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 26 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. 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
English Christmas Cotswolds
Rate per person in USD
Airfare is available at added cost
Christmas at Church Stretton
Enjoy our special festive Discovery Tour at The Longmynd, Church Stretton. Enjoy excellent food, great company, and excursions that explore Shrewsbury, the historic and county town of Shropshire.
|Christmas||nights||date||Price per person|
|Discovery Tour at Church Stretton||4||23-Dec||$1,604|
|Single Supplement||per night||$45|
Friday: Arrival day
Your room will be available from 2.30pm. Enjoy a festive start to your holiday.
Saturday: Christmas Eve: Historic Shrewsbury
Enjoy a gentle walking tour of pictureque Shrewsbury with its black and white Tudor houses, town walls, castle and historic churches. We'll discover historic villages on the scenic tour back to the house.
Sunday: Christmas Day: Picturesque Church Stretton
A gentle town trail around Church Stretton will work up an appetite for our Christmas lunch. Enjoy its ancient buildings and church.
Monday: Boxing Day: Iron Bridge and Coalbrookdale
Ironbridge is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, and there’s plenty of indoor museums to explore. The Museum of the Gorge gives you the opportunity to visit the pioneering Iron Bridge itself. The on to the Museum of Iron at Coalbrookdale, with its fascinating exhibits near the original preserved furnaces. In the afternoon, explore the nostalgic Blists Hill Victorian Town with its restored Victorian buildings. If the weather’s fine we can take an easy stroll along the canal. You may also, time permitting, like to visit the Coalport Museum with its sumptuous display of china or the fascinating Jackfield Tile Museum before we set off back home.
Tuesday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
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.