A Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and
Wiltshire Country Christmas House Party
With New Forest National Park, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
the Exmoor National Park, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
Polperro Heritage Coast and Dartmoor National Park
December 13th - 28th, 2021

This amazing Christmas tour will cover the Southwest of England with Christmas Week spent in Tiverton, Devon in a
Grade II Listed Elizabethan Hall where we will have Christmas Eve and spend Christmas Day. Highlights will be:
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market, Annual Gingerbread House Contest in Portsmouth, Christmas at Mottisant
House, Christmas at Corfe Castle, Weymouth Big Christmas Event, Lyme Regis and Cobb Harbour, Dartmoor National
Park and Coleton Fishacre House, Dartmoor Steam Railway Santa Express, Buckland Abbey Christmas, Plymouth
Christmas Market, Saltram House Christmas, Truro and the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Padstow, Port Issac and
Tintagel, Killerton House Christmas, Tiverton Castle, Powderham House, Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green,
Knighshayes Court Christmas, Lynton and Barnstaple Santa Train, Avebury and Avebury Stone Circle, Salisbuty
Cathedral and much more!
15 Days on a spectacular holiday journey through West Country with Devon and Cornwall and and celebrating Christmas
in an amazing historic Grade II Listed Elizabethan Hall. Your days will be full of sightseeing and holiday festivities with
lovely afternoon teas and Christmas lunches interspersed throughout. Tour includes lovely country house, city guest
house and seaside 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.

$6995 per person. $995 single supplement. $500 per person deposit. This additional tour is tentative
based on whether we are able to operate our 2020 Christmas Tour. If we are able to operate our 2020
Christmas Tours as planned, we will run this tour in 2021.
Day 1 - December 13th - Arrive into London Heathrow International Airport, but our adventure will begin in
Winchester with the Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market, recognised as the Best Christmas Market in
the UK
and one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe because of its unique location, high quality exhibitors and
bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance, with a
delightful
Food Court, British Crafts Village, and over 110 Chalets to explore. After a Festive Christmas
Lunch
we make our way to Portsmouth and Portsmouth Historical Society celebrating Vintage Christmas in
Portsmouth
with the viewing of the entries into the popular Annual Gingerbread House Contest exhibit running
on the first floor gallery at
Discover Portsmouth. The Professional Entries are created by local businesses, artists,
families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first-floor gallery. We then make
it just a short way into the New Forest where we find our accommodation and dinner waiting.
Welcoming Dinner and
Overnight New Forest. (L,D)

Day 2 - December 14th -
We will head a short ways north today to visit Mottisant House, a romantic house and
gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens. Eight centuries of history are buried within Mottisfont’s walls. An
Augustinian
Priory
was founded here in 1201, laying the foundations for the 18th-century structure that’s now visible. The Winter
Garden
at the house has been transformed with Little Fairy Dwellings, tucked secretively among the flowering
plants. There are pixie-sized scenes in the lower corridor, too, leading into a festive ‘forest’ in the Cellarium, with hints of
Father Christmas himself. Inside the house, each room is decorated for a different fairy. The Old Man’s Beard Fairy
is tucked up in the White Bedroom, while the Red Room is the perfect setting for the Holly Fairy’s glossy colours. A
14 foot tree provides the grand finale in the
Whistler Room. We will have a Festive Afternoon Tea at Rhinefield
House Hotel
, a beautiful historic country house. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy. Overnight
New Forest. (B,L)

Day 3 - December 15th -
This morning we head west with a first stop at Corfe Castle. Christmas at Corfe Castle
means magic in the air, a warm fire in the grate and the chance to experience everything that makes this time of year so
special with some new twists on familiar traditions. Dating back to medieval England, the
Lord of Misrule tradition
continues at Corfe Castle this Christmas. Join our very own mischief-maker as you journey through the castle ruins, learn
about medieval traditions and join in with games, dances and entertainment to brighten the long cold winter. Then we are
off to
Lyme Regis, an  historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb Harbour.
Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded
World Heritage Site Status and
is famous for its geology and fossil finds. We will stop in
Sidmouth for a Festive Afternoon Tea before continuing on
Torquay, a traditional yet thriving seaside town set on Devon's English Riviera Coast. With its iconic palm trees,
busy harbour, international marina, sandy beach and wonderful array of continental style cafes, restaurants and cocktail
bars, the scene is set for the perfect Devon seaside holiday.  We will get settled into our accommodation before dinner and
then a
Christmas Panto at the Princess Theatre.  Dinner and Overnight Torquay. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - December 16th -
After some free time to enjoy Torquay we make our way into the Dartmoor National
Park
, a lovely region of moorland in Devon. Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon,
Dartmoor is a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing
rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. We will wind our way through the center of the park taking in all the delights of
this magnificent and magical area of England including
Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and Windecomb in the
Moor
. Watch for Dartmoor Ponies! This evening we are out to Coleton Fishacre House for Coleton Aglow.
Begin your evening by following the path as it weaves between
Sparkling Fairy Lights towards the Rill Garden as
the light filled stream trickles down through the garden. Continue past exotic trees and plants, glittering disco balls and
illuminated features to the magical fern glade at the bottom. Follow the steps up to the summer house, where on a clear
night you may glimpse stars and moonlit waves, before continuing to the gazebo.
Mulled Wines and Mince Pies await,
as does the view across the illuminated valley garden. As you wander back through the garden, the warm glow and
seasonal cheer glimpsed through the house windows might tempt you to join the party and soak up more festivities
indoors. Decadent decorations glisten and shimmer throughout while party music floats out into the grounds.
Overnight Torquay. (B,L)

Day 5 - December 17th -
Today we join the Dartmouth Steam Railway for the Santa Express. Each carriage is
decorated for Christmas and during our trip we will be entertained by
Close-up Magic and, of course, their famous
Two-Part Mini Pantomime to get us in the festive spirit. Santa Claus visits us at our seat accompanied by his elves
pulling a gargantuan sleigh. We will be served a glass of mulled wine and festive mince pie. After a
Festive Lunch in
Dartmoor
we make our way to Buckland Abbey, a Grade I Listed 700-year-old House in Buckland
Monachorum.
It is noted for its connection with Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and Sir Francis Drake.
We will head straight into the abbey to see the house fully decorated as it transforms into a
Magical Wonderland.
Come and see the cascade in the abbey, as it decends down the
Georgian Staircase with over 700 Decorations, all
made by our wonderful volunteer costume group. The magic doesn't stop in the Abbey - be sure to step into the
Great
Barn
to see it transformed into a Woodland Wonderland with over 200 Trees filling the barn and a galaxy of
Christmas wish stars hanging over head.
Dinner and Overnight Torquay. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - December 18th -
This morning we visit Plymouth Christmas Market located in the Piazza in the City
Centre
where we will browse to our heart’s content! More than 50 traders from across the South West will be selling
their wares in
Traditional Wooden Cabins, festooned with fairy lights. You will find everything from handmade
jewellery and artwork to sweet treats and liqueurs to choose from. Warm up with a mulled wine from the
Bavarian Bar,
tuck into festive food from one of the many street food stands and snap a festival selfie in front of the giant illuminated
bauble. With entertainment including gospel choirs and vintage vocalists. After a
Festive Afternoon Tea in the City
we visit
Saltram House, overlooking the River Plym and is set in a rolling landscape park that provides precious green
space on the outskirts of Plymouth. Saltram was home to the
Parker Family from 1743, when an earlier mansion was
remodelled to reflect the family’s increasingly prominent position.. Some of the rooms within the house have been visited
by some of our most loved fairy tales.  Amongst the other spectacular rooms, the grandest at Saltram,
the Saloon, will
be transformed into a M
agical Fairytale with decadently decorated trees and magical interventions to make the house
feel enchanted.
Dinner and Overnight the Cornish Coast. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - December 19th -
This morning we visit the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair at Truro. An impressive
selection of
Cornish Crafts and Food will be on display in the Piazza where every product on sale has a little extra
added value as it is guaranteed as being Made in Cornwall. Hand crafted wall hangings, jigsaw puzzles, candles, pottery,
calendars, clothing, treasure trails for the children, hand made chocolates, preserves and local ales are just some of the
goods which will be available at this year’s Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair. We will have a
Festive Afternoon Tea
before spending some time in Truro, the only city in Cornwall with over 800 years of history and mainland Britain's
southernmost city. Truro is dominated by the 250 foot towers of
Truro Cathedral and is seen as a triumph of Gothic
Revival Architecture
and its magnificent spires  are at their best when silhouetted by the bright blue Cornish sky.
After lots of time to explore we will make our way back home where you will have the rest of the evening to yourself.

Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight Cornish Coast. (B,L)

Day 8 - December 20th -
This morning we take in the delightful villages that make up Cornwall's other coast on our
way to
North Devon. We will first visit Padstow on the Camel Estuary. Padstow’s harbour is undoubtedly the
strongest attraction in the town and we will spend some time investigating it. Then we make our way further north to
Port Issac which you may recognize if you are a fan of the Doc Martin Series. Port Issac is an attractive fishing village
since the early fourteenth century. Its narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages and traditional
granite, slate-fronted Cornish houses, many of which are listed as of architectural or historic importance. It is the perfect
place for you to find a
Traditional Cornish Pasty for lunch! Further up the coast we find Tintagel and the romantic
and mysterious ruins of
Tintagel Castle overlooking the sea. Some believe this is the birthplace of the legendary King
Arthur
. Unfortunately the castle will not be open at this time of year, but it makes for a wonderful stop none the less.
We then make our way to
Tiverton where we check into our home for the next week as we take over the entire manor
house!
Dinner and Overnight Tiverton. (B,D)

Day 9 - December 21st -
This morning we visit Killerton House, a family home and fine 18th-Century house with
a great estate with glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland. Step through the door and discover the
Night
Before Christmas
at Killerton. See the Georgian Mansion decorated in festive dress and continue outside following a
twinkling a trail through the garden and parkland. We will visit the
Christmas Fair here before we make our way into
Tiverton for a Festive Afternoon Tea before visiting Tiverton Castle. Originally built in 1106 by order of Henry I,
and later rebuilt and much enlarged in the 13th and 14th centuries, Tiverton Castle was once home of the powerful
medieval
Earls of Devon and of a Plantagenet Princess. With later additions and alterations down the centuries all
periods of architecture from medieval to modern can be seen, with beautiful walled gardens within the romantic ruins. We
then make our way home to get better acquainted with the house and grounds before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight
Tiverton. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - December 22nd -
Today we travel north through the Exmoor National Park and to the North Devon
Coast
. Our first stop is Dunster Castle for their Traditional Country Christmas filled with everything from cake,
hot chocolate and sausage rolls to decorated trees, family games and
Father Christmas. This ancient castle and
comfortable country home of the
Luttrell Family, who lived here for 600 years, has a terraced garden, a tranquil
riverside wooded garden and a
Historic Working Watermill. There are panoramic views over the Bristol Channel
and surrounding countryside from the castle and grounds. We then make our way along the coast through
Minehead,
Porlock, Lynton, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and the Woolacombe
with several stops along the way in these
beautiful coastal villages. We will have a late
Festive Christmas Lunch in Woolacombe before making our way back
home for a
Light Supper! Dinner and Overnight Tivertson, (B,L,D)

Day 11 - December 23rd -
Today we spend the day in Exeter first visiting Powderham Castle, home to the Earl
of Devon
. We will discover the history of the Castle and the Courtenay Family on a guided tours, and learn about all
the hidden secrets behind the walls of the Castle. We then have a
Festive Lunch in Exeter before visiting the Exeter
Christmas Market on Exeter Cathedral Green
, recognised as one of the best in the UK. Exeter Cathedral Green,
the jewel in the crown in the city centre is a prime location for shoppers and is on the doorstep of the main shopping
district. A combination of unique location with the stunning backdrop of
Exeter Cathedral alongside high quality
exhibitors has established an ‘event’ which is now an integral part of the city centre festive celebrations and Christmas
shopping experience. The market features a selection of crafts, fresh food and a bustling atmosphere helped by delicious
food stalls and
Bavarian-Style Bars inspired by German Christmas Markets with traditional wooden chalets. The
Cathedral itself is a hub of activity at Christmas with its many carol services, concerts, events and education activities
making it the perfect venue to experience the festive atmosphere both inside and out. You can find some dinner here
before we take in a
Christmas Panto at the Exeter Corn Exchange. Overnight Tiverton. (B,L)

Day 12 - December 24th -
This morning we visit Knightshayes Court, a great post-war garden, 19th-century
parkland and
Grand Gothic Revival architecture by Victorian visionary William Burges. It's the most wonderful
time of the year, and Knightshayes is ready to invite you to Christmas. The
15 Foot Christmas Tree will be in place in
the
Great Hall and each room on the ground floor will be lavishly decorated for a Victorian Christmas ready to
welcome you for a cosy, traditional Christmas experience. With the scent of huge, real trees in the air, each decorated with
love and attention, and Victorian Christmas traditions throughout, it wouldn't be Christmas without a trip to
Knightshayes. All of the stops have been pulled out to decorate the house for a traditional family Christmas with the
Heathcoat Amorys, celebrating yuletide traditions from throughout the ages. We then make our way further north to
the
Lynton and Barnstaple Santa Train. We board your train - comprised of restored heritage carriages - at Woody
Bay Station
, and travel to Killington Lane and back while being entertained and refreshed with drink and mince
pies while awaiting the big man himself! We then go home to our
Christmas Eve Festivities, Gift Exchange and
Dinner! Christmas Eve Dinner and Overnight Tiverton. (B,D)

Day 13 - December 25th - Happy Christmas!
We will have a leisurely morning as we get up and see if Santa has
brought us anything and if the
Stockings that were Hung with Care have been filled! There will be nibbles set out if
anyone is hungry and then we will Gather for
Brunch at Mid Morning and spend the day enjoying the house and
grounds. 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 together before we break out the pie and goodies. We will then gather to watch my
favourite holiday movie,
"Meet Me in St. Louis" and it is never truly Christmas until Judy Garland has sung "Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"!
We will leave out nibbles once again to help yourself to as we reminisce about
the trip and the year ahead.
Dinner and Overnight Tiverton. (B,D)

Day 14 - December 26th -
Today is know as Boxing Day here in the UK and we will spend a leisurely day at home
following a
Late Breakfast. You will want to take advantage of this stunning Grade II Listed Hall that has been our
home for the week
. It holds a truly marvellous position, nestled within thirty-eight acres of private woodland and
parkland, it offers those fortunate enough to stay the perfect country escape where they can enjoy total tranquillity. Its
unspoilt location, set between
Exmoor to the North and Dartmoor to the South provides the perfect backdrop.
The Hall dates back to
Elizabethan Times and in 1833 several years were spent upgrading the house and enhancing
the existing Georgian features. Today’s style and architecture reflect this as they seamlessly blend its original character
and charm with modern interiors and updated furnishings. We will have a
Late Afternoon Traditional Devon Tea in
the
Drawing Room. There will be soup, bread and salad this evening for a light supper and then you will want to spend
some time pulling things together for tomorrows departure.
Dinner and Overnight Tiverton. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - December 27th -
This morning our Devon adventure ends as we make our way back toward London
Heathrow.
Our first stop will Avebury and Avebury Stone Circle. Avebury henge and stone circles are one of the
greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain. Built and much altered during the Neolithic period, roughly between 2850 BC and
2200 BC, the henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of
Avebury Village.
Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain - originally of about 100 stones - which in turn encloses two smaller
stone circles. After lunch we visit
Salisbury and Salisbury Cathedral. For over 750 years pilgrims have come to seek
inspiration in the glory and peace of the Cathedral. Here you will marvel at or climb up to
Britain's Tallest Spire, be
awed by the beauty and scale of the cathedral interior or study the original
Magna Carta in the Chapter House. We
then get checked into our accommodation just north of
Heathrow. Farewell Dinner and Overnight near London
Heathrow. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - December 28th -
This morning we return you to London Heathrow Airport for the journey home.