4 nights half board
West Country cream tea at the hotel
Excursions to Tewkesbury, Exmouth & Barnstaple
Admission into National Trust Knightshayes Court
Guided tour of Quince Honey Farm & Sheppy’s Cider Farm
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We head to the market town of Tewkesbury, one of the best-preserved Medieval townscapes in England. With a rich, vibrant history and beautiful waterside setting by the River Severn there is plenty for everyone to discover today. Why not visit the Tewkesbury Abbey, renowned for its fine Norman tower, ornate 12th century ceiling and stunning stained-glass windows? Later, we continue to our hotel where a warm West Country welcome awaits!
Day 2 – This morning we visit nearby Knightshayes Court, a National Trust owned Victorian country house, richly decorated with Gothic and Romantic interiors by the eccentric designer William Burges. There are celebrated formal gardens containing rare shrubs and specimen trees, lily pools, floral borders and amusing topiary. The newly-restored walled Victorian garden is a particularly fine example. After free time, we return to the hotel for a delicious West Country cream tea.
Day 3 – This afternoon we visit the traditional seaside resort of Exmouth, situated on Devon’s Jurassic Coast, with 2 miles of glorious sandy beaches. Perhaps stroll the Promenade and treat yourself to an ice cream.
Day 4 – Today we travel to Quince Honey Farm, a traditional, 200-year-old craftmanship has been passed down through the generations. for a guided tour which will explain the whole honey process from hive to jar, revealing the secret life of bees! Before we leave be sure to pick up a jar of locally produced honey, chutney, marmalade, fruit curd or honeycomb from the on-site shop. This afternoon we visit Barnstaple – the largest town in North Devon, for a little free time. Barnstaple remains a thriving market town and features many fine buildings and attractive narrow streets for you to explore.
Day 5 – On our way home we will take you to Sheppy’s Cider Farm for a guided tour which includes a visit to the orchards, the press house and the Sheppy’s rural life museum, and culminates with a guided tasting of some of their best loved ciders.