I met three great friends while studying abroad in London and we're returning for a 10 year reunion in 2016.
After our initial stop in London we would like to stay in the countryside for Christmas. I've found loads of adorable country homes but I'm not sure which city/town to choose. Here are our specs:
Thank you for your help!
I spent some time in the charming little town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire with a friend's family. Not too small, but definitely a countryside haven. There are walks all around the town, which dates back to the 17th century and has amazing bridges and canals, as well as charming bars set on farmland. Halifax (West Yorkshire) is close, and York and Leeds are an easy day drive away.
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Hey Hannah, the area of Keighley and especially Haworth are great countryside places in Yorkshire. Haworth is where the Bronte sisters are from (or grew up?) so there is a lot of history there and a lot of great cafes and pubs. Also at Christmas they have a candlelight parade and brass bands.
I think a perfect place for you would be the Cotswolds. Take a look at Chipping Common, Minchinhampton, Bourton on the Water or Stow on the Wold. The area is close enough to London and Oxford, is very pretty and every town and village has a nice pub. We usually book a Rural Retreats cottage; www.ruralretreats.co.uk - you will find a cottage for your size group with great facilities and a lovely welcome hamper, fire ready to light, good linens and decent toiletries. If it snows the Cotswolds is magical!