|Subject: Re: Southern England|
We have travelled by car several times in England. You are sensible to restrict yourself to one small pert of the country as there is so much to see and do. I will leave the bit about castles and stately homes to others as we do not visit too many of those. Now cathedrals are something else. And scenery!
With regard to B& Bs we did not book ahead and even though we were there in peak season found a good place every night. We would start looking about 3 pm each day and generally found something fairly quickly. Many B& Bs have a sign outside. In that way we found some beauties eg 16th century farmhouse way out in the countryside near Watchet, and a 13th century inn (now a private house) in Pendeen. We were also on a tight budget and managed to find places for less than 40 pounds. This was in 1998 so for 50 pounds you should be able to find a decent place to rest your weary heads.
When we had found a place we would have along talk with the owner to ask about local sights and feeding places. Seeing as we were there in mid summer we would then have a number of hours to continue sightseeing etc, before and after dinner.
You should have a ball!
Gerrit in Perth (Australia)