Fabulous tours, perfect for groups
Secluded along the border between Devon and Cornwall lies the delightful Tamar Valley. The ruined towers of its once significant mining industry have been evocatively reclaimed by the lush natural landscape, which meanders along the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the region is rich in both beauty and history, and provides a haven for a variety of wildlife. Nestled in the region are stunning gardens, refined historic properties and quirky towns, which combine to form the Tamar Valley’s unique heritage.
Historic houses and hidden gems
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The magnificent Powderham Castle dates back to the 14th century, and sits within a picturesque deer park beside the River Exe estuary. The castle’s towers, crenelations, grand state rooms and formal gardens tell the story of its long history as the ancestral home of the Courtenay family.
The Garden House comprises 10 acres of wonderful gardens, situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The gardens were begun in the 1940s on the site of the graceful former home of the vicars of Buckland Monachorum. The gardens follow a ‘naturalistic planting’ philosophy, and the extraordinary variety of planting ensures interesting and bold blooms throughout the season. The Garden House itself is now home to the tea rooms, which serve a lovely cream tea.
Cotehele is an ancestral Tudor home found deep in the Tamar Valley. Excellently preserved, the interior is rich with tapestries, armoury and oak furniture. Outside, the lovely formal gardens give way to the pretty Valley Garden, which leads down to the river. Cotehele Quay was once bustling with vessels transporting cargo for the local industries; today, it’s home to the restored sailing barge ‘Shamrock’.
Running from Plymouth to Gunnislake, this railway line following the River Tamar is so scenic that it’s hard to believe that it’s a regular, functional branch line. A journey on the Tamar Valley Line takes you through peaceful villages and idyllic countryside, and one of the highlights is when the train traverses the Calstock viaduct, crossing the water 120 feet below.
This magnificent and imposing mansion dates back to the early Georgian era. Overlooking the River Plym, it sits within acres of rolling parkland. The elegant Palladian façades shelter an incredible collection of paintings, including several by Joshua Reynolds, and the ornately crafted interiors are accentuated by sumptuous furnishings.
This astonishing Grade I-listed house is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK. The ancient site dates back over 1,000 years and the house as it stands today is truly unique: it has 11 staircases, 15 back doors and 82 chimneys. It houses an incredible accumulation of artistic treasures from across its history, including works by Reynolds and Van Dyck. The park and gardens are also Grade I-listed, and form a wonderful place to wander amongst woodland, pretty blooms and magnificent trees.
Take to the water on a pleasure cruise to explore the beautiful River Dart. Beginning in Dartmouth, the on-board commentary introduces the historical houses, castles, quaint villages and wildlife that can be seen from the river, and takes you to Greenway House – home of the late Agatha Christie.
Having arrived by boat at Greenway Quay, stroll up through the woods to discover this atmospheric house which was the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie. Filled with 1950s Christie memorabilia and the family’s extensive collections of artefacts, it’s the perfect place to learn about the great author and her family life. Wander through the lovely gardens to the Boathouse, which served as the scene of the crime in Dead Man’s Folly.
Hand picked destinations
Glorious Dorset makes for the perfect British holiday destination. Defined by the craggy and ancient Jurassic coastline and its unspoilt rural landscapes, Dorset is also home to pretty seaside towns, dreamy coves and quirky sights.
Wild, beautiful, creative and rural, Cornwall really is the stuff of legends. Historically a land of ancient myths and Celtic culture, today Cornwall is the perfect holiday idyll.
Rolling hills meet dramatic cliffs in Kent, the garden of England. Where the fertile landscapes of Kent and East Sussex meet the sea, towering chalk descends into beautiful stretches of beach & lovely seaside towns.
From the proud naval history of England’s south coast, to the heritage of its cities, there’s a rich and diverse past to explore in Hampshire. The New Forest is the perfect place to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of daily life.