West Country of England Pubs, Castles, Tearooms,
Gardens and Cathedrals Featuring the Cotswolds,
Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Wessex
May 28th - June 10th, 2011  Sold Out!
Stratford-upon-Avon, Ann Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens, Chipping Campden, The Cotswolds, Sudeley
Castle and Gardens, Avebury, Barnstaple, Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar Sweet Kitchen, Glastonbury Abbey and
burial place of King Arthur, Arlington Court and Gardens, Devonshire Cream Tea, King Arthur's birthplace at
Tintagel Castle, Falmouth and Lands End, Penwith Tour, Penzance, The Eden Project, Plymouth, Mayflower
Stone and Step, Dartmoor National Park, Sherborne Old and New Castles,  Salisbury and Stonehenge,
Winchester Cathedral, Windsor and Windsor Castle, Theatre Royal Windsor and much more!

A small intimate tour of the Cotswolds, West Country featuring Devon, Cornwall and Wessex, Winchester and
Windsor. Visiting sites associated with
Shakespeare, King Arthur, Jane Austen, Dame Agatha
Christie's Greenway, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Dartmoor and Thomas Hardy
. Our tearoom tours
are always so much more - filled with castles, historic sights and entertainment of all kinds. Tea is a way of life
in Great Britain with more tearooms than any other place on earth. And you have to eat someplace anyway, so
we try to incorporate as many of these tearooms into our tours as possible. Each tour is designed to
accommodate only 10 people for a more personal experience and to allow you to get the most of your holiday.
Keeping the tour size small gives us the opportunity to veer from the beaten path and take advantage of
accommodations, restaurants and sightseeing that would not be available to larger groups. You may find
yourself staying in a delightful city guest house, a small country house hotel, a comfortable farmhouse and an
old coaching Inn all in the same visit. You will not be rushed from venue to venue and we
spend as little time on the bus as possible.

Tour includes all accommodation in 4 star British Tourist Board Approved accommodations. Full English
breakfast each morning. All lunches and dinners as listed in itinerary. Porterage of one suitcase per person.
Minibus travel including tour guide. Knowledgeable guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in
itinerary including any entrance fees. All taxes and service charges.

$4495US per person double.
$500 per person deposit required to book your tour.

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Day 1 - May 28th, 2011 - Arrive London Heathrow. As we make our way out of the city our first stop will be Stratford-upon-Avon,
the birthplace of
William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history in the beautiful rural Warwickshire Countryside, on the banks
of the
River Avon. Afternoon Tea at Benson's in Stratford. This afternoon we visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens.
The beautiful thatched farmhouse was occupied by descendants of the Hathaway family until it's purchase by the Shakespeare Birthplace
Trust in 1892 and still contains many rare family items of furniture that date back to Anne's time. We will get checked into our
accommodation with some free time before a
Welcoming Pub Dinner at the Shakespeare Tavern. Overnight near Chipping
Campden in a
400 year old malting house. (L,D)

Day 2
- This morning we visit Broadway and the Broadway Tower. Built in 1799, it is a perfect example of an 18th century Gothic folly.
At 1024 feet above sea level you can see 13 counties! We next visit
Snowshill and Snowshill Manor Gardens  full to the brim of
Charles Wade's collection from all over the world. The charming cottage style garden is set in 2.5 acres and has stunning views. This
afternoon we will explore this beautiful
Old Cotswolds Market Town before we visit Badger's Hall for Afternoon Tea in their
quintessential
English Tea Room. Chipping Campden was the centre for wool trade during the 14th and 15th centuries and has retained its
feel of a place stepped back in time. After tea we make our way to
Hidcote Manor Gardens, an internationally renowned series of smaller
gardens each with its own theme. One of the most inventive and influential gardens of the 20th century. This evening we are back in Chipping
Campden for
Dinner at The Eight Bells, a traditional 14th century Cotswolds Inn. Overnight near Chipping Campden. (B,L,D)

Day 3
- Today our journey will take us to Winchecombe and Sudeley Castle and Gardens. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the
Cotswold Hills  Sudeley Castle is steeped in history. With royal connections spanning a thousand years, it has played an important role
in the turbulent and changing times of England’s past. We will stop for lunch at the
Olde Bakery Tea Room in Winchecombe. Then we are
off to
Malmesbury for Malmesbury Abbey and The Abbey House Gardens. This unique garden is set against the backdrop of the
Abbey with the
River Inglebourne flowing throughout. The 800 year old Abbey is magnificent and houses a Bible from the year 1407! We
will visit
Avebury on our way to our final destination at Melksham. Without doubt, Avebury is the most impressive of all remaining pre-
historic earthworks in Europe. While Stonehenge was dedicated to the worship of the sun and moon, Avebury seems to have been dedicated
to more human themes.
Pub Dinner and Overnight Melksham in a country house in 30 acres. (B,L,D)

Day 4
- This morning we are off to North Devon. On the way we will drive through Cheddar Gorge, a narrow winding ravine with
limestone rocks rising almost vertically on either side to a height of 400 feet! In the very heart of the famous Cheddar Gorge you will find
one of the most fascinating sights in Somerset, the
Cheddar Sweet Kitchen. A tiny sweet factory where visitors are invited in to watch
craftsman at work. The Mizen family have been making sweets in this area for five generations. Cheddar gives it's name to the rich cheese
that was founded here. Further on we find
Glastonbury and Glastonbury Abbey. The Abbey presents itself as "traditionally the
oldest above-ground Christian church in the World
" situated "in the mystical land of Avalon" and was begun in 712AD. King
Arthur
is reputed to be buried here. We then take the spectacular coastal drive through the Exmoor National Park taking us through
Minehead, Culbone and to the lovely village of Combe Martin. Dinner and Overnight Combe Martin in an Edwardian seaside
guest house. (B,D)

Day 5
- This morning we visit Arlington Court and Gardens, a 2700 acre estate nestling in the thickly wooded valley of the River Yeo.
The house contains model ships, tapestry, pewter and shells. The stable block houses one of the best collections of 19th-century horse-drawn
vehicles in the country and we will take a
Carriage Ride around the grounds. We'll then stop for a Traditional Devonshire Cream
Tea at the Old Kitchen Tearoom
before continuing on our journey to Barnstaple. As one of the oldest royal chartered boroughs,
Barnstaple has a rich history and is a delight to explore through the
Heritage Centre on Queen Anne’s Walk. This beautiful Grade 1
Listed Building on the town’s historic quayside features an exhibition from medieval times to the present. We then will take a lovely coastal
drive with a stop in the lovely seaside resort of
Ilfracombe  before returning home to Combe Martin. Dinner at Williams Arms
Thatched Pub. Overnight North Devon. (B,L,D)

Day 6
- Today we start our day  journeying toward Falmouth in Cornwall. We'll travel the coast line to Tintagel and the romantic and
mysterious ruins of
Tintagel Castle overlooking the sea. Some believe this is the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. We will stop at
Wadebridge for Tea at Carnewas Tearoom and Garden with the most spectacular view in Cornwall. This afternoon finds us in at
The Eden Project, an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location. This global garden is a place of beauty and wonder with 1,890
different species and cultivars. We next stop in Truro, the only city in Cornwall with over 800 years of history. Truro is dominated by the
250 foot towers of
Truro Cathedral. We are then off to the seaside resort of Falmouth for a Seafood Dinner at Hunky Dory.
Overnight Falmouth in a
5 star Victorian luxury guest house. (B,L,D)

Day 7
- Today we will take the Penwith Tour offering spectacular, remote Cornish landscape, dotted with relics of the tin mining industry,
picturesque fishing villages and prehistoric remains. Our first stop is
Lanyon Quoit, a prehistoric chambered tomb. It is probably one of
the best known of Cornwall's ancient monuments, dating from the Neolithic period. We will stop in
Penzance for lunch and some
exploration
. The ancient market town of Penzance is the Capital of the far west of Cornwall and is set in beautiful Mounts Bay - a body of
water dominated by the grandeur of
St. Michael's Mount. A well know area of Celtic culture, outstanding natural beauty surrounds the
town. Following lunch we continue to
The Merry Maidens, a circle of 19 stones said to be girls turned to stone for dancing on Sunday. We  
also stop at
Lands End, Britain's most westerly point before we then return to Falmouth for dinner on your own. Overnight
Falmouth. (B,L)

Day 8
- This morning we are on our way to Plymouth which is the regional capitol for Devon and Cornwall. In Plymouth we will visit
Mayflower Stone and Steps from where the Pilgrims set forth to the New World in 1620. We will stop for Traditional Fish & Chips
Lunch
before continuing to Dartmoor region of Devon.  We will take a Dart River Cruise this afternoon from Totnes to Dartmouth.
We will pass Sandridge House, designed by architect John Nash and the lush Greenway Estate, once the home of Dame Agatha
Christie
and now belonging to the National Trust. From here we make our a way just a bit further north to Shaldon near Exeter. Shaldon
is a picturesque fishing village nestling at the mouth of the
River Teign, a river renowned for its cockles, mussels and salmon.  Seafood
Dinner and Overnight at Shaldon near Exeter in a
400 year old Ship Captain's house. (B,L,D)

Day 9
- Today will be spent in the Dartmoor National Park which provided the eerie background for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The
Hound of the Baskervilles
.  Our first stop will be Buckland-in-the-Moor, one of the most picturesque thatch and granite villages in
Dartmoor. This is one of Devon's
"Dream Villages" with an attractive small church dating from the 13th century and a cluster of
picturesque thickly thatched country cottages with the most "English" of country gardens. We'll drive through
Dartmeet at the confluence
of the
East and West Dart Rivers. We will stop for a Picnic Lunch before continuing our journey. The next stop is Grimspound, an
impressive site of bronze Age huts built 4,000 years ago! We will also stop at
Becky Falls with its delightful woodland walks and a viewing
platform over the 72 foot falls.
Dinner on your own in Shaldon. Overnight Shaldon. (B,L)

Day 10 -
Our first stop today is the Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these
magnificent gardens are set in East Devon's picturesque
Otter Valley. While here we will board the Bicton Woodland Railway,
developed in the early 1960s, it takes us on a 25 minute ride round the gardens and is the only 18" gauge railway in Britain. Our next stop is
Bennets Water Gardens. The 8 acres of gardens has one of the most outstanding displays of water lilies in Britain with a Monet style
Japanese Bridge
as the centrepiece along with a Tropical House, Woodland Walks and Museum. We will Lunch in the
Tearoom
well known for their Dorset Cream Tea. We then make our way to Dorchester with enough time to do some proper
exploration before we gather for
Dinner in Thomas Hardy's Historic 16th Century Acorn Inn.  Overnight Dorchester in a 350
year old thatched cottage. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
Today we visit Sherborne Old and New Castle. The "Old" Castle was built by the Bishop of Salisbury, Roger de Caen
sometime early in the 1100s.  The Castle then stayed in Royal hands until 1354 when it was granted to the
Earl of Salisbury. In 1592 the
Castle was leased to
Sir Walter Raleigh who began to make it more comfortable before changing his mind and beginning work on what
would become the "New" Castle. Although it has experienced many change, today it is a beautifully preserved Jacobean house. We will
Take
Tea at the Georgian Tearooms in Blandford Forum
before we visit Lulworth Castle. Lulworth, built in the early 17th Century as a
hunting lodge, became a country house at the heart of a large estate in order to entertain hunting parties for the King and Court.
Dinner and
Overnight Dorchester. (B,L,D)

Day 12
-This morning we head west with our first stop at Stonehenge just outside of Salisbury. Stonehenge is Europe's most famous
prehistoric monument dating back to 3,000BC. Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain and
we will spend some time exploring before visiting
Salisbury and Salisbury Cathedral. For over 750 years pilgrims have come to seek
inspiration in the glory and peace of the Cathedral. Here you will marvel at or climb up to
Britain's Tallest Spire, be awed by the beauty
and scale of the cathedral interior or study the original
Magna Carta in the Chapter House. Afternoon Tea at the Polly Tea
Rooms in Salisbury
before we head east to Winchester and Winchester Cathedral.  Winchester Cathedral dates from 1079 with a
church on this site since 648.
Jane Austen is buried here and the cathedral possesses the only diatonic ring of 14 church bells in the world,
with a tenor (heaviest bell) weighing almost 2 tons. We are then off to
Windsor for an evening free. Overnight Windsor in an elegant
red brick guest house. (B,L)

Day 13
- The town of Windsor is dwarfed by the enormous Windsor Castle. Before visiting the castle you will board an Open Top Tour
Bus
for a tour of the city. After the tour of the city you will return to Windsor Castle for a tour. Windsor is the oldest continuously
inhabited royal residence in Britain and makes a lovely visit. Your bus tour ticket is good for 24 hours of hop on and off service and you may
use it as you take in the sites of the city. After a tour of the castle we meet for
Afternoon Tea at the Harte and Garter before an
afternoon free in Windsor.
Farewell Dinner and Performance at the Theatre Royal in Windsor.  The Theatre Royal has gained a
reputation for the quality of its productions and is currently one of Britain's leading theatres.
Overnight Windsor. (B,L,D)

Day 14
- Return to London Heathrow for the journey home. (B)
Stonehenge, Salisbury England. Cotswolds Tour
Windsor Castle, Windsor England. Cotswolds, Devon, Cornwall
sudely castle england. Cotswolds tour
Cotswolds Cottage, Chipping Campden England, cotswolds tour
Gardeners Arms English Pub Tour, devon, cornwalll tour
cotswold devon and cornwall tour
Polly Tea Rooms Salisbury, English tearoom tour
chichester arms barnstaple, english pub tour
arden house, stratford-upon-avon. shakesspeare tour