Our trip to Alton was fraught with challenges: tropical storms delaying flights, missed connections, missing luggage, and the harrowing challenge of learning to drive on the left-hand side of the road.
Pulling into St. Mary’s Hall–after the challenging of finding it-garmin didn’t like the street address and we had to program on across the street, which we promptly forgot and looked on the wrong side of the road for it!–was like pulling up to a good friend’s house. Fellow authors, Abigail Reynolds, Susan Mason-Milks and Cassandra Grafton were already there, and Joan Mossop came out to meet us with the news that the airline had delivered our luggage!
The B&B was gorgeous and felt so much like home. We loved it and it was so close to everything we needed that we didn’t have to drive anywhere the entire stay. As anxious as driving left me, that was a very welcome thing indeed.
Staying at the same place as friends was even better. We even got to have an impromptu signing of The Darcy Brother book one morning at breakfast.
We’re looking forward at returning next year. We’re already making plans for Jane Austen Regency Week 2016. You guys are the first to know–it looks like I’ll be speaking about Regency Era Christmas next year!