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Buckinghamshire, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, the country road crosses through landscapes where charming little villages nestle in valleys. On your journey, indulge in some British history, revisit the works of Shakespeare, and explore the grounds of some elaborate country estates so beautiful that they have been used in television series and famous films. Visit manor houses and castles in a BMW 8 Series and relive the golden age of British aristocracy over an all-important afternoon tea!
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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1 Buckinghamshire — 1 Night
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Hartwell House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

Buckinghamshire - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Hartwell House, one of England’s stately homes just forty miles north west of London. Hartwell House is a picture-book country house set within magnificent landscaped grounds. While the actual building dates from the 17th century, the history of the property itself, once host to the court of Louis XVIII in exile, goes back to Edward the Confessor, almost one thousand years ago. Its architecture bears the traces of successive periods and styles, from the rococo marble chimneypieces to the baroque style of the grand hall, and yet retains an elegant integrity. Its opulent rooms, with their high ceilings and period furniture, are perfect examples of quintessential English charm. ... Learn moreless

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Coombe Hill Walk

Coombe Hill Walk

Enjoy a breath of fresh air just a few kilometers northwest of London! Offering panoramic views of the Vale of Aylesbury and the Chilterns, this rural walk is an enjoyable one. Stroll among butterflies and wild flowers in summer, or admire the winter landscapes when the weather turns cold. In the distance, you can make out the country house of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Chequers.

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Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild family's country house

Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild family's country house

A manor house of exquisite sophistication dating from the 19th century, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, who wanted a country house incorporating architectural elements of Renaissance chateaus found in the Loire Valley. Inside you’ll find exceptional furniture originating from French chateaus, walls adorned with famous paintings, and various collections displayed across 100 rooms in the house. A real gem!

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

Leamington Spa - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. Not far from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Mallory Court is charming for its understated beauty and dedicated staff. This country manor house cultivates British elegance down to the slightest detail, from the perfectly mown lawns to the organic herb garden and traditional herbaceous borders. This is an ideal place to restore yourself. Another must is a visit to the house where Shakespeare was born. Perhaps a woodland creature will whisper into your ear a verse composed by the great bard himself: “With this field-dew consecrate, Every fairy take his gait”, so that your time here will forever remain a memory like a midsummer night’s dream. ... Learn moreless

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Warwick Castle, over 1,000 years of history

Warwick Castle, over 1,000 years of history

On the banks of the Avon, Warwick Castle is an example of a medieval fortress built in 914 that is still standing today. Towers, ramparts, dungeons, and ceremonial pieces feature in festivals and other special events that Warwick Castle organizes to help bring the monument to life.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace

Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace

Indissociable from the English writer Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is where the author of King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet was born in 1564. This charming, characterful town of half-timbered houses – most of them dating back to the 16th century – attracts plenty of tourists, and is a popular port of call for those wanting to reacquaint themselves with the work of English playwright William Shakespeare. To be or not to be? You decide!

Chipping Campden, a picturesque market town in the Cotswolds

Chipping Campden, a picturesque market town in the Cotswolds

The picturesque Cotswolds town of Chipping Campden is still home to handsome buildings dating from the 14th to the 17th century. The High Street, Market Hall, and William Grevel’s House all bear witness to the town's rich past, which prospered due to the wool trade.

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3 Buckland near Broadway — 1 Night
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Buckland Manor

Buckland near Broadway - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in a village. Set next to a 13th Century church and nestled amidst 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 surroundings of timeless beauty and elegance where crackling log fires warm the cosy lounges then you will be able to expend some energy on the tennis court or try your hand at horse riding, hunting and hiking. Savour its top hospitality, fine wines and exquisite food whether a sumptuous dinner or a light alfresco lunch amidst glorious vistas where the sun falls on honeyed stone. With its air of classic English charm, it’s your perfect few days away and popular for exclusive house parties. ... Learn moreless

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Broadway Tower, the highest castle in the Cotswolds

Broadway Tower, the highest castle in the Cotswolds

A perfect example of a folly, Broadway Tower is the work of the famous landscape architect Capability Brown, who created it in the 18th century. Built on three floors, the tower now holds exhibitions about its history, and was used as a vantage point during the Second World War. Today, you can go up on the roof to enjoy breathtaking views of nature all around!

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Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

Surrounded by the glorious Cotswolds hills, Sudeley Castle is set within landscaped parkland spanning over 480 hectares and enriched with more than 1,000 years of history. The final resting place of Catherine Parr, wife and widow of Henry VIII, is also significant in the history of the Tudor dynasty. The elegantly restored and well-tended gardens are a haven of peace and a delight to explore when the sun comes out.

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4 Bath — 1 Night
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The Bath Priory

Bath - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in town. Ivy climbs up the Georgian sandstone of The Bath Priory, a charming manor built in 1835 nestled in the gardens of a former priory. Lilac, Heather and Hyacinth are among the lovely flower names given to the rooms whose decor offer a splendid blend of modern fabrics and antique furniture. Sheltered by low walls, the herb garden is just a hint of the delicious aromas you will soon savour. Crossing Royal Victoria Park, you are only steps from the historic centre of Bath, where you can stroll among Georgian architecture and visit the Roman baths. But the most beautiful bath awaits your return at The Garden Spa by L’Occitane. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge decorated with paintings and works of art. ... Learn moreless

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Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park

The stunning baroque manor house of Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire is set in an ancient deer park dating back to the 17th century. Spanning more than 110 hectares and complete with lake, orchard, and centuries-old trees, William Blathwayt’s former country house is now home to furniture, works of art, and an important collection of Delft pottery. Owned by the National Trust since 1951, Dyrham Park is featured in The Remains of the Day starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor

American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor

Built in 1820, Claverton Manor is located near Bath. It is currently home to a museum devoted to American art. Don’t miss the delightful garden, which is well worth exploring too! Extremely popular with the British public, this museum also set out to strengthen relations between American and the United Kingdom.

Bartlett Street Antiques Centre

Bartlett Street Antiques Centre

Anyone into antiques and collectibles of any kind won’t want to miss this! From jewelery to paintings via Japanese tea ceremony utensils, it offers something for everyone! An essential destination when staying in the city of Bath, Bartlett Street Antiques Centre is an Aladdin's cave!

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5 Newbury — 1 Night
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The Vineyard

Newbury - United Kingdom

Hotel and restaurant in the country. The Vineyard has been described as a temple to Californian wine. Just outside Newbury, about an hour from London, it certainly deserves its reputation and more. The cellar holds over 30,000 wines from both the New and Old Worlds, as well as the unique and award-winning estate wines of the owner, Sir Peter Michael. At the helm of the kitchen is Robby Jenks, an inspirational chef that takes local, sustainable and seasonal produce to deliver a triumphant blend of old world taste and new world values. Recreating classical dishes using modern techniques, Robby delivers a simple but perfect dining experience. The hotel lives up to expectations, too: traditional bedrooms, spacious contemporary suites, spa and a private art collection to die for, make it a delightful retreat for gourmands and the curious alike. ... Learn moreless

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Deanwood Park Golf Club in Berkshire

Deanwood Park Golf Club in Berkshire

Not far from historic Newbury, this 18-hole golf course is a real pleasure for those who want to practice their swing on the green. A game of golf at Deanwood Park Golf Club in the charming county of Berkshire is a joy!

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Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey

Enjoyed the television series? Relive the golden age of the English aristocracy by visiting this very castle where the Downton Abbey series was filmed! The magnificent castle with its intricate stone carvings reaching into the Berkshire sky has belonged to the Carnarvon family since the 17th century and is surrounded by 400 hectares of sublime parkland! What are you waiting for?

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