Castle Combe, Wiltshire
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Castle Combe, Wiltshire

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Castle Combe is, arguably, the prettiest village in England. If you can get there before the tourists and if sports' cars aren't racing round the nearby circuit, it probably is. A number of movies have been filmed here, most famously, Dr Doolittle.

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