Our 4 days UK road trip

Well, that took me long enough, right?!

Last September, Renaud and I headed out to the UK for a 4-day mini road trip along the South coast of England. You know me, the United Kingdom is one of my favorite countries and definitely one that I like to drive my car around! I must have done 5 road trips there already, including one all the way up to Scotland in my beloved Mini Cooper. But let me tell you more about this one.

While I know my way across South England quite well (I actually studied for a full year near Royal Tunbridge Wells), Renaud hadn’t been in the area yet. We knew we only had a couple of days to spend abroad as we were launching Natural Company on October 1rst so we couldn’t really go too far away. While I knew that I wanted to take my husband to some of my favorite places (Brighton being on top of the list), I also wanted to discover new towns & villages.

Upon researching my favorite travel website The Telegraph travel and quite a few hours spent on Pinterest, we decided on the following itinerary:

  1. Arriving at Folkestone with the Eurotunnel and breakfast in Canterbury. Shopping at Ashford outlet before heading out to lunch in a traditional pub. Head over to Rye and spend the rest of the afternoon there before having dinner and crashing into bed.
  2. Breakfast and wander around Rye, then lunch on the beach near Hastings. Then, back on the road to Brighton where we would spend the rest of the day before dinner at the Coal shed and checking into our gorgeous B&B.
  3. Day spent in Brighton doing some shopping, sightseeing and playing at the Pier. Then, on the road to Whitstable where we would be right on time for dinner at our hotel.
  4. Last day exploring Whitstable before going back to the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone by taking smaller roads near the coast.


Our first stop was Canterbury, a pretty little town neat the Eurotunnel terminal
After a few hours spent at the Ashford outlet, we went to the Old Mill pub for lunch. I found this place on Google Maps and we absolutely loved it! The decor is fun and rustic and the staff was really friendly!
Rye is a lovely little town with one main street and a couple of cobblestone alleys. While it is a seaside town, the harbor is actually located a few miles down from the village.
Here’s the bar located in our B&B The Standard Inn. We were so happy to stay at an authentic Bed & Breakfast as this was a first for Renaud. Our bedroom and bathroom were quite small but we really just crashed into bed and didn’t spend much time lounging around.
Starting the day with a full English breakfast is always a good idea!



On the way to Brighton, I really wanted to stop by a gorgeous beach near Bexhill that I discovered with my mum years ago. I actually dream of renting one of the gorgeous beach houses there one summer with our family and dogs!

We stopped for lunch at The Relais Cooden Beach Hotel and it really felt like we were thousands of miles away from home!
Our Bed and Breakfast in Brighton was positively dreamy! We stayed at The Charm, which is located near the seafront, the Pier and the city center. Our room was huge and bright with a marble bathroom & a Nespresso machine!
While we loved the location as well as the decor, the breakfast buffet was just wonderful. Think muffins, croissants, cereals and a full à la carte menu with English Breakfast & eggs Benedict!
Brighton is one of my favorite cities in the UK. I’ve been there with my family, friends & my husband and while each time was different, I always enjoy it and want to come back ASAP.
I am working on sharing all my favorite places to eat in Brighton but I love The Coal Shed, La Choza & William the Fourth
The Coal Shed was the perfect spot for a romantic date night


Our last hotel was actually our least favorite. The Crescent Turner hotel has a beautiful view on the Whitstable bay but we found the room awkwardly set up and our dinner was pretty pricey for what we got

Whistable was everything I had hoped for & more. The architecture is quite unique and fun and the people around town were nice & friendly. We spent our whole morning just walking around and we stopped by the seafront for oysters & beers right before heading South to catch our Eurostar shuttle.


Have you ever visited any of these towns? I already daydream about our next road trip to the UK as I would love to go and explore Cornwall! If you habe any tips or recommendations, let me know!


  1. March 15, 2019 / 13:30

    Lovely photos of ‘home’ not that I call UK home these days!

    Before moving to France I used to live in Pembury near Tunbridge Wells.

    • Axelle
      March 20, 2019 / 19:00

      Pembury? No way! I went to Bethany School which is close by! What a small world!

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