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English countryside/seaside getaway

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English countryside/seaside getaway

Looking for a nice 2nt 'getaway' within a 30 - 45 minute train ride of London.

Suitable for honeymooner, close to restaurants and accommodation close to train station due to not having own transportation.

This is for an early Winter getaway. More about luxury/romance than full on touring/sightseeing.

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1. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

I would recommend Brighton, it meets your qualifications. Lots of shops, restaurants and the sea. Coming from California myself, it was interesting to see a beach covered in small, smooth rocks rather than sand. We only spent 1 night, but I would have loved to stay longer.

Edited: 20 October 2010, 17:03
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2. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

OK, your travel 'time limit' is pretty tight, but here are some options on the Nationalexpresseastanglia Rail Network (out of Liverpool Street) that might just about squeeze into your remit:

http://www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com/

Train to Chingford station to access the Epping Forest, stay at the Ridgeway Hotel (1 mile from Station) and go for forest walks:

http://www.ridgewayhotel.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epping_Forest

Train to Chelmsford station, stay in the County Hotel (Directly opposite the station but a pleasant Hotel with good facilities). Enjoy this 'County' town, which might seem like an 'average' place but is lively for shopping and nightlife, has a good museum and easy access to some good country walks:

http://www.countyhotelchelmsford.co.uk/

http://www.enjoychelmsford.co.uk/

www.chelmsford.gov.uk/index.cfm…

Train to Colchester North station (this is pushing the distance though). Stay in the George Hotel in the Centre, Enjoy Colchester shopping, Roman 'walk' and fab Castle Museum, Can take trains out into the Countryside (sort-of).

oxfordhotelsandinns.com/OurHotels/TheGeorgeH…

Or there are some 'golf resort and spa type hotels a bit out into the country

http://www.visitcolchester.com/

Train to Witham, taxi to the Rivenhall Hotel, spend your 2 days relaxing at this lovely Hotel, you don't need to leave it:

http://www.rivenhallhotel.com/

So these are my answers within the remit of your OP, but I am going to make a second post with some other suggestions.

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3. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

Yes, giving yourself only a max 45 minute travel time from London you have limited yourself rather, but here are some other places you could consider, if you are prepared to travel for approx 1 hour to perhaps 1.5 hour.

MChiddy in post 1 has said Brighton, which was going to be top of this list for you, and the 'classic' getaway from London.

Rye in Sussex, might be your thing, very pretty little town with a lot of literary connections.

Whitstable in Kent, a pretty and popular Coastal town, famous for seafood.

Broadstairs in Kent, again a pretty seaside resort with Charles Dickens connections and some nice coastal walks.

Cambridge - pretty university town

Bury St Edmunds - large market town in Suffolk with ruined abbey and Greene King Brewery,

Kings Lynn - lovely once 'Hanseatic League' port with some beautiful buildings.

I could, probably, go on and on and on and on but I will stop now.

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4. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

EssexWanderer -- I had to laugh a little when I saw the recommendations for Chelmsford and Chingford. My husband is from Woodford and I'm not sure he'd recommnend either as a vacation destination...LOL. I'm just teasing. I have to say, his parents have taken us for a few outings and Epping Forest is beautiful. I also recall seeing the hunting lodge of Elizabeth I (can't remember where??), and was fascinated. That was my first trip to England in 2002.

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5. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

Yes, I thought it would likely stir up some sort of amused responses, BUT as the OP stipulated within max 45 mins of London, and close to a station, then both of these options fit into that brief. Chingford is right on the edge of the Epping Forest and the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge is only 10min walk from Chingford Station.

Chelmsford is not 'beautiful' by any means, it's true, but still is a nice town with plenty going on, lots of good restaurants in the lively centre, a river wending through the now pedestrianised centre, and easy country walking along the Chelmer, or in Hylands Park, it is also only 35 min by fast train from London, so surely does fit into the OP's brief, eh??

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6. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

Agreed, although I think 2 nights it pushing it ;)

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7. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

Southend-on-Sea fits the OP's brief too! And let's face it, that's where millions of Londoners used to go for their getaway.

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8. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

Yes, I considered adding Southend as the rail links are good, but I think it's a bit more than 45 min away (as is Brighton) and overall, Brighton is a lot more interesting. Plus I could hear the screams in the background...... :-0

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9. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

Let's send them to Slough!!!

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10. Re: English countryside/seaside getaway

Now I am going into a Despond

(A Sough of Despond!!)