A Devon and Cornwall Country House Party
with Gardens, Tearooms, Castles and Great Houses
June 4th - 19th, 2022
16 days on a small intimate tour of England's Devon and Cornwall Regions
through the lovely countryside and picturesque villages, towns and cities that make
up these very lovely areas of England. We will spend one week in South Devon near
Dartmoor National park. 3 nights on the coast of Cornwall in a lovely house guest
house in the pretty fishing port of Looe. And one week will be spent in North Devon
with magnificent views across the Exmoor National Park and the spectacular North
Devon Coastline. We will visit many of the lovely gardens, tearooms and market
towns that populate this area taking in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
castles, beach towns, coastlines and spectacular scenery .
Our second 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, Castle Hill Gardens,
Tintagel Castle at Tintagel and Arlington Court and Carriage
Museum near Barnstaple.
You cannot go to Devon without having a Devonshire Cream Tea
and a lovely afternoon tea experience! We will stop for tea at the
Old Rectory in Castle Combe, 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 and also at Bovey Castle. You will be able to
experience the best in tearooms, cream teas and afternoon teas
to be found in this lovely West Country region.
Our first week will be spent in the South Devon Coast near Dartmoor
National Park and then 3 nights on the Cornish Coast at Looe taking
in the English Riviera, the Roseland Heritage Coast and Doc Martin's
Port Issac. We will visit Avebury Stone Circle, Tregothnan Historic
Gardens and Cornish Tea Plantation, Truro Cathedral, take and
Orca Sea Safari at Falmouth, visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, have
a Walking Tour of Plymouth, visit Tintagel Castle, Lanhydrock
Gardens and stop in many lovely coastal villages and delve deep into
the spectacular Cornish countryside.
A Cornish Cream Tea is a must as well as having a Traditional
Cornish Pasty! We will also visit tearooms and have several
wonderful afternoon tea experiences including Badger's Holt
Tearoom. We will get the very most out of our Cornish experience
that will only leaving you wanting more!
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 15 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.
$7195 per person. $1195 Single Supplement.
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Pre Tour - June 3rd - Arrive into Heathrow International Airport and spend the day resting up at your
accommodation near the airport before the tour starts the following morning.

Day 1 - June 4th - After breakfast we begin our long journey west toward Looe on the Cornish Coast. 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
South Devon and then into Cornwall and to our home for the next week. We will have
a
Welcoming Dinner after getting settled into the house. Overnight South Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
Today will be spent in and around the Dartmoor National Park, a lovely Region of Moorland in Devon.
Dartmoor is a stunningly beautiful ancient landscape with deep wooded valleys, fast flowing rivers, rolling hills, towering
rock formations (called tors) and rugged landscapes. This special place is steeped in legend and folklore and you’ll love the
country pubs, hidden hamlets and the rugged, free roaming
Dartmoor Ponies that make up this spectacular area! And it
is not just ponies you will see, but also
Foxes, Otters, Weasels, Stoats and Deer. Bird lovers will be able to spot
Cormorants, Grey Herons, Owls and Peregrine Falcons. 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 all along the
way including in
Dartmeet for Lunch at Badger's Holt Tearoom. After thoroughly exploring the area we return home
for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight South Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
This morning we take in the northern region of Dartmoor National Park. We will explore the park further with
stops in
Tavistock, Two Bridges and Postbridge before stopping at the Miniature Pony Centre at Wormhill
Farm
. The miniature pony centre sits on the edge of wild and magical Dartmoor in Devon and is a hidden gem of all things
small, cute and cuddly. The farm is full of lovely we creatures including
Miniature Shetlands and Miniature
Mediterranean Donkeys
. After getting our cute and cuddly fix, we make our way to Bovey Castle for their Amazing
Afternoon Tea
! We will make a stop in Exeter before returning home. Pre-dating the arrival of the Romans in AD 50,
Exeter’s history is rich and long. This is reflected in its fascinating visitor attractions including its unique
Underground
Passages, Red Coat Guided Tours, Magnificent Cathedral
, imposing Roman Wall and Beautiful Quayside.
After some exploration of the city we then make our way home where we will get settled in before a light buffet supper.
Dinner and Overnight South Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
Today will be spent in and around the house and grounds at the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. This
Grade II Listed Manor has been a local landmark for generations, and now its thoughtful restoration ensures that all of its
traditional character has been preserved providing
Boutique Accommodation in a Spectacular Country Setting.
You can spend the day any way you choose: splashing around in the
Private Pool or simply choose to relax with a good
book on a sun lounger or take a walk through the lovely countryside. We will meet in the afternoon for a
Gin Fizz
Afternoon Tea on the Terrace
before leaving you with the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore more of this
lovely area! If you are looking for a bite to eat later in the day, it is just a short walk to the nearest village where there is an
excellent pub!
Overnight South Devon. (B,L)

Day 5 -
Today will be spent on the English Riviera exploring Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth.
Torquay is a traditional thriving seaside town with iconic palm trees, busy harbour, international marina, sandy beach and
wonderful array of continental style cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars and is well worth a good wander! The we are off to
Paignton, the brightest jewel in the English Riviera’s Crown with its long stretch of beautiful beachfront, promenade,
traditional pier, colourful beach huts and green. The we are off to
Brixham, a fishing town that has always centred around
the harbour, where heritage trawlers jostle for space with dayboats heading out to sea for the day’s catch, bringing it home
daily to Brixham’s famous
Fish Market. Here, in the heart of England’s Seafood Coast, the freshest fish and most
delicious seafood is on the menu everywhere. This is the perfect place to sample another English Tradition, Fish and Chips!
After lunch we are to
Picturesque Dartmouth, very much a ‘yachtie town’ where you’ll see all kinds of craft on the
beautiful river. Stroll along the Embankment of this historic town with the distinctive
Britannia Royal Naval College set
proud on the hillside and you’ll lose count of the yachts, ferries, kayaks, motorboats, dinghies, paddleboards and many more
waterborne craft.  After a lovely days outing along this spectacular coastline we return home for dinner.
Dinner and
Overnight South Devon. (B,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we are off to the Cornish South Coast for the next 5 nights. We would be very remiss if we did not
visit Totnes before leaving the area behind.
Totnes is a lovely, Historic Saxon Town that embraces a Bohemian
Alternative Lifestyle
in the most stylish way. Its attractive, long high street with its distinctive East Gate Arch is
packed with funky restaurants, wholefood cafes and eateries plus independent boutiques with every type of fashion on offer.
You can stroll along the beautiful riverside, watch the yachts and ferries negotiate the river and enjoy a riverside cream tea,
coffee or drinks. Our next stop is in
Britain's Ocean City of Plymouth. We will take in the Mayflower Steps in the
Barbican Area
of the city where the Pilgrim Fathers left England aboard the Mayflower, before crossing the Atlantic
Ocean to settle in North America
. We will have Afternoon Tea at the Tudor Rose in Plymouth and then you will
have some time to explore the medieval part of this lovely city continuing on to
Looe. Looe is a truly delightful fishing village
that  is situated on both sides of the
River Looe joined together by a bridge across the river. You will have plenty of time to
explore and then find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Cornwall. (B,L)

Day 7 -
This morning we visit Tregothnan, home to the Boscawen Family since 1334. The estate is the Largest
Historic Garden in Cornwall
. We will have a Private Garden Tour of their inspirational Botanical Garden and
Cornish Tea Plantation
with our host explaining the fascinating history of the garden, its impressive plant collections,
and plans for the future. Get lost in ancient
Camellias, mountainous Magnolias, and the biggest Rhododendrons in
the world! With 40 foot crescendos of full flower, the sheer scale of the garden is breathtaking and the tour finishes with a
Cornish Cream Tea. We then make our way into Truro where you can find some lunch and do some exlporation before we
visit
Truro Cathedral. Truro would be the first Anglican Cathedral to be built on a new site since Salisbury
Cathedral in 1220
. For over 650 years no one had attempted to emulate the great cathedral builders of the medieval
era. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 and 30 years later Truro Cathedral is seen as a triumph of
Gothic Revival
Architecture
and its magnificent spires can be seen soaring above the city’s skyline, and, are at their best when
silhouetted by the bright blue Cornish sky.
Dinner and Overnight Cornwall. (B,D)

Day 8 -
Today we make our way 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 we will also Stop for Lunch. Falmouth is one of Cornwall's largest
towns but is still easy enough to explore this port town on foot. Situated in a relatively sheltered bay on the south coast of
Cornwall, Falmouth has pretty old harbour and docks on one side of town and sandy beaches on the other. After thoroughal
exploration we make our way back home traveling along the
Roseland Heritage Coast on our way to visit the Lost
Gardens of Heligan.
These romantic Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds along winding paths laid out
over two centuries ago but lost under overgrowth until 1992. Step back in time and journey across the world beneath the
historic
Rhododendron Boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-Carved Tree Ferns from New Zealand, and explore the
Italian Garden and Alpine Inspired Ravine. Get lost in the Exotic Outdoor Jungle whilst adventuring along raised
boardwalks past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo. We then return home for

Dinner and Overnight Cornwall. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we make our way to Lands End, a headland that is Great Britain's most Southwesterly Point.
On the way we will stop at
St Ives, the dazzling Jewel in Cornwall’s Crown! This picturesque fishing harbour and
seaside town is noted for having one of
Europe's Top 10 Beaches! A wander through the maze of narrow cobbled streets,
independent shops and fisherman’s cottages will show you  the heart of St Ives. We will also stop at
Carnewas and the
Bedruthan Steps
, offering cliff top views across the giant rock stacks on the beach and far along the coast towards
Trevose Head. The legend tells of a giant called Bedruthan who used the beach stacks as stepping stones to achieve a
short cut across the bay! There is a lovely tearoom here where you can find some lunch. Then on to Lands End, a legendary
Cornish destination that has inspired people since ancient Greek times when it was referred to as
‘Belerion’ – place of the
sun. We will explore thoroughly before starting our journey back home. When we reach
Helston, we will make a southern
detour through the
Lizard Heritage Coast to Lizard Point at the most southern point. With dramatic cliffs shaped by
the Atlantic, the Lizard features white beaches, turquoise seas and unique nature and is the most
Southerly Point in
Great Britain.
It is famous for the local serpentine stone, a unique metamorphic rock which is dark green veined with red
and white. After exploring, we return home for
Dinner and Overnight Cornwall. (B,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we start our journey to North Devon with a few stops along the way. Our first stop is near
Bodmin to visit at Lanhydrock, a magnificent late Victorian Country House with Garden and Wooded Estate.
This country house has a the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. After a devastating fire in 1881 the house was
refurbished with the best in country house design and planning. We will tour the house and then take in the spectacular
gardens. We then make our way to the West Coast of Cornwall taking in the village of
Port Issac, 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. This is the perfect place for you to sample a Traditional West Coast Cornish Pasty. Then we head further north
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
. We then make our way to our North Devon home to get settled in before dinner. Dinner and
Overnight North Devon. (B,D)

Day 11 -
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 12 -
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 13 -
Today will be spent in around our lovely home and 30 acre estate. The house is a beautifully furnished late 18th
Century Farmhouse in a Wooded Valley in the Heart of the Devon Countryside
. With 300 years of history this
lovely Grade II Listed Building was once the principal farm on the estate of the
Earls of Portsmouth and is a
wonderful blend of
Country Charm and Georgian Elegance. Period features abound with arched windows, oak beams,
bread ovens, original fireplaces and characterful sloping floors. You will have all day to explore the house and estate and
then we will meet for a
Traditional Full Devonshire Prosecco Afternoon Tea. Then the rest of the day is free again
throughout the afternoon and into the evening. There are myriad attractive walks in close proximity with lovely routes in
nearby
Heywood Wood and Eggesford Forest where you can see the ancient Mott & Bailey. The area by the River
Taw
is unspoilt and an ideal place to watch the wildlife such as Kingfishers and Otters. Just a few minutes further up the
river is the
Fox and Hounds. Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
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. We will spend some time in the lovely gardens before we start making our
way home with a 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 on your
own this evening.
Overnight North Devon. (B,L)

Day 15 -
Unfortunately our journey is nearing its end as we make our way back toward Heathrow Airport. On the way
we will stop in
Glastonbury to tour Glastonbury Abbey. Glastonbury itself is a place of mysticism and magical
qualities. The Abbey is are connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since
Medieval times, the abbey has held legendary status as the earliest
Christian Foundation in Britain linked to Joseph
of Arimathea
and the Burial Place of King Arthur. Today it is a tranquil setting where you can discover the stories
and explore the accredited museum after we have a
Tour of the Abbey. After our tour you will be able to further explore
Glastonbury and then find some lunch on your own. We will also stop in the
Lovely Market Town of Marlborough
before making our way to our accommodation just near London Heathrow Airport for our last night together.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Heathrow. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - June 19th-
This morning we return to Heathrow International Airport for the journey home.
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