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They have also recently opened five very cute shepherds’ Hilly Huts with double beds, a wood-burning stove and a private hot tub.They would be perfect for a romantic weekend break.
The rooms are beautifully furnished here, with traditional tweeds, muted tones and real attention to detail.Four hours later and feeling completely spoilt, we arrived in Bath.The station is conveniently close to the town centre, and after a short walk you’re in Jane Austen territory: cobbled streets and elegant pale stone complement the stylish Georgian architecture.Belmond British Pullman train to Bath I don’t know about you, but I was distraught when Downton Abbey finally left our TV screens two years ago.So you can imagine my excitement when I arrived at London’s Victoria Station to board the Belmond British Pullman train.Our carriage, one of 11 and named Lucille, displayed all the opulence of the Abbey in its compact seating area, boasting sumptuous velvet armchairs, polished brass and veneered panels finely detailed with Art Deco marquetry. Originally built in 1928 for the Queen of Scots Pullman train, the carriage was discarded in 1967 and for 16 years used as a home by a railway enthusiast on a siding in Kent.
I wondered what he’d think of it now, as I sipped my bellini on the way to historic Bath.
In the meantime, I have found out my Downton Abbey name: Rose St James (supposedly found by combining your grandmother’s name with the name of your primary school). Sarah White Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, offers a host of journeys throughout the year from London Victoria Station, visiting some of Britain’s most famous cities, country houses, sporting and social events. To book, call 08 or visit The Fish, Cotswolds Within minutes of arriving at The Fish I had my shoes off and the kettle on. It really is a home from home and we certainly treated it like that during our stay.
The hotel is set in 400 acres of beautiful countryside in the Cotwolds, not far from Chipping Norton, yet beautifully secluded.
After a quick nose around the room, a coo at the toiletries and towels, and that all-important cup of tea, we decamped to try our hand at archery, one of the activities on offer here (the other is a Segway safari).
I was quite apprehensive about it at first, but after a 10-minute lesson in how to aim (the tip is to look straight down the barrel of the arrow like a gun, apparently), my friend Marie and I became rather competitive. The weekend break was a chance to catch up with an old friend and we really made the most of it.
Within minutes of leaving the station a three-course brunch was expertly served with all the precision of a chorus line.