A Devon and Cornwall Country House Party with
Gardens, Tearooms, Cream Teas, Afternoon Teas,
Castles and Great Houses
June 10th - 25th, 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. Three 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 first 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.
We will spend our final week in an Amazing Manor House set in
yawning acreage of perfect parkland. The house sits high above
Bideford Bay and deep within the Devon dream. Amid rugged
beauty, rolling hills and an ever-changing estuary, this is a
quintessential country Estate that’s party-palatial yet family-
friendly. Effortlessly elegant and warm and welcoming.
The house is set in 5 acres of private parkland, with undulating
fields and ancient oaks. With the tennis court boasting
spectacular views over the Tarka Trail and River Torridge, with
woodland walks, tree-top swings and natural balancing beams.
Our final 5 nights 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,
Dartmeet, Buckland in the Moor and Windecomb in the Moor,
Totnes, Exeter, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, the Miniature Pony
Centre at Wormhill Farm, Bovey Castle Afternoon Tea, Berry
Pomeroy Castle and many of the other lovely coastal villages, towns,
beaches and coastal ways as we delve deep into the spectacular
South Devon countryside and all of its treasures!
We will stay in a lovely Beach Cottage at Babbacombe, affectionately
known as the Jewel in the Crown of the English Riviera. The cottage
is within walking distance of Babbacombe Model Village, Oddicombe
Beach with its Cliff Top Funicular Railway and Babbacombe Theatre.
There is a large enclosed garden with built in furniture, 2 barbecues,
a boules pitch and a hot tub. You can you walk along the picturesque
Babbacombe Downs which has the highest cliff top promenade in
England with spectacular views across Lyme Bay to Dorset.
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. 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, 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.
$7495 per person. $1195 Single Supplement. $500 to make your deposit. All Singles Filled!
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Pre Tour - June 9th - 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 10th - This morning you will be met at our Heathrow Airport Accommodation after breakfast and then 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 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 North
to our home for the next week, an Amazing Manor House set in yawning acreage of perfect parkland. The house
sits high above
Bideford Bay and deep within the Devon dream. We will have a Welcoming Dinner after getting
settled into the house.
Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
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
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 3 -
As we are right on Bideford's doorstep we will visit this attractive town on the west bank of the River
, where the river begins to widen to form the estuary. The old road has a lovely old bridge crossing the Torridge
linking the town of Bideford to its neighbouring village
East the Water. In the 16th Century, Bideford was Britain’s third
largest port and has the historic
Pannier Market holding both produce and crafts markets twice each week. Many antique
shops are scattered amongst the narrow backstreets and alleyways that lead up from the quay and the river. After some
time to wander we visit
Westward Ho!, Author Charles Kingsley lived here and based his novel in this area of North
Devon. The town takes its name from the novel – the only town in Britain known to have been named after a book rather
than the other way round and also the only town in Britain with an exclamation mark in it! We will take
Afternoon Tea at
Pier House before making our way to Clovelly. Set into a steep hillside, Clovelly is one of the best known and most
Unusual Villages in the North Devon. The cobbled high street winds its way down the hillside through traditional 16th
century whitewashed cottages decked with fuchsias and geraniums. This street drops 400 feet in the half mile down to the
small harbour! Then we return home for dinner followed by a
Clairvoyant Evening of Fortune Telling. Dinner and
Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
Today will be spent in and around home where you have become Lord or Lady of the Manor, acting out your
childhood dreams at the exquisite
Hallsannery House, known as Devon's Little Downton Abbey. Perched high above
within Five Acres of Glorious Private Parkland, this Grade II Listed Georgian Manor has all the charm
and finery you'd expect from a restored period home
. You will have all day to explore the house and estate and then we will
meet on the
Terrace for a Traditional Full Devonshire Prosseco Afternoon Tea prepared by the Scottish
Dream Tours Team
. The sprawling lawn tempts a game of croquet and boules tournaments before a refreshing Jug of
and an afternoon snooze. There is an on-site Tennis Court, and an Undercover Games Room with table tennis
tables for tournaments if the weather is wet. Wander through the woodland to find tree-top swings and views across the
grounds. Then the rest of the day is free again throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The rugged North Devon coast
is a short drive away where you'll find sandy beaches, hidden coves and cliff-top walks.
Dinner on your own this
evening. Overnight North Devon. (B,L)

Day 5 -
This morning we make our way 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 Fairfax, 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
, 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 6 -
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 Combined with A Murder Mystery! Dinner and Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
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
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 8 -
This morning we start our journey south into Cornwall with a few stops along the way. Our first stop is Tintagel
and Tintagel Castle s
et 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 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 make our
way to just 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 before making our way to the opposite coast of Cornwall to get settled in before dinner.
Dinner and
Overnight Cornwall. (B,D)

Day 9 -
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 thorough 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 Jungle 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 10 -
This morning as we make our way into South Devon our stop is 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
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. Our next stop is the lovely town of Looe
where you can find some lunch on your own. It is situated on both sides of the
River Looe and the two towns are joined
together by a bridge across the river.  Our next stop is
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
, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to settle in North America. We will have some time to explore the
medieval part of this lovely city before we continue on to South Devon for the next 5 nights and our home
Babbacombe Hall.
Dinner and Overnight South Devon. (B,D)

Day 11 -
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 12 -
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 13 -
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 14 -
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
Seafood Supper before returning home. Dinner and Overnight South 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 25th -
This morning we return to Heathrow International Airport for the journey home.
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