In the past, we've always spent our timeshare week in London, then rented a cottage somewhere else in the UK. Not that there still aren't parts of the UK that we have yet to explore, but we were thinking of actually venturing outside of the UK for our second week next June.
But with all of Europe waiting to be explored, we're kind of at a loss on where to start. We took a (very rushed) day trip to Paris once, but that's all we've seen outside of the UK. Any ideas on where we should start? What's relatively easy to get to from London, someplace where we can get by without having to speak the language, easy to get around, lots to see, etc...
We generally like to stay in self-catering cottages outside the city centres or in smaller villages, but still with easy access for touring the area.
What are some of your favorite European excursions from London?