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Highclere Castle & Splendid Stately Homes & Gardens In The South

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8616

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

HHA 2019

PRICE FROM ? £735 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Impressive stately homes and their picturesque gardens hark back to the golden age of the privilege of royalty and landed gentry, steeped in rich social and architectural history. Our tour examines some fine examples of grand elegance in the south of England and looks at the changing faces of stately splendour through the centuries.

Coach Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival

This afternoon we check in to the Holiday Inn, Salisbury. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by a three-course evening meal.

Monday: Highclere Castle & Henley-on-Thames

Today we visit world-famous Highclere Castle, residence of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and filming location for the much loved Downton Abbey television series. Entrance includes access to the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the castle, which explores the achievements of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.

We then head onwards to Henley-on-Thames, well-known as the home to one of the world’s most famous rowing regattas, the Henley Royal Regatta, which was first held in 1839. This beautiful market town is situated on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, surrounded by the Chiltern Hills. The main street has many buildings with attractive Georgian frontages. 

This evening, we enjoy a three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Tuesday: Wilton House & Heale House Gardens

This morning we venture to Wilton House. Home today to the Earl and Countess of Pembroke, this impressive property has foremost been a family home for over 450 years. Wilton House is set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland and is an excellent example of Palladian architecture with chief architectural features including the stunning 17th-century state apartments. This property has regularly been used as a filming location including for Pride and Prejudice (2005) starring Kiera Knightly, and for The Young Victoria (2009). Here we enjoy a guided tour followed by lunch.


Our next stop is Heale House Gardens, a beautiful garden designed by Harold Peto in both Edwardian and Tudor styles, and situated beside the River Avon. Set in the grounds of historic Heale House, mostly unchanged since King Charles II hid there in 1651, these eight acres of beautiful gardens are a delightful mixture of styles and species through which trout-filled tributaries of the River Avon flow. On our private out-of-hours tour, we discover the vegetable garden, walled garden, woodland garden and Japanese water garden with its authentic Japanese tea house and red Nikko bridge.  

We return to our hotel for a three-course dinner.

Wednesday: Longleat House & The Peto Garden

Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain. Substantially completed by 1580 and now home to the 7th Marquess of Bath, Longleat House is set within 900 acres of stunning Capability Brown landscaped parkland featuring a fine lawn, serpentine river, wooded hills and meandering pathways. Today we enjoy a private VIP guided tour of the impressive house with its priceless antiques and ornate painted ceilings, followed by a two-course lunch.

We then head on to The Peto Garden at Iford Manor. These Italian-style gardens were designed by Harold Peto, who lived at Iford Manor from 1899 until his death in 1933. The landscape is characterised by terraces, impressive sculptures and stunning views of the valley.

In the evening we enjoy a three-course dinner and an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Thursday: Departure

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

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfastat the Holiday Inn, Salisbury
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Highclere Castle, Henley-on-Thames, Wilton House, Heale House Gardens, Longleat House & The Peto Garden at Iford Manor
  • Guided tour and lunch* at Wilton House
  • Private out-of-hours tour of Heale House Gardens
  • Private VIP guided tour and two-course lunch* at Longleat House
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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

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  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfastat the Holiday Inn, Salisbury
  • Visits to Highclere Castle, Henley-on-Thames, Wilton House, Heale House Gardens, Longleat House & The Peto Garden at Iford Manor
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfastat the Holiday Inn, Salisbury
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Highclere Castle, Henley-on-Thames, Wilton House, Heale House Gardens, Longleat House & The Peto Garden at Iford Manor
  • Guided tour and lunch* at Wilton House
  • Private out-of-hours tour of Heale House Gardens
  • Private VIP guided tour and two-course lunch* at Longleat House
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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

Self Drive Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival

This afternoon we check in to the Holiday Inn, Salisbury. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by a three-course evening meal.

Monday: Highclere Castle & Henley-on-Thames

Today we visit world-famous Highclere Castle, residence of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and filming location for the much loved Downton Abbey television series. Entrance includes access to the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars of the castle, which explores the achievements of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922.

We then head onwards to Henley-on-Thames, well-known as the home to one of the world’s most famous rowing regattas, the Henley Royal Regatta, which was first held in 1839. This beautiful market town is situated on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, surrounded by the Chiltern Hills. The main street has many buildings with attractive Georgian frontages. 

This evening, we enjoy a three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Tuesday: Wilton House & Heale House Gardens

This morning we venture to Wilton House. Home today to the Earl and Countess of Pembroke, this impressive property has foremost been a family home for over 450 years. Wilton House is set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland and is an excellent example of Palladian architecture with chief architectural features including the stunning 17th-century state apartments. This property has regularly been used as a filming location including for Pride and Prejudice (2005) starring Kiera Knightly, and for The Young Victoria (2009). Here we enjoy a guided tour followed by lunch.


Our next stop is Heale House Gardens, a beautiful garden designed by Harold Peto in both Edwardian and Tudor styles, and situated beside the River Avon. Set in the grounds of historic Heale House, mostly unchanged since King Charles II hid there in 1651, these eight acres of beautiful gardens are a delightful mixture of styles and species through which trout-filled tributaries of the River Avon flow. On our private out-of-hours tour, we discover the vegetable garden, walled garden, woodland garden and Japanese water garden with its authentic Japanese tea house and red Nikko bridge.  

We return to our hotel for a three-course dinner.

Wednesday: Longleat House & The Peto Garden

Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain. Substantially completed by 1580 and now home to the 7th Marquess of Bath, Longleat House is set within 900 acres of stunning Capability Brown landscaped parkland featuring a fine lawn, serpentine river, wooded hills and meandering pathways. Today we enjoy a private VIP guided tour of the impressive house with its priceless antiques and ornate painted ceilings, followed by a two-course lunch.

We then head on to The Peto Garden at Iford Manor. These Italian-style gardens were designed by Harold Peto, who lived at Iford Manor from 1899 until his death in 1933. The landscape is characterised by terraces, impressive sculptures and stunning views of the valley.

In the evening we enjoy a three-course dinner and an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Thursday: Departure

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

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