A Cotswold, Devon and Cornwall Country House Party
with Gardens, Tearooms, Castles and Great Houses
July 28th - 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 Stow on the Wold a quintessential
Cotswolds village. Stow on the Wold is one of the most well known towns in the
Cotswolds. Based on the Roman Fosse Way, the town is an enchanting place to
explore the winding streets full of antique shops, tea rooms, deli's and book shops.
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.

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Day 1 - July 28th - 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 and 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 before a
dinner outing.
Overnight Clipper House. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we take one of my favourite drives across the top of Devon with a stop at Ilfracombe and the
Hele Corn Mill and Miller's Wife Tearoom. As the Miller's wife bakes everything fresh we will Lunch in the
Tearoom after a Tour of the Mill.
The corn mill dates from 1525 and is a unique working watermill. Guided tours are
given by the family who run the mill, and children and adults alike all enjoy learning about the history of the mill, from how
flour has been made here over the centuries, to some of the mishaps which have befallen the millers! Our drive takes us
along
Devon's North Coast and through the Exmoor National Park. The coastline is dotted with lovely little villages,
sandy beaches, hidden coves and spectacular coastlines. We will make stops at
Woolacombe, Combe Martin, Porlock
and Minehead. We continue along the coastline of the Bristol Channel to Bridgewater and our home for the next two
nights. Dinner out this evening.
Overnight Bridgwater. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we make our way to East Devon and the southern coast to Lyme Regis. We travel through the East
Devon Area of Outstanding National Beauty
and will take a a stunning Scenic Coastal Cruise along the Jurassic
World Heritage Coastline
heading past Monmouth Beach, Pinhay Bay, Charlton Bay, Seaton to Beer Head and
back. Relax on comfy leather bench seats and enjoy this gentle cruise along some of the most iconic coast line the UK has to
offer! After
Lunch in Lyme Regis we will explore this Lovely Coastal Resort Town with its historic Cobb and harbour
iconic features, set against moody blue cliffs yielding fossilised evidence of life on earth millions of years ago. We then take in
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum which houses a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic Marine Fossils and explains
what they are, why they are there and what they mean. The
Natural History Room has a collection of modern shells and
skeletons to show you how present day life evolved and how it is related to the dinosaurs and fossils in
the museum. Then back home for
Dinner and Overnight Bridgwater. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we make 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 in the heart of the Cotswolds. We will have a
Light Buffet Supper this evening and
then get settled in.
Overnight South Hill Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
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 South Hill Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
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. Dinneron your
own this evening.
Overnight South Hill Farmhouse. (B,L)

Day 13 -
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
South Hill Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
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
South Hill Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 15 -
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 we return home
for dinner.
Farewell Anniversary Dinner and Overnight South Hill Farmhouse. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - August 12th -
Unfortunately our journey is nearing its end as we make our way toward Heathrow Airport for
the journey home.