Sunday 3 June 2018 - Wednesday 6 June 2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
If you feel you deserve a luxury treat, would like to be pampered, enjoy the company of like-minded people, and visit some of the most beautiful places in the area, then this trip is definitely for you.
By popular demand we are returning to Matfen Hall 4* Hotel & Spa, set in the lovely village of Matfen. The Hall is a magnificent country house set in 300 acres of parkland, in the dramatic Northumberland countryside. It has an award-winning restaurant and is ideally placed for all our venues. With a swimming pool, spa bath, massage facilities and fitness centre on site, what more could you want for a relaxing break? In the evening there is time to explore the village from the hotel, stroll around the old church or drop into the local pub for a drink. Please note that spa treatments are not included in the cost of this tour.
Day 1, Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
On the outskirts of Harrogate, with its eight acres of gardens and 18th century mansion, this is a perfect place to break our outward journey. With its beautifully- arranged formal gardens, several herbaceous borders, less formal areas managed for wildlife, as well as sweeping lawns and 370 acres of parkland it offers opportunities to explore riverside walks, ancient trees and hidden wildlife. Inside, the art collection includes over 100, 18th century portraits, a fine collection of porcelain and furniture.
Day 2, Wallington House & Gardens and Whalton private gardens
Wallington House & Gardens: Home of the unconventional Trevelyan family for over 300 years the house is full of beautiful furniture, family paintings, treasured collections and quirky curiosities. The house is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland.
My favorite part of this garden is strolling through the woods to the beautiful, tranquil walled garden. Don’t’ miss the colourful borders and enjoy the scent of the flowers in the Edwardian conservatory. There is a lift in the house. Two mobility scooters are available for hire by calling 01670 773600. It is recommended you book in advance.
Whalton Gardens: Designed by Gertrude Jekyll, the gardens are beautiful and accessible – not so large as to be overwhelming. The Lutyens- designed house is lovely to look at and isn’t open to the public. Historically significant, this 17th century house with its 3 acre garden is bursting with inspirational planting and magnificent architectural structures. Roses are in full bloom in June – which is good for us – and there is an outstanding display of topiary. We will be having tea/coffee and cake in the grounds.
Day 3, Alnwick Castle & Gardens, OR Bamburgh Castle & Seahouses village OR Farne Islands Boat Trip
Option 1, Alnwick Gardens: The garden is an inspiring structured landscape with beautiful garden rooms including a magnificent rose garden, the ornamental garden, herbaceous borders – all brimming with the most magnificent plants and of course the Grand Cascade. The Poison Garden Tour is a must, as is a visit to the Tree House.
The Castle is home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and has been in the family for 700 years. The lavish rooms are filled with a stunning array of art and furniture, gathered over the years by passionate collectors in the Percy family. Free tours are available on the day. Alnwick town and the famous Barter Bookshop are about 5 minutes’ walk from the gardens.
Due to the historical nature of the Castle and its grounds, disabled access is unfortunately limited in some areas. The grounds of the Castle comprise a variety of surfaces including cobblestones, flagstones, grass, gravel and wood. These can be uneven and steep in places.
Option 2, Bamburgh Castle & Seahouses Village: Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. From its Anglo-Saxon origins to its Victoria chimney pots it is bursting with history. As you walk this magnificent fortress you’ll be astounded by the impressive archways, overbearing buildings and canons. After the grandeur of the castle enjoy a stroll through Seahouses, a charming village on the North Northumberland coast in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Option 3, Farne Islands Boat Tour (Weather dependent). Scattered a couple of miles off the coast near Seahouses, this cluster of islands is the favourite place of Sir David Attenborough. Twenty-three varieties of birds can be spotted here throughout the year. Last year we were very privileged to have a School of Dolphins follow our boat for most of the trip! The boat will be the new catamaran which is very stable in the water and good for those who do not have sea legs. The interesting tour with commentary lasts about one and a half hours.
A pre-dinner visit to Lady Blackett’s Garden: An invitation to spend an hour in Lady Blackett’s lovely garden, owner of Mafen Hall, which is 5-10 minutes’ drive away. We will be back in plenty of time for 7.30pm dinner.
Day 4, Holehird Gardens, Windermere
Where better to break our homeward journey that this gardener’s delight? This horticultural wonderland is located in the most beautiful setting with views of the Lakeland Mountains, including Langdale Pikes in the distance. The garden really has to be seen to be believed. The walled garden, with its interesting species of plants, designed to attract wildlife, should be at its peak. There is so much to see here which makes it a real treat to finish our tour with. The garden is maintained entirely by volunteers of the Lakeland Horticultural Society and is a tribute to the hard work put in by the members of the Lakeland Horticultural Society. There will be a minibus to take those who don’t want to walk to and from the coach, as there is a steeply sloping 400m long drive.
This is a 4 day, 3 night tour, including:
- Luxury coach travel throughout the tour
- Dinner, bed & breakfast for the nights 03-05 June at Matfen Hall Hotel
- Entrance into all venues
- Afternoon tea / coffee and cake at Whalton Gardens
Two people sharing a twin or double room is £509.40 per person. Single occupancy supplement for a double room is £75 per person, levied by the hotel. National Trust Members can deduct £23.40 per person. Secure your place with a £50.00 non-refundable deposit and full payment is due by 08 April 2018.
The coach will leave Shrewsbury at approximately 8.30am on 3rd June and will return to Shrewsbury on 6th June at approximately about 7.30pm.