Saturday, November 26, 2016

Day 5 - Check in to West Ashton bnb -> Castle Combe -> Lacock Village -> Cook Dinner

Finally, it was almost check in time. We dropped by the supermart to pick up groceries to cook dinner and breakfast before driving to the bnb.
This bnb was quite nice and it was great having attached bathroom/toilet to each room. Host was very nice – she baked a whole cake for us and got ready all the tea cups and tea bags for us. But our stomachs were still full from lunch! We decided to have some for dinner.

The ground level bnb was huge and bright. The roof in the dining and sitting room lets in sunlight through roof windows. Deco was soothing.
The breadspreads were very sweet looking. The host provided packs of thick tissues too. Shampoo were provided in small tubes. We paid $373
for one night here. Location was good as it was near to Combe Village and Lacock.


First bedroom with twin beds for the boys. Bed spread was soothing green. The attached bath has a heated shower area.

Bedroom 2 with a double bed for my daughter. Again, the wall and bedspread were soothing and sweet. And it has its own attached bath.

Bedroom 3 where we stayed.

Kitchen was fullt functional where we cooked dinner and breakfast.

Dining and sitting room with roof windows to let sunlight and natural air in.


Lavender flower & Garden

After settling down, we drove to Combe Village, a mere 15min drive.
Castle Combe is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire. It has been called 'The Prettiest Village in England' and with good reason;
visitors have been coming to enjoy its charms for at least a century and the small street leading from the Market Cross down to the
By Brook is as picturesque today as it ever was.

The village houses are all of typical Cotswold type, constructed in stone with thick walls and roofs made from split natural stone tiles.
The properties are many hundreds of years old and are listed as ancient monuments. Strict rules apply to preserve the beauty and character
of Castle Combe for later generations to admire.

We parked a short distance away from the village as we do not want to park at the hill top in Castle Combe. It was easier this way.
We just have to walk a short distance to the village in the cool (or cold) weather. It was drizzling slightly instead of walking up
the slope later after visiting the village.

The often photograhed photo of the bridge (or By Brook) outside Castle combe against the backdrop of rows of granite-stoned houses.

Street and houses in Castle Combe

Main entrance - 14th Centrury Market Cross & Market Square

St Andrew Church

Next stop was Lacock, also about 15mins away. The buildings were somewhat similar to those at Combe.
Harry Potter's house, Budleigh Babberton was filmed here. This small picturesque village has been a major filming location for the
Harry Potter films. The Potter's house and a church that were shown briefly in Philosopher's Stone were filmed there, along with
Slughorn's temporary home of Budleigh Babberton in Half-Blood Prince. Lacock Abbey (which we did not visit) was used for several
Hogwarts interior scenes in the earlier movies, including the Mirror of Erised scenes, and Professors Snape and Quirrell's classrooms.
Its cloisters were also used as some of Hogwart's corridors and the courtyard made an appearance as well.

St Cyriac's Church

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