I hope visitors to my home country, England, will make the time to see outside London. There are so many amazing places to visit within an hour of London. Also, make time to explore outside the city if you live there too! Here we explore Windsor, Stowe and Laura Ashley Tea Room for afternoon tea.
Within 30 minutes you can be in Windsor and visit Windsor Castle, home to the Queen. I received an invitation to Afternoon Tea in the new Laura Ashley Tearoom at Burnham Beeches Hotel in nearby Burnham. We decided to take tea and then drive 10 minutes down the road to Windsor. Our first ever visit.
Firstly, Afternoon Tea.
PHOTO: Laura Ashley Tea Room at Burnham Beeches Hotel
With prices starting from £24 per person, afternoon tea is served with freshly baked fruit and plain scones with artisan jam and Cornish clotted cream including a selection of teas. Guests can opt for Prosecco or Champagne, or for a truly British affair, The Tea Room has partnered with Hattingley Valley English sparkling wines to serve afternoon tea with their classic multi-award winning English Sparkling Wine and English Sparkling Wine.
Delicious sandwiches and cakes too! The Staff were very friendly and could not have been more helpful. If you want to enjoy a wonderful afternoon here yourself, make a booking:
PHOTO: Afternoon Tea at Laura Ashley Tea Room, Burnham Beeches Hotel
Laura Ashley Tea Room is decorated in signature Laura Ashley style. The Tea Room looks out over the beautiful grounds of Burnham Beeches Hotel, such a calm and relaxing place to visit away from the city. I loved it so much, I might decorate my Dining Room at home in Pink and grey!
Then we set off to explore Windsor which is just a few minutes drive away. Parked right by the Castle and strolled around the town. The Castle was closed by the time we arrived but you can be more organised than us and buy tickets ahead of time at http://www.rct.uk
Laura Ashley Tea Room, Burnham Beeches, Burnham, Slough, SL1 8DP
Windsor is set right on The Thames and you can enjoy a riverside stroll, boat rides or just enjoy a meal in one of the Riverside restaurants. The town is full of quirky old buildings, some interesting shops alongside many shops full of British memorabilia. I was tempted by a statue of the Queen waving but managed to resist!
PHOTO: Windsor Castle, Windsor
Windsor Castle is right in the Middle of the Town, so easy to find. The town has plenty of restaurants and cafes and good shops to explore.
Buckinghamshire is perfect for a day trip if you don’t have much time to explore all of England, it is less than an hour from London. It is about an hour further North from Windsor if you wanted to visit both in one day.
The National Trust looks after many of the ancestral lands and homes in the UK, maintaining and upkeeping whilst welcoming visitors to come and explore.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe One of my favourites is Stowe, Buckinghamshire.
PHOTO: Magnificent, long roadway leading up to the house
Stowe house is now a famous public school which numbers several household names amongst its old pupils. It is a special place and you can walk around the magnificent gardens, stopping off at all the follies along the way. The walk include various follies to be admired including my particular favourite, The Palladian Bridge.
PHOTO: My dogs love to take a walk here – one of Freddies’ favourite spots!
PHOTO: Lake at Stowe
2016 marked the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth. He is one of our most famous landscape gardeners and is responsible for the magical layout of parkland at Stowe. He started his career here as Head Gardener before moving on to create other famous gardens throughout the land.
PHOTO: Palladian Bridge
Stroll around on your own or take a tour with one of the National Trust guides. They will tell you all about the fascinating history of Stowe House and gardens built in the 18c by the Temple-Granville family. The family wanted to create an idyllic landscape filled with temples to complement the magnificent Stowe House . Unfortunately, the family lavished so much money on the house and gardens and extravagant lifestyle that they went bankrupt. In 1922 the house was saved from demolition by becoming a school, which it still is today.
Stowe House Preservation Trust looks after the house today. It is open to the public so check out the National Trust website if you want to visit.
Take a picnic basket with you on a warm day and enjoy a picnic by the lake
PHOTO: Ducks on the lake
If you don’t feel like a picnic, there is a cafe full of delicious things to eat. One of my favourites is a cream tea and a doggie Ice cream for the dogs! I like to take a look at the plants in the plant shop – I’m a keen organic gardener.
PHOTO: Me and Freddie
Make sure to say ‘Hello’ to me, Zarya and Freddie if you see us taking a walk!
National Trust Stowe, Stowe, Buckinghamshire, UK e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org