A Devon and Cornwall Country House Party with
Gardens, Tearooms, Cream Teas, Afternoon Teas,
Castles and Great Houses
June 11th - 26th, 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. T
hree nights on the Spectacular South Coast of Cornwall in
a lovely coastal hotel. 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 taking in the English Riviera and much of
Dartmoor. We will visit Avebury Stone Circle, the Plymouth Steps,
Dartmoor Ponies in the Park, Picturesque Dartmouth, Totnes and
and many of the other lovely coastal villages, towns, beaches and
coastal ways as we delve deep into the spectacular South Devon
We then make our way into Cornwall where a Cornish Cream Tea is
a must as well as having a Traditional Cornish Pasty! We will visit
the Roseland Heritage Coast, Doc Martin's Port Issac and Tintagel
Castle, Tregothnan Historic Gardens and Cornish Tea Plantation, ,
take an Orca Sea Safari at Falmouth, visit the Lost Gardens of
Heligan. We will also visit tearooms and have some wonderful
afternoon tea experiences .
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, 1
1 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.
$7495 per person. $1195 Single Supplement. $500 to make your deposit. Only 1 single available!
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terms and conditions.
Pre Tour - June 10th - 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 11th - After breakfast we begin our long journey west toward the South Devon 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
. 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 to our home for the next week, a splendid South-Facing Georgian
hidden in a wonderful rural valley in South Devon. In a tranquil spot just a short distance away from the bustling
and quirky
South Hams Town of Totnes making it the perfect spot to explore South Devon.We will have a Welcoming
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
. 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
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 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 you find some 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
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.
and Overnight South Devon. (B,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we are off to nearby Totnes, 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. While here we will visit
Berry Pomeroy Castle tucked away in a deep wooded valley, it is the perfect
romantic ruin with a colourful history of intrigue! Within the 15th-century defences of the
Pomeroy Family Castle, looms
the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great
Elizabethan Mansion of the Seymours. Begun in around 1560 and
ambitiously enlarged from around 1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a
match for
Longleat and Audley End. Never completed, and abandoned by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling
ghost stories! We then make our way to the beautiful
Coastal Town of Salcombe sitting on the banks of the
Kingsbridge Estuary making it one of the prettiest towns in South Devon. The local beaches are nothing short of
outstanding, with golden sand and turquoise sea. We will spend a lovely afternoon on the beach and then stop for a
before returning home. Dinner and Overnight South Devon. (B,L)

Day 6 -
This morning as we make our way into Cornwall our 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 before we
continue on to
Tregothnan, home to the Boscawen Family since 1334. The estate is the Largest Historic Garden in
. We will have a Private Garden Tour of their inspirational Botanical Garden and Cornish Tea
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.  
Dinner and Overnight Cornwall. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
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 Afternoon Tea at St. Michaels Resort.
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
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
whilst adventuring along raised boardwalks past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering
bamboo. We then return home where you can find dinner on your own.
Overnight Cornwall. (B,L)

Day 8 -
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. We will
Lunch in Penzance at
Trengwainton Tearooms
before continuing 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,L,D)

Day 9 -
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
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 10 -
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. This is one of the Loveliest Coastlines in England and we will take our time to enjoy it
before we make our way to 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 taking in the perfect summer light of North Devon.
Dinner and
Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 1
1 - This morning we stay close to home with a visit to Tiverton Castle. Few buildings evoke such a feeling of history
as venerable Tiverton Castle. Originally built in 1106 by order of
Henry I, and later rebuilt and much enlarged in the 13th
and 14th centuries, Tiverton
was once home of the powerful medieval Earls of Devon and of a Plantagenet Princess.
With later additions and alterations down the centuries all periods of architecture from medieval to modern can be seen, with
beautiful walled gardens within the romantic ruins. Besieged during the
English Civil War by General Sir Thomas
, it fell due to a lucky shot hitting a drawbridge chain. This was the only time in its long history that it saw battle.
Our tour will includes seeing the
Owners` Private House within the courtyard. We will stop in Tiverton for a wee wander
and for you to find some lunch before we visit
Bickleigh Castle. The castle was owned by three families linked by marriage
from the Norman period until 1924. It has close connections with the
Plantaganets, the Tudors, especially King
Henry VII and VIII, and also with the Stuarts.
The 17th Century owner Sir Henry Carew was visited by the Queen
in 1644.  The site dates all the way back to the
600AD when a Saxon Meeting House was first built. It is now the chapel.
A tour of the castle will reveal an amazing history spanning 1400 years! We then return home for dinner.
Dinner and
Overnight North Devon. (B,D)

Day 12 - Today will be spent in around our Stunning Grade II Listed Hall which holds a truly marvellous location,
nestled within
its 38 Acre Private Woodland and Parkland. Its unspoilt location, set between Exmoor to the north
Dartmoor to the south, makes it the perfect choice for those wishing to really explore Devon! The house dates back to
Elizabethan Times, but in 1833 several years were spent upgrading the house and enhancing its existing Georgian
. The expansive grounds offer the opportunity for long walks through the totally private woodland alongside the
stream which flows to the
Little Dart River. The nearby villages of Nomansland, Rackenford and Witheridge
together offer amenities including excellent pubs, post offices, village stores and restaurants.
You will have all day to explore
the house and estate and
then we will meet on the Terrace for a Traditional Full Devonshire Prosecco Afternoon
prepared by the Scottish Dream Tours Team. Then the rest of the day is free again throughout the afternoon and
into the evening.
Dinner on your own this evening. Overnight North Devon. (B,L)

Day 1
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 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
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
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 in Barnstaple 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 26th-
This morning we return to Heathrow International Airport for the journey home.
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