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RHS Chelsea Flower Show & Wisley Gardens

RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW & RHS WISLEY GARDENS

22 May & 23 May 2020

Hotel –  Novotel London, Heathrow

Day 1           RHS WISLEY GARDENS

Depart Devon enjoying a coffee stop en route to RHS Wisley.  Although free to roam the Gardens to your heart’s delight, a visit to the Glass House – which was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in June 2007 – is highly recommended.  Among other treasures to be found are the spectacular rose garden; individually themed gardens; the cactus house; fruit gardens and the national fruit tree collection, woodland walks which lead down to the highly-perfumed trial gardens; to mention a few.  Late afternoon we re-board the coach and continue the journey to our hotel, where there will be time to freshen up before our evening meal.

 Day 2             CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

After breakfast, we re-load our luggage and board the coach to drive to RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  It has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea since 1913.  We re-board the coach late afternoon for our homeward journey to Devon, making a comfort stop along the way.

Price:             £215 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £30)

Includes:      Hotel accommodation with full English breakfast & 3 course evening meal.  Entry to RHS Wisley Gardens and Chelsea Flower Show

 

 

5 Day National Trust Holiday – Lincoln

5 Day National Trust Holiday in Lincoln

10th – 14th August 2020

Holiday Inn, Brayford Wharf, Lincoln

 

Day 1

We depart Devon, with a coffee stop en route, and arrive about Midday day at our first NT Property of the week, Charlecote Park in Warwickshire.  Built with warm red bricks in the 1550’s and decorated in Warwickshire stone, the house has been home to the Lucy family for over 800 years.  Their home has a fascinating history to explore before we head off to Lincoln and check into our hotel, the Holiday Inn set on trendy Brayford Wharf.  We will have time to freshen up before dinner.

 

Day 2

Today we head into Lincoln to spend the day exploring Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.   For almost 300 years the Cathedral was the tallest building in the world.  Yet, in spite of it’s size, it is filled with intricate detail.  The architects of the gothic style perhaps reached the pinnacle of their art.  Everywhere you look there is the most intricate detail, walls & roofs elaborated by the finest carving.   We discover a world of rich history at Lincoln Castle.  The castle is home to the Lincoln Magna Carta, dating back to 1215, as well as the Charter of the Forest.  Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world. Experience the magnificent view of Lincoln Cathedral from the castle, as well as the city of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.

 

Day 3

We leave Lincoln for the day and head to Derbyshire to visit Kedleston Hall.  Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland.  Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of painting, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam.  The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th Century and continue to live at the Hall to this day.

 

Day 4

Today we visit Belton House, the perfect English country house, set in its own extensive deer park.  Built in the late 17th Century by ‘Young’ Sir John Brownlow, Belton was designed to impress.  Opulent décor, stunning silverware, wonderful woodcarvings, imposing paintings – including many old masters – and personal momentos convey wealth, but also a family atmosphere.

 

Day 5

On our last day we head back to Devon via our last NT property, Upton House & Gardens, in Warwickshire.   Lord Bearsted made Upton his country home in 1927 and set about creating the perfect country residence for his family and growing art collection.  Explore the fashionable tastes of the day and learn how to create a home made-to-measure.  Enjoy the historic gardens and see beautiful blooms as you explore the terraced borders.

 

Price:                     NT Member          £345 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £70)

Non Member        £415 per person for a twin or double room (single supplement £70)

 

Includes:               Hotel accommodation with full English breakfast & 3 course evening meal.     Entrance to all properties

3 day London Sightseeing Tour

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.

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