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henley is quite pretty too
doesn't even mention Lancaster
...New Forest or The Cotswolds would be the obvious choices. If you fancy beach maybe the aforementioned Broadstairs or Camber. City-wise, I hear that London has stuff to do...
In short, more criteria please.
i'd like a rural b&b type holiday, preferrably not as far away as the new forest. is there anywhere in Kent/Sussex that is appropriate?
If you like steam trains then somewhere near Teddington might be suitable, or Romney Hythe and Dymchurch.
...the area around Lamberhurst/Bewl Water is very nice. Tunbridge Wells area is quite nice too. Sussex, I'd be looking at the coastal towns or maybe Arundel. Out west, as I say The Cotswolds and also The Chilterns are very geared up to visitors.
but srsly, winchester
But not an awful lot to do here. Could recommend places to eat/stay though.
Dartford is also rather beautiful.
it's true, Sheerness is Kent's answer to Paradise!
when I say lovely, I MEAN lovely.
Just check out this local Chatham belle if you don't believe me. http://farm1.static.flickr.com/3/6677051_13de4e3f3e.jpg
Cowes you cannot milk
Needles you cannot thread
Freshwater you cannot drink
Newport you cannot bottle
some of the best countryside in the land, really REALLY lovely area
If you are in to history/literature, it's a goldmine for those sorts of walks - the villages of Stalbridge and Marnhull are deep in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, and beautiful to boot. There's loads of really nice National Trust places too, I'd recommend you check out Stourhead, and there's lots of gorgeous abbeys and ampitheatres and the suchlike. Sherborne is a gorgeous little town to walk around, and of course Stonehenge isn't TOO far away. There's not much to 'do' though, in the way of bars and clubs, I'm really descibing a holiday for people who like architecture, long walks and peace and quiet; although I suppose you could hop across to Bournemouth for a bit of nightlife - nice pier there too, or at least it was when I was a teen. There's bound to be a lot of choral and orchestral concerts going on though if that's your bag.
Definitely a good place to go if you want to "get away from it all" - perhaps not so good if you are wanting a bit more excitement.