Christmas in England
Guided tour staying at a country house hotel
Celebrate an old English Christmas in a quaint manor house. The countryside south of London unveils a series of ancient villages and picture perfect scenes, especially in December. Scores of narrow country lanes twist and turn among the gentle slopes. Enjoy excellent food, great company, plus daily excursions to little villages in the area, Hever Castle, and a train ride, too. Spend holiday time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall is ideally located for a holiday trip. A peaceful ambiance and excellent facilities make it a relaxing place to stay. It offers great viewing for short or long strolls in the beautiful surrounding meadows.
Saturday: Arrival day
Please join us for a welcoming afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. We offer you the chance to enjoy spectacular winter scenery and festive celebrations at this special time of year. Just relax, soak up the house party atmosphere for which we are famous and leave all the organizing to us.
Sunday: Christmas Eve
We’ll explore the small town of Steyning, one the prettiest Sussex towns. It has more or less everything - a fine high street, historic buildings, including Tudor style half timbered houses and some smart Georgian town houses too, good shops and lovely countryside nearby. Discover its association with St. Cuthman, an Anglo-Saxon hermit. Then it’s on to Brighton to visit the Royal Pavilion. This exotic palace was built as a seaside pleasure house for George IV and mixes Regency grandeur with the visual styles of India and China. After lunch, enjoy a little free time before we visit the attractive market town of Arundel, which has both a medieval castle and Roman Catholic cathedral.
Monday: Christmas Day
Take a leisurely stroll after breakfast to the village of Thakeham. It takes its name from the old meaning of ‘Thatched Homestead’ and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch where guests will dress to impress. The afternoon is planned around Christmas entertainment, watching the Queen’s speech (a British tradition), and enjoying a favorite film. After a buffet supper enjoy some more festive fun. Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol evenings and other celebrations.
Tuesday: Boxing Day
The crunch of boots on frosty ground. The infectious laughter of a group of new found friends. The spicy warmth of traditional foods. We’ll visit the Roman city of Chichester and see the wonderful late 11th century cathedral. Enjoy a local pantomime (music, singing and dancing stage performance) in the afternoon.
Wednesday: After a gentle stroll around Sheffield Park & Garden, we’ll take a ride on the famous Bluebell Steam Railway. Then we’ll visit Hever Castle, set in the beautiful Kent countryside. The castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and offers more than 700 years of history and romantic intrigue. Tonight, enjoy irresistible rhythm of a ceilidh band.
Thursday The Jane Austen's House Museum is a listed building which was her home for the last 8 years of her life. We’ll explore this and learn about her life. After lunch, it’s a short journey to Selborne to visit the charming Gilbert White House and Oates Museum. The museum tells the fascinating story of Antarctic hero Captain Lawrence Oates, and the pioneering 18th century naturalist Gilbert White.
Friday Depart after a leisurely breakfast, with fond memories of the people you have met along the way.
We wish we could, but we can’t manage the weather, traffic jams or other venue’s operations, so if this holiday needs to change for those, or any other reasons, your leader will help smooth the way.
YOUR ENGLISH CHRISTMAS TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
* Deluxe minicoach/motorcoach transportation for day tours where needed.
* Services of a driver/guide (1 person).
* Hotel accommodation with private bath.
* Full breakfast daily, afternoon tea, light lunch and dinners during our Christmas program.
* All admission costs on this Christmas holiday are included, as is a light lunch every day while out touring.
* All service charges and taxes
Rate per person in USD
Airfare is available at added cost
Dec 25 Arrive Heathrow – pick up car – please provide your flight itinerary
It is approximately a 1 hour and 15 min hour drive from Heathrow Airport to Billesley Manor.
Dec 25 – 27 Straftford – upon - Avon, Billesley Manor, double room with private bath and breakfast
Amidst 11 acres of grounds, just a short drive from the world-famous site of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the heart of Shakespearean England, Billesley Manor is a stunning 16th century manor house. Steeped in history, the property is referenced in the Domesday Book and features an 11th century church within it grounds, as well as an ornate Victorian-era Topiary Garden
From its location in idyllic Warwickshire, Billesley Manor is surrounded by roaming country estates, picturesque market towns, peaceful countryside vistas, and historic places of interest, not to mention being within easy reach of the Cotswolds themselves.
From the heart of Shakespearean England at nearby Stratford-Upon-Avon, to the historic Roman town of Alcester, both natural features and historic settlements abound.
Mary Arden’s Farm – 3km Stratford-Upon-Avon – 6km Stratford Racecourse – 7km
Butterfly Farm – 9km Rageley Hall – 9km Coughton Court – 9km Charlecote Park – 16km
Hidcote Manor Garden – 18km Warwick Castle – 19km The Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty – 30km
25th December Christmas Day
Enjoy the rest of Christmas Day at your leisure then join us for an evening buffet served with musical entertainment.
26th December Boxing Day
After breakfast why not relax with a delightful treatment in out beauty rooms (pre-booking is essential). Enjoy afternoon tea between 2.30pm and 4pm. Later in the day you can join fellow guests for an evening drinks reception before sitting down to a 4 course dinner with musical entertainment.
Join us for breakfast and then say farewell.
It is approximately a 3 15 min hour drive from Billesley Manor to Lindeth Howe.
Dec 27 – 29 Lake District, Lindeth Howe superior room based on double occupany with private bath and breakfast
The house was once owned by Beatrix Potter, who illustrated Timmy Tiptoes and Pigling Bland here, and our logo is actually in her handwriting! Lindeth Howe is a charming Country House Hotel in a peaceful Lake District setting, less than half an hour from junction 36 of the M6.
The Lake District is a region and national park in Cumbria in northwest England. A popular vacation destination, it’s known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic literary associations. Market towns such as Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick on scenic Derwentwater are bases for exploring the area and home to traditional inns, galleries of local art and outdoor equipment shops. The mist-wreathed mountains, plunging valleys and vast glassy lakes of the Lake District National Park have been the inspiration of poets and artists for generations. And with a nice cluster of cosy villages, country pubs and some of the best walking on offer in Britain, the Lake District is one for all lovers of the great outdoors.
It is approximately a 3 ½ hour drive from Lindeth Howe in the Lake District to Edinburgh City
Dec 29 – Jan 01 Edinburgh Jurys Inn, double room with private bath and breakfast
Torchlight Procession 30 December 2017, 7.00pm A spectacular sea of light illuminates the winter night, to mark the opening of Edinburgh's New Year celebrations, this year culminating in #ScotWord. Blaze through the city accompanied by a cast of pipers and drummers, bear a torch or grab a spot and watch the river of light flow through the heart of Edinburgh.
There are lots of ways to take part: you can grab a great spot in Holyrood Park to watch the procession approach its final destination, volunteer to help us chart the #ScotWord, or why not join the parade as a torch bearer?
Hogmanay Street Party31 December 2017, 7.00pm
Say to the world... I WAS THERE. At the BEST. PARTY. EVER! Join people from around the world to bring in the New Year at one of the world's biggest and best outdoor parties with live music, DJs, street entertainment and the ultimate fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle.
From 7pm, Edinburgh will throw open its doors to the world. Join us at the three Street Party stages and other stages up and down Princes Street to celebrate the New Year in the heart of the city.From the moment the doors open at 7pm, till after the midnight bells have fallen silent, bands and DJs, street performers and dancers, acrobats, disco divas and fire eaters will all combine to make it the party of a lifetime. Every great party needs a host and we’re delighted that the 2018 Street Party will be hosted by Sanjeev Kohli (Still Game, BBC).
At midnight, the ultimate fireworks display will mark the end of the old year and usher in 2018 set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Jan 01 – Jan 02 York, Best Western Premier Collection Dean Court Hotel
deluxe double room with private bath and breakfast. The hotel has, without doubt the finest location of any hotel in the city, overlooking York Minster, in the very centre of the city.
Jan 02 Depart for your travels back to Heathrow.