|A Cotswold, Devon and Cornwall Country House Party
with Gardens, Tearooms, Castles and Great Houses
July 29th - August 12th, 2018
||The first week will be spent on the Cornish Coast and close to the Dartmoor
National Park in Devon. Our accommodation will be overlooking Looe and the
English Channel. With glorious harbour and sea views from almost every window,
Clipper House is the perfect setting for a relaxing day. A sun terrace room
spreads across the front of the house allowing you to watch the glorious views to
the left of the harbour and to the right far out to sea from dawn through to dusk.
We are just a few minutes wander the cobbled streets of Looe among the galleries,
shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés. Have a look around the museum at the Old
Guildhall, which has stood in Looe for centuries. On a fine day, a stroll around the
harbour isn't complete without a walk on the Banjo Pier.
From this location we can take in many of the towns and villages that make up
Devon and Cornwall and also Dartmoor National Park, Roseland Heritage
Coast, Polperro Heritage Coast, the Lizard Heritage Coast and the Rame Head
Heritage Coast. We can travel the wilds of Cornwall that are featured in the
Poldark Series and follow in the footsteps of King Arthur! We will have a
Traditional Devonshire Afternoon Tea, take a narrow gauge railway trip and an
Orca Sea Safari! We will thoroughly explore those things upon our doorstep and
also further afield.
||The second week will be spent in the in an imposing 17th century farmhouse with a
wealth of character features situated in the heart of Snowshill, a quintessential
Cotswolds village. Snowshill village sits on the top of the escarpment above the
villages of Broadway, Buckland, and Laverton. It is a secluded village where ancient
pretty cottages and a 19th century church cluster around a small green.
While here we will visit the lovely Cotswolds towns of Bourton-on-the-Water,
Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Blockley, Bibury, Lower
Slaughter, Winchcombe and Evesham. We will visit the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and
Gardens, have a Traditional Cotswolds Afternoon Tea, visit Chavenage House where
Poldark is filmed, have a Warner Brothers Studio Tour of the Making of Harry
Potter and we will drive through Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and Windecomb in
the Moor where we will see many Native Dartmoor Ponies. We will stop in
Buckfastleigh where we find the South Devon Railway, a seven mile former Great
Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of
the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. In Totnes we will visit the Totnes
Rare Breeds Farm.
||This is a beautiful tour covering two spectacular regions of the English
Countryside. Relax in luxury accommodations and take in all the breathtaking
beauty of this region. Price includes 15 nights of accommodation, 13 dinners,
13 lunches and breakfast each morning, all activities, sightseeing and entrance
fees as listed in itinerary, all taxes, fees and service charges. Guided minibus
travel with airport pick up and drop off and luggage handling.
$6295 per person.
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|Day 1 - July 29th - We will collect your from the Heathrow International Airport and begin our long journey west
toward Clipper House snuggled into the hillside above the pretty fishing port of Looe. Our first stop along the way will
be Avebury Stone Circle, the largest known stone ring in the world and one of my favourites in all of the UK. It is older
than the more famous Stonehenge, and for many visitors far more spectacular, the multiple rings of Avebury are cloaked
with mysteries which archaeologists have only begun to unravel. Our next stop will be Lunch and then continue on into
North Devon to our home for the next week. We will have a Welcoming Buffet Dinner after getting settled into the
house. Overnight Clipper House. (L,D)
Day 2 - This morning we head west to Tintagel and Tintagel Castle. Set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, you
can enjoy dramatic sea views from the castle ruins on the headland and island. Steeped in myths and mystery, this is a
spectacular place which has inspired artists and writers throughout history who have associated it with the legend of King
Arthur and the story of Tristan and Isolde. After finding some lunch we will visit King Arthur's Great Halls. It is
seldom that one finds a place that captures the imagination. King Arthur's Great Halls is such a place. It is visited by
Arthurian followers from all over the world and it is here the Legend comes together. It is the only intact building in the
world dedicated to the Arthurian legend. On the way back home we will stop at Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in
Boscastle, an extraordinary museum housing the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia.
Dinner Overnight Clipper House. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Today will be spent in Poldark Country with its spectacular vistas, countryside and coastal views. We will start
in St Breward to visit the cottage used as Nampara, Poldark’s home. We next make our way to Porthcothan where
you may recognise views over the Camel Estuary. Porthcothan is used to portray Nampara Cove in the series. We will
Stop for Lunch and a Wee Wander in Penzance before a visit to Gunwalloe and the beach at Church Cove, it was
here where the shipwreck scenes were filmed, appropriately as it is next to Dollar Cove, site of many famous shipwrecks
and named for the silver coins which are still said to wash up on the beach. We then make our way around the coast on and
north along the coast to Charlestown. This historic port, a berth for tallships is also seen in the TV series and in many
other films including the Three Musketeers and The Eagle Has Landed. Pub Dinner out this evening.
Overnight Clipper House. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Today will be spent leisurely enjoying the house and surrounds. With glorious harbour and sea views from almost
every window, Clipper House is the perfect setting for a relaxing day. A sun terrace room spreads across the front of the
house allowing you to watch the glorious views to the left of the harbour and to the right far out to sea from dawn through
to dusk. Later in the day we will gather on the patio for a Traditional Devonshire Afternoon Tea. After tea you can
wander the cobbled streets of Looe among the galleries, shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés. Have a look around the
museum at the Old Guildhall, which has stood in Looe for centuries. On a fine day, a stroll around the harbour isn't
complete without a walk on the Banjo Pier. Overnight Clipper House. (B,L)
Day 5 - Today we make our way back down to southern Cornwall through the Roseland Heritage Coast to Falmouth
where we will take an Orca Sea Safari for the possible sightings of dolphins, seals, whales, seabirds and basking sharks.
We will spend some time taking in Falmouth where you can find some lunch on your own. Before leaving the area behind
we will visit the Merry Maidens, a perfectly circular stone circles comprised of nineteen stones today but is thought to
originally have consisted of just eighteen. Celtic lore has inspired folk tales of dancing maidens turned to stone for
merrymaking on the Sabbath! We then make our way through the Lizard Heritage Coast to Lizard Point, the most
southerly point of mainland Britain. The exposed nature of the point has created a wreckers delight as many ships have
fallen victim to the currents and strong winds produced as the Atlantic meets the English Channel. The meeting of
these two seas however creates fantastic feeding grounds for basking sharks and the seal colony that can often be seen
lounging in the sun on the rocks or bottling in the waves below Lizard Point. We then return home for Dinner and
Overnight Clipper House. (B,D)
Day 6 - We will make our way east today before heading north once again. We will drive through Lostwithiel and
Liskeard making a few stops on our way to Plymouth. The Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area of the city is where
the Pilgrim Fathers left England aboard the Mayflower, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to settle in North America.
You will have some time to find some lunch and explore Britain's Ocean City. We then travel through the Dartmoor
National Park, a lovely region of moorland in Devon. We will wind our way through the center of the park taking in all the
delights of this magnificent and magical area of England. We will drive through Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and
Windecomb in the Moor. We then make our way back home for Dinner. Overnight Clipper House. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Today will be spent in and around the Dartmoor National Park, a lovely region of moorland in Devon. From its
striking granite tors to steep wooded river valleys and from swathes of heather covered moorland to tucked away villages
and hamlets, it is a land of contrasts. We will wind our way through the center of the park taking in all the delights of this
magnificent and magical area of England. We will drive through Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and Windecomb
in the Moor where we will see many Native Dartmoor Ponies. We will stop in Buckfastleigh where we find the
South Devon Railway, a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the
stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. In Totnes we will visit the Totnes Rare Breeds
Farm. You won’t find smaller sheep than their Ouessants, or more fantastic chickens. Alongside these, you can also get
close to the endangered wildlife of the English countryside, making this much more than just a petting farm. Touch a
hedgehog’s prickly spines and learn how they use them, or admire the gripping pads on a red squirrel’s foot. We then
return home for an final Dinner and Overnight Clipper House. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - This morning we start our long journey to the Cotswolds. We will make a few stops along the way so as to make
it a leisurely journey. The first stop will be Glastonbury and Glastonbury Abbey. The first church was built here in the
7th century by Saxon King, Ine of Wessex. Much of what we see today came in 1066 with the Norman invasion and
soon the abbey was the richest in the country. The Arthurian Legend continues with the story of King Arthur and
his Queen Guinevere being buried in the abbey church. Our journey next takes us to Bradford-on-Avon for
Afternoon Tea at the Bridge Tearooms, housed in a 16th century building. After tea, we will explore the town before
our journey takes us to our next home for the week. We will have a Light Buffet Supper this evening and then get
settled in. Overnight Oat Hill Farmhouse. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - This morning we visit the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens, one of the UK’s largest zoological collections
and most exciting gardens. The stunning gardens and themed borders, make a beautiful backdrop to the animals. With
over 260 different species of animals in over 120 acres of Parkland, there's plenty of space to relax and get closer to wildlife
and it makes for fantastic day out for all the family! Stroll around the Park and enjoy uninterrupted views of the animals, so
it feels as though you are in a wild setting. Watch Rhinos graze on the lawns in front of the Gothic Manor House. Walk
up to the Giraffe Walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures or explore the Old Walled Garden’s
Tropical House with free roaming sloths, birds and bats. Watch the Penguin’s being fed and then get up close with the
Lemurs in their free-roaming Madagascar Exhibit. You can even take a ride through the park on a Narrow Gauge
Railway. Dinner and Overnight Oat Hill Farmhouse. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - This morning will be spent in and around our imposing 17th century farmhouse with a wealth of character
features situated in the heart of Snowshill, a quintessential Cotswolds village. Snowshill village sits on the top of the
escarpment above the villages of Broadway, Buckland, and Laverton. It is a secluded village where ancient pretty
cottages and a 19th century church cluster around a small green. It is home to the well known national trust property
Snowshill Manor and Cotswolds Lavender, both of which you can easily visit. You can spend the day relaxing in and
around the house and in Snowshill itself. This afternoon we will gather for a Traditional Cotswolds Afternoon Tea. In the
evening you may want to walk up to the village pub for a bit of dinner. Overnight Oat Hill. (B,L)
Day 11 - Today we will visit Bibury, Burford and Tetbury. Our day will start with 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' and more recently, Poldark. We will have Lunch in the House and then drive to
Bibury, one of the loveliest villages in all of England. One of the most fascinating features is Arlington Row, a row of
weavers cottages built of local stone next to the River Coln. We still have time for one more village before we return home
so the medieval town of Burford is a must see. 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.
Dinner out this evening. Overnight Oat Hill. (B,L,D)
Day 12 - This morning we start our day with a visit to 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 then take some time to explore Stow-on-the-Wold which is just a 5 minute walk from the house.
Stow is an important shopping centre and has many fine Antique shops, Art galleries and Gifts and Crafts Shops.
After Lunch we find Moreton-in-Marsh, a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and the high street has many elegant
eighteenth-century inns and houses. After some exploration we visit Chastleton House, a rare gem of a Jacobean
country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive
statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained
essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years. We then return home with some time to relax before dinner. Dinner and
Overnight Oat Hill. (B,L,D)
Day 13 - Today we take a full days outing to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour of the Making of Harry Potter.
The Harry Potter Film Series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being
released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were
created especially for the films - just in case they were ever needed later on in the series. Once filming wrapped on Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of
intricate and beautifully-made artefacts, many of which wouldn't have been saved on a typical production. You can step into
the Great Hall, Walk Along Diagon Alley, Enjoy a Butterbeer and Ride a Broomstick. Dinner and
Overnight Oat Hill. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - The best part of being in the Cotswolds is the lovely villages and spectacular country drives you find at every
turn. We will be visiting my favourite places today in hopes that they may become some of our favourite places as well.
As we are right on top of Broadway and Broadway Tower they will be first. Built in 1799, it is a perfect example of an
18th Century Gothic Folly and at 1024 feet above sea level you can see 13 counties! It is always worth a climb to the
top! Next is the wee village of Blockley. There is not a lot here, but it never fails to charm both myself and everyone that
we bring here. Winchcombe has a wonderfully timeless quality about it, Cotswold Stone Cottages enhanced by black
and white half-timbered buildings, narrow side streets and charming houses make up the centre of this fabulous town.
Lower Slaughter is home to honey-coloured stone architecture, quaint little cottages and the most romantic street in
Britain, Copse Hill Road. We will make a day of it just exploring on our last day in the Cotswolds before w return home.
Farewell Anniversary Dinner and Overnight Oat Hill. (B,L,D)
Day 15 - August 12th - Unfortunately our journey is nearing its end as we make our way toward Heathrow Airport
for the journey home.