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Regal & Stately Treasures Of The Isle Of Wight

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8290

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

National Trust 2018

PRICE FROM ? £535 per person
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Itinerary

Description

A firm favourite of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, the Isle of Wight is a haven of old-fashioned charm. Known as the ‘Garden Isle’, the island is home to enchanting gardens, fine houses and stunning scenery that in turn have inspired poets and artists through history.

Coach Itinerary

Excursion One - Appuldurcombe House*, Shanklin, Nunwell House & Bembridge Windmill
Our first visit takes us to Appuldurcombe House, once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight and a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture. Built in the 18th century as the seat of the Worsley family, now only a graceful shell of the building remains, surrounded by ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds.

We stop in Shanklin, a charming resort in the sheltered south-east corner of the island, where there’s free time for lunch. 

We then head to Nunwell House, a beautiful family home since 1522, set in five acres of tranquil gardens with stunning views across the Solent. Our guided tour of this historic house takes us back through time architecturally from the Edwardian to the Jacobean periods including the parlour chamber where the ill-fated Charles I spent his last night of freedom.

Later, we pay a short visit to Bembridge Windmill, managed by the National Trust and the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. Built around 1700, it continued operating until 1913 and still has most of its original machinery intact.

Please note: There are steep steps inside the windmill.

Excursion Two - Godshill, Osborne House & Cowes
We spend a short while in the pretty inland village of Godshill with its charming thatched-roofed cottages, delightful medieval church, tearooms and gift shops.    

Next we have the chance to explore Queen Victoria’s one-time residence on the island, Osborne House. Built as a holiday home in the late 1840s, the Italianate palace boasts spectacular views across the Solent. We take an intimate glimpse of royal family life as we wander through the magnificent Royal Apartments as well as the walled gardens and grounds where we find the charming Swiss Cottage, used by the royal children to learn household management.


Afterwards we have some time at leisure in Cowes, home to the world-famous regatta that swells the local population each August. Many of the town’s ornate buildings date from Queen Victoria’s time, in the style popularised by her consort Prince Albert. As well as some upmarket shops, Cowes also has numerous art galleries.

Excursion Three - Dimbola Lodge, Mottistone Gardens & Ventnor Botanic Garden
This morning, we take a scenic drive via the Needles to Dimbola Lodge, home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. After our introductory talk, we have time to explore the house which is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work. Dimbola Lodge also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

We continue on to Mottistone Gardens, one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the island, surrounding an attractive Elizabethan manor house. Established in the early 20th century, the garden is set in a sheltered valley and is rich in colourful herbaceous borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces. The National Trust is experimenting with a Mediterranean-style planting scheme here, taking advantage of the garden’s southerly location.

We could easily be mistaken for being transported to a country in the Mediterranean when we end our day at Ventnor Botanic Garden. Founded in 1970 by Sir Harold Hillier, the garden is home to an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants, thanks largely to the remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the island.

*Please note: On 30th September departure, Appuldurcombe House will be closed.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One - Appuldurcombe House*, Shanklin, Nunwell House & Bembridge Windmill
Our first visit takes us to Appuldurcombe House, once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight and a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture. Built in the 18th century as the seat of the Worsley family, now only a graceful shell of the building remains, surrounded by ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds.

We stop in Shanklin, a charming resort in the sheltered south-east corner of the island, where there’s free time for lunch. 

We then head to Nunwell House, a beautiful family home since 1522, set in five acres of tranquil gardens with stunning views across the Solent. Our guided tour of this historic house takes us back through time architecturally from the Edwardian to the Jacobean periods including the parlour chamber where the ill-fated Charles I spent his last night of freedom.

Later, we pay a short visit to Bembridge Windmill, managed by the National Trust and the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. Built around 1700, it continued operating until 1913 and still has most of its original machinery intact.

Please note: There are steep steps inside the windmill. 

Excursion Two - Godshill, Osborne House & Cowes
We spend a short while in the pretty inland village of Godshill with its charming thatched-roofed cottages, delightful medieval church, tearooms and gift shops.    

Next we have the chance to explore Queen Victoria’s one-time residence on the island, Osborne House. Built as a holiday home in the late 1840s, the Italianate palace boasts spectacular views across the Solent. We take an intimate glimpse of royal family life as we wander through the magnificent Royal Apartments as well as the walled gardens and grounds where we find the charming Swiss Cottage, used by the royal children to learn household management.


Afterwards we have some time at leisure in Cowes, home to the world-famous regatta that swells the local population each August. Many of the town’s ornate buildings date from Queen Victoria’s time, in the style popularised by her consort Prince Albert. As well as some upmarket shops, Cowes also has numerous art galleries.

Excursion Three - Dimbola Lodge, Mottistone Gardens & Ventnor Botanic Garden
This morning, we take a scenic drive via the Needles to Dimbola Lodge, home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. After our introductory talk, we have time to explore the house which is now a Museum and Gallery dedicated to her life and work. Dimbola Lodge also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe.

We continue on to Mottistone Gardens, one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the island, surrounding an attractive Elizabethan manor house. Established in the early 20th century, the garden is set in a sheltered valley and is rich in colourful herbaceous borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces. The National Trust is experimenting with a Mediterranean-style planting scheme here, taking advantage of the garden’s southerly location.

We could easily be mistaken for being transported to a country in the Mediterranean when we end our day at Ventnor Botanic Garden. Founded in 1970 by Sir Harold Hillier, the garden is home to an impressive collection of rare, subtropical and exotic plants, thanks largely to the remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the island.

*Please note: On 30th September departure, Appuldurcombe House will be closed.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel and ferry crossings
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at our selected hotel
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Appuldurcombe House*, Shanklin, Nunwell House, Bembridge Windmill, Godshill, Osborne House, Cowes, Dimbola Lodge, Mottistone Gardens & Ventnor Botanic Garden
  • Guided tour of Nunwell House
  • Introductory talk at Dimbola Lodge
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at our selected hotel
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Appuldurcombe House*ShanklinNunwell HouseBembridge WindmillGodshillOsborne HouseCowesDimbola LodgeMottistone Gardens & Ventnor Botanic Garden
  • Guided tour of Nunwell House
  • Introductory talk at Dimbola Lodge
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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  • Visits to Appuldurcombe House*ShanklinNunwell House...
  • 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.
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