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.
September 26th - October 10th, 2020
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 Grade II listed Georgian mansion that rests lusciously
amidst the countryside of North Yorkshire, on the fringes of the idyllic moors of the North York Moors National Park. The second
week will be spent in a 5 Star Farmhouse in the Lake District National Park close to Lake Ullswater located part way up Hallin
Fell at the south end of Ullswater in Martindale, offering spectacular views over the fells and up into the hidden valleys of this
secluded area of the Lake District.
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,
11 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!
$6795 per person.  $995 single supplement. $500 per person deposit. 4 Spaces Available. All Singles Filled
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Day 1 - September 26th - Arrive into Manchester International Airport and then we journey northward toward our first
home near the
North York Moors National Park. Yorkshirehas many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly
tranquil. 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
Oakwell Hall and Country Park. The Hall was built by John Batt in 1583 and is now furnished as the Batt
family home in the 1690s with a fine collection of period furniture, the Hall offers visitors a real insight into a post English Civil
War household. We will also stop for
Afternoon Tea at Wood Hall in Wetherby before we continue our journey north. After
we get settled in we will have a
Welcoming Dinner. Overnight Yorkshire. (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we take in some of my favourite James Herriot countryside. 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
northerly
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. 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”.
Pub Dinner
Outing and Overnight Yorkshire. (B,D)

Day 3 -
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
houses
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 Lunch before a tour at the Wensleydale Cheese Factory. 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. We then return
home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
Today will be spent in and around the house as this Stately Home rests lusciously amidst the countryside of North
Yorkshire
, on the fringes of the Idyllic Moors. The home is beautifully maintained and authentically designed as a warm and
welcoming private home with a spectacularly regal interior and sitting within beautiful grounds. It is uniquely positioned on the
magnificent
River Leven with a resident family of peacocks and other local wildlife and 10 acres of grounds at your disposal. In
the afternoon you can return to the house to be 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. If you find yourself hungry later in the day,
the village centre is a short walk away where you will find a selection of pubs to enjoy a drink or a delicious meal.
Overnight
Yorkshire. (B,L)

Day 5
- This morning we head east to Pickering where board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to the seaside town of
Whitby. We will explore a bit first in Pickering, an ancient market town and civil parish in the Ryedale District, historically
part of the
North Riding of Yorkshire, it sits at the foot of the moors, overlooking the Vale of Pickering to the south. The
railway ride to Whitby provides some 18 miles of preserved steam railway running through the spectacular scenery of the North
Yorkshire Moors. We'll pass through
Goathland Station better known as Hogsmeade in Harry Potter and The
Philosopher's Stone.
Once we reach the lovely seaside village of Whitby, you will want to stop for Fish and Chips and Ice
Cream
before exploring this delightful village and its esplanade. Many flock to Whitby for its boutique shops and quirky streets,
where you will find unique
Whitby Jet Jewellery and other fascinating items. You may even want to take one of the many boat
rides around the harbour. We then take the train back to Pickering where we will have dinner before returning home.
Overnight
Yorkshire. (B,D)

Day 6 -
Today we will take the train into York, a walled city founded by the Ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-Century
Gothic Cathedral, York Minster
with its medieval stained glass and two functioning bell towers. We will have a tour of the
Minster before stopping for
Afternoon Tea. We then visit York's Chocolate Story with a tour of the factory. We will learn
how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate and also discover the history of some of York’s most iconic
chocolate brands. Then it’s time to master the
Secrets of the Chocolatier, as we create hand-made chocolates before seeing
how their very own experts do it. Watch the Chocolatiers as they showcase the art of chocolate-making and sample the fruits of
their labour, fresh hand-made chocolates. You may then want to take in the
City Walls that form a walkway on both sides of the
River Ouse. The Monk Bar Gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-Century Plantagenet King Richard III. We
are then back home for dinner.
Overnight Yorkshire. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way into 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
Yorkshire. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
Unfortunately our stay in Yorkshire is at its end and we make our way toward the Lake District and our new home.
Our first stop is 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. After a tour, we will have
Afternoon Tea at Bowes before we see one of the biggest draws to the museum, 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. We then continue on to our second home and to
dinner.
Overnight Lake District. (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 is
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

Grasmere.
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 Lake District. (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 Lake
District. (B,L,D)

Day 11-
Today we will spend a relaxing day taking at the House and Surrounds. Just outside is a private sunny terrace with teak
table and chairs. It’s surrounded by pretty planted gardens overlooking the
Lakeland Hills, so you can potter and graze at
their own pace, happy as the local
Herdwick Sheep. You can spend the day drinking in the views or head out and explore some
of the most breathtaking scenery in England. Offering spectacular views over the fells and up into the hidden valleys of this
secluded area of the Lake District. Famous local author and fell walker
A W Wainwright described the Ullswater Lakeside
Walk
which starts just at the base of Hallin Fell as "the most beautiful and rewarding in Lakeland."  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
within a short walk, the Howtown Hotel and its Walkers Bar and the Sharrow Bay Hotel a bit further away.  
Overnight Lake
District. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we make our way to Pooley Bridge on Ullswater for a Cruise on the Lake. Ullswater, the
secondlargest 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 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.
Dinner and Overnight Lake District. (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
Afternoon Tea 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. Dinner on your own this evening.
 Overnight
Lake District. (B,L)

Day 14 -
This morning we start our journey south toward 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
Banqueting 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 continueing on to Burnley to visit Towneley Hall, family home of the Towneley’s for
nearly five centuries. From the
Priest’s Hole to the attic, Towneley Hall is fascinating with period rooms covering several
centuries of life at the hall. See the cat fast asleep by the range in the
Victorian Kitchen, stroll along the long gallery past
bedrooms dating back to the 16th century, imagine the glamorous parties held in the regency rooms or have a quiet moment in
the
Towneley chapel. We then make our way to just outside of Manchester Airport. Farewell Dinner and Overnight
near Manchester. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - October 10th -
This morning we are back to Manchester International Airport for the flight home.