The wedding was a late booking for my husband so by the time we had full confirmation I found we were a bit limited in our choice of room. I had dreams of an old Inn and an antique four poster bed. I did get the old Inn but had to make do with a room in the new extension part of the building. We stayed in The Noel Arms Hotel in Chipping Campden and I was very pleased with this choice. Our room was spacious and comfortable.
|Our very comfortable bed|
|Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden|
Our first day was a work day. My husband was photographing a wedding and I was basically the equipment carrier and general dogs body. I did have one embarrassing moment though. I was wearing a brand new dress, so I was feeling very smart. During the morning preparations with the bridal family I suddenly noticed that one of my hold-up stockings had slipped right down my leg on full view to everyone. How long it had been like it I have no idea. I managed to discretely pull it up again when no one was looking and at the earliest opportunity they were discarded. The rest of the day went perfectly and the very kind bride and groom even fed us at the wedding breakfast with the same meal as the guests. The weather was glorious and everyone had a wonderful day. We were with them until about ten at night which left us with enough time to get back to our hotel for a drink at the bar.
The breakfasts were delicious with a choice of several cooked dishes or a self serve Continental breakfast. There was also toast, fruit juices and tea or coffee.The second day was for us to go out sight seeing but sadly the weather was very different to the previous day. It rained nearly all day and we were not prepared for bad weather having neither coats or umbrellas. I love Tudor history and it had not escaped my notice that an important historical house was nearby - Sudeley Castle.
Sudeley Castle is an ideal visit for Tudor lovers since it was once the home of HenryVIII last wife, Katherine Parr and she is buried in St. Mary's Church which is in the grounds of the castle. For me this was a historical pilgrimage. Queen Elizabeth I, Lady Jane Grey, Anne Boleyn and Richard III have all played a part in its history. There is not as much to see here as other similar sites but it is still worth a visit if you have a spare afternoon and are nearby. I would have liked more time to explore the gardens but the weather was not kind to us.
|The Knot Garden|
|St Mary's Church, Sudeley|
|Katherine Parr's Tomb|
Our weekend trip came to an end all too soon. I think I will return again one day as we had little time to appreciate the lovely rolling hills or to see the many pretty villages.