On the road from Bournemouth to Bath with Judy & Steve

On the road from Bournemouth to Bath with Judy & Steve, our driver/guide.

The smartest thing we did that week was hire a car and driver for the trip from Bournemouth to Bath. Steve Anderson proved to be the perfect asset to make that trip a memorable one. (Steve, being Canadian by birth and having lived in England for decades… also served as translator… otherwise we would have never known that “ain shent raymond bah-thus” meant “ancient Roman baths” in American English.)

 

It was truly an ‘insiders' excursion, custom tailored to our preferences in every way… with many spontaneous stops, turnouts and pull overs to accommodate our many whims. Here Judy and Steve chat while I slip off to take pictures.

It was truly an ‘insiders’ excursion, custom tailored to our preferences in every way… with many spontaneous stops, turnouts and pull overs to accommodate our many whims. Here Judy and Steve wait at a pullout while I slip off to take pictures.

 

The experience was the ideal alternative to hiring a self-drive car – in which case I would have been totally focused on driving ‘English style’ on the left side of the road… missing out on the wonderful sites along the way.

Picked up at our hotel.. we were quickly educated on possible routes to Bath. Our preference was the most scenic.. with maximum photo opportunities.

Having a driver/guide’s assistance in securing tickets to attractions, avoiding long lines and finding the best off-the-beaten-path establishments for lunch, drinks, etc. was invaluable.

To contact Steve regarding his private driver/guide services – Steve.Anderson111@btinternet.com

 

This tree lined route had initially been the grand road to a manor house. (see manor house photo below).

This tree lined route had initially been the grand road to the Kingston Lacey manor house. (see photo below).

 

Manor house on the road from Bournemouth to Bath

The Kingston Lacey manor house on the road from Bournemouth to Bath – open to the public most days.

 

The fields and surrounding roads of the manor house estate.

The fields and surrounding roads of the manor house estate.

 

Many of the countryside photos taken along the way look at first glance to be J.M. Turner watercolor landscapes.

Many of the countryside photos taken along the way look at first glance to be J.M. Turner watercolour landscapes.

 

This photo looks to be another Turner landscape... maybe oils this time?

This photo looks to be another Turner landscape… maybe oils this time?

 

One of the dozens of small farms we saw along the way... some with cattle... some with sheep... some with both.

One of the dozens of small farms we saw along the way… some with cattle… some with sheep… some with both.

 

English horses... en route to afternoon tea?

English horses… en route to afternoon tea?

 

Nearing sunset on the return trip to Bournemouth... Steve pulled over at the entrance to an estate for a photo op.

Nearing sunset on the return trip to Bournemouth… we pulled over at the entrance to an estate for a photo op.

 

The combination of a nearing mid-October sunset and misty English countryside was intoxicating.

The combination of a nearing mid-October sunset and misty English countryside was intoxicating.

 

This is another shot of the tree lined road that was initially intended to be the grand entrance to a manor estate.. on the return leg this time... near sunset.

This is another shot of the tree lined road that was initially intended to be the grand entrance to a manor estate.. on the return leg this time… near sunset.

 

Finally, the sun set in all it's England-in-October glory.

Finally, the sun set in all it’s England-in-mid-October glory.

 

The basecamp for our week in the south of England was a wonderful, brand spanking new Hampton by Hilton in Bournemouth. (Bournemouth is a beach resort city on the south coast of England, midway between Southhampton and Brighton.) Stay tuned for a full review of the city of Bournemouth… as well as the hotel itself.

Here’s a direct link to hotels in Bournemouth – the new Hampton should appear at the top of this list.

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