The Travel Page

Welcome to Gary's Travels-your opportunity to select world-wide long stay, and short break travel destinations, personally tried and tested for you, by your own Chelsea Walks guide.
 
Even the best laid travel plans go awry-we'd all agree. This page seeks to minimise disappointment, to give all Chelsea Walkers the fabulous holiday experience they would expect from a Chelsea Walk itself.
 
Simply click on to this page for regularly updated destination reports and 'how to' features, with personal contacts, links, peerless prices and the privileged route map for your 2012 travel.
 
And it's all here, at The Chelsea Walks; your 'hub' for the World's most fascinating borough, in the World's greatest city.
 
 
Review 1.
 
 
 
'How Farm' Hampshire, England. December 2011
 
 
The 7-10 days between Christmas and the New Year are always a sort of no-man's land in my view; so there was no better way to enliven that unwelcome void, with a long planned mid-Winter getaway, on Caroline Halse' heart of Hampshire farm, at King's Somborne, nr. Stockbridge.
 
Caroline's ease, and warm, log-fired welcome to her home 'set above the famous River Test', is replete with tea and Christmas cake, tree-nesting guinea fowl, carp-filled lake, woodland, and mellow period English accomodation, that becalmes and beguiles. Affectionate 'Penelope', Caroline's rescue labrador, and snow white cat 'Diana'-disarmingly deaf, ans always eager to elegantly occupy your bed, complete this idyll.
 
From this retreat in the Test Vally, the world's trout and fly fishing paradise, i could explore ancientcountry inns, indulge art galleries in Stockbridge; wonder at Winchester's 2000 year history, or Romseys ancient abbey-resting place of lord Mountbatten, Broadlands, his family home; even Salisbury and Stonehenge. Fly fishing, shooting, riding,walking, cycling-Caroline will direct! All an hour's drive from Heathrow, and a hundred years from London.
 
It was both the post Christmas tonic and New Year's re-energised needed; one that can only become more appealing as the days lengthen and lighten. London's 2012 'world' events are on Caroline's doorstep, so I'd truly recommend booking asap, and at prices that'll please. Caroline can be contacted via Wolsey Lodges (www.wolseylodges.com), a consortium of privately owned homes, and Britain's most prestigious group providing 'home hospitality'; or directly: chalse@btinternet.com, (www.howparkfarm.com).
 
Enwraptured?. there's more! For exceptional dining quality, and a discerning palette, try 'The Peat Spade', restaurant and quaintly titled: 'rooming house', at Longstock, nr. Stockbridge (01264 810612), and realy dig in to the countryside's culinary past; an indulgence and a delight. If in Stockbridge, then sample The Greyhound Inn, with its cosy log fires, on the prettiest of traditional English village High Streets; or Romsey's 9th century White Horse Inn, where just their coffee and home made biscuits, in its ancient surroundings, induce serenity itself. More.?
 
Try the lavender farm at Hadley Park Farm, Alton, or even the vineyard at Danebury, just outside Stockbridge. Enjoy these, and join me; on any Chelsea Walk of your choice, in the World's most fascinating borough, at The Chelsea Walks (www.thechelseawalks.com), as well as my own further travels in 2012, and beyond.
 
 
 
Copyright Gary Fahy 2012
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