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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 up images of trees and stately nature. This country retreat boasts sumptuous bedrooms and outstanding cuisine, to be savoured in the grand atmosphere of Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park or in the less formal setting of The Brasserie. Luxuriate in The Spa, enjoy a beautiful horse ride over the estate, take a one-day course in our cookery school or simply enjoy the 202 hectares of gardens and the magnificent avenue of 400 lime and beech trees planted in 1827. If you want to venture out of this retreat, the lovely city of Bath is just 9 km away, but most who leave Lucknam Park find themselves wanting to return very soon. ... 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 amongst its visitors. It is here that you will find Whatley Manor, a beautiful private manor house hotel, set in 12 acres of English country gardens. The world-class Aquarias Spa features a bubbling hydrotherapy pool, with views out onto woodland covered with masses of bluebells and foxgloves. As for the kitchen garden, the fragrant herbs give the finishing touch to chef Niall Keating’s innovative dishes in both the award-worthy Dining Room and in Grey's Brasserie; the more laid back foodie experience. ... 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 Oakham — 1 Night
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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 the heart of the Midlands, in Rutland. England’s smallest county is also home to the largest artificial lake in Europe. A geographical detail which further enhances the seductive powers of this hotel 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 décor and the cuisine that is quite simply unique. When departing this magnificent setting, each guest has 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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4 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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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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5 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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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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