escaping to the english countryside

escaping to the english countryside

for our trip to the english countryside, we debated renting
a car but decided that we wanted to take the train. it is
just the way to travel in england! it’s smooth and easy.
we left london after work on a busy friday night and caught
the train from paddington station –> out to newbury. of
course there are a lot of ways to book trains in the UK, but
we used goeuro at the recommendation of a local friend.
it was simple and guaranteed we got the best price since
it is an aggregator of all train lines, times, and tickets! you
can book other modes of transport on it too, so it’s a
really good source for travel options throughout europe.
a downton abbey trip to the english countryside4onto our getaway! we had a smooth train journey (so beautiful
and relaxing through the countryside), pulled into newbury
station, and took a cab a few miles up the road to the small
town of kingsclere where we would be staying at bel & the dragon.
IMG_1181 IMG_1316enter the most charming country inn on earth. nestled
right in the heart of kingsclere village, it is cozy and
classic all at once. bel & the dragon is a bed & breakfast
chain through the UK, and after experiencing the kingsclere
location we have it on our list to stay at each one of them.

IMG_1324i knew i was a fan of the rustic feel here from the
second i walked in and saw these pretty floors.
IMG_1148i also knew i was a fan when this was
the village view out of our room window ^^
IMG_1300another favorite touch: books stacked in the windowsills ^^
IMG_1101remember to “mind your head” as you walk through the inn!

IMG_1302i’d like to pack this very bed up and transport it straight to
our home. cutest + comfiest bed i never wanted to leave!
a downton abbey trip to the english countryside6 i did eventually leave it for a walk through the village followed
by a bubbly soak in the cutest tub (i also wanted to keep that!)
IMG_1288breakfast in the morning is the best perk of
staying here. it’s hard to choose from the options!

IMG_1295IMG_1285homemade bread + butter ^^
IMG_1292IMG_1255 IMG_1282IMG_1243IMG_1245 IMG_1236IMG_1280IMG_1115the best part of this bed & breakfast is that you
don’t have to leave for any meals if you don’t want to!
after a day of exploring in the blustery weather, we cozied
up by the fire for the best dinner right in the restaurant.

IMG_1114 IMG_1117 this bed & breakfast group is known for the food …
a lot of locals come by just for a meal here. it’s incredible!

IMG_1125IMG_1135IMG_1131if you dine here, do NOT miss the buttery cauliflower side dish.
we were both practically drinking it by the end!

IMG_1136 IMG_1137we finished off all of that food with a brownie board for dessert.
IMG_1141 we didn’t know it was quite this many brownies
when we ordered it, but somehow we managed :)
IMG_1080back up the charming staircases to our room ^^
IMG_1082 IMG_1085 a downton abbey trip to the english countryside1 IMG_1107 IMG_1110IMG_1092it was truly so hard to say goodbye to this weekend away ..
it was right at the end of our time in london, so we had a
bittersweet goodbye to the UK! we will be back here for sure. 

IMG_1320thank you to bel & the dragon – kingsclere for inviting us out for a stay.
clearly, we adored it!