This trek to the farthest reaches of England at Land's End will take you through the mysterious plains of Dartmoor, a remote, windswept marshland steeped in myths and legends of headless horsemen and demonic dogs. Sites along the way include mystifying Stonehenge.
Transfer to your hotel
You can take a taxi or the public bus to the city.
The hotel with 20 comfortable rooms stands in a row of a Georgian houses in Upper Berkeley Street. The shops on Oxford Street, Hyde Park, and the Marble Arch underground station are all just a few minuteswalk away. The centerpiece of the hotel is an elegant lounge with an open fireplace. The attentive staff will be glad to assist with the planning of daily activities.
The capital of Great Britain and the Commonwealth is one of the most vibrant and exciting metropolises on earth. The 7.5 million inhabitants within its city limits make London the largest city in the European Union. Ever since it was founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago, the city on the banks of the Thames has been a cosmopolitan mix of cultures and religions. Famous landmarks include the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace among many others, not to mention such famous institutions as the British Museum, the National Gallery and Madame Tussaud's. London is also one of the music capitals of the world, offering numerous venues for every type of music from classical performances in the Royal Albert Hall to electronic trends presented in the pubs of Soho.
Rental car pick-up
Type: Ford Focus 1,6 or similar
Pick-up location: London Gatwick Airport
The historical landmark built in 1760 first served as a pub, as revealed by many details of the property visible even today. The inn is the only building on the waterfront and commands views that extend across the water to the church steeple of Bosham. A selection of restaurants and pubs can be found in town just a walk along the shore away. A recent renovation earned the B&B a 4-star rating.
Due to the location of the property directly on the waterfront, visitors need to be mindful of the tides: the drive leading to the house is occasionally under water. Should this be the case, the hosts will contact Umfulana.
This historical hall house with a thatched roof was built around 1450 and has managed to survive 25 English monarchs and numerous wars. Today the inn is a listed heritage building (one of only 750 structures in Great Britain with the Grade II rating assigned to buildings of particular historical significance). Hosts Sheila and John will gladly offer suggestions for day trips to Dartmoor and vicinity. All three guest rooms are decorated in country style with a view of the gardens. Depending on the weather, guests can cuddle up in front of the granite fireplace or take a dip in the swimming pool.
A long drive leads to the 17th century Georgian estate with subtropical gardens and heated swimming pool in sunny West Cornwall. The grounds extend to the River Hayle, whose banks can be explored along a former tow-path. At night the screeches of owls are almost the only sound heard in this remote country setting. The location is perfect for excursions to the numerous attractions on LandEnd. Mount St. Michel is just down the road, as are Penzance and St. Ives with their galleries and excellent seafood restaurants.
Set in the Wiltshire countryside, this house is the birthplace of Reverend Awdry, a well-known pastor and children's book author. As a child he was lying awake listening to the trains in the distance, wondering what kind of conversations they might have. Many years later these childhood memories were transformed into the worldfamous stories of Thomas the Tankengine. The current owners of the house, Mike and Fran have redecorated it with the help of a designer and turned it into a cozy B&B. Many original features are still about: the oak flooring or individual pieces of furniture. Those who wants to explore the area should seek advice from Mike. Bath is only 15 minutes by car and a bus runs directly from their doorstep.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: London Heathrow Airport (T1-4)
Rental car company: AVIS (United Kingdom)
Type: Ford Focus 1.6 or similar.
5 doors, AC/CD