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Litchfield - in the shadow of 'Downton Abbey'

Get away from it all in the small village of Litchfield, set in Hampshire's beautiful green countryside. Here you're within easy reach of Highclere Castle, the setting for hit TV show Downton Abbey. The castle is open to the public during the summer and a few other times of the year, from Sunday to Thursday. Explore the castle's history, visit the state rooms, walk round the garden and view the stunning bedrooms. And of course check out the all-important Upstairs Downstairs aspects of the stately home and wonder whether you might bump into Carson the butler any minute...

A day at the races in Newbury

The Nearby town of Newbury is great for a wander and boasts an historic racecourse. With 29 fixtures a year, you might well get the chance to dress to the nines and have a grand day out. Also Nearby are the lovely North Wessex Downs perfect for a stroll, the pretty village of Kingsclere where you're sure to find a nice pint in an English country inn, or pay a visit to the Roman remains at Silchester.

Take a flying leap at Basingstoke

Adventurous types will love a trip to iFLY Indoor Skydiving which has one of its three UK bases at Nearby Basingstoke. Get your adrenaline pumping with a go in the vertical indoor wind tunnel. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Litchfield? Travelodge Newbury Tot Hill Hotel is handy for the A34, or Travelodge Barton Stacey Hotel is just over 15 minutes away.