Holiday: Marlborough – Day 1 (of 5)

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The Castle and Ball Hotel, Marlborough

10.00am: Well, here we are back in ‘holiday-mode’ where we’re spending six days in and around the beautiful town of Marlborough.

11.35am: Our first stop though was to drop in on our (recently-discovered-long-lost-cousins) Chris & Kate in Maidenhead for a quick hello and a cuppa! Then it was off to the nearest EV charging area to our destination – Chieveley Services just off the M4. A quick review of the options at this unglamorous (but necessary) location revealed a mix of plug options. The guy next to us in his eMini advised us to wait until he’d finished and we could use the one he was using. The benefit? It was a 50kW ‘CCS’ variant (rather than the 7kW ‘Type 2’ of the one we were parked in front of). And after his departure, we re-positioned the car, plugged in and put 31.2 kW in the tank. This gave us over 120 extra miles and at ‘just’ 30p per kW (totalling Β£9.36) we were ready to go within the rather unhelpful auto-disconnect time of 45 minutes! (just giving us time for a quick something to eat). Perfect! 😊

Stay awake at the back! πŸ’€πŸ’€

Just be aware that parking is limited to just two hours here and after that, it’s an extortionate fee of Β£25 to stay any longer! 😯

Ugly, but essential!

4.35pm: Next stop was our final stop – and temporary home for the duration – the Castle and Ball Hotel just off the town’s very wide thoroughfare.

Check-in was pretty straightforward and after some initial issues trying to connect to their wi-fi, we were soon in room 15, unpacking, and all set for what the area had to offer!

The weather forecast for the rest of the week here is dry, with the temperature in the low 20s. It therefore looks like the perfect conditions for a bit of walking and I’ll post more details about that over the coming days!

That’ll do nicely!

More news tomorrow… πŸ‘

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