Day 1 - April 24th - You will be met at London Heathrow Airport and then we will make our way through the Kent
Downs to Canterbury
in the Southeast of England. The Kent Downs are an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty
and we will explore them on our way to Leeds Castle known as the "Loveliest Castle in the World".  With
almost 900 years of history and over 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens it is a perfect place to explore further.
Leeds Castle has been a
Norman Stronghold and the private property of Six of England’s Medieval Queens, a
palace used by
Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, a Jacobean Country House, a Georgian
Mansion,
an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one
of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. We will stop for
Afternoon Tea at Chilston Park before exploring the
Downs further on our way to
Canterbury. Dinner and Overnight Canterbury. (L,D)

Day 2 -
Today will be spent in Canterbury, the world-famous cathedral city and one of medieval Europe's great places of
pilgrimages and knowledge. A
Walking Tour of the City will help you discover why it's the Jewel in Kent's Crown,
buzzing with a youthful vibe while also excelling at the historic. We will take time out to stop for
Afternoon Tea at the
lovely Moat Tearooms
before we explore the cathedral. Parts of the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral date back
to the 11th century, but
St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in 597AD as a missionary and
became the first Archbishop, establishing his seat in Canterbury. In 1170
Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered
in the Cathedral and ever since, Canterbury Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told most famously in
Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free in the city. Overnight
Canterbury. (B,L)

Day 2 -
This morning we make our way through Folkestone to Rye with a short stop. We then drive further along the
coast to
Hastings and Battle Abbey, the sight of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Stand on the spot where 950 years
ago, England’s future was fought in this decisive battle. Follow in the footsteps of
King Harold and William the
Conqueror
and uncover the stories vividly brought to life. You will have some time to explore hastings before we drive
along the coast taking in
Eastbourne, Seaford, Newhaven and Brighton with a stop at the Rippling Chalk Cliffs
of the Seven Sisters along the way. We then make our way through the South Downs National Park on our way to
Brighton.
At Brighton we find the Brighton Royal Pavilion. The Royal Pavilion has a colourful history stretching back
over 200 years. Built as the seaside pleasure palace for
King George IV, it has also served as a civic building, First World
War hospital, and has become a true icon of Brighton. We will have a
Tour of the Pavilion after taking Afternoon Tea
in the Royal Pavilion Tearoom. On the upper floor, is an eccentric yet sophisticated cafe, with a sunny balcony
overlooking the glorious
Royal Pavilion Gardens. Overnight Brighton. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning we take in more of the South Downs National Park with a stop at Parham House and
Gardens
, one of the finest Elizabethan Houses in the country, complete with a Great Hall and Long Gallery. Its
tranquillity and timeless beauty have changed little over the centuries. After the
Dissolution of the Monasteries in
1540, Henry VIII
granted the manor of Parham, which had belonged to the Abbey of Westminster, to a London
mercer called
Robert Palmer. His mother Elizabeth was god-daughter to Queen Elizabeth I, and there is a legend
that the Queen visited Parham. We will have
Afternoon Tea in the Big Kitchen Restaurant before leaving Parham
behind. In the western edge of the Downs we find
Winchester and Winchester Cathedral. Winchester Cathedral
dates from 1079 with a church on this site since 648.
Jane Austen is buried here and the cathedral possesses the only
diatonic ring of 14 church bells in the world, with a tenor (heaviest bell) weighing almost 2 tons. The afternoon is free to
explore Chichester and find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Winchester. (B,L)

Day 4 -
This morning we make our way west along the coast before traveling northward through New Forest National
Park
on our way to visiting Salisbury and Salisbury Cathedral. For over 750 years pilgrims have come to seek
inspiration in the glory and peace of the Cathedral. Here you will marvel at or climb up to
Britain's Tallest Spire, be
awed by the beauty and scale of the cathedral interior or study the original
Magna Carta in the Chapter House. We
then make our way through
Cranbourne Chase, another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on our way to
Shillingtone with glorious views of Hambledon Hill for Afternoon Tea at The Willows Vintage Tearooms.
After tea we are on our way to the beautiful market town of Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. It is steeped in
history and culture and boasts great places to visit, shop and eat. No holiday in Dorset would be complete without a visit
to this fascinating town and its 6000 years of history. Dorchester is world famous for its strong connection with the writer
and poet
Thomas Hardy. Overnight Dorchester. (B,L)

Day 5 -
Today we visit Sherborne Old and New Castle. The "Old" Castle was built by the Bishop of Salisbury,
Roger de Caen
sometime early in the 1100s. The Castle then stayed in Royal hands until 1354 when it was granted to
the
Earl of Salisbury. The "New" Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a
glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History and has been the home of the
Digby Family
since 1617. 2017 celebrates 400 years of the family owning the castle which today is a beautifully preserved Jacobean
house. Our next stop will be
Lulworth Castle, built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge. Then it became a
country house at the heart of a large estate in order to entertain hunting parties for the King and Court. This magnificent
building is steeped in history and was for centuries the family seat of the
Weld Family, the current owners of the
Lulworth Estate. Ravaged by fire in 1929, it has been partly restored in a pioneering partnership with English
Heritage. Dinner once we are back in Dorchester.
Dinner and Overnight Dorchester. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
We continue along the coast today taking in East Devon, another Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We
will stop in
Lyme Regis, situated in the Southwest of Dorset is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on
the world famous
Cobb Harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded
World Heritage Site Status and is famous for its geology and fossil finds. After some time to explore we continue on
our way with a stop in
Sidmouth for Lunch before continuing on to Exmouth, situated at the mouth of the beautiful
Exe Estuary and at the very beginning of the Jurassic Coast, Exmouth is one of the most picturesque holiday resorts
on the south coast. Surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside, Exmouth is a bustling little town with a vibrant
shopping centre. We then make our way to another resort town,
Torquay. Dinner and Overnight Torquay. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way west to Devon through the Dartmoor National Park, a lovely region of
moorland in Devon. Situated in the south west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a landscape of
stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces and
of course,
Dartmoor Ponies! We will wind our way through the center of the park taking in all the delights of this
magnificent and magical area of England including
Buckfastleigh, Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and
Windecomb in the Moo
r with several stops along the way before making our way to Bovey Castle at Bovey Tracy
for Afternoon Tea.
We will then wind our way further north through the National Park through more lovely villages of
Moretonhampstead, Chagford and Whiddon Down on the way to our accommodation north of Okehampton.
Overnight near Okehampston. (B,L)

Day 8 -
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 our way further north to Ilfracombe we stop in Clovelly
Village
, a village that remains a fully functioning Working Fishing Village, clinging to a 400 foot cliff, overlooking
Bideford Bay. It has no vehicular traffic on its steeply cobbled street, just donkeys and sledges! Our journey then takes
us up the coast through
Braunton, Saunton and Woolecombe to Ilfracombe.  Dinner and Overnight
Ilfracombe. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we visit Arlington Court and Gardens, a 2700 acre estate nestling in the thickly wooded
valley of the
River Yeo. The house contains model ships, tapestry, pewter and shells. The stable block houses one of the
best collections of 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles in the country. We then head to
Ilfracombe and the Hele Corn
Mill and Miller's Wife Tearoom.
As the Miller's wife bakes everything fresh we will have Afternoon Tea 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! After our tour
we then make our way to
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. Overnight
Ilfracombe. B,L)

Day 10 -
This morning we make our way to Holcombe Village near Bath taking North Devon's spectacular
coastal drive through the
Exmoor National Park and the lovely villages that make up this delightful coastline. After
our drive we will stop in
Glastonbury to visit Glastonbury Abbey. The Abbey presents itself as "traditionally the
oldest above-ground Christian church in the World
" situated "in the mystical land of Avalon" and was
begun in 712AD.
King Arthur is reputed to be buried here.  This afternoon we drive through Cheddar Gorge, a narrow
winding ravine with limestone rocks rising almost vertically on either side to a height of 400 feet! In the very heart of the
famous Cheddar Gorge you will find one of the most fascinating sights in
Somerset, the Cheddar Sweet Kitchen. A
tiny sweet factory where visitors are invited in to watch craftsman at work. The
Mizen Family have been making
sweets in this area for five generations. Cheddar gives it's name to the rich cheese that was founded here. Then we are
homeward bound.
Dinner and Overnight Holcombe near Bath. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
This morning we will explore all the wonders of Bath. Nourished by natural hot springs, Bath offers a unique
experience with stunning architecture. While here, you will have tickets to visit the
Roman Baths, a magnificent temple
and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. You may also want to visit the
Jane Austen Centre. We
then take a short journey to
Bradford-on-Avon for Afternoon Tea at the Bridge Tearooms. After tea you will
have some time to wander around this lovely town. Its magical position on the banks of the
River Avon gives visitors a
wonderful setting for leisure, cultural and tourist activities. Bradford-on-Avon has delightful shops, restaurants, hotels
and bed and breakfasts lining the narrow streets of the town centre. The surrounding hillside is covered with
Cotswold
Stone Houses and Cottages
of every shape and size. We then return to Bath where you can find some dinner on your
own.
Overnight Holcombe near Bath. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we will visit some of my favourite wee villages of the Cotswolds including the lovely Cotswolds
Village of Lacock
. The village, which dates from the 13th century and has many Limewashed Half-Timbered and
Stone Houses
, was used as a location in the TV and film productions of Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders,
Emma and Downton Abbey.
The Abbey also featured in the recent Harry Potter films. It is a quintessential English
village akin to taking a step back in time. We then make our way to the magical
Castle Comb for Afternoon Tea at
the Old Rectory
. No new houses have been built in this tiny Wiltshire Village since the 1600s, and its ancient, honey-
hued
Cotswold Stone Cottages remain its standout feature. Factor in valley views, a meandering river and some lovely
locals and it’s no wonder it’s a regular on lists of the
UK’s Prettiest Villages! Then on to our home near Malmesbury.
Overnight near Malmesbury. (B,L)

Day 13 -
This morning we are 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
following our own
Personally Guided Tour of the house by one of the family members! Our journey then takes us to
Tintern and Tintern Abbey. This Cistercian Abbey is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. It was only the
Second Cistercian Foundation in Britain, and the first in Wales, and was founded on 9 May 1131 by Walter de
Clare
. This is one of my favorite stops in Wales and has been romanticized by many including in a painting by J M W
Turner
and a poem by William Wordsworth. We then visit Tintern itself which sits quietly in the Wye Valley
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
. It is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the spirit of community.
Overnight near Abergavenny. (B,L)

Day 14 -
This morning we make our way to Hay-on-Wye with a stop at Llanthony Priory. Llanthony was one of the
earliest houses of
Augustinian Canons to be founded in Britain and is famous for its wild and beautiful setting in the
picturesque
Vale of Ewyas, close to the Black Mountains. It was built in the early 12th century by the wealthy
nobleman
William de Lacy and these haunting remains are all that survives of one of the greatest buildings of medieval
Wales.  Our next stop is the spectacular
Llangoed Hall for Afternoon Tea. Llangoed Hall is believed to have been the
legendary
White Palace, home of the first Welsh Parliament, so that has been a house on this site since 560AD and a
mansion house since 1632. We then make our way to Hay-on-Wye which lies on the east bank of the
River Wye and is
within the
Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. Hay-on-Wye is a destination for
bibliophiles with over thirty bookshops, many selling specialist and second-hand books. Then back to our accommodation
near Abergavenny.
Overnight near Abergavenny. (B,L)

Day 15 -
Upon leaving Abergavenny behind we drive north and through the Brecon Beacons, a National Park with
scenery which is both beautiful and diverse with rolling countryside and valleys along with wide open spaces. Eventually
we will find our way to to Wales most unique and beautiful stately home and historic house,
Abbey-Cwm-Hir. This 52
Room Victorian Revival Gothic Mansion sits in 12 acres of gardens overlooking the ruins of the 12th century
Cistercian Abbey
and is almost beyond description! Before our tour of the house we will have a Lovely Lunch in the
House
and then we will wander through all 52 rooms of the house hearing wonderful stories and learn its history up to
present day. After a lovely days outing we head just a bit further north tour our accommodation near Chester.
 Dinner
and Overnight near Chester. (B,L,D)

Day 16 -
Today we make our way east to Chester, first settled by the Romans in AD 79. The main street is lined with
timber buildings called the
Chester Rows first built in the 13th & 14th centuries. The Rows are continuous half-timbered
galleries, reached by steps, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along
Watergate Street,
Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street.
The Rows are unique in the world and some are the original
13th century buildings, including the
Three Old Arches in Bridge Street which have survived the ravages of time and
are still magnificent and greatly contribute to the beauty and character of Chester. After some time to wander this
delightful city and perhaps visit Chester Cathedral we drive just a short way out of the city to the
Davenport Tearoom
and Farm Shop for Afternoon Tea
. There is no place finer anywhere in the UK to have afternoon tea and I love the
Alice in Wonderland theme! We then return to our accommodation for a Farewell Dinner. Overnight near
Chester. (B,L,D)

Day 17 - May 10th -
This morning we take you to the Manchester International Airport to end the tour.
A Glorious Springtime Journey Through the English Countryside with Shannon
and Mario and some of our Favourite Tearooms and Afternoon Tea Venues.
Featuring Castles, Cathedrals, Stately Homes, Manor Houses, Abbeys, Tearooms and
several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
April 24th - May 10th, 2021
"I am so thrilled to be able to offer this tour! I have long wanted to offer it, but there is only so
much time in a year! We would love to offer more places to see on this tour, but then I would
have to make it six weeks long instead of two, so I had to focus on some of my favourite
places. I love the English countryside and there are very few more beautiful places than the
Southern England and its many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty! I am thrilled to be able
to offer so many tearooms and tea time experiences in one tour! Where this tour really shines
is the range of amazing manor houses, country houses and castles that we are able to offer!" -
Shannon McDonald Tate
17 Days on a small intimate tour of England and Wales along the coast and through the
countryside and lovely villages, towns and cities of Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex,
Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and the Wye Valley of Wales. Taking time
out for tea is a way of life in Great Britain and we have attempted to include every type of
tearoom and teatime opportunity to give a full experience of this wonderful and fascinating
ritual. There is much more about Britain than just tea so as well as including tearooms as
you have to eat somewhere, we have also included some of our favorite stops! As most of
our afternoon teas will be full, lavish affairs we have left you on your own for dinner on
these days. In keeping the tour size small we are able to take advantage of accommodation,
restaurant and sightseeing options that would not be available to a larger group.
.
We will not rush you from venue to venue and each tour is designed to spend as little time
on the minibus as possible. We will stay in delightful city guest houses and lovely country
houses. Price includes all accommodations, breakfast daily, all listed meals, knowledgeable
guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance
fees. All taxes and service charges.
$6795 per person double occupancy. $1195 single supplement. Only 1 Single.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.
Please read our terms and conditions prior to signing up.
Highlights Include: Kent Downs, Canterbury and Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle,
Hastings and Battle Abbey and the Battle of Hastings, South Downs National Park,
Parham House and Gardens, Winchester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Cranbourne
Chase, Dorchester, Sherborne Castle, Lulworth Castle, Dartmoor National Park, North
Devon, Arlington Court, Hele Cornmill and Tearoom, Hartland abbey and Gardens,
Glastonbury Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge, Bath and the Roman Baths, Cotswolds, Lacock
Bradford-On-Avon, Castle Combe, Chavenage House, Tintern Abbey, Abbey-Cwm-Hir,
Chester and the Chester Rows and much more!
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