Woman's Weekly writer Beth Shearing swaps London for Wiltshire for a long weekend
Where I went
My husband and I fancied a break from our hectic schedules in London, so we hired a car and headed off to Wiltshire for a long weekend. We decided to base ourselves in Colerne, a charming village boasting incredible rural views, a post office and a couple of quaint pubs.
It’s only seven miles north-west of Bath, meaning that city life was in striking distance if we felt a craving for something more cosmopolitan.
What I did
Keen to make the most of the fresh air, we donned our wellies and set off on a number of rambling walks through local valleys and fields. We also took the opportunity to visit the picture-postcard parish of Castle Combe.
Extremely attractive with stone houses and a bridge over a stream, it’s not hard to see why the village has popped up in films and TV shows, such as War Horse, Downton Abbey and an episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot.
Blessed with clear blue skies and sun that day, we lingered over mugs of tea outside The Castle Inn before marvelling at the 14th-century font in the church of St Andrew.
What I ate
We treated ourselves to afternoon tea at Lucknam Park (01225 742 777; lucknampark.co.uk), an impressive mansion set in 500 acres of picturesque gardens and woodland.
After being led to the sun-dappled drawing room, we feasted on brie and chutney sandwiches plus sweet treats, including salted caramel eclairs and mini Bakewell tarts.
We then debated over how our crumbly scones should best be eaten. I prepared mine the Cornish way, dolloping a generous spoonful of cream on my smooth base of homemade strawberry preserve.
The following evening, we grazed on fish, chips and mushy minted peas at The Methuen Arms (01249 717 060; themethuenarms.com) in Corsham, five miles away.
Where I stayed
Oakdown Treehouse (07843 413 139), a romantic retreat tucked away in a secluded corner of a farm owned by a lovely couple named Kate and Peter. Undeniably luxurious, there’s everything from a wood burner and Egyptian cotton bedding to a tiny kitchen cleverly hidden within a wooden cupboard.
The glittering moon and stars are even visible through the large skylight in the bathroom on a clear night. Kate’s delivery of a hamper filled with cereal, juice and flaky pastries from Bath’s celebrated Bertinet Bakery was something we really looked forward to
We rented our vehicle from Europcar – for rates and pick-up points, visit europcar.co.uk.
Stays at Oakdown Treehouse start from £150 per night. We made our reservation through canopyandstars.co.uk