The first time I had been to Chaddleworth was when I was quite young and my Reverend dad had organized a parish swap for our family – we stayed in Chaddleworth and the vicar’s family came to our home in Maine. Since then we have visited regularly and stayed very close with a family that to this day remain very dear friends. We went to stay with Eliza and Martin at their home Chaddleworth House for the first week of our trip. The photos above are of their house, the impressive gardens (and tennis court), and St. Andrew’s Chapel (where we had our private ceremony – more on that latter). The week was filled with delicious English cuisine (we’re fans), rest, and reading – ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. One evening they took us out to their favorite local gastropub called The Harrow in Little Bedwyn. I ordered my first grouse, Teddy had an excellent Welsh beef dish, and we shared deep-fried lobster. Eliza took us for long afternoon walks, with her three spaniels, through the fields and up to the Lambourn Gallops (which is property she had once owned, so she knew all the good paths) which are the last images above. Berkshire county is stunning, and one of the oldest in the country. Think farm country with picturesque rolling hills. It’s one of my favorite parts of the UK and I’m already plotting a return trip for the not too distant future.