A Welsh and Scottish Country Christmas
Holiday  House Party
December 14th - 29th, 2019
"I am so excited to be offering this tour. 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.
$6795 per person. $995 Single Supplement. $500 per person deposit.
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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. Every moment in this beautiful house is a treasured moment
and it is so conducive to both shared time and alone time!
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 choice and will not be able to do  it all, but
we will give it our very best shot! Come along an share this amazing journey with us
and take in all the delight do North Wales and in particular Anglesey and the
spectacular Llanlliana House!
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! What could be better and enjoying the Scottish Highlands in a
beautiful home surrounded by new friends and enjoying all that is Christmas in Scotland!
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 into 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 Llanlliana.  (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.
Dinner 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 Llandudno, 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 Outing this evening. Overnight Llanlliana. (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
Patrick's Island
and the Most Northern Point of Wales. Enjoy the fabulous coastal walks over the Iron Age Hillfort 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 and then stop for a
Pub Dinner. Overnight Llanlliana. (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 the
Grave of Gelert, the faithful hound of
legend and explore the village that was the inspiration for the adventures of
Rupert Bear. We will find some lunch before we then make
our way to
Blaenau Ffestiniog for a ride on the Victorian Santa Train. A traditional 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 we start the long trek to Scotland with several stops and an overnight along the way.
Our first stop is
Lyme Park at Disley, a glorious house surrounded by gardens, moorland and a deer park nestling on
the edge of the
Peak District. This Elegant Edwardian House and its festive delights will charm you as you wander the Entrance
Hall, Library, Saloon and Butlers' Rooms
all elegantly transformed with music, decorations and the splendor of a Traditional
Country House Christmas.
We will Lunch in the Café before continuing further north. We will eventually will end up on near
Carlisle, close to the England/Scotland Border where we find our accommodation and dinner waiting. Dinner and Overnight Near
Carlisle. (B,L,D)

December 22nd -
We are just a little over an hour from Edinburgh where we will take a tour of the Edinburgh Castle before we enjoy
a
Crown Christmas Lunch. Set in the heart of the castle, the majestic Queen Anne Room provides a luxurious and festive setting for a
wonderful meal at the castle. After lunch we make our way to the
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
Highland Lodge. Buffet Dinner and Overnight Dalnaspidal, Perthshire Highlands. (B,D)

December 23rd -
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! This evening we will visit the
Pitlochry Festival Theatre for their annual Christmas offering before going back home to enjoy a night cap by the fore before bed!
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 Distillery. 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. 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.
Overnight
Dalnaspidal. (B,L,D)

December 26th
- This morning we will join Highland Safaris as we head into the hills to experience this sub Arctic
Wilderness
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 Encounter 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 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 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 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)

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