Kent's Gardens, Wines and Railway Lines
Sun 20 May 2018
A perfect blend of imposing castles, fine gardens, glorious coastline and rolling meadows come together along with a chance to taste some of Britain's finest Wines. We are in the South East and the Garden of England.
We travel South via the A66 with a stop in Richmond for coffee. We then have lunch in Newark before completing our journey crossing the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Darford to our hotel at Ashford in Kent. Dinner is served in the hotel tonight.
After breakfast we travel to Canterbury a with free time to explore the 14th Century town, rich in history with its famous Schools, Monastery ruins, timbered houses and of course Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Afterwards we visit nearby Leeds Castle described as 'the loveliest castle in the world' and dating back 900 years and set in 500 acres of garden and parkland. We return to our hotel for Dinner.
Following breakfast we journey through rolling Kent countryside to Bodlam and its imposing castle where we join our steam train 'The Jewel of the Weald' for a 50 minute journey through the Rother Valley. At Tenterden we make the short journey to Great Dixter, an historic Tudor house, complete with a Great Hall dating back to the 15th century. Its gardens are visited by horticulturalists from all over the world. Dinner is served in the hotel tonight.
Today after breakfast we head to one of the most famous gardens in the Britain at Sissinghurst where the gardens are laid out in different areas and are described as moving from one room to another. We also have entry to the Castle. After lunch we head to the Hush Heath Winery with 400 acres of vineyards and apple orchards. We include a guided tour and tasting session. Dinner is served in the hotel tonight.
Following breakfast we depart our hotel for the journey home with comfort and lunch stops en route. We are due back in Cumbria early evening.
The Holiday Inn, Ashford has been transformed from a 17th-century barn nestling in the Kent countryside, There are 103 bedrooms each of them tastefully furnished, highly comfortable and with all the amenities that will make for a relaxing stay.
4 Nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at The Holiday Inn, Ashford
Entry to Leeds Castle and Gardens
Entry to Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens
Entry to Great Dixter Gardens
Single Rail Journey on Jewel of the Weald
Vineyard tour and tasting session
Luxury Executive Coach travel throughout
Price £379.00 per person based on two passengers sharing a double or twin bedroom
Single supplement £80.00
Date 20th May 2018 (5 days)