Canals, Houses & Chocolates
- Duration: 3 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2T2312
- Travel Type: Coach
Lancashire is a place of ancient history and industrial innovation, where romantic sensibilities meet everyday practicality. This is perhaps best seen in the staggering number of hidden treasures on offer in the county, places you just wouldn’t expect to find in the industrial north, heartland of the ‘satanic mills’. This tour takes in just a few of these hidden treasures, and shows you a side of Lancashire you might well be surprised by.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
After a morning departure from your local pick-up point, you’ll head across the Pennines and into Lancashire. Try not to fall asleep in the coach, or you’ll miss the excellent views as you cross the back-bone of Britain. Your destination for the day is Boundary Mill in Colne – this is the flagship site of Boundary Mill, a small chain of shopping destinations which offer quality fashion and homewares at discounted prices. You’ll have some time to indulge in a little retail therapy, but it’s not going to be about the bargains; Boundary Mills also offers guided tours of the surrounding area, so you’ll be able to see even more of Lancashire with an informed and friendly guide. When the tour is over, you’ll re-join the coach and head to your hotel where you can relax after a long day.
After breakfast, you’ll head to Blackburn, where you’ll visit the Chocolate House. The Chocolate House is an independently run chocolatery which began in the kitchen of Susie Bristow (proprietor and chocolatier), before moving to a retail premises in 1983. You’ll be able to watch a demonstration how the chocolates are made, with free samples on offer as well as tea and coffee and the Chocolate House’s own blend of hot chocolate, before touring the shop and kitchen. When the tour is over, why not splurge a little on some hand-made chocolates in the shop? Surely after being surrounded by the smell of chocolate you’ll be hungry…
In the afternoon, you’ll be able to sit back and relax on a Canal Cruise. You’ll board the narrow boat at Foulridge Canal Wharf in Colne and sail along the tranquil waters of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and from the windows of the narrow-boat you’ll be able to see the gorgeous countryside views. Tea and coffee will be provided, along with a selection of biscuits as you cruise along and enjoy the peace and quiet of the canals.
On your last day in Lancashire you’ll visit Samlesbury Hall. This is one of the most stunning historic houses in the county, and a haven for anyone who likes history.
Samlesbury Hall is an absolute must see, with plenty to do if you aren’t all that interested in learning the secrets of its long dead inhabitants, including various exhibits, an animal park and a Bee and Heritage Centre.
In the late afternoon, you’ll re-join the coach for the journey home, arriving to your drop-off point in the early evening.
Last Drop Village Hotel
The charming Last Drop Village Hotel sits at the edge of the West Pennine Moors and boasts fabulous views of Bolton. The hotel was converted from a group of derelict 17th century farm buildings known as ‘Orrell Fold’ – the name Orrell dates back far beyond modern records, but it is generally believed that the Orrell family owned the Manor of Turton from around 1420 when the previous Lord of the Manor died. In 1930, Mr William Carr, a well-known farmer and race-horse owner, bought the farm and used it mainly for stabling his horses. However, he allowed the buildings to fall into ruin and eventually sold them on in 1963 to Mr Carlton Walker who decided to repair the buildings and convert them into a hotel. The curious name of the hotel is in reference to the ‘last drop’ of a bottle of wine which was enjoyed as part of a celebratory meal to commemorate the completion of works on the hotel restaurant, the first building to be completed in 1964. The hotel has a modern, minimalist and ever so slightly rustic air to it, with each bedroom having been decorated in its own unique style. All rooms are located in the main hotel building, overlooking the landscaped gardens, village high-street or the surrounding parkland and include free high-speed W-Fi, flat screen TV and tea/coffee facilities. The Hotel also has a wonderful spa, where guests can relax and indulge with a range of spa packages to choose from.
- Return coach travel
- 2 nights at the Last Drop Village Hotel, half-board
- Excursion to Boundary Mills, with guided tour included
- Admission to the Chocolate House
- Canal cruise with refreshments
- Admission to Samlesbury Hall with guided tour
The price shown is per person based on two adults sharing a twin/double room.
Child (12 years and under) prices are based on sharing with two full fare paying passengers. Therefore, if one adult and one child share a room the child will pay the adult price.
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