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National Trust in North Yorkshire


Day 1

We depart Devon and make our way to Wightwick Manor,  with a coffee stop along the way. The Manor is an outstanding example of late Victorian taste and craftsmanship. The house was designed by the architect Edward Ould in the “Old English” style, for the Wolverhampton Paint and Varnish manufacturer Theodore Mander and his Family in 1887.  With interiors inspired by the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement, Wightwick provides an appropriate setting for a superb collection of William Morris textiles, wallpapers and furniture, William De Morgan ceramics, Charles Kempe stained glass, and many Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings. We depart Wightwick and journey to the 4* Crowne Plaza Harrogate in time our 3 course evening meal.


Day 2

After breakfast we visit the picturesque Yorkshire manor house Nunnington Hall. Here we enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful Yorkshire manor house, nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye. We also explore the period rooms whilst hearing the Hall’s many tales and discover one of the world’s finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic. Famed for its picturesque location and organic walled garden, flamboyant resident peacocks and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.


Day 3

Following breakfast we travel to the ancient ruins of Fountains Abbey and the awe-inspiring Studley Royal Water Garden. For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place. From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees; limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.


Day 4

After breakfast we visit Treasurer’s House. A house of contradictions, café and garden in the centre of York tucked behind York Minster, Treasurer’s House is not as it first appears. In 1897, Frank Green (the grandson of a wealthy industrialist) bought the property and created a lavish show home, grand enough to impress Edward VII during his visit. He was passionate about history and indulged this by saving this and other buildings in York. Frank Green built a large collection of fine antiques, art and furniture, and this was the first house given to the National Trust, complete with its collection. The award-winning garden is an oasis of calm, so relax and enjoy unrivalled views of the Minster.


Day 5

On our final day, we depart after breakfast and travel back to Devon, stopping en-route at Calke Abbey. The un-stately home and country estate with peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story. We discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve.



Member £335pp for a twin or double room

(single supplement £70)

Non Member £385pp for a twin or double room

(single supplement £70)



Liverpool at Christmas

Sunday 17th – Monday 18th November 2019

Day 1

We depart Devon, enjoying a coffee stop en-route and head to the Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel right in the heart of the city. Once we have checked in, we have the rest of the day to spend at the nearby Christmas markets at St George’s Plateau. Over 40 traditional festive cabins will be dressed in the best garlands and twinkly lights for that festive feel!

Day 2

After breakfast we have a full day to spend at our leisure before meeting our driver at a prearranged pickup point to then return home.

 Price: £99pp Twin/Double Room (single supplement £30pp)

Includes: Hotel accommodation on a B&B basis and  coach travel




London Sightseeing Tour – 3 days

Join us on this fantastic trip to see the sights of London.

On day one we visit the Tower of London. The 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners.   Throughout its history, the tower has served many purposes: it housed the royal mint (until the early 19th century), a menagerie (which left in 1835), a records office, an armory and barracks for troops. Until the 17th century, it was also used as a royal residence.

On day two we take a half day guided walking tour exploring Bloomsbury, Holborn & ending in Covent Garden.  Then in the afternoon we visit Kensington Palace, the royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.   It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

On our last day we take a ride on the London Eye, a cantilevered observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually, and has made many appearances in popular culture.

We are staying at The Royal National Hotel on a B&B basis.  The Hotel is situated within easy reach of the West End and the City as well as Theatreland and the main shopping areas of London.