Sorry for the delay in replying. We had a lovely time on most parts of the trip with pleasant surprises every now and then. The car rental company gave us a Mercedes sedan instead of a Ford Focus because they did not have any small-sized auto car. With that, it greatly enhanced our driving pleasure during the 8-day trip.
In terms of hotels, we highly recommend the hotels in York and the Cotswolds for the quaint historical towns and unusual manor/hotel settings respectively. Both hotels also provided us with impeccable services. York, Cambridge and Chester are really beautiful, and it was regretful that we did not get to spend more time in these places.
~ Terence & Michelle