Althorp House & Stately Gardens
3 daysCome and enjoy a wonderful visit to the magnificent Althorp House, the family home of Diana and her final resting place. Visitors are invited to explore this wonderful house, showcasing one of Europe's finest private collections of furniture, paintings and ceramics, each intriguing room of this magnificent family home has a fascinating story of its own. From the captivating interiors to the beguiling grounds, Althorp offers a wealth of opportunities for visitors of all ages and showcases the various interests and passions of those who have lived here over the centuries. Included visits to Coton Manor Gardens and Stowe Gardens make this a very stately weekend
NB This tour requires a reasonable amount of walking
PRICE FROM ? £289 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Your ItineraryDay 1 After joining your coach, travel north with a break at the beautiful garden at Coton Manor which occupies a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house constructed of mellow Northamptonshire stone. The 10 acre garden has luxuriant borders that will delight the plant enthusiast while everyone will enjoy the garden’s charm and special atmosphere, with colour and interest throughout the seasons. Beyond the garden is a magical five acre bluebell wood and a wildflower meadow.There is a cafe for refreshments and an extensive nursery with over a thousand varieties of plants, many of which are unusual and are propagated from the garden itself. Arrive at 4* Sedgebrook Hall to check in for your 2-night stay with dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 2 After a hearty breakfast, board the coach for the short drive to Althorp House. Visitors flow freely through the rooms, and there are guides positioned throughout the house to give you more information and answer any queries you may have. In the Stables Block, built by Roger Morris in 1733 in the Anglo-Palladian style, you'll find the Stables Café, Gift Shop and seasonal exhibitions. Passed presentations featured Mario Testino's iconic collection of images of Diana, Princess of Wales taken in 1997 for Vanity Fair, and Walking in her Shoes, showcasing 20 inspirational young people who hold The Diana Award, demonstrating the monumental impact they have had on society and the lives of others. Entry included.
Day 3 Check out after breakfast and head to magnificent Stowe, where you will find gardening on a grand scale in a Georgian landscape garden and park. The scale and beauty of Stowe have attracted visitors for over 300 years. Picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks and temples create a timeless landscape, reflecting the changing seasons. Full of hidden meaning, the gardens were created as an earthly paradise and still cast their spell today. Summer is a magical time at Stowe. Enjoy a wander for a sense of stillness and to hear the birds chattering away with trees full of leaves, hiding the landscape waiting to purposefully surprise you as you walk down a winding path to a sudden break in the branches. Then it's all aboard the coach to head back to interchange and then onward to your home towns. Back to top
AccommodationSedgebrook Hall Hotel, Chapel Brampton
A lovely 4* country house situated in the pretty village of Chapel Brampton just 5 miles from Northampton city centre. The hotel has a superb health and leisure club, including a gym, an all-weather tennis court, a 3-par pitch and putt, and a sauna. Guest rooms are thoughtfully furnished to create a relaxing environment, luxury bedding, free Wi-Fi, desk and TV. Rooms also feature a laptop safe and tea/coffee facilities. No lift here but some ground floor rooms and stairs within the hotel. Back to top