There is a perfect English village that dwells in the imagination of everyone who dreams of planning a trip to Britain. It has rose covered cottages built of golden stone, tiny gardens tumbling with flowers, thatched roofs, a historic church and a lovely village pub.
The trouble is that while that village exists - lots of versions of that village all over the place in fact - it may not be easy for visitors, especially visitors on a short vacation, to find it. Rushing from one destination to another on motorways and major trunk roads, you'll never find that perfect village. And a some of the most commonly recommended villages, especially in the Cotswolds and other tourist honey spots, will be absolutely crawling with other visitors during the main vacation and holiday seasons.
To make it easier for you, I'll be traveling around the country during the next few months, visiting and photographing some of my favorite English villages and writing about the attractions, pubs, shops and history you'll find in them. I'll be organizing my lists according to different regions of the country, so that wherever you are, you should be able to find a village to spend some time in within about an hour. To get the ball rolling:
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