I’m finally watching the Great British Bakeoff (Great British Baking Show in the U.S.) and am smitten. There is something so sweet, caring and non-dramatic about this show. I love it. And I have zero interest in baking.
It also reminds me of how much I like England. But truth be told, I’ve only been outside of London a few times. But last year, I was fortunate to spend about a week traipsing around the countryside in the southwest part in the counties of Dorset, Devon, and Somerset and the cities of Bristol, Bath, and Salisbury.
I recently wrote a piece on the journey for Sheridan Road Magazine.
Just 90 minutes west of London by train, Southwest England has some of the country’s most stunning coastline and quaint villages. The area has developed a taste for luxury over the centuries with huge castles turned into hotels, some of the finest food and drink, and a rich, historic culture.
Sophisticated Bath is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and spans a history of 2,000 years beginning with the Romans who took to the healing waters. Home to some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, Bath is most famous for its Georgian architecture—graceful streets and sweeping terraces such as the Royal Crescent, Palladian-style villas on elegant squares, and classical facades in warm, golden-hued stone. The architecture stems from the 18th century boom, when Bath became a fashionable spa resort.
Thanks to its natural thermal springs, the city has become a major spa destination with the opening of the luxurious Thermae Bath Spa. Right across the street, the Gainsborough Bath Spa, which just opened last year, is the United Kingdom’s first hotel to feature its own thermal water spa. The luxurious hotel and spa has tapped into the city’s subterranean springs reimagining traditional bathhouses with a contemporary twist.
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Of course I shot many more photos than were used, so I wanted to share some with you here. Rollover the photos for captions with more info.
Disclosure: During my visit, I was a guest of Southwest England. As always, all opinions are my own.