Devon’s Tamar Valley
4 days from £379 per person*
*Based on two sharing in a twin / double room with a minimum of 40 members travelling
Along the border between Devon and Cornwall there lies the Tamar Valley – sometimes described as the ‘Hidden Valley’. It is here that there are delightful, historic houses full of treasures waiting to be discovered. The temperate climate also encourages prolific gardens and woodland valleys. This is ‘War Horse’ country, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and close to the border with Cornwall. A beautiful area just waiting to be explored.
Day 1 – We make our way to Devon, by coach, stopping at Crowcombe Court situated in the Quantock Hills. This magnificent house was built in the 1730s in the English Baroque style from beautiful amber coloured bricks with Bath stone for the pilasters and frontispiece. The visit will include a tour of this beautifully restored historic house plus a 2 course lunch and then onwards to the Moorland Garden Hotel where we have time to settle in before dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 – After breakfast we visit The Garden House near Yelverton, this beautiful garden is steeped in history and is set in a tranquil Devon valley – a source of joy and inspiration. The garden is several gardens in one, boasting a large and diverse plant collection. A short distance to Cothele (NT) – An amazing Tudor House with superb art collections, gardens, and an old Quay. There will be free time for lunch (not included) and also time to explore the house and estate. Later in the afternoon we shall go to Gunnislake Station and catch the Tamar Valley Railway – one of the most scenic in the south west and wind our way down to Plymouth where our coach will meet us as we then return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 – Today we visit Saltram House (NT). Home to the Parker family from 1743, when an earlier mansion was remodelled to reflect the family’s increasingly prominent position. It’s magnificently decorated, with original contents including Chinese wallpapers and an exceptional collection of paintings (several by Sir Joshua Reynolds). Later, after time for lunch (not included), we go to visit Port Eliot- home of the Earl of St Germans. Here we have a guided tour of the house. This is still a family home and is full of treasures to be discovered including masterpieces by Van Dyck and Reynolds. Then we return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 4 – After breakfast we say farewell to Devon and Cornwall and travel to Killerton House (NT) where we stop for a light lunch (not included) and a visit. Killerton house and gardens are a delightful place to explore. Home of the Acland family from 1755 until 1944 until it was given to the National Trust. The owners in 1898 transformed what is a small country house into a homely place for country house entertaining- it still has that atmosphere today. Then after our lunch we resume our onward journey home.
The exact order of excursions may be subject to change.
Moorland Garden Hotel
Our base will be the very comfortable and picturesque Moorland Garden Hotel near Yelverton. It is located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, and set in nine acres of peaceful moorland garden. Bedrooms are en-suite and equipped with colour television, radio, direct-dial phone and hairdryer. The Wildflower Restaurant has large windows offering views across the garden and terrace and serves a traditional British menu. Please note there is no lift but ground floor rooms are available.
• Executive coach travel throughout
• 3 nights half board accommodation
• 1 lunch
• Itinerary as detailed
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel Insurance
• Entrance to NT properties for non NT members
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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