DOWNTON ABBEY & HAMPSHIRE

4 Star Hotel

A must for any Downton Abbey fan! The magnificent Highclere Castle opens it’s door for a number of days each year and the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon welcome us into their home to visualise familiar scenes such as Dame Maggie Smith ensconced as the Dowager Countess in the drawing room. There are many other delightful excursions to enjoy whilst we are in this lovely area.

The four star Hampshire Court Hotel is a Q Hotel situated in parkland near Basingstoke in the heart of Jane Austen Country. The hotel sits around an attractive courtyard and offers an exceptional leisure club with pools, sauna and spa. Bedrooms are beautifully decorated with modern furnishings.

Itinerary

Friday We travel from Cornwall to Hampshire and enjoy a break in Salisbury in the afternoon. Later we arrive at our hotel to a warm welcome and a hot drink.

Saturday Today we travel south to the village of Chawton where Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life. There will be time for morning coffee or to stroll the Jane Austen trail. Later we continue on to the maritime heritage city of Portsmouth where your afternoon will be free to explore the port, town or impressive docks.

Sunday Today we step back in time and visit ‘the real Downton Abbey’, Highclere Castle. The warm and imposing family home and splendid gardens offer the opportunity to learn of its history and to see rooms that may already look familiar to you from the popular TV show that films here.

Monday After breakfast we make our way to Alton where we board the Mid Hants Railway to the Georgian town of Alresford, home to the Watercress industry. There will be time to look around and have a bite to eat before we travel on to Winchester where Jane Austin was laid to rest.

Tuesday Leaving our hotel we travel into the New Forest National Park. Dotted with pretty villages and hamlets, miles of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest are home to commoners animals and local wildlife. We have a break in the town of Lyndhurst before making our way back to Cornwall.

Term

Single rooms available at a supplement of £95 per person

All singles are double/twin for sole occupancy

Home pick up £12 per person

£75 non-refundable deposit

Balance due 7 weeks prior to travel

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Total Price Includes:

Executive coach travel

Free optional travel insurance

4 Nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Porterage

Welcome drink on arrival

Excursions as detailed

Admission to Highclere Castle

Ride on Watercress Line

Free parking at depot

Pick up points throughout Cornwall

Friday 6th to

Tuesday 10th April 2018

5 Day Tour

£399

For more details

please phone

01209 717152