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Elegant Architecture In The South

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8933

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Heritage 2021

PRICE FROM ? £625 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Discover the architectural heritage of the south of England on this fascinating tour. From fine country houses and atmospheric manors to attractive gardens and landscaped parkland, with different styles and periods on display, we uncover many of these historic gems. We complement our tour with accommodation at the Warner Littlecote House Hotel, a beautiful Tudor manor set in a stunning location.

Coach Itinerary

Discover the south of England

Excursion One – Dorney Court & The Vyne
Our first visit is to Dorney Court, one of England’s finest Tudor manor houses, set in landscaped gardens overlooking acres of mature parkland and ancient yew hedges. Home of the Palmer family for nearly 500 years, the house is widely regarded for its diverse collection of portraits, furniture and art, telling the stories of the lives and times of those who have called it home. We enjoy a guided tour which delves deeper into the history of the house.

We continue to The Vyne, a splendid Tudor red-brick mansion set in 13 acres of attractive gardens. It was built for King Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain before becoming the Chute family home for over 300 years. The Tudor chapel is still largely in its original condition while the richly decorated Oak Gallery is another wonderful survival from the era.

Excursion Two – Bowood House & Avebury Manor and Stone Circle
Family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, Bowood is a fine Georgian house which holds a unique collection of historical artefacts and family heirlooms built up over nearly 300 years; from Queen Victoria’s wedding chair to Napoleon’s death mask.We discover its wealth of treasures on our guided tour. Outside are 100 acres of beautiful parkland, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Afterwards we head to the pretty village of Avebury where we discover the world-famous stone circle, one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe, set in the beautiful Wiltshire landscape. We also visit the 16th-century Avebury Manor where rooms have been recreated in five different styles; from Tudor to the 20th century, reflecting the lives of the people who once lived there.


Excursion Three – Mottisfont, Salisbury & Mompesson House
We start the day at Mottisfont, a fine country house set in beautiful landscaped grounds beside the River Test. Once a 13th-century priory, the house has been extended and rebuilt over time and was latterly owned by society hostess Maud Russell. Highlights of the house include the Gothic-style trompe l’oeil design by Rex Whistler in the drawing room and the vaulted cellarium. The beautiful gardens are home to the National Collection of old-fashioned roses.

Next we travel to Salisbury where we enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic city, set in a quintessentially English landscape. Salisbury has a rich heritage with hundreds of buildings listed for their historical and architectural merit including the medieval cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in Britain.

Located within Salisbury’s Cathedral Close is Mompesson House, a perfect example of a Queen Anne style town house. Its most notable features include magnificent plaster work, an elegant carved oak staircase and fine period furniture. Outside, the charming walled garden has traditionally planted herbaceous borders. 

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Warner Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford with dinner & breakfast (based on Signature Experience accommodation)*
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Dorney Court, The Vyne, Bowood House, Avebury Manor and Stone Circle, Mottisfont, Salisbury & Mompesson House
  • Guided tours of Dorney Court & Bowood House
  • Guided walking tour of Salisbury
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *applicable to double/twin rooms only

    Signature Experience includes:
  • A cosy, soft lightweight duvet
  • A duo of soft and firm pillows
  • More choice with a pillow menu
  • A super soft blanket
  • Fluffy white robes to use during your stay
  • A stocked tea tray
  • Mini fridge stocked with fresh milk, a bottle of still & a bottle of sparkling water, fruit juices and sweet & savoury nibbles
  • A selection of luxury Temple Spa toiletries

    Historic Room upgrades available– please call for details

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Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – Dorney Court & The Vyne
Our first visit is to Dorney Court, one of England’s finest Tudor manor houses, set in landscaped gardens overlooking acres of mature parkland and ancient yew hedges. Home of the Palmer family for nearly 500 years, the house is widely regarded for its diverse collection of portraits, furniture and art, telling the stories of the lives and times of those who have called it home. We enjoy a guided tour which delves deeper into the history of the house.

We continue to The Vyne, a splendid Tudor red-brick mansion set in 13 acres of attractive gardens. It was built for King Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain before becoming the Chute family home for over 300 years. The Tudor chapel is still largely in its original condition while the richly decorated Oak Gallery is another wonderful survival from the era.

Excursion Two – Bowood House & Avebury Manor and Stone Circle
Family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, Bowood is a fine Georgian house which holds a unique collection of historical artefacts and family heirlooms built up over nearly 300 years; from Queen Victoria’s wedding chair to Napoleon’s death mask.We discover its wealth of treasures on our guided tour. Outside are 100 acres of beautiful parkland, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Afterwards we head to the pretty village of Avebury where we discover the world-famous stone circle, one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe, set in the beautiful Wiltshire landscape. We also visit the 16th-century Avebury Manor where rooms have been recreated in five different styles; from Tudor to the 20th century, reflecting the lives of the people who once lived there.


Excursion Three – Mottisfont, Salisbury & Mompesson House
We start the day at Mottisfont, a fine country house set in beautiful landscaped grounds beside the River Test. Once a 13th-century priory, the house has been extended and rebuilt over time and was latterly owned by society hostess Maud Russell. Highlights of the house include the Gothic-style trompe l’oeil design by Rex Whistler in the drawing room and the vaulted cellarium. The beautiful gardens are home to the National Collection of old-fashioned roses.

Next we travel to Salisbury where we enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic city, set in a quintessentially English landscape. Salisbury has a rich heritage with hundreds of buildings listed for their historical and architectural merit including the medieval cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in Britain.

Located within Salisbury’s Cathedral Close is Mompesson House, a perfect example of a Queen Anne style town house. Its most notable features include magnificent plaster work, an elegant carved oak staircase and fine period furniture. Outside, the charming walled garden has traditionally planted herbaceous borders. 

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Warner Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford with dinner & breakfast (based on Signature Experience accommodation)*
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Dorney Court, The Vyne, Bowood House, Avebury Manor and Stone Circle, Mottisfont, Salisbury & Mompesson House
  • Guided tours of Dorney Court & Bowood House
  • Guided walking tour of Salisbury
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *applicable to double/twin rooms only

    Signature Experience includes:
  • A cosy, soft lightweight duvet
  • A duo of soft and firm pillows
  • More choice with a pillow menu
  • A super soft blanket
  • Fluffy white robes to use during your stay
  • A stocked tea tray
  • Mini fridge stocked with fresh milk, a bottle of still & a bottle of sparkling water, fruit juices and sweet & savoury nibbles
  • A selection of luxury Temple Spa toiletries

    Historic Room upgrades available– please call for details

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  • 4 nights at the 4-star Warner Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford with dinner & breakfast (based on Signature Experience accommodation)*
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Dorney Court, The Vyne, Bowood House, Avebury Manor and Stone Circle, Mottisfont, Salisbury & Mompesson House
  • Guided tours of Dorney Court & Bowood House
  • Guided walking tour of Salisbury
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Accommodation

Warner Littlecote House Hotel

The 4-star Warner Littlecote House Hotel is set in a beautiful Grade I listed Tudor manor. Built in the mid-1500s, this historic building is surrounded by rolling countryside near Hungerford in Berkshire.Full of charm and character, the hotel has a long and colourful history; it has welcomed the likes of William of Orange, Henry VIII and Charles II. The rooms balance heritage with modern amenities and the hotel also offers a beautiful restaurant, an entertainment lounge with nightly live entertainment, a leisure club and a host of activities.

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