The Cotswolds, United Kingdom
PlanesAirports closest to the region are Bristol, where easyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies from Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Newcastle; and Birmingham, which has connections from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey with BMI Baby (www.bmibaby.com).
TrainsDirect trains from London Paddington run regularly to Cotswold stations, including Chippenham, Kemble, Kingham, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham. Most journeys will only take an hour or two.
AutomobilesFrom London, the Cotswolds is a couple of hours away along the M4; the nearby M5 offers access from Bristol and Birmingham. It’s worth taking a car to the region: the country-lane driving is unparalleled.
TaxisThe smaller towns have limited taxi services – book in advance. Hotel staff will know the best local firms.
Judging by the amount of A-list nuptials that take place at this Cotswolds boutique hotel, chocolate-box-pretty countryside combined with cool cutting-edge furnishings seem to be essentials when it comes to it’s-time-to-tie-the-knot allure – just ask Liz Hurley. This spa-spangled manor house understands the value of a decent bathroom, and doesn’t let its 17th-century heritage get in the way of marvellous modern trappings. Perfectly pitched at weekending lovers, light and airy Room 1 is equipped for an especially dirty pair, thanks to a twinset of freestanding tubs (facing a TV so, if conversation stalls, you can watch while you wash).