I'm new to this site, but was looking for help from anyone here that might be a seasoned England/Wales traveler.
My wife and I are planning a trip to England in late May or early June this year. We went to England about 5 years ago, but made mistakes that we don’t want to repeat. For that first trip, I was overly enthusiastic and wanted to see everything possible. That included London (5 days), Salisbury (Stonehenge), Bath, various sights around the Cotswolds, Nottingham, Chester, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, etc. We rented a car at the airport as we departed London, and because of my crazy desire to see as much as humanly possible spent the majority of the rest of our trip on the road. There was not sufficient time left for us to really see the places we visited.
This time we think we would like to limit our trip to two or three destinations, but ones with some significant diversity. For brevity I’ll bullet some of the things we would prefer, but any help/suggestions/advice will be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone reads this post that is a resident of England or Wales, I’m eager to hear your take on this.
- Unbelievable as it was, we don’t plan to revisit London
- We will probably fly into London because of the convenience and fares, but
would consider anywhere else that might be better
Tentatively would like to stay in Cornwall/Devon, Wales (maybe north), and somewhere in
the Lake District
(1) A seaside cottage or small hotel in Cornwall or Devon would be great
(2) Preferably a small fairy-tale like village in Wales that time seems
to have missed
(3) Possibly somewhere with farm like accommodations in
the Lake District.
Would like to make as much of the travel between sleeping destinations as possible by train.
Would plan on renting a car at sleeping destinations (if possible) to allow for local sightseeing trips
Need places with en suite bathrooms, ability to walk to pubs or cafes, as much charm as possible
I hope advice of this magnitude is not too much to ask of members of this forum. Please help if you will. Thank you!