How to start planning your trip to England

What to Consider When Arranging Your Ideal Getaway

If you have never spent time in the English countryside before, it can feel as intimidating as planning a trip to another country.

What should you expect? What kind of activities will be available? What types of accommodation options are there? What will you see and do during your trip?

If you are planning to visit the English countryside and don’t know where to start, please don’t fret. There are some wonderful sources of information and, here at Humphreys of Henley, we are solely devoted to making sure your visit is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

From crumbling castles to historic stately manors to rolling green hills, windswept moors, dense forests and mirror-like lakes – the countryside of England has so much to discover. Whether you dream of gliding through it on a canal boat, hiking along an iconic footpath, horse riding through a national park or simply enjoying a cup of tea in the gardens of a luxury hotel – we can make your dream trip happen.

Read on for some valuable tips to keep in mind when you are planning a trip to the English countryside.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Planning Your Trip

What should you consider when you are planning a trip to the countryside? The first step will be to ask yourself some questions, so that you can determine what type of travel experience you want to have.

Here are some of the questions that we regularly discuss with clients planning a visit and they are a great starting point, so that you can make the most out of your trip.

  • What do you want to do during your visit to the countryside?
  • Are there any specific locations that you would like to visit?
  • How much time do you have for your visit?
  • Who will you be visiting with?
  • Do you need inspiration and guidance on what to see and do?
  • Do you want to experience culture, history, outdoor pursuits – or a combination?
  • Or, is the trip more about the experience of being in the English countryside?
  • Do you prefer to have a guide with you to show you the best of the countryside?
  • Or, do you prefer to travel independently and do the trip yourself?

For example, if you do decide that you prefer to have a guide with you – we can put together a custom itinerary that is suited to your interests. Our professional guides can arrange every aspect of the journey, so that you can enjoy a seamless, stress-free experience.

Helpful Ideas for Researching Countryside Destinations

We often hear people say that they don’t visit the English countryside because they don’t know what is available in the area. They worry that they might arrive and not be able to find anything to do. After all, it’s different than visiting a city where the choices of activities and attractions are a bit more obvious.

However, there’s no need to worry that you won’t find anything interesting to do in the countryside. On the contrary, there are many fascinating activities and attractions to enjoy.

Where can you find out about these attractions? Here are some valuable resources for learning about the countryside destinations you are planning to visit.

Local Tourist Information Websites

Often the local tourism information website for the area you are visiting will be a valuable source of information. Whether you are heading to Oxfordshire, Henley, Burfordor Biburyyou’ll find a lot of great tips and local attractions on these websites.

Specialist Sites

There are also several great specialist sites that go into more detail about a particular area and can include more information than the tourist information websites. For example, check out Cotswolds Concierge, Cool Placesand Visit Chilterns.

Your Hotel Concierge

If you are staying in a hotel, don’t forget that your concierge can be a wonderful source of information. They can tell you about attractions in the area and they can even send you suggestions in advance after you reserve your room. Plus, they can make bookings and reservations for you as well.

Humphreys of Henley

Last but not least, we are experts in the English countryside and we can answer any questions you might have. We live and experience everything that the countryside has to offer to ensure that you experience only the very best.

Visiting vs Experiencing

There’s a difference between simply visiting the English countryside and fully experiencingit. You may want to simply relax in a pleasant hotel or bed & breakfast, admire the view and enjoy the peace and quiet – or you might want to jump in and really experience the countryside lifestyle with all your senses.

For those who want to have the full experience, why not try a traditional English activity such as clay pigeon shooting? We can offer a range of options, depending on your interest. For those who want a small taste of this activity, you can choose a quick lesson, all equipment included, by the end of which you will be shooting the clays out of the sky! This can be combined with other experiences to create an itinerary for a full day out – such as a private tour and afternoon tea in a stately home and a visit to a vineyard.

Or, for those who want the full experience and would like to experience this activity in more depth – we can arrange a stay at a private estate with a woodland shooting lodge.

If you opt for the trip to a private shooting lodge, you’ll be fully immersed in the countryside and you’ll enjoy the attention of a personal instructor. You’ll also be treated to fabulous lunches in the lodge, as well as other country pursuits including falconry and archery.

We hope to see you in the English countryside soon!

No matter what your interests or what style of getaway you want to have, there’s something to enjoy in the peaceful and pleasant English countryside. To learn more about how we can help you to plan your ideal trip, please feel free to contact us today.