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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Churchill, Darwin & Kipling's Kent

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8282

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

National Trust 2018

PRICE FROM ? £555 per person
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Itinerary

Description

The lush countryside of Kent contains a treasure trove of historic jewels, from romantic moated castles and half-timbered manor houses to the beloved homes of some of Britain’s greatest writers, scientists and political figures. Many found refuge from the busy, modern world in the rural idylls of Kent, and these much-loved family homes, full of interesting artefacts and collections, can still be viewed to this day.

Coach Itinerary

Excursion One - Chartwell & Down House
We start with a visit to Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved family retreat. Superlative views over the Weald of Kent combine with an evocative, homely interior full of the great statesman’s personal and political mementos, including an amazing collection of gifts he received from other world leaders. Hidden in the beautiful grounds is Churchill’s studio, hung with scores of his striking landscape paintings.  

We continue on to Down House, home of scientist Charles Darwin and his family for 40 years. Several rooms have been recreated as they appeared when he lived here including the study where he wrote 'On the Origin of Species'. The house is surrounded by extensive gardens; Darwin's 'outdoor laboratory'.

Excursion Two - Bateman’s & Scotney Castle
17th-century Bateman’s so enchanted Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling when he discovered it, that he made it his home in 1902. With its stone-mullioned windows and Sussex oak beams, it’s a romantic retreat that has been left virtually untouched since Kipling’s tenure here. The tranquil gardens include an orchard, formal garden and a colourful wildflower meadow, through which a river flows.


Wealthy Victorians liked nothing more in their gardens than a picturesque ruin and the partially-ruined, 14th century moated example at Scotney Castle is particularly romantic, with roses and wisteria adorning its walls. The lovely Victorian country house overlooking it combines 19th century revival style furnishings with domestic comfort.

Excursion Three - Hever Castle & Ightham Mote
We head to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, where we enjoy a tour*. Dating back to the late 13th century, this double-moated castle originated as a gatehouse and walled bailey and is home to various historic artefacts such as Tudor portraits and furniture, as well as two prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. The castle was lavishly restored and extended in the early 20th century by American millionaire, William Waldorf Astor. The spectacular gardens feature peaceful walks, two mazes and their own rose – the Hever Castle Rose.

Finally, we explore the romantic, moated manor house of Ightham Mote, once described by David Starkey as “the most beautiful and the most interesting of English country houses”. Built nearly 700 years ago, atmospheric Ightham has been home to medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and Victorian High Society. The tranquil garden features lakes and an orchard, while the ancient estate offers breathtaking views of the Kent countryside.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One - Chartwell & Down House
We start with a visit to Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved family retreat. Superlative views over the Weald of Kent combine with an evocative, homely interior full of the great statesman’s personal and political mementos, including an amazing collection of gifts he received from other world leaders. Hidden in the beautiful grounds is Churchill’s studio, hung with scores of his striking landscape paintings.  

We continue on to Down House, home of scientist Charles Darwin and his family for 40 years. Several rooms have been recreated as they appeared when he lived here including the study where he wrote 'On the Origin of Species'. The house is surrounded by extensive gardens; Darwin's 'outdoor laboratory'.

Excursion Two - Bateman’s & Scotney Castle
17th-century Bateman’s so enchanted Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling when he discovered it, that he made it his home in 1902. With its stone-mullioned windows and Sussex oak beams, it’s a romantic retreat that has been left virtually untouched since Kipling’s tenure here. The tranquil gardens include an orchard, formal garden and a colourful wildflower meadow, through which a river flows.


Wealthy Victorians liked nothing more in their gardens than a picturesque ruin and the partially-ruined, 14th century moated example at Scotney Castle is particularly romantic, with roses and wisteria adorning its walls. The lovely Victorian country house overlooking it combines 19th century revival style furnishings with domestic comfort.

Excursion Three - Hever Castle & Ightham Mote
We head to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, where we enjoy a tour*. Dating back to the late 13th century, this double-moated castle originated as a gatehouse and walled bailey and is home to various historic artefacts such as Tudor portraits and furniture, as well as two prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. The castle was lavishly restored and extended in the early 20th century by American millionaire, William Waldorf Astor. The spectacular gardens feature peaceful walks, two mazes and their own rose – the Hever Castle Rose.

Finally, we explore the romantic, moated manor house of Ightham Mote, once described by David Starkey as “the most beautiful and the most interesting of English country houses”. Built nearly 700 years ago, atmospheric Ightham has been home to medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and Victorian High Society. The tranquil garden features lakes and an orchard, while the ancient estate offers breathtaking views of the Kent countryside.

Coach Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Chartwell, Down House, Bateman’s, Scotney Castle, Hever Castle & Ightham Mote
  • Guided tour of Hever Castle (*some dates may be with audio-guides)
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to ChartwellDown HouseBateman’sScotney CastleHever Castle & Ightham Mote
  • Guided tour of Hever Castle (*some dates may be with audio-guides)
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Dartford Brands Hatch Hotel
  • Visits to ChartwellDown HouseBateman’sScotney CastleHever Castle & Ightham Mote
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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Club Class

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £99 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip MileagePrice (pp)
Up to 150 miles£99
151 - 200£170
201 - 250£195
251 - 300£220
301 - 350£250
351 - 400£280
400 +Call for a quote
Single Traveller SupplementAdditional 75%

Club Class

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £99 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip MileagePrice (pp)
Up to 150 miles£99
151 - 200£170
201 - 250£195
251 - 300£220
301 - 350£250
351 - 400£280
400 +Call for a quote
Single Traveller SupplementAdditional 75%

Rail Option

Discounted Rail Travel Available

If you’d prefer to take the train, we offer discounted rail fares throughout the UK on this selected tour.
Please call us if you require further details.

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