Holidays – many of us dream of far away shores, of crystal clear waters and soft sandy beaches. What about those little hidden gems that are closer to home? Sometimes a staycation can be just what’s needed – after all, a rest is as good as a break they say!


We’re super lucky to have Bath right on our doorstep, just a mere 30 minutes drive or 10 minutes on the train. People gather from across the globe in the summer and admittedly I’ll try to avoid the city centre in both summer and Christmas market time. A great place to eat as well – there are SO many different options from more well known chains to plenty of wonderful independent cafes and restaurants.

Castle Combe

The pretty little village of Castle Combe is also close to home for us. Home of the race circuit and most famous for featuring in Dr Doolittle many moons ago plus Stardust more recently. Castle Coombe is very much a quintessential English village.


Lacock is another gem that’s around 20 minutes from us. People will recognise the Abbey from Harry Potter, Poldark and Downton Abbey. Lacock is also home to my favourite chocolate shop, Coco Chemistry. YUMMY

Bradford on Avon

A much smaller version of Bath, Bradford on Avon will often pull at the tourists. The view from the main bridge looks to the hill which is dotted with the old weavers’ cottages and the river bank flanked with the 19th-century former cloth mills. There are so many independent shops and cafe’s in Bradford on Avon its great to see a local community thriving.

Where have you got that’s on your doorstep that you tend to take for granted?!


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  1. Laura Louise
    01/05/2019 / 1:16 pm

    Oh wow where do you live?! You must be nearish my neck of the woods-ish as I’ve just moved to Dorset but lived in Bath for nearly 10 years so go a lot x

    • happywiseowl
      02/05/2019 / 7:37 am

      Really?! We love Bath – We’re near Chippenham

  2. Sammy Summers
    01/05/2019 / 6:04 pm

    Your so lucky to live near such pretty places wow! Xxx

  3. Kerry (@kerrylifeloves)
    01/05/2019 / 6:49 pm

    You are so lucky to have all this on your doorstep. I love Bath, but the other picks look gorgeous too! Another trip up to your neck of the woods is very much on the cards xxx

  4. Erin
    01/05/2019 / 7:59 pm

    Who doesn’t love a staycation? We are doing one this summer! SO cannot wait for it! 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  5. aeparker81
    01/05/2019 / 8:30 pm

    I’ll give a vote for Bradford, we stayed at a lovely pub with rooms there last year

  6. Sammy Summers
    01/05/2019 / 8:39 pm

    How lucky are you to live near such beautiful places!!!! Gorgeous read xxxx

  7. Natalya Amour
    02/05/2019 / 7:06 am

    it looks so beautiful there…

    Candice x

  8. Siobhán
    02/05/2019 / 7:31 am

    Bath is on my ‘to visit’ list! I love s staycation – no worrying about flight times and luggage allowance! xx

  9. Issy Fox
    02/05/2019 / 9:13 am

    I really want to re-visit Bath, my Mum lived there when she was at uni and I used to visit her there so it’d be great to go back and see it with grown up eyes x

  10. Lady Writes (@LadyWrites_Blog)
    02/05/2019 / 2:50 pm

    I take for granted my home town which is 20 mins away (Stamford) it’s beautiful and I wish I went more x

  11. Mel
    02/05/2019 / 6:14 pm

    Bath looks like such a beautiful place to visit

  12. Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)
    02/05/2019 / 7:11 pm

    I love Bath for a staycation!!

  13. Roxie Watt
    03/05/2019 / 9:16 am

    Bath looks absolutely beautiful, I’d love to visit one day!

  14. heather
    03/05/2019 / 9:37 am

    I haven’t been to any of these locations but I want to go to bath x

  15. Alice 💫 (@alicespake)
    03/05/2019 / 12:41 pm

    Bath is somewhere I would really like to visit this year xx

  16. jasminestewart3382
    03/05/2019 / 7:01 pm

    I really need to go back to Bath! I live in Birmingham so there are lots of nice places to visit just over in Warwickshire 🙂

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  17. John Wharff
    03/05/2019 / 8:58 pm

    Loved the beginning intro! I really must explore other places in the United Kingdom other than where I live. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  18. prettifulblog
    04/05/2019 / 9:38 am

    It’s great when there are places close by for a short trip!

  19. The Girl In The Tartan Scarf
    05/05/2019 / 5:51 pm

    Oh my gosh how stunning is this! I’d visit all the time if I stayed near there.
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  20. John Wharff
    06/05/2019 / 8:52 am

    This sounds and looks like the perfect destination for a break away from Lincolnshire. Thank you for sharing!

  21. Antonia Morgan
    07/05/2019 / 10:20 am

    Oh WOW!! I really want to go to Bath. x

  22. Ms. Hala
    07/05/2019 / 11:15 pm

    What a lovely little town, can’t wait to be able to visit!!

  23. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    13/05/2019 / 8:48 pm

    Some really interesting ones here!!

  24. terriheckley
    16/05/2019 / 8:18 am

    Bath is definitely on my list for this year! x

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