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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Hidden Houses Of The Lake District

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9034

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

HH 2022

PRICE FROM ? £795 per person
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Description

Recently recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lake District boasts some of England’s finest scenery. Awash with glittering midnight blue lakes, jagged fells and lush valleys, we are transported into an amazing abundance of natural beauty. We explore a treasure trove of secret gardens and hidden houses, crammed with curious interiors and pele towers, and top off this fascinating tour with a leisurely cruise on stunning Lake Windermere.

Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival
Check in to the Lancaster House Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Askham Hall Gardens & Dalemain Mansion
We start the morning with a guided tour of Askham Hall Gardens. These beautiful gardens are full of stunning features including colourful terraces, a double herbaceous border, unusual species of plants, formal lawns, a kitchen garden and woodland. There are also lovely views down to the River Lowther. The gardens frame Askham Hall; once a lavish stately home, complete with a 14th-century pele tower, it was transformed into an Elizabethan mansion in the 16th century and is now a boutique hotel.

Afterwards, we head to Dalemain Mansion, finely dressed in a salmon-pink Georgian façade, which almost glows in the sunlight. Behind its orderly frontage are the remnants of a 12th-century pele tower and an Elizabethan manor, and during our exclusive guided tour we trace its roots back to the reign of Henry II. There is much to discover inside; a helter-skelter of secret passages, spiral staircases, a priest’s hiding hole, as well as Chippendale furniture and priceless oil portraits. Our 'Secret Dalemain' tour also includes access to unseen areas of the house along with tea and scones served in the Medieval Hall tearoom. Outside we can explore a Tudor knot garden and a splendid rose walk.

Tuesday: Leighton Hall, Levens Hall & Lake Windermere Cruise
This morning we step back in time with a guided tour ‘Inside Leighton Hall’, the ancestral home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture family who are known as one of the leading British cabinet-making firms. The family home still retains a relaxed atmosphere as every room in the house is used regularly by the Gillow Reynolds family. There are no roped off areas at all, so we can sit on the ancient chairs while the entertaining guide reveals the family's history and habits.

Later, we visit Levens Hall; a stunning Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th-century pele tower. During our private guided tour we learn all about this family home of the Bagots, who have owned the property for over 400 years. Inside we discover an assortment of beautiful objects including many fine paintings by Rubens, Lely and Cuyp, along with the earliest English patchwork. We also have the chance to explore the world-famous, award-winning gardens, which include the oldest topiary in the world; featuring over 100 huge abstract shapes, pyramids and columns resembling towering chess men.

We complete this afternoon with a leisurely cruise on Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake. Sit back and relax as we take in the breathtaking scenery of towering mountains, secluded bays and wooded islands.

Wednesday: Muncaster Castle & Holker Hall and Gardens  
Dominating the River Esk, Muncaster Castle is our first visit of the day. Strategically important since Roman times, it has been home to the Penningtons since 1208. The castle has been extended through the ages (originally built around a 14th-century pele tower) and architectural highlights include its great hall and octagonal library. During our tour we discover the colourful history behind Muncaster’s many beautiful paintings and get to know the stories of the artists and their sitters, including the chilling tales of ‘Tom Fool’, the castle’s malevolent jester!

Our final visit is to the stunning Holker Hall and Gardens, the delightful family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. The property is a true reflection of an age of confidence, spaciousness and prosperity, and the craftsmanship in many of the rooms is outstanding. Built in red sandstone, it was described as ‘the best Elizabethan Gothic house in the north of England’. On our guided tour we discover fine displays of antique furniture and art including portraits of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza, and even visit the bedroom where Queen Mary stayed in 1937. We finish the tour with a wander around the award-winning gardens.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change and guided tours are subject to availability. 

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  • 4 nights at the 4-star Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After-dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Askham Hall Gardens, Dalemain Mansion, Leighton Hall, Levens Hall, Muncaster Castle & Holker Hall and Gardens
  • Guided tour of Askham Hall Gardens
  • Exclusive guided tour and refreshments at Dalemain Mansion
  • Guided tour of Leighton Hall
  • Private guided tour of Levens Hall
  • ‘Artists and Aristocrats’ tour at Muncaster Castle
  • Guided tour of Holker Hall and Gardens
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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  • 4 nights at the 4-star Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster with dinner & breakfast
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Askham Hall Gardens, Dalemain Mansion, Leighton Hall, Levens Hall, Muncaster Castle & Holker Hall and Gardens
  • Guided tour of Askham Hall Gardens
  • Exclusive guided tour and refreshments at Dalemain Mansion
  • Guided tour of Leighton Hall
  • Private guided tour of Levens Hall
  • ‘Artists and Aristocrats’ tour at Muncaster Castle
  • Guided tour of Holker Hall and Gardens
  • Cruise on Lake Windermere
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Accommodation

4-star Lancaster House Hotel

The 4-star Lancaster House Hotel is located just outside the centre of Lancaster and offers stylish accommodation with gorgeous views. This charming hotel also features modern en-suite rooms, a bar and restaurant plus a health club with indoor pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and fully-equipped gym

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