Chatsworth House & Robin Hood Overnight
Chatsworth House and Robin Hood Country overnight
Staying at the Best Western West Retford with dinner, bed and breakfast.
Depart from your home area travelling to the Peak District where we visit the magnificent Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Explore over 25 rooms in the house including the Painted Hall, State Rooms, Sculpture Gallery and discover its art, history and family. Later we head for our hotel, arriving late afternoon at the Best Western West Retford Hotel. Overnight stay - dinner, bed & breakfast.
This morning we head for Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre - home of the Major Oak. Known throughout the world as the secret hiding place of Nottinghamshire's outlaw hero Robin Hood, it is also Britain's biggest tree! Afterwards, we head to Newark-on-Trent where we have free time before we return home.
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. The Chatsworth Park covers 1,000 acres and is enclosed by a dry stone wall that is 15 kilometres long and a deer fence.
Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. There are over 25 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.
Everything you can buy at Chatsworth - from food and drink to books and china - reflects the exceptional quality of the house, collection and estate. Explore the Orangery shop at the end of the house route and relax in the garden or the Stables for something to eat.
The gardens are famous for its rich history, historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, and its Victorian rock garden, there is something for everyone in the 105-acre Chatsworth Garden. The garden is the product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation. Although some points of interest have been replaced to make way for new fashions, the garden retains many early features, including the Canal Pond, Cascade and 1st Duke's Greenhouse.
In 2020, the continued reinvigoration of the grounds saw the installation of a new monumental sculpture, Natural Course created by Laura Ellen Bacon, as the centrepiece of Arcadia. The Arcadia project is part of the biggest transformation of the garden for 200 years - it also includes a remodelled Rock Garden, the Maze borders, the Ravine, and Dan Pearson's redevelopment of the Trout Stream and the Jack Pond. The water features play during the open season from 10.30pm until 4.15pm. Please be aware that the water features are gravity fed and reliant on the water levels in the lakes above Chatsworth.
Situated on the banks of the River Trent, Newark is a picturesque town steeped in history. The ruins of Newark Castle have had a huge influence on the unique character of the town. Though the current remains were built in the early 12th century, there has been a castle on the site since 1068. Left in ruins by a turbulent history, the grounds were landscaped in 1887. Newark's market place is overlooked by the Georgian Town Hall.
The National Civil War Centre (entry charges apply) invites you to explore one of the most fascinating times in UK history, sweeping you into a remarkable story of superstitions, serious sibling rivalry and seismic change which has affected the country we live in today. See the realities of 17th century life through the eyes of people who lived it in our stunning galleries and bring the whole family to enjoy a fantastic range of interactives including our much-loved dressing up cupboard!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
We depart the West Country and travel to Chatsworth House and Gardens. In the late afternoon we then travel to our hotel where we check into our hotel for our 1 night stay for dinner, bed & breakfast
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and make our way to the Robin Hood Visitor Centre before heading on to Newark. In the late afternoon we then head back for home.
Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel.
Escape to an 18th Century Georgian manor house.
The Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel lies within walking distance of historic Retford itself. That makes it perfect for getting out and about, with Sherwood Forest and Lincoln also nearby!
The 250-year old grade II listed hotel building is complemented by a choice of traditional or more modern bedroom styles, but the emphasis throughout your stay is on traditional style combined with modern facilities and a high standard of relaxed but attentive service that is rarely available from larger, modern hotels.
Set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens however, you'd be forgiven for spending as much time as possible in and around the hotel. But if you do venture out, the warmest traditional Nottinghamshire hospitality will be waiting back at the Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel on your return.
Close to sporting, cultural and historic attractions, a stay at the Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel gives guests ample opportunity to explore the local area. Museums, abbeys and even wetlands are all within easy reach!
The hotel has 63 bedrooms of which 32 are on the ground floor. A good mix of bathrooms, some having power shower over bath, some with freestanding power showers and separate baths.
All rooms have a flat screen TV and free wifi throughout.
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