A Welsh and Scottish Country Christmas
Holiday  House Party
With Southeast Wales including Cardiff, the Brecon Beacons, Monmouthshire,
Herefordshire, the Cotswolds, Edinburgh and the Highlands of Scotland.
December 14th - 29th, 2019
Day 1 – December 14th – We begin our tour at Cardiff International Airport and then make our way into the city. Cardiff
was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed capital of Wales in 1955, making it the youngest capitol city in the UK. We will visit
which is located at the heart of the capital and within beautiful parklands. The Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal
2,000 years of history and much of what you see today is the 19th century restoration by the
3rd Marquis of Bute and his architect
William Burgess. The castle will be dressed in all its Christmas finery with costumed guides and lots of merry making. We will have
Festive Lunch at the Castle and then take part in all the festivities in the city. Cardiff transforms into a ‘Christmas City’ as
around 80 stalls with a rolling programme of 200 exhibitors take centre stage at
Cardiff Christmas Market. The main action
happens around the pedestrianised streets at the top of The Hayes, right in the heart of the shopping area. It’s also a short stroll from
Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland which is a must see! We then leave the city behind making our way into the countryside and to our
first home for the week.
Welcoming Buffer Supper and Overnight near Monmouth. (L,D)

Day 2 - December 15th -
This morning we make our way to Newport to visit Tredegar House, one of the architectural wonders
of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the whole of the British Isles. Situated within 90 acres of beautiful
gardens and parkland, this delightful red brick house provides an ideal setting for a fantastic day out. For more than 500 years the
house was home to one of the greatest Welsh families, the
Morgans, later Lords Tredegar. The house will be celebrating
Christmas Traditions of days gone by with traditional decorations, from garlands to wreaths and a twinkling Christmas tree in
every corner. After a lovely
Lunch in the Brewhouse at Tredegar, we make our way to Tintern and Tintern Abbey. This
Cistercian Abbey
is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. It was only the second Cistercian foundation in Britain, and the first
in Wales, and was founded on 9 May 1131 by
Walter de Clare. This is one of my favorite stops in Wales and has been romanticized
by many including in a painting by
J M W Turner and a poem by William Wordsworth. Dinner back at home this evening.
Dinner and Overnight near Monmouth. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - December 16th -
Our day will start with a journey to Tetbury and to Chavenage House, originally built in 1383, there
have been additions and renovations to the property over the centuries. Since Tudor times, only two families have owned Chavenage.
The house has been used for filming many projects including
BBC's 'Lark Rise to Candleford' and 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'.
You may also recognize it as
Poldark's Trenwith House. We will enjoy the house in all its Christmas Glory while on a guided tour
and then have
Afternoon Tea in the house. We then visit the medieval town of Burford. With its long history of hospitality,
beautiful Cotswold architecture, exclusive shops and galleries and one of the top twenty churches in the country, Burford makes a
perfect place to visit.  We then return to Tetbury to take a walk through a
Magical Wonderland of Trees on the Enchanted
Christmas Illuminated Trail at Westonbirt Arboretum.
Along the 45 minute illuminated trail, you'll discover a exciting
array of beautiful light displays scattered amongst the trees, and find plenty of wintery magic to get involved with along the way...
After the trail you can visit the Christmas Village, listen to local choirs perform festive classics, have a ride on our traditional carousel
find some dinner in the restaurant or merry marquee. Then back home again.
Overnight near Monmouth. (B,L)

Day 4 - December 17th -
This morning we make our way to Hay-on-Wye with a stop at Llanthony Priory. Llanthony was one
of the earliest houses of
Augustinian Canons to be founded in Britain and is famous for its wild and beautiful setting in the
Vale of Ewyas, close to the Black Mountains. It was built in the early 12th century by the wealthy nobleman
William de Lacy and these haunting remains are all that survives of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales.  Our next
stop is the spectacular
Llangoed Hall for Christmas Afternoon Tea. Llangoed Hall is believed to have been the legendary
White Palace, home of the first Welsh Parliament, so that has been a house on this site since 560AD and a mansion house since
1632. We then make our way to
Hay-on-Wye which lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons
National Park
, just north of the Black Mountains. Hay-on-Wye is a destination for bibliophiles with over thirty bookshops,
many selling specialist and second-hand books. We will stop for a
Pub Dinner on our way back home. Dinner and Overnight
near Monmouth. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - December 18th -
This morning our journey will take us to mid Wales and my favourite Stately Home in Wales, Abbey-
. Along the way we pass through the lovely villages of Kington, Old Radnor and Crossgates with a stop in Kington, a
1000 year old market town. After stretching our legs and a wee wander around town,  we continue or journey to Wales most unique
and beautiful stately home and historic house. This
52 Room Victorian Revival Gothic Mansion sits in 12 acres of gardens
overlooking the ruins of the
12th century Cistercian Abbey and is almost beyond description! Before our tour of the house we will
have a
Lovely Lunch in the House and then we will wander through all 52 rooms of the house hearing wonderful stories and learn
its history up to present day. After a lovely days outing we make our way back home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near
Monmouth. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - December 19th -
Today will be spent in the centre of the Cotswolds which at any time of the year is enchanting, but at
Christmastime becomes truly magical!  While here we will be taking in
Bourton-on-the-Water described as the 'Little Venice'
of the Cotswolds. You will be able to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges crisscrossing all along
the river. We will also take some time to explore
Stow-on-the-Wold, an important shopping centre that has many fine Antique
shops, Art galleries and Gifts and Crafts Shops and we will explore as many as possible!
We then take time for a
Festive Afternoon Tea
in Lower Slaughter at the Lower Slaughter Manor. After fortifying ourselves for the afternoon, we
make our way a short way up the road to
Moreton-in-Marsh. Moreton has been a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and the
high street has many elegant eighteenth-century inns and houses. It of course also has many lovely shops and we will do our best to
see as many as we can! We then make our way back home before
Buffet Supper and Overnight near Monmouth.(B,L,D

Day 7 - December 20th -
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
. We will stop for lunch at a cozy inn somewhere along the way and then more spectacular
countryside with lots of photo ops along the way. We then get checked into our accommodation with the first stop being the bar for a
wee warm up drink and then the dining room for dinner before we snuggle in for a long winter's dream!
Dinner and Overnight
Near Peebles. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - December 21st -
On our way north to our Highland Lodge today we stop in Perth to visit Scone Palace, the home of
Earls of Mansfield. Once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland’s history.
A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated
Stone of Scone, Scone Palace is
regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in Scotland’s crown. We will have a
Festive Christmas Lunch
served in the Victorian Kitchen beside the original cooking range and surrounded by a wealth of copper pots. We then make our
way further into the Highlands and to our home for the next week. We will get settled in and then gather to
Trim our Christmas
before dinner following dinner we will draw names for gifts for our Christmas Eve celebration together. Buffet Dinner and
Overnight near Kinloch Rannoch, Highland Perthshire. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - December 22nd -
Today will be spent in Blair Atholl at 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 Grove, 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 a Christmas Sunday Lunch in
the Ballroom
before a roaring fire and then a stroll around the gardens and grounds in the crisp, winter air, before warming back up
inside! We then make our way back home for a
Pre-Theatre Buffet Supper before making our way to Pitlochry and the
Pitlochry Festival Theatre for their annual Christmas offering before going back home to enjoy a night cap before the fire!
Dinner and Overnight near Kinloch Rannoch. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - December 23rd -
Following breakfast we are on our way to Edinburgh on the train. Once off the train, we head to
George Street where we find a fantastic Christmas Market, Santa's Grotto,  and the spectacular Ice Adventure. After some
exploring and shopping we make our way to the
Georgian Tearoom at the Dome for a Festive Christmas Afternoon Tea!
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. After you find some dinner on your own, we then make our way back home to our lovely Highland home.
Overnight near Kinloch Rannoch (B,L,D)

Day 11 - 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. Pitlochry will be
decked out in all its finery! We then make our way back home to have an informal
Christmas Eve Buffet. After our buffet we will
place our gifts to each other under the tree and then
Santa will hand them out after we have guessed who our present is from!
Dinner and Overnight near Kinloch Rannoch. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - December 25th - Christmas Day!
- Today will be sent entirely in our beautiful Victorian Highland Lodge which
commands gorgeous views across
Loch Rannoch to
the impressive
Schiehallion in the east and the famous Black Wood of Rannoch just across the water.  Set amidst its own
21,000 acres Craiganour is a great example of what Scotland does best – fantastic landscape, endless outdoor opportunities, tradition
and a warm welcome
. We will have a leisurely morning as we get up and see if Santa has brought us anything else this morning! 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
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carole 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
Overnight near Kinloch Rannoch. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - December 26th
- After a leisurely morning and breakfast we will take a drive to Spean Bridge and then on to Fort
where we will 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 dinner.
and Overnight near  Kinloch Rannoch. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - December 27th -
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 near Kinloch Rannoch. (B,L)

Day 15 - 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
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 century
. 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)

Day 16 - December 29th -
Make our way to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.
Agree to Terms and Conditions
"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
Victorian 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.
Our first week will be spent at
Penblaith Barn in the lovely Welsh Countryside near Monmouth in the southeast of Wales in
5 Star Barn Conversion. The house is a traditional stone building that combines 18th century character with 21st century
luxury and style.  Complete with
Galleried Hall, Lounge, Television Lounge, Dining Room, Games Room, complete with
table tennis and a pool table, as well a hot tub on the paved patio that runs the entire length of the barn!
I am so excited about our second stay in
Craigenour Lodge near Kinloch Rannoch in the Perthshire Highlands. I have
wanted to stay here for Christmas forever and finally decided to take the plunge! Craiganour is a luxurious
Victorian Shooting
with a unique 21st century interior, which provides breath-taking views over Loch Rannoch. All of the bedrooms have their
own character as well as wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. The lodge is complete with
Formal Dining Room,
Drawing Room with Open Fire and a Common Room
with television and grand piano which will make this the perfect place
to have a
Highland Scottish Christmas.

$6295 per person. $500 per person deposit. 4 Spots Available!