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ナローボート

英国のナローボートは、もともと貨物の内陸水運を目的に活用されていました。現代では主にレジャーとして、または住居としても利用されているようです。狭い運河を航行する為ボートも幅が2メートル足らずの細長い形をしています。歩く早さとさほど変わらないゆっくりとしたペースで運河を進み、所々にあるロック(Lock)では閘門を開け閉めして水位を同じにして通過してゆきます。
観光客向けのナローボートクルージングや、自分で操縦できる1日レンタルボートなどもあります。

初めのうちは、ロックの開け閉めの手順に戸惑い、ドキドキしながら居合わせた人にアドバイスされつつ、何とか通過できました。それでも何度かこなすうちには慣れ、チームワークでスムースに通過できるようになったのでした。
これもイギリスならではの経験でした。
操縦もしてもらえて、日本語サポート可のチャーターなら、もっと気軽に楽しめそうです。

Manor House hotel, Castle Combe - Putting Green

Why a golfing holiday in the Cotswolds could be the best you’ve ever had

With its gorgeous rolling vistas and expansive gardens, the Cotswolds has to rank among the UK’s undoubted green idylls, all of which makes it an unsurprising choice of base for a golfing holiday. However, that a golfing holiday in the Cotswolds may seem obvious should not detract from its similarly obvious charms.

Here at Rosehill Travel, we are delighted to be able to offer luxury golfing breaks to the Cotswolds for those who wish to tee off in some of the country’s most astonishing rural surroundings. Those heading to the South Cotswolds, for example, can find one of the South West’s finest golf courses when they stop off at the Manor House Hotel and Golf Club in Castle Combe.

What greets visitors to this part of the Cotswolds – other than the delightful 14th century Manor House Hotel itself that provides more than hospitable overnight accommodation – is a truly breathtaking golfing landscape that will challenge both novice and experienced players of the game. For those ardent golfers that aren’t distracted by the 365 surrounding acres of fabulous Cotswolds countryside, this is a course that continually presents new and interesting challenges.

From the mature oak and beech trees that line the fairways, to the delectable River Bybrook, there’s always something to make you feel close to nature when you make this course the focal point of your golfing holiday in the Cotswolds. Nor do par threes get much more exciting than the 17th at Burton Brook.

However, any past visitor to this course knows that the award-winning Manor House Hotel has more than enough to enthral even those with little interest in golf. This is an establishment, after all, famed for its combination of exceptional service, pleasing surroundings and fine dining, as is rightly expected of any self-respecting stately home.

All of this is before one considers the immensely picturesque Castle Combe itself, with its clematis-clad dwellings, old water pump and 19th century Butter Cross that have made it a fixture of the movies for directors seeking a glimpse of the rapidly diminishing old England. Even a mere 20 minutes away can be found the jaw-dropping and always happening city of Bath, a World Heritage Site with all of the historic charms and attractions that such a status implies.

Don’t hesitate to contact Rosehill Travel today about this or any other golfing holiday in the Cotswolds, tailored to your own highest expectations.