England's Mighty Castles and it's Stately Homes
Mon 27 August 2018
Some of the World's best Castles and Stately Homes are found in the United Kingdom with the South of England having it's fair share. In this tour we visit a 13th Century Royal Castle, a 16th Century French styled Chateau and Highclere Castle the setting for the popular television series Downtown Abbey. We also find ourselves visiting the Market Town of Newbury. All this blended with a ride on the Bluebell Steam Railway and a visit to the City of the Dreaming Spires. Who could ask for more.
We travel South via the Motorway network making comfort and lunch stops en route as we head to our hotel The Coppid Beach at Bracknell. We arrive late afternoon to a welcome of Tea and Biscuits. Dinner is served in the hotel tonight.
After breakfast we take a ride on the Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park for a 40 minute journey through the Sussex countryside. We then head to nearby Hever Castle and Gardens one of the best kept examples of a 13th century moated Castle which was the former home of Anne Boleyn the 2nd wife of Henry VIII and the mother to Elizabeth I. The Castle is full of treasures and the 125 acre gardens are a joy to stroll around. Over 4000 plants in the Italian garden, Rose garden and the many Water features. We return to our hotel where Dinner is served.
Following breakfast we head to Highclere Castle which is the home of the Earl of Caernarfon who funded the Tutankamen dig and eventually it is said fell foul of a curse. In the basement of the Castle there is an excellent exhibition featuring many original artefacts from the digs as well as fine copies of Tutankamens relics. Also of course the Castle was the base for Downtain Abbey and as you wander around rooms and items become instantly recognisable from the television series. There is a lovely Tearoom and a clothing exhibition in the courtyard. Highclere is set in 1000 acres of grounds, wander around the grounds to complete your views from the series. In the afternoon we journey the short distance to the Market Town of Newbury where we have time to look around this Market Town. We return to The Coppid Beech for Dinner.
After breakfast today we travel to Oxford, The City of dreaming spires - the oldest university town in the world and of course the location for many TV programmes and films. Later we travel through lovely countryside with views of the Chilterns and the Vale of Aylesbury to the 16th Century French Renaissance style Chateau of Waddesdon Manor. We include entry to this fashionable house with its collection of fine art and furniture. We step back in time in the Victorian gardens with flamboyant colours amid ornate fountains and statuary. We return to our hotel for our final Dinner.
Following breakfast we begin our journey home we make comfort stops and lunch stops en route arriving home late afternoon.
Wonderfully located in Royal Berkshire, situated near to Windsor, Ascot and only 45 minutes from the centre of London and Heathrow airport, our Alpine style hotel offers everything for a leisure breaks and is perfectly located as a base for many of the local attractions.
This four star Coppid Beech Hotel boasts 205 en-suite bedrooms with a full range of in room facilities. Our rooms are designed to superb standards of comfort and convenience.
4 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in the Coppid Beech Hotel
Welcome Tea and Biscuits
Entry to Highclere Castle and Gardens
Entry to Waddesdon Manor and Gardens
Entry to Hever Castle and Gardens
Single journey on the Bluebell steam Railway with reserved seats
Visits to Oxford and Newbury
Price £355.00 per person based on two passengers sharing a double or twin bedroom
Single supplement £60.00
Date 27th August 2018 (5 days)