A Welsh and Scottish Country Christmas
Holiday  House Party
With North Wales, Edinburgh and the Highlands of Scotland.
December 14th - 29th, 2019

Day 1 – December 14th – This morning we start our adventure at Manchester International Airport. We then make our
way to
Magical Medieval City of 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 and then visit the amazing
Chester Cathedral with their Christmas Tree Festival. The
festival will feature more than
40 Majestic Christmas Trees, transforming the cathedral cloisters into astonishing tree-lined
winter walkways. While in Chester we will enjoy a
Festive Afternoon Tea before 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 North Wales. (L,D)

Day 2 - December 15th -
This morning we visit Portmeirion Village, a miniature Italianate Fantasy Village on the coast
of Wales,  the creation of
Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who purchased the property in 1925 as a “neglected wilderness.” Williams-
Ellis spent most of his life designing and building the tiny elaborate Italian-influenced village of his own creation. The style of
buildings ranges from
Arts & Crafts to Classical to Baroque, painted in pastel hues, surrounding a reflecting pond and central
lawn. After a
Tour of Portmeirion we will have a Festive Christmas Lunch at Castell Deudraeth, part of the Portmeirion
Estate.   We then make our way to
Porthmadog and the train station for the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.  
Here we board the
Victorian Santa Train for 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 North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - December 16th -
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 more lovely villages and spectacular Welsh
countryside. We will stop for a
Pub Dinner on the way home. Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - December 17th -
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 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 into town for you to find some dinner on your own.
Overnight North Wales. (B,L)

Day 5 - December 18th -
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 you may want to find a light bite before 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.  Llandudno is known as the Alice In Wonderland village as Lewis Carroll
met the eight year old Alice here at the St. Tudno Hotel where we will have a Festive Late Afternoon Tea at this lovely hotel
on the promenade. After a lovely stroll along the promenade and some time for shopping, we take in a
Christmas Pantomime
before we return home.
Dinner and North Wales. (B,D)

Day 6 - December 19th -
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 into the
Snowdonia National Park to Betws-y-Coed.
The town is situated where the
River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the West, the Llugwy, the Lledr and
the Machno
. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park. Before exploring
Betws we will have a
Festive Afternoon Tea at Craig-y-Dderwen Riveside Hotel. 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. The village is the site of the
Grave of Gelert, the faithful hound of legend and also for the
adventures of
Rupert Bear. Dinner and Overnight North Wales. (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
. After we make a lunch stop, 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,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 the
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 Tree
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!
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)

Day 11 - 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 where you can find some lunch on your own and then 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.
Before 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,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 watchv
" 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 near Kinloch Rannoch. (BR,D)

Day 13 - December 26th
- As today is Boxing Day, we will spent another leisurely day at home eating leftovers and enjoying
the lovely surrounds of our Highland home. In the afternoon, anyone who would like to take a brisk walk through the Scottish
countryside can join us for this spectacular romp. There is easy access to the hill or village for walks and also a path down to the
loch. In the afternoon we will take a drive around
Loch Rannoch ending up in Kinloch Rannoch before returning home. There
are breath-taking views almost everywhere you turn in Kinloch Rannoch. From the gentle ebb of the loch to that woodland trails
that take you through the
Rannoch Forest. Then I will make a lovely turkey soup for dinner and then more leftover pies, cakes
and desserts before watching another
Holiday Movie. Dinner and Overnight near  Kinloch Rannoch. (BR,D)

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

Day 15 - December 28th -
After breakfast we make our way back to Edinburgh with 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 make our
way to our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near  Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 16 - December 29th -
This morning we make our way to the Edinburgh International Airport for the journey home.
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"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 of 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 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. The house is very secluded and just a five minute walk to the cove and Anglesey Coastal Path.
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
Lodge
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.

$5995 per person. $500 per person deposit. All singles now filled.