Georgian Elegance & Village Charm: Bath and Lacock or Castle Combe
Jane Austen, one of England’s best loved authors, spent several years in Bath, a city already famous for its Roman Baths and elegant 18th century architecture. Lacock is a delightful house – once a nunnery – set in a village so charming that it has starred in many films.
Castle Combe is a movie veteran, described as ‘the prettiest village in England’ with a curving main street and honeyed stone cottages.
Bath: The Roman Baths – Bath Abbey – Royal Crescent and Circus – Assembly Rooms – Pulteney Bridge.
Lacock: House -– Harry Potter location – Fox-Talbot photographic exhibition – Tithe Barn – village street and gardens.
Castle Combe: 14th century market cross – Dower House used in Dr Doolittle – Court House – Town Bridge and By Brook – Village pound.
There are few things to beat a first sight of Bath, set in a bowl of hills encrusted with curving Georgian terraces. This is where your private tour of Bath and Lacock by car begins, starting with a visit to the 2000-year old Roman Baths and nearby Bath Abbey, on the site of which the Saxon Edgar was crowned King of All England in AD973.
Walk the city that Jane Austen knew as your Driver-Guide supplies all the details, from the houses she lived in and the views she loved, to the Pump Room where Catherine Morley met Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey and the Assembly Rooms where dances were held.
It’s a short drive from Bath to Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, owned by the National Trust. Its abbess was a wealthy woman and the beautiful vaulted stone ceilings doubled as part of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. The village, with its pub, vast tithe barn, stone cottages and flower gardens, is the setting for the TV series Cranford, starring Judi Dench.
Castle Combe, a charming village in the Wiltshire countryside, is just 12 miles from Bath and also built of golden local stone. Your Driver-Guide will show you its curving main street, with two excellent pubs – the village pound, once used for holding stray animals, two bridges and a pretty brook, and recently the filming location for War Horse.