My Mum and I are flying to London on August 28th for a couple of weeks holiday in England. We fly out of Heathrow on September 15th. We are staying in London until Tuesday September 2nd (at Luna & Simone) and I dont have any worries about finding something to amuse us for 4 days. We may even head back to London for a couple of days on the end of our trip.
Our trip from there is VERY unplanned at this time. I'm flat out at work and havent got a lot of time to do my usual research (i'm a planner!). I've managed a few hours researching on TA but still feel very unprepared. I've been bugging mum to do the planning but to no avail (she's in Australia and I am in the US at the mo).
I've (rather illogically) decided that the Cotswolds and the York area sound good. Here's where I make my nerdy confession - I really would like to see the kind of English countryside you see in Midsomer Murders etc.
Mum doesnt like the mad hectic pace I usually prefer on a holiday (I like to sqeeze everything I can in). Hence my decision to limit this trip to London plus two areas we can base ourselves in and explore. Unfortuantely those areas are a long distance apart. We plan to catch a train out of London and to hire a car for the rest of the trip, dropping it back at that location on our return to the London area (this will either be Guildford or Oxford I think).
We have friends in Guildford and Hull that we will try to fit into our trip.
So I am looking for advice on:
1. a town that makes a good base in the Cotswolds - we will hire a car so it can be a small town
2. Must see areas in the Cotswolds (cos the area is BIG!)
3. How many days is enough to enjoy the Cotswolds?
4. Travel to York - just do a driving day and get it over with or break it up, and if so, where?
5. Must see stuff in the York area
Would you swap either of these areas for another area?
Mum and I are both interested in seeing green (since we see a lot of brown all the time), smaller villages rather than cities, old stuff (the older the better) - castles and ruins and generally anywhere that we can soak up some nice English atmosphere.