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Thinking 15 days in early May for our trip to England. Want to include Cotswolds, Cornwall and London. We want charm and views or gardens with b and b in Cotswolds. Should we go to London in beginning or at end? Should we rent car from airport and head to countryside and stay 3-4 nights in Cotswolds (any suggestions what b and b for under $100 nite??) (any car rental tips from Airport??) and then head for Cornwall? We will probably splurge and stay at Tresanton Hotel for one or two nights while exploring and another night elsewhere on coast before heading for London for 5 nights. Any wonderful hotel for under $150. nite?? Thank you for any help.

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1. Re: couple planning trip to London, Cotswolds and Cornwall,

If you're flying to LHR, you may want to stay the first night at a hotel near the airport (depending on when your flight arrives) then collect a hire car the next day to head toward the Cotswolds. It's an area I'm not familar with, but there are a great many TALFers who have visited the area, and from them you'll get some good advice on where to go and where to stay.

The Hotel Tresanton looks fabbo, and the menu is fantastic. Cornwall is lovely, and if the weather behaves you may want to stay permanently.

Heading back to London, you'll want to return the car to the rental company at LHR rather than take it into the city. There are a handful of hotels that may suit: have a look at the Premier Inn County Hall or PI Kensington; there is the Luna & Simone Hotel not far from Victoria; the Darlington Hyde Park near Paddington station and the Morgan Hotel, not far from the British Museum.

You may want to consider the Travelodge chain, which offers rooms from £19 a night if you book and pay well in advance. There is a new TL opening near Euston station in April - the surrounding area isn't nearly as beautiful as the Cotswolds or Cornwall, but the rates may be to your liking, and TL does offer clean comfortable rooms at decent prices.

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2. Re: couple planning trip to London, Cotswolds and Cornwall,

Personally I'd do you trip the other way around.

Do London first. Then head out of town and not neccesarily go to the airport to get the car. Depending where you're hotel is there are several west london hire car depots that make for a convenient starting point.

You'll be knackered after your flight so being based in the city rather than trying to drive around makes more sense to me.

Then when you've finished your country trip you can make you last night convenient to the airport (maybe with Windsor as the side trip that day?) then drop the car and get straight on the plane.

Tresanton is a terrific spot and they seem very helpful (almost had wedding there) and St Mawes is a good place to stay. That said any trips further afield (Eden? St Ives?) make for a tedious bit of driving so I'd plan to realax and enjoy locally rather than tripping around the county.

For your 3rd night consider just hopping over the river to Falmouth or perhaps heading toward the north coast. Or come back up the coast toward Mevagissey/Fowey/Looe (handier for Eden and Heligan etc)

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3. Re: couple planning trip to London, Cotswolds and Cornwall,

As cornish pastie advises, go to london first so that when you do pick your car up you aren't jetlagged and tired, and you are at least slightly accustomed to cars being on the wrong side of the road.

This also means that when you finish, if the timing works out you can drive direct to the airport, rather than have to either drive into city or outskirts or airport to return it and then have separate trip to your hotel.

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4. Re: couple planning trip to London, Cotswolds and Cornwall,

Agree that you should start in London and then move to the countryside. It may be convenient to take a train to your first stop and pick up the car there rather than at the airport. We picked up one in Canterbury and dropped it off at Heathrow with no additional charge.

Also, if you are touring the countryside consider getting a Great British Heritage Pass. This will give you entry to hundrends of historic properties, manors and gardens. We more than got our monies worth with ours. You will need to buy it before you leave the states.

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5. Re: couple planning trip to London, Cotswolds and Cornwall,

hi there.we have just returned from san fran wich was our start and finish point on our road trip. hope you have as good a time as we did.

i think it would be worth you looking up "bourton on the water" in the cotswolds,it's a lovely little quaint place with shops interesting buildings, little bridges crossing the streams ,a rustic old museum and some nice b@b's to stay in.have you considered spending a night less in the cotswolds and stopping over a night on the way to cornwall? a lot of people miss the beauty of somerset and devon to get there. the a39 over exmoor into lynton and lynmouth [an old harbour town] is fantastic,but will take more time,or there is clovelly in devon,a great overnight stop on the way.it's an old fishing village with cobbled streets and no traffic allowed,you have to park up the top,it's like walking into the past.there are small b@ b's here also.

have a great trip!

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