Honeymoon Itinerary: England
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Afternoon In close-by Stonehouse, wander around Woodchester Mansion, a 19th-century house abandoned by its builders. This place is so spooky, it was on an episode of Ghost Hunters International.
Evening Try out the local ales at The Swan, a trendy gastropub in Southrop. Cotswolds homeowner Kate Moss is a regular, so wear your skinny jeans, and make sure to order the outrageous rib-eye steak.
Morning Locals—including Prince Charles, who has an estate near Tetbury—are into organic and green living. Don't miss the prince's creation, Highgrove Shop, in Tetbury town, which sells all manner of English goodies: biscuits, tea, garden gear.
Afternoon Borrow the hotel's house bikes and pedal to nearby Cirencester, an adorable village. The "in" cafe is Made by Bob, famous for its decadent pastries.
Evening Upgrade to filet of wild halibut and blood-orange soup at Michelin-starred Lords of the Manor, in Upper Slaughter. P.S.: It's also a very nice hotel. Rooms from $300.
Morning Fuel up on sausages and eggs at Barnsley House.
Afternoon Lady Mary and Matthew fans should head to Highclere Castle, just an hour away, where Downton Abbey is filmed. The grounds are even more out of hand than they are onscreen.
Evening You've seen how the aristos live. Now drive 45 minutes to Hurley and The Olde Bell, where the staff might have honeymooned. Recently redecorated (it's English via Scandinavia), this inn serves up a perfect last meal: quail and hand-cut chips (that's fries to us Yanks) for those who can still button up their jeans. From $346. Mercifully for your waistline, your next stop is Heathrow!