A Luxury House Tour of The Lake District and Yorkshire
Dales in a ramble through the Autumn Countryside.
Featuring the homes of Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth,
James Herriot and the Bronte Sisters.
October 12th - 26th, 2018
15 Days on a small intimate tour of England through the Autumn colored countryside and lovely villages, towns and cities of
The Lake District and  The Yorkshire Dales. We will spend one week at a 5 Star Luxury House built in the 1840's.
House is nestled on edge of the small but picturesque market village of Stanhope in County Durham. The second week will be
spent in the heart of the Lake District in
Derwentwater House, a stunning Georgian house overlooking Derwentwater and
Keswick. Keswick is packed with shops, boutiques, pubs, cafes and restaurants. It’s a short walk to the Theatre by the Lake
and banks of Derwentwater, just south of the town.
If you are a fan of Beatrix Potter, James Herriot, William Wordsworth and the Bronte sisters or if you just enjoy wandering up
hill and down dale through spectacular English countryside then this is the tour for you! We will visit some of my favourite
places including Hilltop, the beloved home of Beatix Potter and Skeldale House where James Herriot has his veterinary practice
and where he also lived with his family. We will visit the Wensleydale Cheese Factory, home to Wallace and Gromit's favourite
cheese and the spectacular Castlerigg Stone Circle. We will take an Ullswater Cruise, visit Skipton and Sizergh Castles and the
romantic ruin of Reviealx Abbey. And no trip to this area would be complete without a visit to Hadrian's Wall! Join us of for an
unbelievable ramble through the breathtaking countryside of Yorkshire and the Lake District.
This is a beautiful tour covering two spectacular regions of England. Relax in luxury accommodations and take in all the
breathtaking beauty of the English countryside and small villages. Price includes 14 nights luxury country house
accommodation, 12 dinners, 10 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.
Please contact us in regards to special diets or dietary restrictions before you book!

$5995 per person.  $500 deposit to reserve.
Please read our terms and conditions before signing up for a tour
Day 1 - October 12th - Arrive into Manchester International Airport and then we journey northward through the
Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Yorkshire Dales has many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly
tranquil. It includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of
caves. Each valley or 'dale' has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops.
Stone-Built Villages
sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of Field Barns, Drystone Walls and flower-rich Hay Meadows, and show how
the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here. We will make a few stops
along the way including
Holmfirth where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed and Haworth to visit the Bronte
Parsonage Museum. Haworth Parsonage
was the family home of the Brontes from 1820-1861 and is where the Bronte
- Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote most of their famous works.  This is a lovely town with many shops to take in
and you can wander about getting acquainted with lovely spot in Yorkshire. We then continue our journey north.  After we get
settled in we will have a
Welcoming Dinner. Overnight Fairfield House (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we visit the Bowes Museum, created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and
Joséphine Bowes.
Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England
and constructed a magnificent building to house them in. The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture,
paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods. One
of the biggest draws to the museum is the iconic
Silver Swan. The swan is life-size and is controlled by three separate
clockwork mechanisms. The Silver Swan rests on a stream made of twisted glass rods interspersed with silver fish. When the
mechanism is wound up, the glass rods rotate, the music begins, and the Swan twists its head to the left and right and appears
to preen its back. It then appears to sight a fish in the water below and bends down to catch it, which it then swallows as the
music stops and it resumes its upright position. After seeing the swan in action we make our way to
Durham and Durham
Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. Set grandly on a rocky promontory next to the Castle
with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly
recognisable to people travelling up and down the East Coast Main Line. Then back home to dinner.
Dinner and Overnight
Fairfield House. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
This morning James Herriot will get his opportunity to charm us. There are four dales -Arkengarthdale,
Swaledale, Wensleydale, and Coverdale
that lay closest claim to Herriot connections and we will spend the next two
days exploring them. The Dales’ sites most associated with
Herriot TV Series is in dramatic Arkengarthdale, the most
Pennine Dale, whose watersplash is shown in the opening credits of the TV show. The narrow bridge in the same
scene frames
Langthwaite, a tiny village of gray stone, weathered with the years. We then make our way to Reeth on the
slopes of
Calver Hill at the head of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. Reeth’s shops, pubs, and houses portrayed various
locations in filming. A house overlooking the village green became
Skeldale House in the first movie. We will take in
Swaledale Road
with moors on either side, one of the most beautiful of all the Dales’ drives. Spread out in the distance,
layered one upon the other, lie green-grassed hills playing host to black-faced Swaledale sheep. Waterfalls tumble down hillsides
to feed the
Swale River, one of the fastest flowing in England. The view from Gunnerside looking down into Swaledale was a
favourite of Herriot’s. Here is where the real glory of the dale is seen. Stone walls, farms and hay barns dot the landscape. We
then make our way to
Richmond Town sitting high on a hilltop above the Swale River and was Herriot’s best-loved town in
the Dales. He said, “Richmond appeals to me as just about the most romantic and charming town in the country”. It is here, in
the small
Richmondshire Museum that the original TV set for the veterinary office resides. Pub Dinner Out and
Overnight Fairfield House. (B,D)

Day 4 -
Today will be spent in and around Fairfield House. Just a few hundred yards away from the gates are the pubs, cafes
and shops of
Stanhope. Take a few minutes walk in the opposite direction and you’ll find yourself in thousands of acres of
beautiful, unspoilt moorland in the
North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as the rolling landscape
of the valley itself, there are endless miles of hill walks which are more than enough to satisfy even the most adventurous
explorer. The surrounding Weardale countryside is a delight for walkers, fishermen and birdwatchers. Hundreds of miles of
public footpaths, and quiet country lanes provide a huge range of walking opportunities from peaceful family strolls to strenuous
hill walking and long distance trails.In the afternoon you can return to the house and relax on the patio before being served a
Traditional Yorkshire Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room and then the rest of the day is yours to further explore the
house and grounds.
Overnight Fairfield House. (B,L)

Day 5  -
This morning we make our way to Thirsk which is the Darrowby of Herriot's novels. Upon arriving into Thirsk we
first stop at
Skeldale House at 23 Kirkgate, the actual residence and surgery in James Herriot's Darrowby which now
The World of James Herriot Museum. The museum encompasses the very essence of the world renowned vet
James Herriot. It offers visitors an unforgettable interactive experience of the life and times of a man, who became a national
celebrity after the airing of the BBC drama
"All Creatures Great and Small". After some time to look around we then make
our way back toward home with a stop in
Hawes for you to find some lunch before a stop at the Wensleydale Cheese
The road ascending out of Askrigg traverses a widespread, gently sloping green valley with swelling hills dotted with
farms and woods, typical of Wensleydale which is tamer than the dales on either side. This pastoral area has, since the 16th
century, been an area of dairy farms.
Askrigg was the “set” for Darrowby in the TV series. The road running through the
village is lined with 18th and 19th century stone houses. The village also claims the
“Drover’s Arms”, a favourite haunt of
Tristan Farnon. Dinner and Overnight Fairfield House. (B,D)

Day 6 -
This morning we explore the North Pennines, an Area of Oustanding Beauty. We first experience the force of
nature at
High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England. From its rise as a trickle, high on the heather covered
fells at the top of the North Pennines, to the top of the
Whin Sill Rock at Forest-in-Teesdale, the River Tees steadily
grows and gathers pace, then it suddenly and spectacularly drops 70 feet into the plunge pool below. This afternoon we go
further north to visit
Hadrian's Wall, the northwest frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. It was built by the
Roman army on the orders of the
Emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122. At 73 milesong, it crossed
northern Britain from
Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. After Lunch in
Chesters Tearoom
we will explore Chesters Roman Fort which is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain. We
can wander around the unusually well-preserved baths and steam room, and the officers' quarters and discover an amazing
collection of Roman objects and inscriptions in the
Clayton Museum. Dinner and Overnight Fairfield House. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way toward the North Moors National Park with our first stop being Mount Grace
Priory. This ruin
of a 14th-century Carthusian Priory is England's most important, best preserved and most accessible of
the medieval Carthusian Houses. It is amazing to visit individual monks cells which reflect the isolation of living as hermits and
only coming together in the chapel only for the nocturnal liturgical hours, Sundays and feast-days. We then take one of my most
favourite drives through
Osmotherly and Hawnby and on to the lovely village of Helmsley. After exploring the village we
will have
Afternoon Tea at the Black Swan Hotel. This afternoon we visit the spectacular ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.
Hidden in the deep
River Rye Valley, the beautiful and tranquil abbey ruins reflect nearly one thousand years of spiritual,
commercial and Romantic history. Rievaulx was one of the first Cistercian abbeys to be founded in England in around 1130, and
after the dissolution, became the centre of commercial activity for many years. The abbey then entered its Romantic period
when its picturesque ruins became a beacon for poets, painters, and scholars. We then return home for
Dinner and
Overnight Fairfield House. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
Unfortunately our stay at Fairfield House is at its end and we make our way toward the Lake District and our new
home of
Derwentwater House. Our first stop is Sizergh Castle and Gardens, home of the Strickland Family for over
750 years. Still lived in by the Strickland family, Sizergh has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with centuries-old
portraits and fine furniture sitting alongside modern family photographs. This romantic fortified mansion contains some of the
Elizabethan Carved Overmantels in the country. Its rich and beautiful garden includes a pond, lake, a national
collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. After lunch we make our way to
Little Salkeld to visit Long
Meg and Her Daughters Stone Circle
, one of the finest stone circles in the north of England. The circle has a diameter of
about 350 feet, the second biggest in the country. Long Meg is the tallest of the 69 stones at about 12 feet high and standing
some 60 feet outside the circle. The stones date from about 1500 BC with Long Meg being made of local red sandstone, whereas
the daughters are boulders of rhyolite, a form of granite. William Wordsworth wrote ‘Next to Stonehenge it is beyond dispute
the most notable relic that this or probably any other country contains.’We then make our way to our new home,

Derwentwater House. Dinner and Overnight Derwentwater House. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning it is all about William Wordsworth as we make our way further into the Lake District. Our first stop
Rydal Mount and Gardens, the famous home of William Wordsworth just outside of Ambleside. With the
breathtaking views of the lakes you can understand why he loved to write here. This was Wordsworth's best loved family home
for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. We then make our way to the lovely wee village of

This is a delightful stop and we will spend some time exploring before letting you find some lunch at one of the
many venues in this charming town. This afternoon we visit we visit
Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth from
December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet. The guided tour gives great insight into how the family
lived and glimpses into the many people who visited here during their lives. We then make our way back home to get rested up
for dinner before an evening of Wordsworth readings.
Dinner and Overnight Derwentwater House. (B,D)

Day 10 -
Today Beatrix Potter will get her turn as we head once again into the Lake District. We will drive to Windermere
where we take a small ferry across
Lake Windermere to just outside of Hawkshead at a place called Near Sawrey where
we find
Hilltop House. It is kept exactly as Beatrix left it complete with treasured furniture and china. You will feel as if you
stepped into her books! Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room
contains a reference to a picture in a 'tale'. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Before we leave Near Sawrey behind we stop for
Lunch at the Sawrey Hotel. We then make our way to Hawkshead to
visit the
Beatrix Potter Gallery housed in a 17th century building that was once here husband William Heelis' office! Step
inside this charming old building to enjoy an exhibition of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and watercolours. We then make our
way to
Ambleside to explore my favourite Lake District town before we meet up for dinner. Pub Dinner and Overnight
Derwentwater House. (B,L,D)

Day 11-
Today we will spend a relaxing day taking in Derwentwater House and the surrounds. You can spend the day
drinking in the views or head out and explore some of the most breathtaking scenery in England. You can do some wonderful
walks straight from the house or even go mountain biking in
Whinlatter Forest. You may just want to read, catch up on email
or just enjoy a day of nothing in particular to do! In the afternoon we will gather for a
Traditional English Afternoon Tea
in the Tartan Room.
If you still feel hungry later in the day there is an excellent pub just down the road in Portinscale, the
Farmer’s Arms, ten minutes’ walk from the house, or the Chalet Restaurant, informal yet stylish – a mere 5 minute walk.
Overnight Derwentwater House. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we make our way to Pooley Bridge on Ullswater for a Cruise on the Lake. Ullswater, the second
largest lake in England runs a serpentine course for eight miles through  expansive vistas of
Lakeland’s highest mountains.
Helvellyn at 3,117 feet crowns Ullswater, at the South-Western end of the valley, standing on a mighty plateau approximately
9 miles in length and 4.5 miles wide. The ‘Steamers’ operate between
Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge Piers.
After our cruise we will stop in
Keswick to wander this delightful town and for you to find some lunch on your own before we
visit the
Castlerigg Stone Circle just up the road. Castlerigg is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in
Britain. Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and
the mountains of
Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. It is also among the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000
BC. Then back home for a
Light Buffet Supper and Overnight Derwentwater House. (B,D)

Day 13 -
We will spend today in the Western Lake District taking in the collection of Burnmoor Stone Circles,
Gretigate Stone Circles and the Swinside Stone Circle
, consisting of 55 stones at the foot of Black Combe and dating
from the bronze age. Swinside Circle is one of the best preserved in the count yand is one of the three most important stone
circles in Cumbria.  We will stop for
Lunch at the Wordsworth Hotel before we drive to Cockermouth and
Wordsworth House
where William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770 in a fine Georgian house. His father John was estate
agent to
Sir James Lowther, who owned the house. The garden at the back, with the River Derwent flowing past, was a
place of magic for the young William. It is presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three
brothers and servants in the 1770s. There is real food on the kitchen and dining tables much produced in the garden, and a fire
burning in the working kitchen. The children’s bedroom is full of toys and dressing up clothes, and in the Wordsworth Room
there are books and games to enjoy. Down in the cellar, the household’s ghosts are waiting to tell their stories. Then back home
Dinner and Overnight Derwentwater House. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we start our journey south to Manchester with a few stops along the way including Skipton and
Skipton Castle
. At the top of Skipton's main street stand the massive twin towers of the 900 year old Skipton Castle, one of
the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England! We will explore every corner of this impressive history-rich
castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. You can explore the B
anqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the
Bedchamber and Privy
and limb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower! We will
Lunch at Helene's Tearoom before visiting Constable Burton Hall and Gardens. Constable Burton Hall is a handsome
Palladian Villa designed by the celebrated architect John Carr for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, and completed in 1768, it is
widely recognised as one of the finest English houses built in the Palladian style. The Hall stands in extensive woodland and
formal gardens which have evolved over time from the Elizabethan period, with its more formal concept of sweeping lawns and
parterre terraced gardens, to the present day, with its more informal design. We then make our way to
Farewell Dinner and Overnight Manchester. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - October 26th -
This morning we are back to Manchester International Airport for the flight home. (B)