A Cotswold, Devon and Cornwall Country House Party
with Gardens, Tearooms, Castles and Great Houses
June 1st - 15th, 2019
Two weeks on a small intimate tour of England's North Devon Region, Cornwall
and the Cotswolds District through the lovely countryside and picturesque villages,
towns and cities. We will spend one week in North Devon with magnificent views
across the Exmoor National Park and the spectacular North Devon Coastline. We
will also take an overnight trip to the lovely Cornish Coast and coastal villages. We
will spend the second week in the heart of the Gloucestershire region just outside
the small market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the most delightful villages in
the Cotswolds. We will visit as many of the lovely gardens, tearooms and market
towns that populate this area.
The second week will be spent at Weston Subedge near Chipping Campden
in the Cotswolds. While here we will visit the lovely Cotswold towns of
Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway,
Blockley, Bibury, Lower Slaughter, Burford and Tetford. We will visit some
of my favourite tearooms  and have afternoon tea at the Lower Slaughter
Manor in Lower Slaughter, Chavenage House, Buckland Manor, Badgers
Tearooms in Chipping Campden and a Cotswold Farmhouse Afternoon tea
at the house.
We will visit Chastleton House near Moreton-in-Marsh, William
Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Bourton House
Garden, Sudely Castle and Gardens, Broadway along with Broadway
Tower, Chastleton House and Gardens, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chavenage
House. We will also spend a day in the University Town of Oxford with a
guided walking tour and hopefully visit the Kilns, which was the home of C
S Lewis when he taught in Oxford.
The first week will be spent in North Devon taking in the north Devon
coastline, the Exmoor National Park and a drive through the picturesque
villages and towns of Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, Porlock and
Minehead. This is one of my very favourite drives anywhere in the UK!  We
will visit Hartwood Abbey and Gardens at Hartwood, Marwood Hill Gardens
at Barnstaple, Tintagel Castle at Tintagel and Arlington Court and Carriage
Museum near Barnstaple. We will spend one overnight near Plymouth in
Cornwall after we explore the beautiful Cornish Coast and the lovely coastal
villages and towns.
You cannot go to Devon without having a Devonshire Cream Tea and a lovely
afternoon tea experience! We will stop for tea at the Bridge Tearooms, the
Withypool Tearoom at Withypool and the Hele Corn Mill and Tearoom at
Ilfracombe and we will take Afternoon Tea at The Watersmeet Hotel at
Woolacombe  You will be able to experience the best in tearooms, cream teas
and afternoon teas to be found in this lovely West Country region.
In between houses we will journey to Cornwall and then taking in Britain's
Ocean City of Plymouth with the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican Area. We
will also drive through the Dartmoor National Park, taking in all the delights
of this magnificent and magical area of England. Our drive will take us
through Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and Windecomb in the Moor.
This is a beautiful tour covering three spectacular regions of the English Countryside. Relax in luxury accommodations and
take in all the breathtaking beauty of this region. Price includes 14 nights of accommodation, 11 dinners, 12 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. We are not able to cater to special diets on our
house tours.
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Day 1 - June 1st - We will collect your from the Heathrow International Airport and begin our long journey west
toward
North Devon. 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.
Avebury is part of an extraordinary set of
Neolithic and Bronze Age Ceremonial Sites that seemingly formed a vast
sacred landscape. They include
West Kennet Avenue, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Sanctuary, Windmill Hill,
and the mysterious
Silbury Hill. Our next stop will be Afternoon Tea at the Old Rectory in Castle Comb before we
then continue on through spectacular scenery taking us into
Devon and then into North Devon and to our home for the
next week. We will have a
Welcoming Dinner after getting settled into the house. Overnight North Devon. (L,D)

Day 2 -
Today we will take a leisurely and relaxing drive along Devon's North Coast and through the Exmoor
National Park,
a unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over
thousands of years. We then make our way along the coastline dotted with lovely little villages, sandy beaches, hidden
coves and spectacular coastlines. We will stop in
Minehead and then make our way through Porlock and Combe Martin
before reaching Ilfracomb and the Hele Corn Mill and Miller's Wife Tearoom where we have Afternoon Tea
freshly prepared by the Miller's Wife! After tea we will have a
Tour of the Mill which dates from 1525 and is a unique
working watermill. The Miller will tell us  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! After our visit, we wind our way through the park taking
in more lovely villages as we travel toward home.
Dinner and Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
This morning we take in Arlington Court and Carriage Museum near Barnstaple. Arlington Court is an
unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the
Chichester Family for over five hundred
years. The collection consists of treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, collected over several generations. The
Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. There is over forty vehicles, ranging
from elegant coaches used for state occasions to humble carts used to carry servants. From the ever-changing display of
flowers in the formal
Victorian Garden to the many varieties of fruit and vegetables in the Walled Kitchen Garden,
Arlington looks beautiful whatever the season. After a thorough exploration of the house and grounds, we venture a short
ways to the
Watersmeet Hotel in Woolacombe for Afternoon Tea. We will travel along more of the Devon Coast
where the hotel has one of the finest coastal locations in the whole of the West Country.
Light Soup, Salad and Bread
Supper and Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
Today will be spent in around our lovely home at the elegant Georgian House that is situated on the western
edge of
Exmoor National Park. The house was once a Georgian Mine Captain's home and as such is generously
proportioned with plenty of large and airy rooms making it the ideal place to spend a leisurely day. It offers the best of both
worlds being situated in the picturesque hamlet of
Heasley Mill where it is ideally located to explore Exmoor’s beautiful
national park. You can read, go for walk, visit with your tour mates, watch a movie or just enjoy the surroundings. Your day
of relaxation will continue as we all gather together for a
Traditional Full Devonshire Afternoon Tea. Then the rest
of the day is free again throughout the afternoon and into the evening. For anyone wanting further adventure we make our
way into the attractive market town of
South Molton with its great food shops, cafés and the famous Quince Honey Farm.
Dinner on your own this evening.
Overnight North Devon. (B,L)

Day 5 -
This morning we visit Hartland Abbey and Gardens on the Hartland Devon Heritage Coast. Built in the
12th Century as a monastery, Hartland Abbey survived longer than any other in the country. In 1539
Henry VIII gifted
the
Abbey to the Keeper of his Wine Cellar, and today it is the family home of his descendant, Sir Hugh Stucley, his
wife, children, grandchildren and dogs! Hartland Abbey is probably the most historically important ancestral home in North
Devon containing much of national interest, including architecture and decoration from the
Mediaeval, Queen Anne,
Georgian, Regency and Victorian
periods. On the way home we will stop in Barnstaple, the main town of North
Devon
and possibly the oldest borough in the United Kingdom having been granted its charter in 930 AD by King
Aethelstan
- the grandson of Alfred the Great. It is a former river port, located at the lowest crossing point of the
River Taw, flowing into the Bristol Channel. Dinner and Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we head south to Cornwall as we take the lovely coastal route as we stop at Bude and then
Tintagel for 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
. Upon leaving Tintagel behind we continue along the coast to Wadebridge and the Carnewas Tearooms
which overlooks the famous
Bedruthan Steps with views onto parkhead. The café itself is steeped in history originally
starting its life as an old mining stable. We will let you get some lunch on your own and then explore the steps and beautiful
coast. We then head further south where we find dinner waiting.
Dinner and Overnight near Plymouth on the
Devonshire Coast. (B,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way to the Cotswolds with a stop in Britain's Ocean City of Plymouth. We will
have a
Walking Tour of Plymouth including 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 then have some time to explore the medieval part of this lovely city before we 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 Widecomb
in the Moor.
Along the way we will Lunch at Badger's Holt Tearoom in Dartmeet. We then leave the Dartmoor park
behind and continue on our long journey through several
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the Cotswold
Region of England
and our new home for the next week. Dinner and Overnight Cotswolds. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
We stay close to home today as we take in some nearby places. Just up the road is Moreton-in-Marsh. Moreton
has been 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. Our
next stop is
Chipping Campden for Afternoon Tea at Badger's Tearoom housed in a 14th century building.
Chipping Campden was the centre for wool trade during the 14th and 15th centuries and has retained its feel of a place
stepped back in time. We will explore this lovely market town before continuing on to
Blockley, a wee village with an
amazing amount of charm. We then return home for
Dinner and Overnight Cotswolds. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning you will have some time to explore the lovely Barn Conversion that we are staying in at
Weston Subedge. The village is very near to Chipping Campden on the north edge of this Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty
and surrounded by so many of the areas and villages that have become very special to us in this lovely
area of England. Outside is a large garden with patio and to the rear of the house is a small south facing garden with a bench
and another patio area that makes a perfect outside dining room for barbecues and al fresco meals. An attractive water
feature sits in front of the house and inside the house the floor to ceiling windows at the back of the property bring light in
abundance into this pleasant and sympathetically restored barn. We will have a
Farmhouse Afternoon Tea at home
before you enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. A short walk away is the village and also
The
Seagrave Arms
where a warm welcome as well as real fires, good food and refreshment awaits. Dinner on your own this
evening.
Overnight Cotswolds. (B,L)

Day 10 -
We make our way just a short ways north today with our first stop in Stratford-on-Avon, where will have a
Walking Tour of Stratford's William Shakespeare. Stratford is steeped in culture and history in the beautiful rural
Warwickshire Countryside, on the banks of the River Avon. The home that Shakespeare lived in on Henley Street
is preserved intact and you will have entry tickets to visit. After visiting the home where he was born and raised, you will
have some free time to wander about. Be sure to take in
High Street with its Black and White Tudor Style frontages
and the old shop signs will give you a feel of what the town might have looked like in Shakespeare's time. You will also have
time in Stratford to find some lunch before we head a short way out of the city to visit
Anne Hathaway's Cottage and
Gardens
. This beautiful thatched farmhouse was occupied by descendants of the Hathaway family until it's purchase by
the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1892 and still contains many rare family items of furniture that date back to Anne's
time.
Dinner and Overnight Cotswolds. (B,D)

Day 11 -
Today we will visit Bibury, Burford and Tetbury. Our day will start with the medieval town of Burford
which is a must see with its long history of hospitality, beautiful Cotswold architecture, exclusive shops and galleries. With
one of the top twenty churches in the country, Burford makes a perfect place to visit. Next is
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.  Then it is off to Tetbury and 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 being used as
Trenwith House in Poldark, BBC's Lark
Rise to Candleford and Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
We will have Afternoon Tea at the House before we will have
our own personally guided tour of the house by one of the family members.
Dinner and Overnight Cotswolds. (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 visit
Bourton House Gardens, an award-winning three acre garden surrounding a fine 18th
century Manor House. The garden features luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture
and colour combinations. Imaginative topiary includes a
Knot Garden, Parterre and Topiary Walk and there are
several spring-fed water features including a raised basket pond from the
Great Exhibition of 1851. We are then off to
Lower Slaughter for Afternoon Tea at the Lower Slaughter Manor before heading to Stow-on-the-Wold for a
bit of exploration. Stow is an important shopping centre and has many fine Antique shops, Art galleries and Gifts and Crafts
Shops. We then return home with some time to relax before
Dinner and Overnight Cotswolds. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we take in Broadway and Broadway Tower. Broadway Tower was built in 1799 and 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! Afterwards we will take a stroll through the lovely village of Broadway nestled below the tower. This
afternoon we visit
Winchcombe where we find Sudeley Castle and Gardens with royal connections that stretch back
over 1000 years. Today it is a much loved family home and the castle contains many fascinating treasures from ancient
Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by award-winning gardens and a breathtaking 1,200
acre estate – all in the heart of the Cotswolds. It is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its
grounds –
Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s  Six Wives. We will have a tour followed by some free time in the
gardens and grounds and then
Afternoon Tea. We will take some time to explore Winchcombe before we return home.
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.
Overnight Cotswolds. (B,L)

Day 14 -
Unfortunately our journey is nearing its end as we make our way toward Heathrow Airport. We will make a
few stops along the way including the
University City of Oxford. We will have a Guided City Walking Tour taking us
into the oldest colleges including New College, founded in 1379, and seen in the
Harry Potter films and television
productions of
Inspector Morse and Lewis. We learn about famous alumni who studied and taught at the university and
go inside the oldest college dining hall, chapel, cloisters and quadrangles. We will learn a bit about
C S Lewis as well and
after lunch, if we are very, very lucky we may be able to arrange a tour of his home,
the Kilns. Lewis lived here from 1929
to 1963 and it was here where he wrote all the
Narnia books and his other classics. The house plays a significant role in the
stories as well. In real life, a few children who were evacuated from London during the WWII bombing came to stay at the
Kilns. And that's how
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe story began. Farewell Dinner and Overnight near
Heathrow. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - June 15th-
This morning we return to Heathrow International Airport for the journey home.