Wilton House - the home of the 18th Earl of Pembroke. It's been in his family for over 500 years. It's breathtakingly beautiful, meticulously maintained and absolutely awe-inspiring. It wasn't on our original list of houses to see but I stumbled upon it while shuffling through our Wilshire guide. It was just outside of Salisbury - just a few miles outside of town. SO worth the trip. We took a tour of the house and strolled through the gardens. Cate had a great time at the adventure playground too. It was a wonderful few hours. They filmed parts of Sense and Sensiblity, Young Victoria, Mrs. Brown, Pride and Prejudice (it was Pemberly in the Keira Knightly film) and in a bunch of other things. I highly recommend it!
It took less than an hour to get to Bath - I was surprised by the colour of the buildings - almost all of Bath is a beige, limestone rock - the buildings, not the city. Miles and miles of buildings with this Bath rock (as I was told it's called there). We strolled all over the city. Took in the Abbey which was, once again, magnificent.
We had dinner at the Pump House which I have always wanted to do. I've seen it in so many movies and televisions shows as well as having read about it in so many books - it was a must do. It was fun - not quite the glamour of the old days, but there was a brilliant pianist playing and the fountain with hot spring water was open - serving people glasses full of it. I had to have one. Funnily enough - it tasted like hot water! Who'd thunk it?
The next day we toured the Roman Baths - here's Fen and X:
We then took off for Wales. Our first stop was Castle Coch - it's was UNREAL - like a fairy castle hidden in the hills.
We did a quick tour of Cardiff and Newport before settling in for the evening. The next day we drove to Uffington in England - the Cotswolds in search of the largest White Horse. We found it but I have to say - we couldn't make out a horse from the limestone chalk! Still, it was pretty impressive. Here it is: