crinolines and dresses of all kinds are on display in a museum that brings together nearly 30,000 original pieces.

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2 Malmesbury — 1 Night
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Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa

Malmesbury - United Kingdom

Restaurant and hotel in the country. Two hours from London, the Cotswolds is an enchanting world of wide-open countryside and honey-coloured stone buildings, known as the Heart of England because of the emotion that it inspires among its visitors.It is here where you will find Whatley Manor, a beautiful private manor house hotel set in twelve acres of English country gardens. The world-class Aquarias Spa features a bubbling hydrotherapy pool with views over woodlands — a wonderfully natural setting where you can take in the fragrance of wild flowers. The kitchen garden provides fragrant herbs that add the finishing touch to chef Niall Keating’s innovative dishes in both the Michelin-starred Dining Room and Grey’s Brasserie. The Green Room is a relaxed space to enjoy small plates as you watch the chefs in action while seated around a central island. ... Learn moreless

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Benedictine Abbey of Malmesbury

Benedictine Abbey of Malmesbury

We can no longer distinguish the nave and the former southern gate of the ancient abbey of Malmesury, and yet the building remains very impressive for those who visit. With construction beginning in the 12th century, the famous abbey remains associated with the scholar Saint Aldhelm (shown in a window) and the great historian William of Malmesbury. It was here in the 11th century that a monk experienced one of the first flights, springing from the top of a tower on a hang glider. 

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The pastoral world of the Cotswolds

The pastoral world of the Cotswolds

Teaming with farmers and wool merchants, the Cotswolds are a stunning pastoral universe. The mansions, farms, "wool churches" and sheep pasture paddocks were all built in typical Jurassic limestone. Wild vegetation has spread over some of the hills once covered by sheep. This part of rural England still seems to live in another time. 

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3 Leamington Spa — 1 Night
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Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa

Leamington Spa - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. On the doorstep of Warwick Castle, a mere 10 minutes away from the house where William Shakespeare was born, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Mallory Court stands like a midsummer night’s dream.With understated beauty and a dedicated staff, this country manor house cultivates British elegance down to the slightest detail, from the perfectly tended lawns to the organic herb garden and traditional herbaceous borders. Elan Spa is an ideal place to rejuvenate yourself. Opened in early 2017, it sits in a sheltered wooded area. Screened from the hotel by trees, on the far side of Mallory’s rose gardens, the spa provides a natural, secluded setting for relaxation.With the Cotswolds also within easy reach, Mallory Court is the perfect base from which to explore this designated area of natural beauty. ... Learn moreless

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Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon

The owner of the home where Shakespeare was born destroyed it in 1759 to put a stop to visits from admirers! Completely rebuilt in the 19th century in the typical Tudor architecture style, the house nevertheless continues to draw a crowd from around the world today. Certain original editions of his work are also presented there. As for the rest, William Shakespeare's life remains a mystery to many historians. 

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Located along the Avon, this old Norman castle fort is part of an impressive Victorian property. Opened to visitors by the counts of Warwick themselves, this castle has been open to the public since the late 19th century. Medieval ancient apartments, the Great Hall and Staterooms are beautifully adorned with weapons, armor, and period furniture. In various rooms, many wax figures evoke the history of the place.

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Hambleton Hall

Oakham - Rutland - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant on a lake. A Victorian house elegantly converted into a prestigious hotel, Hambleton Hall is hidden away in Rutland, in the heart of the Midlands. England’s smallest county is also home to the largest artificial lake in Europe. It is a geographical detail further enhancing the seductive powers of this hotel, which is perched on a hill overlooking the water.You will appreciate the incomparable hospitality of Tim and Stefa Hart and succumb to the charms of the sumptuous interior decor and the cuisine that is quite simply unique. When departing this magnificent setting, you will have only one thing in mind: to return as soon as possible for another interlude of calm and well-being. ... Learn moreless

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Birdwatching on Rutland Water

Birdwatching on Rutland Water

With a surface area of just over 10km2, Rutland Water is the largest artificial lake in the United Kingdom. Completed in 1976, this freshwater reservoir is now bordered by many protected habitats. It has become a major wild bird sanctuary, both for migratory bird species and for birds that winter here, which we can watch from the shores.

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Discover Burghley House, Peterborough

Discover Burghley House, Peterborough

This amazing castle belonged to Sir William Cecil (1520-1598), the highly influential Lord High Treasurer to Elizabeth I. It is even said that he designed the plans himself. The stately home features finely worked chimneys and pinnacles that tower high into the sky and is today home to an impressive collection of paintings. The Hell Staircase and the Heaven Room painted in the 17th century by the Italian Antonio Verrio are worth the trip alone.

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5 Buckland near Broadway — 1 Night
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Buckland Manor

Buckland near Broadway - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in a village. Nestled amid beautiful gardens, Buckland Manor is one of the finest manor houses in the Cotswolds and a unique retreat for peace and reflection. If not relaxing in the surroundings of timeless beauty and elegance, where crackling log fires warm the cosy lounges, you can always burn up some energy on the tennis court or try your hand at horse riding, hunting and hiking into the vicinity area.Savour top hospitality, fine wines and exquisite food — be it a sumptuous dinner or a light al fresco lunch — amid glorious vistas where the sun falls on honeyed stone. With its air of classic English charm, Buckland Manor offers an idyllic spot for a few days away or an exclusive event. ... Learn moreless

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The garden “rooms” of Hidcote Manor

The garden “rooms” of Hidcote Manor

Designed by Lawrence Johnstone, these beautiful gardens were created in the 1910s as a series of "rooms" in the open. Each has a beauty rivaling the previous. Even today, this enchanting maze is extensive at more than 5 hectares and consists of various plants, colorful flowers and aromatic herbs, remaining one of the most beautiful gardens in Britain. Twelve gardeners and dozens of volunteers work here year round, diving their time between topiaries, stream, trees and hedges. 

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The tradition of Chastleton House

The tradition of Chastleton House

Owned by the same family between 1612 and 1991, Charleston House has crossed the decades without major changes. It is this respect for tradition and the unique mark of the past that led the National Heritage Memorial Fund to acquire this large house, still dominated by massive towers. Its furniture and period pieces, stables and a French garden provide an exceptional testimony to England in the 17th century.

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