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Glorious Gardens & Stately Homes of Dorset

Glorious Gardens & Stately Homes of Dorset

A new tour featuring the glorious gardens of Athelhampton House as well as Forde Abbey and Sherborne Castle, where we also enjoy guided tours, with visits to Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Sherborne included. This tour discovers the best of Thomas Hardy's Dorset landscape.

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GLORIOUS GARDENS & STATELY HOMES OF DORSET 

 

12 – 16 May 2019

Sunday - Thursday

5 Days

£459 £85 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

 

A new tour featuring the glorious gardens of Athelhampton House as well as Forde Abbey and Sherborne Castle, where we also enjoy guided tours, with visits to Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Sherborne included.  This tour discovers the best of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset landscape.

 

Highlights

 

Athelhampton House & Gardens   |   Dorchester   |   Forde Abbey   |   Lyme Regis   |   Sherborne Castle   |   Sherborne

 

 

Day One

We depart early morning from your home with our exclusive door to door pick-up service, join your tour coach and travel to our hotel near Dorchester with comfort stops enroute.  Arriving at your hotel with time to relax before dinner.

 

Day Two

We spend this morning at the lovely Athelhampton House & Gardens, where we enjoy a 15-minute introductory talk before exploring at our own pace.  Privately owned and still lived in, the house is a magnificent example of early Tudor architecture and has fascinating interiors as well as beautiful Grade 1 listed gardens, garden features include the famous 30ft high pyramid shaped yew trees, which dominate the Great Court.  We spend the afternoon in Dorchester, the vibrant county town of Dorset, discovering its connection to Thomas Hardy and exploring its shops and interesting museums which include the Dorset county Museum and the Keep Military Museum.

 

Day Three

This morning we enjoy a private guided tour of the house at Forde Abbey where we learn about its history, followed by free time to stroll around the beautiful gardens and enjoy lunch in the tearoom.  In the afternoon, we travel along the Jurassic Coast and visit Lyme Regis, the historic unspoilt seaside resort and fishing port on the world-famous Cobb Harbour.

 

Day Four

Today we enjoy a private guided tour of Sherborne Castle where we see its magnificent state rooms, Tudor kitchen, relics from the Civil War and archaeological treasures in the castle’s cellars.  WE also have time at leisure to explore the 30 acres of tranquil gardens set in a stunning ‘Capability Brown’ landscape, affording spectacular views of 1,000 acres of parkland.  In the afternoon we spend time in the medieval market town of Sherborne, one of the most beautiful towns in England, whose attractions include Sherborne Abbey & Museum.

 

Day Five

After a leisurely breakfast we bid farewell and begin our journey home with refreshment stops enroute.

 

Price Includes:

·          Luxury coach travel

·          Home pick up

·          4 nights’ accommodation, dinner & breakfast

·          Non-alcoholic pre-dinner drink on 1st night

·          Admission Athelhampton House & Gardens

·          Guided tour Forde Abbey House

·          Guided tour Sherborne Castle.

 

GEORGE ALBERT HOTEL, Wardon Hill nr Dorchester

Situated in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ the modern George Albert hotel is in a peaceful location approx. 10 miles north of Dorchester, the 39 light and spacious bedrooms have TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities with large bathrooms.  The restaurant is informal whilst the bar is modern in style with comfortable seating, there is also an outside terrace to enjoy if the weather if good.

DAY ONE

Begin your holiday with our exclusive home pick-up service, join your tour coach and travel to our hotel near Dorchester with comfort stops enroute. Arriving at your hotel with time to relax before dinner.

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DAY TWO

We spend this morning at the lovely Athelhampton House & Gardens, where we enjoy a 15-minute introductory talk before exploring at our own pace. Privately owned and still lived in, the house is a magnificent example of early Tudor architecture and has fascinating interiors as well as beautiful Grade 1 listed gardens, garden features include the famous 30ft high pyramid shaped yew trees, which dominate the Great Court. We spend the afternoon in Dorchester, the vibrant county town of Dorset, discovering its connection to Thomas Hardy and exploring its shops and interesting museums which include the Dorset county Museum and the Keep Military Museum.

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DAY THREE

This morning we enjoy a private guided tour of the house at Forde Abbey where we learn about its history, followed by free time to stroll around the beautiful gardens and enjoy lunch in the tearoom. In the afternoon, we travel along the Jurassic Coast and visit Lyme Regis, the historic unspoilt seaside resort and fishing port on the world-famous Cobb Harbour.

B, D

DAY FOUR

Today we enjoy a private guided tour of Sherborne Castle where we see its magnificent state rooms, Tudor kitchen, relics from the Civil War and archaeological treasures in the castle's cellars. WE also have time at leisure to explore the 30 acres of tranquil gardens set in a stunning 'Capability Brown' landscape, affording spectacular views of 1,000 acres of parkland. In the afternoon we spend time in the medieval market town of Sherborne, one of the most beautiful towns in England, whose attractions include Sherborne Abbey & Museum.

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DAY FIVE

After a leisurely breakfast we bid farewell and begin our journey home with refreshment stops enroute.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

GEORGE ALBERT HOTEL, Wardon Hill nr Dorchester

Situated in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ the modern George Albert hotel is in a peaceful location approx. 10 miles north of Dorchester, the 39 light and spacious bedrooms have TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities with large bathrooms.  The restaurant is informal whilst the bar is modern in style with comfortable seating, there is also an outside terrace to enjoy if the weather if good.

 

 

INCLUDED:

Door to Door pick-up

4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Non-alcoholic pre-dinner drink on 1st night

Admission Athelhampton House & Gardens

Guided tour Forde Abbey House

Guided tour Sherborne Castle

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bodelwyddan Marble Church
Broughton Layby Broughton Layby on A5104
Chester - Holiday Inn Chester, Holiday Inn South
Layby Outside
Chirk Chirk, Moreton Park Garden Centre
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Holywell Holywell Bus Station
Llandudno Junction Train Station Car Park
Wrexham - Plas Coch Pub Wrexham, Plas Coch Pub
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