A Welsh and Scottish Country Christmas
Holiday  House Party
December 14th - 29th, 2018
"I am so excited to be offering this tour and especially during the holiday
season. I have always loved Christmas and everything leading up to it. I
decorate extensively for the holidays and love to go see what others are
doing in there homes, or castles for that matter! I love Christmas markets
and caroling and making merry in every way! What better way to spend
the days leading up to Christmas than traveling through the beautiful
Welsh and Scottish countryside! And then spending Christmas Eve and
Christmas in a Scottish Highlands Lodge.
I've tried to give a broad spectrum of what is available to see and do at this
time of year and I think that the end result is fabulous! Please join us for
this amazing holiday experience on a trip through magical Wales and
Scotland that will live on in your heart forever! As with all of our house
parties, you will get the opportunity to live in one holiday house for the
first week and then in a second holiday home for an additional week giving
you the opportunity to see two lovely areas in Wales and Scotland. " -
Shannon McDonald Tate
16 Days on a spectacular holiday journey through the Welsh and Scottish countryside celebrating Christmas in an amazing historic
Highland lodge. Your days will be full of sightseeing and holiday festivities with lovely afternoon teas and Christmas lunches
interspersed throughout. Tour includes lovely country house accommodation, all sightseeing as listed in the itinerary, full, buffet or
continental breakfast each morning,
all lunches and dinners as listed in itinerary, porterage of one suitcase per person, minibus travel including tour guide, knowledgeable
guide for all tourist venues, any entrance fees, all taxes and service charges. Due to the nature of our house tours we cannot cater for
special diets.

$6295 per person. $500 per person deposit. Sold Out!
Our first week will be spent in a coastal retreat in a remote area of Anglesey in North Wales at Llanlliana, a beautifully renovated,
luxury Country House set in 168 acres of private estate in a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' which includes a
private beach, coastal cliff top walks, St Patrick's Island and the most northern point of Wales. The house is truly luxurious with
everything from underfloor heating throughout the ground floor & all bathrooms, to whirlpool baths, private balconies and
romantic four poster beds. Beautiful period details combine with an abundance of modern technology including Wifi, Ipod docks,
the Wii and ample games. House is very secluded and just a five minute walk to the cove and Anglesey Coastal Path.
The North Wales area is home to two of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Wales. These are Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and
Canal and, collectively, the Edwardian Castles and town walls of the region which comprise those at Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Conwy
and Harlech. Snowdonia is the crowning glory of the region. A tightly packed bundle of soaring cliff faces, jagged peaks and
plunging waterfalls. North Wales is passionate about language, music and history, magnificent castles, railways and festivals, fine
beaches, tumbling rivers and of course the mountains, lakes and waterfalls. North Wales is also full of beautiful coastal villages and
lovely towns and cities that are begging to be discovered and explored. There is so much to see and do that we are literally spoilt for
Our second week will be spent in the Highlands of Scotland in Dalnaspidal Lodge, a Deluxe Highland Lodge with an outstanding
open view of Loch Garry and surrounded by mature Scots pine trees. This is a sporting lodge that was originally built for the Duke
of Atholl(owner of Blair Castle just up the road) to entertain guests in the Victorian era and the setting is well chosen. Set in a large
estate surrounded by high hills, it remains a unique setting with outstanding views. Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed here before the
Battle of Culloden and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited here when staying at Blair Castle. Open fires and of course,
spectacular views finish off a great experience. The lodge is hidden in some ancient Scots pines and looks up beautiful Dalnaspidal
Glen and loch with the mountains surrounding it. Deer are regulars here and you can walk for miles and miles.
There is so much to see and do in this area. Nestled on the border of the Cairngorms National Park gives easy access to Blair Atholl
and Blair Castle, Dalwhinnie and Dalwhinnie Distillery, Pitlochry and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Highland Safaris, Fort
William, Glencoe and the Rannoch Moors. We will take advantage all this wonderful area has to offer including a lovely Christmas
Eve and Christmas Day in the breathtaking and magical Scottish Highlands!
Day 1 - December 14th - This morning we start our adventure at Manchester International Airport. We then make our way
to  magical
Chester to visit its Christmas Market. Over 70 Traditional wooden chalets will be positioned in the heart of Chester,
all neatly wrapped around a 40ft sparkling Christmas tree! Chester is the spiritual home of real shopping; with the oldest shop front
in England and the inimitable galleries, antique shops and chic boutiques so that you will be spoilt for choice. We will shop for a bit
before taking in a
Festive Afternoon Tea and then the amazing Chester Cathedral and their Christmas Tree Festival.
The festival will feature more than 40 majestic Christmas trees, transforming the cathedral cloisters into astonishing tree-lined
winter walkways. We then make our way to
North Wales where we will spend our first week together. Tonight we will have a
Family Style Buffet Supper to welcome everyone to the tour. Dinner and Overnight Llanlliana, North Wales. (L,D)

December 15th -
This morning we make our way Penrhyn Castle, where we will be given a special behind the scenes glimpse
Lord Penrhyn's Sitting Room, decorated for Christmas, and make a Christmas wish in their magical secret room. We will
also take in the
Victorian Kitchens where you will meet the Castle's busy servants and be given the opportunity to help them to
make colourful paper candles to hang on our tree at home. There will still be time for mince pies from the
Christmas Cake Stall
and enjoy a Festive Punch around the roaring fire. After a Festive Christmas Lunch we head to the lovely seaside village of
Beaumaris where we find the ruins of Beaumaris Castle, Edward I's great unfinished masterpiece. It was never finished as
money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height. Nonetheless, it is an awesome sight and regarded by
many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales and also, the last!
Dinner and Overnight Llanliana.  (B,L,D)

December 16th -
Today we will visit Erdigg Hall, widely acclaimed as one of Britain's Finest Historic Houses.Erdigg is a
fascinating yet unpretentious early 18th-century country house reflecting the upstairs downstairs life of a gentry family over 250
years. Experience the
Yorke Family home as it has never been seen before, decorated for a traditional Edwardian Christmas.
We are invited to explore upstairs and enjoy selected parts of the house by candlelight. Includes the dining room with the table laid
for Christmas day and ready to serve dessert. We then make our way to the 700 year old
Ruthin Castle for their Festive
Afternoon Tea
. Ruthin is a lovely place for afternoon tea any time of the year, but it will really impress at Christmas! We then
make our way back home where we will have a light soup, salad and bread supper following this day of scrumptious stops.
and Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L,D)

December 17th -
This morning we make our way to Conwy to visit Conwy Castle. Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle as it
is by any standards, one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe. Conwy's well-preserved castle wall helps the town maintain a
medieval character lost by other Welsh castle-towns over the years. Conwy is also home to
Britain's Smallest House, measuring
10 feet by 6 feet. The structure was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900 when the owner was a 6ft 3 inch (1.9
meters) fisherman named
Robert Jones. After some time to explore Conwy we make our way just a little further north to
, a seaside resort, town and community located on the Creuddyn Peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea.
While in Llandudno we will have a
Festive Afternoon Tea at the St. Tudno Hotel on the promenade. After a lovely stroll along
the promenade and some time for shopping, we return home before dinner.
Dinner and a Christmas Program Theatre
this evening. Overnight Llanliana. (B,D)

December 18th -
As we are staying in such a beautiful home and area we will just be staying in and around the house today. The
168 acres of private estate in a designated
'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' which includes a private beach, coastal cliff
top walks,
St Patricks Island and the Most Northern Point of Wales. Enjoy the fabulous coastal walks over the Iron Age
with Choughs and Peregrines nesting on the cliffs. You can also take a dip in the Swim Spa which combines the best of
swimming pools and hot tubs into one. Work out, relax in the bubbling spa seats, or just splash around. When you are done exploring
we will
Draw Names this morning for Gift Giving at Christmas. Later in the day we will gather for a Traditional Welsh
Afternoon Tea in the Lounge
of the house. You will then have the rest of the afternoon free to explore and then make our way
to Conwy for you to find some dinner on your own followed by a
Christmas Pantomime. Overnight Llanlliana. (B,L)

December 19th -
Today we make our way to one of the most special places anywhere in the UK, the Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir.
Our friends
Paul and Victoria Humpherston have lovingly restored this 52 Room Victorian Revival Gothic Mansion
which sits in 12 acres of gardens overlooking the ruins of a 12th century
Cistercian Abbey. Before our tour of the house we will
have a lovely
Lunch in the House and then you will be in for an amazing delight! The house is spectacular at any time of year, but
at Christmastime all 52 rooms are decorated each with their own Christmas Tree! The designs are different each year, with each of
the Christmas trees and other decoration in rooms themed to colours or memorabilia.
Christmas tree examples have been the
gold tree, the transport tree,the glass tree, the hot air balloon trees, the knitted tree, the train tree, the shoes and
handbag tree etc.
We will travel back home through lovely villages and spectacular Welsh countryside. We will stop for a Pub
on the way home. Overnight Lanlliana. (B,L,D)

December 20th
- This morning we visit Caernarfon Castle. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the most impressive of all of the
castles in Wales. Most impressive of all is the
Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of turrets. Edward I and his architect
Master James of St. George built Caernarfon as an intended seat of power - and as a symbol of English dominance over the
subdued Welsh and they did not fail! We then make our way further into the
Snowdonia National Park to Beddgelert,
considered to be the prettiest village in Snowdonia, set in stunning scenery with a wide range of shops, pubs and cafés. You can visit
Grave of Gelert, the faithful hound of legend and explore the village that was the inspiration for the adventures of Rupert
. We will find some lunch before we then make our way to Blaenau Ffestiniog for a ride on the Victorian Santa Train. A
Victorian Family Christmas with carol singing on the platform, sherry and mince pies and, of course, Santa. I love
trains and this is a very special train journey taking us through the
Slate Mines of Snowdonia. Dinner and Overnight
Llanlliana. (B,D)

December 21st -
This morning it is a very early start as we make our long trek to Scotland with several stops and an overnight
along the way. It will be all about the scenery, the spectacular countryside and breathtaking panoramas. We will travel north
alongside the
Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Lake District National Park and the North Pennines and Area of
Outstanding National Beauty
. After we Stop for Lunch we will cross the border into Scotland and see more spectacular
countryside as we wind our way to just outside of
Peebles. We will get checked into our accommodation and then make our way to
the bar for a refresher after our long day. Next stop is the dining room for dinner before we snuggle in for a long winter's dream!

Dinner and Overnight Near Peebles. (B,L,D)

December 22nd -
Following breakfast we are on our way to Edinburgh and to the Georgian Tearoom at the Dome for a
Festive Christmas Afternoon Tea on George Street!
This year George Street plays host to a fantastic Christmas market,
Santa's Grotto,  and the spectacular Ice Adventure. After a lovely afternoon tea we take a very short stroll to the East Princes
Street Gardens
and Edinburgh Christmas Market. Set in the heart of Edinburgh, the popular Christmas Market is held in its
picturesque setting below the Mound. The Christmas Market stretches from the
Mound, along East Princes Street Gardens
Terrace and around the Scott Monument.
The traditional and romantic market offers a unique shopping experience for every
visitor with its fair of crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. We then make our way north to our lovely
. Buffet Dinner and Overnight Dalnaspidal, Perthshire Highlands. (B,D)

December 23rd -
First thing this morning we head a short way to Blair Atholl to visit Blair Castle, ancestral home of the
Dukes of Atholl. Blair Castle is set in extensive parklands, including the recently restored Hercules Garden and Diana's
and with 725 years of history and over 30 rooms open to the public, an absolute delight to explore! We will see Blair Castle
decorated as it was for Christmas during the Victorian era when the
7th Duke of Atholl lived here with his family. We will have
Lunch in the Castle Tearoom Pitlochry and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre for their annual Christmas Matinee offering
The Wizard of Oz! We then return home for dinner before an evening of fun and games! Dinner and Overnight
Dalnaspidal. (B,L,D)

December 24th - Christmas Eve Day!
This morning we make a trip to the village of Dalwhinnie and to Dalwhinnie
. The distillery stands in the Cairngorm National Park at the heart of the Scottish Highlands. From this remote
location comes their
Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, it is also known as the ‘gentle spirit’. We will have a
distillery tour and see how they make their single malt whisky. As it is a festive opening today, at end of the tour we will sample
single malt whiskies paired with specially selected
Handmade Highland Chocolates! We then make our way to Pitlochry for
a Festive Afternoon Tea.
We will take some time to wander through my favourite Highland village before we return home. This
evening we will have an informal
Christmas Eve Buffet and then open our gifts to each other. Dinner and Overnight
Dalnaspidal. (B,L,D)

December 25th - Christmas Day!
- We will have a leisurely morning as we get up and see if Santa has brought us anything! We
will take time to enjoy the house and each others company before we gather for
Brunch at mid morning and spend the day enjoying
the grounds forming part of a 60,000 acre estate. This afternoon we will gather for a
Traditional Christmas Dinner with all the
trimmings! We will take a break after dinner to sit and socialize and then watch
It's a Wonderful Life together before we break
out the pie and goodies. We will leave out nibbles to help yourself to as we reminisce about the trip and the year ahead.
Dalnaspidal. (B,L,D)

December 26th
- This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we head into the hills to experience this sub Arctic
and search for elusive White Hare, Ptarmigan and Red Deer on their Alpine Safari! Our safari includes Hot
Chocolate, Coffee and Tea, a Dram of Dewars Whisky with Shortbread in their Mountain Bothy.
When we return
from our safari we will have
Lunch in the Café and look through the shop before we experience a Red Deer and Barn Owl
where we come face to face with Britain’s largest native land mammal – the majestic Red Deer and meet and encounter
their tame Barn Owl in a hands on demonstration as well as discovering the natural wonders of Highland Perthshire on a fun and
inspiring short walk. The end of the day finds us back home to rest up before dinner.
Dinner on your own in Pitlochry this
evening. Overnight Dalnaspidal. (B,L)

December 27th
- On our last day in the Highlands we will take a drive to Spean Bridge and then on to Fort William where we
Stop for Lunch. We will then drive to Glencoe and then over the Pass of Glencoe. The mountains are formed from some of
the oldest sedimentary and volcanic strata in the world. The southern region is an assemblage of peaks, ridges and valleys which rise
up above the peat hags and scattered lochans of
Rannoch Moor. The waters which tumble from these high mountains give rise to
a series of spectacular waterfalls that gather initially at the
'Meeting of the Three Waters' to form the River Coe. The lochans of
Rannoch Moor when surrounded by snow reflect the blue of the sky and then the silver of the Silver Birches and bronze of the fallen
bracken making this one of the loveliest sites in Scotland! We then return home for a final dinner in our Highland paradise.
Overnight Dalnaspidal. (B,D)

December 28th -
This morning we make our way toward Edinburgh with a stop at Stirling Castle. One of the finest examples
of Renaissance architecture in Scotland.
Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here and the Great Hall and Chapel Royal are
wonderful highlights. Here you will be able to step back into the sumptuous world of
Stirling Castle’s Royal Court. An ongoing
project has returned the six ground floor apartments in the castle’s Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in the mid 16th
. This afternoon we enjoy a lovely Afternoon Tea before a visit to Doune and Doune Castle, a magnificent late 14th
century courtyard castle and famous for the filming location of
Monty Python's The Holy Grail and more recently, the
Outlander TV series as Castle Leoch
. This is one of my most favorite places as it gives such a wonderful glimpse into 14th
century Scottish castle living.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Edinburgh. (B,L,D)

December 29th -
Make our way to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.