Door 2 Tour

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Below Stairs In Charming Cheshire

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9110

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

4 days

Heritage 2022

PRICE FROM ? £545 per person
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Itinerary

Description

With Britain’s rigid class system defining the lives of our ancestors, we discover what life was like on both sides of the social divide. From the privileged status of the families ‘upstairs’ to the responsibilities and duties of the servants ‘downstairs’, we delve into the stories of some of Cheshire’s finest houses. These include Arley Hall, the much-loved home of Viscount Ashbrook and his forbears for over 550 years, Dunham Massey and Tatton Park, one of the country’s most complete historic estates.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – 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 offers a rich insight into the earliest days of our industrial past, with hand spinners in authentic costume, the noise of working machinery and Europe’s most powerful working waterwheel.

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.

Excursion Two – 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, set against the backdrop of some of the most scenic landscapes in the north.

From here we continue on to Tatton Park, where we enjoy lunch together before taking 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.

Self Drive Bullets

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

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Accommodation

4-star Park Royal Hotel

Situated in the village of Stretton and surrounded by rolling Cheshire countryside, the 4-star Park Royal Hotel blends a mix of modern facilities with elegant grandeur. The hotel features a restaurant, lounge bar and health club offering floodlit tennis courts, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. 

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