Christmas in England
Guided tour staying at a Cotswolds country house hotel
Celebrate an old English Christmas in a quaint manor house. Spend holiday time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment. Enjoy excellent food, great company, plus daily excursions that explore the delights of the Cotswolds on our Discovery tour.
Dating from the Tudor period and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.
Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for premium rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening.
After dinner there will be a selection of festive quizzes.
We head off to a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon- Avon. We’ll enjoy lunch at the Rooftop restaurant at the Theatre, then you’ve got the choice of free time to explore this delightful town independently, or visit one or more of the Shakespeare houses.
After dinner enjoy talks about Bourton and the Cotswolds
Enjoy a mooch around Stow-on-the-Wold, a classic Cotswold town. Then we’ll take a trip on the steam-hauled Gloucester and Warwickshire railway. Lunch is booked at the Wilson Museum in Cheltenham which is exhibiting some of its collection which is not normally displayed.
After dinner, dance the night away with the live band in the Country House.
Dec 25 Christmas
Merry Christmas! After a leisurely breakfast, walk to the Slaughters and/or a visit to Birdland Park and Gardens (just around the corner in Bourton). 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..
Dec 26Boxing Day
The crunch of boots on frosty ground. The infectious laughter of a group of new found friends. The spicy warmth of traditional foods. Experience Blenheim Palace, with its festive decorations, then take lunch in the George and Dragon at Long Hanborough. The afternoon will be spent pottering about in Oxford with an opportunity to visit the Ashmolean museum.
Enjoy a special final evening in the house, with traditional entertainment.
Head off into your new year after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
All admission and lunch costs are included in the cost of this holiday.
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.