It’s the land of Shakespeare, William Wallace, C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen. It’s a place where seascapes, gardens, green hills and castles abound. The countries of England, Scotland and Wales contain magical history and hospitality.
A trip to England, Wales and Scotland is a journey of excitement and history. You’ll find historic homes, castles, meticulous gardens, museums and stunning scenery. Your preference might be to base in the main cities of London, Cardiff and Edinburgh and include a few day trips out of town. Perhaps you want to go into the countryside; off the beaten path and explore England’s Lake District or spend your time enjoying the beauty of Wales. With so many wonderful possibilities, travelers can hardly go wrong.
Distinguished travel writer Karen Brown has spent a great deal of time exploring the United Kingdom, and has created a variety of travel itineraries for visitors to England, Scotland and Wales. These treks, detailed on her popular website – Karen Brown’s World of Travel, include maps and both popular and unique attractions. Her readers also have voted and selected the following lodgings as the best in the region:
Romance abounds at Gilpin Lodge in England’s Lake District. This charming hotel, surrounded by 20 acres of gardens, woodlands and moors, won the Karen Brown Readers’ Choice Award for “Most Romantic” lodging in England, Wales and Scotland. The spacious rooms and suites are elegantly appointed and each is different, with charming views of the gardens and moors. Breakfasts and dinners can be enjoyed in one of the restaurant’s four dining rooms, and afternoon tea is served in the lounge. In-room spa treatments can be arranged, as well. You can wander to grounds on a grand country walk or visit the homes of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.
Bolhays, a lovely Victorian bed and breakfast in the appealing English town of Salisbury, is the recipient of the Karen Brown Readers’ Choice Award for England, Wales and Scotland’s for “Warmest Welcome.” The two guest rooms are picture perfect English country retreats, and the marvelous homemade breakfasts are the perfect start to a day that might include a trip to Stonehenge or the famed Salisbury Cathedral. Your innkeepers, a warm and helpful sister-duo, are full of helpful information for travelers.
If budget is a consideration, and these days it often is, consider a stay at Meadowland in the famous English town of Bath. Voted England, Wales and Scotland’s “Greatest Value” by Karen Brown readers, this English country home is just a 15-minute walk to the main part of Bath. The innkeepers strive to make their guests feel welcome, and home’s elegant ambiance is just right. Breakfasts are homemade and hearty and often include specialties from innkeeper Catherine Andrew’s native Scotland. Bath, a World Heritage Site, is full of interesting things to do and day trips include treks to the Cotswold villages or the cathedral towns of Salisbury and Wells.
Karen Brown readers have voted and chosen England’s Chewton Glen as Great Britain’s best “Splendid Splurge.” Located on a 130-acre country estate, Chewton Glen offers exceptional accommodations, fine dining, spa services and plenty of activities for its guests. There is a nine-hole golf course, a croquet lawn, tennis courts, a swimming pool and horse-back riding is available. Each of the many suites and rooms is different — the dcor in some is contemporary and elegant English country in others. You could spend your entire vacation happily enjoying all the hotel’s amenities, but there are plenty of nearby historic homes to visit, as well as gardens, churches and pubs.
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