It's difficult figuring out what size car to rent in England, when you're travelling with a 500 size Vari-Kennel, 2 people, and 2 large suitcases. They don't have "SUV"s over there, and wagons are expensive. Hatchbacks are the rule, but only a few come in automatic (I drive stick quite well, but with my RIGHT hand, not left, so added to driving on the other side of the road, seems too distracting for a 5-day rental).
Aside from that i am mostly planned for the trip. We leave Monday night, May 9th, and don't return till Friday May 20th. I am still waiting to hear from a good friend whether she will be in the UK at the time and wanting to sight-see with us; that sounds like a lot of fun, but we'll fill our days either way. I just love driving through the countryside over there, it's just gorgeous.