Although my flight arrived at 8:30, it took over an hour to get through customs and to connect with Road Scholar. At first I was worried because I didn't see any other people with the requisite name tag or someone with a sign looking for me. Finally, I connected with an East Indian man in a suit who identified himself as my "driver." He chauffeured me by myself in a luxury sedan the 90 miles from Heathrow to Mickelton. Pretty classy for RS.
I arrived around noon at Three Ways House Hotel
Afterwards we decided to go for a walk to Hidcote Gardens. We got a map and instructions from the front desk, but they seemed a little vague. We headed out and quickly came upon a "footpath" which led across a field of sheep.
I think we will see a lot of these in the days to come.
At 5 we had our group meeting with 22 other intrepid travelers. One couple confessed to going on 51 Road Scholar trips -- 12 just in the last year (one a month).
A 3-course dinner was served at the hotel and was surprisingly gourmet. Sydney and I said we can't eat like this every night but this was a good beginning to the trip.