Getting from Point A to Point B; Don’t Forget the a’s, b’s and little c’s!
To get from Point A to Point B is more fun if you have shorter driving times and lots of smaller a’s, b’s and c’s along the route. After all we are on vacation! When you have been up all night, or at least not sleeping well on an international flight, it is easier to have small stops to look forward to rather than a long jaunt across the countryside in unfamiliar territory! So, those were the conditions I set for my “2016 English Garden Tour” starting at Heathrow Airport and beginning the “Official” part of the tour in Cornwall. But, I made a few stops along the way and they turned out to be lovely! As you have read in previous blog posts we stopped at two National Trust properties on the journey to Cornwall, Stourhead and Tintinhull. Oh, and we drove past Stonehenge, so we can say we’ve seen that too! And then we planned to stop for the night in Yeovil, and stay at the Ash Manor House. What a delightful stay between Point A and Point B! It was easy to find, there was plenty of parking on the premises, it was spotless and there is a restaurant on site! So if you are making your way to Cornwall this also may be a good option for you! Let’s see some photos!
Notice looking at the “now” pictures of the house and the “original” picture, that the ivy has been removed from the house. I liked the ivy look better, but that’s just me! The ivy softens the stones and gives it a romantic cottage-y look!
From Heathrow to Ash Manor House I was trying to adjust to a rental car called LEON. Leon is a diesel engine vehicle that turns off whenever the brake is on for any period of time to save gas. It is like they do in Nascar to save gas when they think they will not make it until the end of the race and try to conserve fuel. The only difference is Leon does it automatically and it is sooooo scary! I was always concerned it wouldn’t start up again just as we got to the tricky round about or stuck in heavy traffic and then needed to go! Just one more thing to add to the adventure! Who would name a car LEON anyway? I learned one more thing early on in my adventure; never let them stick me wth a LEON at the car rental! Maybe I just need a relaxing drink and something to eat! So let’s go to the bar!
And then the next morning, a scrumptious breakfast in the Morning Room overlooking the back garden.
If you are traveling from London to Cornwall you might consider a rest stop at Ash Manor House. All my boxes for the perfect stay were ticked off!
Well, it’s a brand new day and we are off to another National Trust Property! See you next time at Greenway, home of Agatha Christie! I can hardly wait!
4 Responses to “Getting from Point A to Point B; Don’t Forget the a’s, b’s and little c’s!”
Fabulous place to stay. I love these posts. You reminded me of the time I rented a little stick shift car to drive around Cornwall. I wasn’t used to it and in Mousehole I ran head to head with a Lorry in one of the narrow donkey cart sized streets. He had to back up because I couldn’t. I was facing downhill too!. He was rather annoyed. I shrugged with my hands in the air and smiled apologetically.
Oh Sherry you know exactly what it is like to drive there! I usually get a stick shift too since I drive one at home everyday but I went with an automatic and still had to deal with something else altogether! It’s always something to keep us on our toes! I appreciate the way you always READ my posts rather than just skim over them lightly!
What a striking red dining room. I had some adventures with a rental car in Cornwall also, especially with narrow curving roads and roundabouts. Mousehole was tricky too when we visited a cousin there.
Yeah St Ives was a thriller! More on that in the future!