I’ve had a really exciting few weeks. Mainly work related but also one of those phases when everything just seems to be doing well and kind of… working. Maybe it’s turning 30? Maybe it’s timing. Either way, I wanted to mark the occasion and the end of Summer, so I took off for a mid week countryside escape with my friend, and photographer, Abbie who has just moved from NYC. If you know me, you know I love cars, driving and road trips. I also just happen to love the British countryside. We tasked ourselves with finding the sweetest little town in all of England and you’ll see, we succeeded. Somewhere between Cheltenham and Bath, en route to our second hotel, we stumbled upon Castle Combe. Unsurprisingly, the backdrop for many movies and a must see on your next road trip.
I have friends over at MGallery who gave us the opportunity to experience three of their country properties, and along with Mini, we set off to explore Cheltenham, Bath and Windsor (yes, Royal Wedding memorabilia is still hanging). MGallery by Sofitel is a collection of luxury boutique hotels that combine luxury with unique culture and history. Each property has it’s own little personality and deep rooted local history. They have hotels all over the world, each of which are quaint in the way that they merge into the local surroundings and micro culture and are all perfectly situated in the heart and centre of each town.
We started our trip at Queens Hotel in Cheltenham. Smack bang in the centre of town, the hotel has a a deep history and has been standing for over 170 years. A favourite little quirk is the original Pugin wallpaper, who was a famous figure in 19th century architecture and design. The food is also delicious, the staff are divine and it’s a quick and easy trip out of London. Perfect for a weekender.
From here, we moved on to Bath. Bath is truly one of the most picturesque towns I’ve found in England and obviously famous for it’s Roman baths. The Francis Hotel again sits in the most perfect position in the centre of the town and has a rich history, having been standing since it was opened by Soloman Francis in 1858. The interiors are modern and the staff are again, delightful.
Finally, we set off for the Castle Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the cheerful town of Windsor, where British flags fly and the pub across the road is named the Prince Harry!. This is the destination for those looking for the really patriotic British experience, castle and all. We had the most delicious high tea and champagne, to boot. A perfect end to our little getaway.
If you are visiting England, I always recommend you take a few days in the countryside to see the real way, the Brits I so adore, live. Taking a few days mid week is nice as it’s quieter on the roads and little streets… it also makes for a better picture. I think you’ll love these hotels and the journey along the way… xHermione.
If you are visiting England, I always recommend you take a few days in the countryside to see the real way, the Brits I so adore, live.