Castle Combe, a Fairytale Village in England
While we were staying at The Pig near Bath, we had two days of which to explore the countryside. I actually googled “pretty towns near Bath,” and Castle Combe popped right up, boasting the title of the most beautiful village in England. It is regularly used as a filming location, and coming from Hollywood, I would swear I was on the backlot of Paramount—not in an actual town where people live. Only a 45-minute drive from our hotel, it was the perfect drive through The Cotswolds—albeit, on the wrong side of the road—through magical forests and open pastures.
Like something out of a fairytale, Castle Combe was the journey and also the destination. We parked the car, set out on foot, and when “two roads diverged in a [yellow] wood,” thankfully I had read the poem, and dragged my husband down the inconspicuous entrance to what was revealed as The Manor House, a five-star country house hotel! Originally built in the 14th century to replace a Norman Castle, The Manor House had many Lords of the Manor, including Sir John Oldcastle, depicted as Sir John Falstaff in the Shakespeare play Henry IV.
The staff of The Manor House was very hospitable, and welcomed us to roam the gardens, and have a drink in the Full Glass Bar, where we later learned, is where Margaret Thatcher sat and wrote her memoirs.
Not every travel day goes like this when we decide to wing it, but it served as a reminder that sometimes you get really lucky, and life unfolds surprises that you could have never dreamed of. So without further ado, I invite you to come along for the ride.
Once upon a time…
6 thoughts on “Castle Combe: The Most Beautiful Village in England”
Oh, Molly, can we move there now? Right away? Tomorrow? Will you and Dave come? Thank you for this beautiful photographic illustration of my DREAM, and for providing me with my next vacation idea. Absolutely gorgeous!
Isn’t it just spectacular?! I can’t wait to go back to that side of the world! If you go, I’m coming in your suitcase!! xo
Looks like a magical experience few of us are lucky enough to encounter! When I pass, I’m coming back as you!
Absolutely spectacular and enchanting! Because you take the best photos that show off every place to best advantage, can I put in a request for you to visit places more north which I have always loved the best, like Yorkshire (Brontë country!) and of course my best-loved (outside of Hvar) Scotland? I’ll have to hang those prints on my walls. So excited to see you next week and hear all about everything in person!!
HOLY GORGEOUSNESS! What a magical place!