Castle Combe, Wiltshire is indeed beautiful, with holly hanging on the door of the houses. The rain seemed to have added the coolness to the air but it didn’t wash away the Christmas spirit in Castle Combe.
It was one of the drizzling days. We decided to take bus No.35 from Chippenham to Castle Combe after cancelling our trip to Cardiff. It costs both of us £6 for return as Castle Combe is just 15 minutes from Chippenham by bus. Castle Combe is known as the gorgeous village in English.
However, we were a little sceptical to pop into a small village on a rainy day. Getting off the bus, we could feel the dampness in our bones. Each droplet alighted on my face, freezing my cheeks off. We walked down the street, came across old houses with thick walls made of stones and roofs made from split natural stone tiles. These features have made Castle Combe completely different from the normal villages which I have been to.
We passed through the graveyard beside St. Andrew Church, arriving at a luxury five-star hotel -the Manor House. It appears to be a mansion with a huge garden. If you love nature, you will find the landscape is breathtaking. We came to know that Castle Combe developed as a weaving town along with the rest of Wiltshire. It got its name when it manufactured a red and white cloth known as “Castlecombe” in the 15th century.
As we walked along the street to Market Cross, we realised that we had difficulty in distinguishing the houses from the pubs based on their architecture. The wind started to whip the frigid raindrops, I felt like I had just taken a cold shower in the middle of this ancient village. We decided to have our lunch at an English pub in Castle Combe – the White Hart.
It serves really good food and I would totally recommend the sticky toffee pudding with ice cream at the end of the course. We met two American dudes who spontaneously drove from London to Castle Combe in the pub. They were kind enough to give us a lift back to Chippenham. Castle Combe is indeed beautiful, with holly hanging on the door of the houses. The rain seemed to have added the coolness to the air but it didn’t wash away the Christmas spirit in Castle Combe.