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3 days outside London

Greetings from Berkeley California. My wife and I (mid 60s) and, our 30 year old niece who lives in London, are looking for a three day place to visit outside of London. We will be in London for 6 days and then be in Amsterdam for five days. In between, we have three days to explore a non-urban area. We will have a car, we like to walk, but not more than 5 miles in a day. We like food so someplace with eating options is a plus. This is my first trip to London, so i havent been anywhere. Thanks for your thoughts, Elena

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Lol Nick. The Cotswolds are popular with tourists for a reason. We stayed in a cottage in Lower Slaughter for a week several years ago and still didn't see everything we wanted to see. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Lol Nick. The Cotswolds are popular with tourists for a reason.

Ah but only because many don't know of the alternatives. I'll takes walks along the Dorset coast over The Cotswolds every time.

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We went to Leeds Castle in Kent this summer and loved it. You can stay on the property. I would suggest a 2-night stay. The restaurant there is amazing. With a car, you could explore the Kent Countryside or go down to Rye in East Sussex which is a pretty cobbled town. Canterbury is an hour away. I will say the Cotswolds is popular for a reason, and you could also do Oxford and Stonehenge going in that direction.


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I too wouldn’t head to the Cotswolds (bit of a theme here from the Brits vs Americans).

I would look at the New Forest - take a day trip to the Isle of Wight, visit Beaulieu Motor Museum and Buckler’s Hard (maritime museum), plenty tea shops, walks and wild ponies or north Norfolk - lovely flat coastal path walks and boat trips to see the seals. I have just booked a holiday today to Norfolk.

The Suffolk coast around Southwold or Aldeburgh is wonderful too.

Rye would also be a good option - you can visit Canterbury for the day from here.

I presume your niece has some suggestions?