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Handsome 17th- and 18th-century houses line the trim streets of Woodstock, at the eastern edge of the Cotswolds. It's best known for nearby Blenheim Palace, and in summer tour buses clog the village's ancient streets. On a quiet fall or spring afternoon, however, Woodstock is a sublime experience: a mellowed 18th-century church and town hall mark the central square, and along its backstreets you
can find flower-bedecked houses and quiet lanes right out of a 19th-century etching.
Althorp, known as the childhood home and burial place of Princess Diana, has fine architecture and paintings, both old masters and new. ...
The posh town of Ascot (pronounced as -cut) has for centuries been famous for horse racing and for style. Queen Anne chose to have a racecourse...