If you go
Newbury is about an hour by train from London. Info: http://www.lat.ms/1ieAeCM
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code) and 44 (country code for Britain) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall; 1488-657-545; http://www.whitehartinnhamsteadmarshall.co.uk. Charming eight-room inn a few minutes from the town of Newbury. Doubles from about $200 a night, including breakfast and dinner.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury; 1635-897-632, http://www.the-vineyard.co.uk. Elegant 49-room hotel whose emphasis on wine feels like a little bit of California in England. Doubles from about $310.
WHERE TO EAT
The Lion Newbury, 39 West St., Newbury; 1635-528-468, thelionnewbury.weebly.com. Not your typical pub. Ales and beer, of course, but clean, pleasant atmosphere and Thai food Thursdays-Sundays. Curries, rices and seafood. Main dishes from about $13.
The Vineyard (see above),1635-528-770. Extensive wine list (no surprise). Main dishes from about $20. Four-course dinners from about $80.
White Hart Inn (see above). English comfort food and some pub grub (fish and chips) but also some unexpected dishes (pea and Parmesan risotto) and more serious cuisine too, including pan-fried guinea fowl. Main dishes from about $11.50.
Tickets for the first part of the year are sold out; tickets for summer 2014 will become available in February. Tickets for the castle, garden and exhibition are about $32; a family ticket for two adults and two or three children is about $90. http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk
TO LEARN MORE
Visit Britain, http://www.visitbritain.com