In pictures: charming villages around the world
Castle Combe, England
For: experiencing a British village at its best
If you’re looking for the archetypal small English village, look no farther than pretty little Castle Combe in the Cotswolds, a setting used for many a Hollywood film. It is 10 miles — and several centuries — away from the major tourist center of Bath and is home to only about 350 fortunate folks who live in lovely stone cottages that in some cases have been passed down for generations. Golfers will enjoy the Manor House Hotel, with its Peter Alliss-designed golf course. But primarily, Castle Combe is a place for strolling and admiring a lovely garden here, a delightfully old-fashioned shop there. It’s the perfect place to wind down.
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