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 Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds.
While here we will visit the lovely Cotswolds towns of Chipping Campden,
Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, Blockley, Bibury,
Lower Slaughter, Winchcombe and Evesham. We will take an outing to
Stratford-on-Avon with William Shakespeare's birthplace and Anne
Hathaway's Cottage and explore Oxford.
We will visit some of my favourite tearooms including Benson's Tearoom
in Stratford-on-Avon, Abbey Tearoom in Tewkesbury and Lucy's Tearoom
in Stow-on-the-Wold. We will have afternoon tea at the Lower Slaughter
Manor in Lower Slaughter, at The Swan in Bibury, Badgers Tearooms in
Chipping Campden and Bridge tearooms in Bradford-on-Avon.
We will visit Barnsley House Garden in Bibury, Bourton House Garden,
Hidcote Manor Gardens near Chipping Campden and Snowshill Manor
garden near Broadway. We will also visit Broadway Tower, Sudeley Castle
and Gardens, Chastleton House and Gardens, Chavenage House.
The first week will be spent in North Devon taking in the north Devon
coastline and 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 also visit Tiverton Castle at Tiverton, 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 at Falmouth 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 Marwood Hall Gardens
Tearoom at Barnstaple, 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 taking in the Bedruthan Steps,
the Roseland Heritage Coast, an Orca Sea Safari, the Merry Maidens Stone
Circle, Penzance and much more as we explore this lovely region of England
and then make our way to the Cotswolds.
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, 10 dinners, 11 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
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. Our
next stop will be
Lunch at Taunton. We then continue on through spectacular scenery taking us into Devon and then into
North Devon 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 to Minehead.
The coastline is dotted with lovely little villages, sandy beaches, hidden coves and
spectacular coastlines. We will make stops at
Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, Porlock and to the end of our
journey at
Minehead. From Minehead we will journey south through the Exmoor National Park, a unique landscape of
moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. At
Withypool along the
River Barle we find the Withypool Tearoom where we will Stop for Lunch and a bit of leisure time. After
lunch 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. After thorough exploration of the
house and grounds, we venture a short ways to the
Watersmeet Hotel in Woolacombe for Afternoon Tea. The hotel
has one of the finest coastal locations in the whole of the West Country. We then return home so that you will have time to
explore the house, a mere 400 feet away from the point that Exmoor meets the sea.
Light Soup and Sandwich Supper
and Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
Today will be spent in around the house. This elegant Georgian House is situated on the western edge of Exmoor
National Park.
With plenty of large and airy rooms, it is the ideal place to spend a leisurely day. It offers the best of both
worlds being situated in the picturesque hamlet of
Heasley Mill 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 your day of
relaxation continues throughout the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. Dinner on your own this evening.
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
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. We then head to Ilfracombe and the Hele Corn Mill and Miller's Wife
As the Miller's wife bakes everything fresh we will Lunch in the Tearoom before 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 will 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!
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 coast of Cornwall. (B,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way to the Cotswolds with a stop in Britain's Ocean City of 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 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
Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and Windecomb in the Moor. Along the way we will Lunch at a Local
before we continue on our long journey to the Cotswolds Region of England. 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 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
We will have a Farmhouse Afternoon Tea back at home before you enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening
at your leisure. This enormous
Grade Two Listed Holiday Home was once a local farmhouse and has been converted to
an 11 bedroom house making it perfect for large family or group gatherings looking to enjoy the Cotswolds and Stow on the
Wold. The owners have ensured that all elements for a large party have been considered with a large dining room, vast living
room and a separate games room, making it perfect for a relaxing and enjoyable break. Dinner on your own this evening.
Overnight Cotswolds. (B,L)

Day 10 -
This morning we visit the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens, one of the UK’s Largest Zoological
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
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 Cotswolds. (B,D)

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'.
While at Chavenage we will have lunch at the house before making our way 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 in Stow
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
where you can find some lunch on your own before a bit of exploration. We then return home with some time to
relax before
Dinner and Overnight Cotswolds. (B,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we take in Broadway and Snowshill Manor and Gardens. This Cotswold manor house is
packed with extraordinary treasures collected over a life time by
Charles Wade from tiny toys to Samurai armour, musical
instruments to fine clocks, thousands of objects are laid out for you to see just as Mr Wade intended. The garden is the
perfect place to unwind and explore hidden vistas, quiet corners and unexpected delights including Charles Wade’s
uncomplicated home, the
Priest’s House. We then journey just a short way to Buckland Manor for Afternoon Tea
before we  stop in Broadway, the Gateway to the Cotswolds offering the irresistible combination of the peace and
tranquillity of village life. We will take in all the delight of this lovely village and then you can find a light dinner before we
return home.
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.
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