Its time to read another lovely travel log shared by one of our adorable readers. This destination is described by Lonely planet as ‘a perfect combination of new technology and old tradition’. So, here’s a travel story by MEGHA GARG which takes us to the island nation of UNITED KINGDOM – the birthplace of Shakespeare, The Beatles and our favourite sport – Cricket!
Here’s what she has to say,
“Having studied in Nottingham and Warwick in the UK, me and my husband Ashish have been to the usual tourist spots that the country has to offer. So we are always looking for unexplored, exotic and child friendly locations in our thirst for adventure. So these summer holidays we decided to visit Paultons Park in New Forest Hampshire, home of Peppa Pig and the Lost World. Recently launched in 2011, it is a child’s dream come true. Peppa Pig, currently the most popular animated TV series, is perfect for 2 to 5 year old kids and the Lost World is more suitable for 6 years and above. We stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire, an elegant hotel on a Georgian estate with lawns sprawled over 500 acres. It has activities like cycling, fishing, horse riding and a cute kids cottage and gaming area. There is a historic town called Farnham 15 mins away which has several restaurant options and a historic castle.
Next we went to Windermere, Lake District where Beatrix Potter, the world famous author of the children’s book series Peter Rabbit lived. As we neared the lakes, we were astounded by the sheer beauty of the calm lakes and the region surrounding it. Our hotel, Laura Ashley, was situated right opposite Lake Windermere and the bustling city center. One can take a leisurely stroll along the lake and its friendly and hungry occupants, swans and ducks much to the delight of my naughty six year old son Avyaan. The town has a variety of restaurants including Italian, Chinese, Indian and of course, traditional British cuisine. A visit to the attraction ‘The World of Beatrix Potter’ is a must with kids as it takes you through Peter Rabbit’s garden and a unique musical stage show.
A short ferry ride of 30 minutes will take you to the nearby town of Ambleside with its charming tea shops and a lovely mini golf course. I would highly recommend a tasting of the famous ice creams Bowness on Windermere has to offer.
Our last stop, which turned out to be the best, was The Gleneagles in Scotland. Opened in 1924, this luxury spa and golf resort on an 850 acre estate was recently renovated. Its corridors reminded me of the magical castle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. It is a wonderful place for nature lovers like us. We started our day with outdoor lawn games like Croquet and bowling on the well manicured gardens outside the mansion. After taking a cool lemonade to quench our thirst from The Century Bar, we rented bikes from the hotel to explore the property. This age old hotel boasts of three championship golf courses and a chance to learn under the best. After visiting the activity center we got our son enrolled for off road driving and horseriding lessons which he enjoyed thoroughly. From savouring the amazing Tullibardine Scotch from the family owned highland distillery nearby to having hearty meals at The Dormy Clubhouse which had iconic views across the King’s and Queen’s courses, our stay was truly a memorable one.”
Thanks MEGHAGARG for sharing this wonderful experience and these beautiful pictures with us!
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