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Below Stairs In Charming Cheshire

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9110

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

4 days

National Trust 2021

PRICE FROM ? £495 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Britain’s rigid class system defined the lives of our ancestors. We discover what life was like on both sides of the social divide in some of Cheshire’s finest houses; from the etiquette between the Lord of the house and staff ‘upstairs’ to the responsibilities and duties of the servants ‘downstairs’. We also delve into the history of one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – Dunham Massey & Tatton Park

We make our way to Dunham Massey, a fine Georgian house set in a tranquil 300-acre deer park. We delve into the colourful stories of past owners and servants alike, including tales of the house's role as Stamford Military Hospital during the First World War. We can also take a stroll around the magnificent gardens that surround the house and feature some of the most scenic landscapes in the north.

From here we continue on to Tatton Park where we enjoy lunch together before we take a closer look at this elegant mansion. Built by Samuel Wyatt, Tatton Park is one of Britain’s most complete historic estates, with a landscaped deer park and exquisite formal gardens. The opulent interior is crammed with collections of silver, china, glass and fine furniture made by Gillows, reflecting the wealth and status of the Egerton family during the 18th and 19th centuries. Along with the extensive array of domestic offices and servants’ quarters, the house offers a comprehensive view of life in days gone by.

 

Excursion Two – Quarry Bank Mill & Arley Hall

The story of the cotton industry is at the heart of Quarry Bank Mill, one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites located on the Styal Estate in the Cheshire countryside. Built in 1784, this restored Georgian mill, including hand spinners in authentic costume, the noise of working machinery and Europe’s most powerful working waterwheel, offers a rich insight into the earliest days of our industrial past.

 

Next stop is Arley Hall which has been the much-loved home of Viscount Ashbrook and his forbears for over 550 years. We enjoy lunch together before exploring the house. Arley Hall provides a warm, inviting atmosphere with elaborate ceilings, oak-panelling, intricate stained glass and beautiful contents, giving us an intimate insight into life at the Hall and the history of the family. Outside, the formal gardens are home to a huge variety of plants, including a magnificent double herbaceous border.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 3 nights at the 4-star Mercure Haydock Hotel, Haydock with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Dunham Massey, Tatton Park, Quarry Bank Mill & Arley Hall
  • Lunch* at Tatton Park & Arley Hall
  • Themed evening talk by a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

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  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Haydock Hotel, Haydock
  • Visits to Dunham MasseyTatton ParkQuarry Bank Mill Arley Hall
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Accommodation

Mercure Haydock Hotel

The 4-star Mercure Haydock Hotel is set in a traditional Georgian mansion-style building surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds in the quaint town of Haydock. The spacious rooms offer tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. The hotel also features two restaurants, a bar, a fitness centre and an indoor heated swimming pool.

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