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Downton Abbey, Jane Austen & Winchester

Downton Abbey, Jane Austen & Winchester

Set in an Edwardian Country House from 1912 onwards, Downton Abbey is one of the most popular TV costume drama series portraying the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who world for them, the series is filmed at Highclere Castle in Berkshire. Jane Austen - one of the world's most famous authors spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire and it is where she found the inspiration to write such classics as Pride & Prejudice, Emma and Sense & Sensibility.

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DOWNTON ABBEY, JANE AUSTEN & WINCHESTER

 

Set in an Edwardian Country House from 1912 onwards, Downton Abbey is one of the most popular TV costume drama series portraying the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who world for them, the series is filmed at Highclere Castle in Berkshire.  Jane Austen – one of the world’s most famous authors spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire and it is where she found the inspiration to write such classics as Pride & Prejudice, Emma and Sense & Sensibility.

 

HILTON BRACKNELL HOTEL

Located in the heart of Berkshire, our hotel is an ideal base for touring the area, all bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, indoor pool, spa, sauna and gym, in fact everything you could want for a relaxing break.

 

DAY ONE:

Commencing with our door to door pick-up service, join your tour coach and travel to Berkshire with comfort stops enroute.  Arriving late afternoon, time to relax before dinner.

 

DAY TWO:

We begin this morning with a visit to historic Winchester, often described as the perfect English city, packed with historic monuments and the best preserved alms house at St Cross, once the seat of Alfred the Great, whilst the bustling pedestrianised high street has a wealth of shops and galleries, Jane Austen is also buried here.  From Winchester we make our way to visit Jane Austen’s house at Chawton near Alton.  Jae lived in the charming red brick 17th century house from 1809 t0 1817 and the house is now a museum and houses an extensive collection of her works and memorabilia.

 

DAY THREE:

Our day begins with a drive eastwards to the picturesque riverside town of Henley-on-Thames, home of the famous rowing regatta.  We have time to wander around and obtain lunch and this afternoon we enjoy a cruise following the regatta course with on board commentary.

 

DAY FOUR:

We enjoy a leisurely breakfast before leaving late morning for the short drive to Highclere Castle.  The Castle is a country house in ‘High Elizabethan’ style and the estate covers some 6000 acres and is the country seat of the Herbert Family, the Earls of Carnarvon.  The parklands were designed by Capability Brown and we have chance to explore the castle, gardens and grounds to see how life was here around 100 years ago as portrayed by ‘Downton Abbey’, the setting for the hugely successful TV period drama.

 

DAY FIVE:

After breakfast we depart and begin our homeward journey with comfort stops enroute.

 

INCLUDED:

Door to door pick-up

4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Admission Highclere Castle & Gardens

Admission Jane Austen’s House

River Thames Cruise

DAY ONE

Commencing with our door to door pick-up service, join your tour coach and travel to Berkshire with comfort stops enroute. Arriving late afternoon, time to relax before dinner.

D

DAY TWO

We begin this morning with a visit to historic Winchester, often described as the perfect English city, packed with historic monuments and the best preserved alms house at St Cross, once the seat of Alfred the Great, whilst the bustling pedestrianised high street has a wealth of shops and galleries, Jane Austen is also buried here. From Winchester we make our way to visit Jane Austen's house at Chawton near Alton. Jae lived in the charming red brick 17th century house from 1809 t0 1817 and the house is now a museum and houses an extensive collection of her works and memorabilia.

B, D

DAY THREE

Our day begins with a drive eastwards to the picturesque riverside town of Henley-on-Thames, home of the famous rowing regatta. We have time to wander around and obtain lunch and this afternoon we enjoy a cruise following the regatta course with on board commentary.

B, D

DAY FOUR

We enjoy a leisurely breakfast before leaving late morning for the short drive to Highclere Castle. The Castle is a country house in 'High Elizabethan' style and the estate covers some 6000 acres and is the country seat of the Herbert Family, the Earls of Carnarvon. The parklands were designed by Capability Brown and we have chance to explore the castle, gardens and grounds to see how life was here around 100 years ago as portrayed by 'Downton Abbey', the setting for the hugely successful TV period drama.

B, D

DAY FIVE

After breakfast we depart and begin our homeward journey with comfort stops enroute.

B

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

HILTON BRACKNELL HOTEL

Located in the heart of Berkshire, our hotel is an ideal base for touring the area, all bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, indoor pool, spa, sauna and gym, in fact everything you could want for a relaxing break.

 

INCLUDED:

Door to door pick-up

4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Admission Highclere Castle & Gardens

Admission Jane Austen’s House

River Thames Cruise

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