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Great English Houses

Our first exclusive tour, Great English Houses, is for nine nights for up to twelve guests.  You will spend three nights at each of Mapperton House, Eastnor Castle and Newby Hall.  The tour will be led by Gary Bartelings and hosted by the owners at each house.  Travel between houses will be by luxury private minibus.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Travel to Mapperton House, Dorset
  • Day 2: Mapperton House
  • Day 3: Mapperton House
  • Day 4: Travel to Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
  • Day 5: Eastnor Castle
  • Day 6: Eastnor Castle
  • Day 7: Travel to Newby Hall, Yorkshire
  • Day 8: Newby Hall
  • Day 9: Newby Hall
  • Day 10: Depart Newby Hall

Dates & Pricing

  • Tour 1: 23 May – 1 Jun 2021: £13,950*
  • Tour 2: 23 Sep – 2 Oct 2021: £13,950*

* price is per person, assuming two people. There is a single person supplement of £2,950.

Map of England and the Grand Historic Tours Houses

Included in your tour price are:

  • Nine nights accommodation in three historic houses, hosted by the owners
  • Formal black tie dinner with the owners in each house
  • One dinner out at an outstanding local restaurant in each area
  • Exclusive excursions and activities
  • All meals, including vegetarian and gluten free options
  • All drinks (including wine)
  • Private car transfer on arrival
  • Travel in luxury minibus between venues
  • Services of the tour manager who will accompany the guests
  • Porterage & gratuities

Note that the pricing does not include travel insurance, or flights to and from your home destination. Full booking conditions can be found via this link.

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Details of your stay

On arrival in the UK, guests will be collected from a London airport and taken to Mapperton House in West Dorset by private car. The journey will take approximately 3 hours and, depending on timing, could include a stop at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival at Mapperton, guests will be met by Gary Bartelings, the tour leader, and their hosts Luke & Julie Montagu, Viscount and Viscountess Hinchingbrooke. Depending on the time of arrival, lunch will be provided.

Guests will spend three nights at Mapperton, enjoying the comfort and splendour of Britain’s Finest Manor House (according to Country Life Magazine). Andrew the butler will ensure everyone is well looked after, with delicious meals made from Estate produce as well as a fine selection of wines and other drinks.

Julie and Luke Montagu - hosts at Mapperton House

Your hosts at Mapperton, Luke & Julie Montagu (Viscount & Viscountess Hinchingbrooke)

Details of your stay at Mapperton House

Day 1 – Arrival

Morning

Arrival in the UK where you will be picked up by private car and driven to Mapperton, via Stonehenge if time allows.

Afternoon

Relax and refresh at Mapperton upon your arrival. Mapperton is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and you will be free to explore the gardens or the estate beyond.

Evening

Welcome drinks in the Hall with Julie and Luke Montagu, followed by informal dinner in the Coach House.

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Day 2

Morning

Private house tour with the Earl of Sandwich, including the story of how his ancestor invented the famous snack and sponsored Captain Cook’s voyages to the Pacific, including the discovery of Hawaii.  You will also see the Grand Tour journal of the 4th Earl, who led an expedition around the Mediterranean in the 18th century.

Afternoon

You will enjoy lunch and a private tour of the award-winning Furleigh Estate winery, located only three miles from Mapperton. Furleigh was transformed from a dairy farm a few years ago, and now produces some of the England’s most outstanding sparkling wine.

 

Evening

You will be welcomed for drinks in the Drawing Room, followed by a formal black tie dinner in the Dining Room hosted by Luke & Julie Montagu, Viscount and Viscountess Hinchingbrooke.

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Day 3

Morning

Private tour of Mapperton Gardens with the Countess of Sandwich and Head Gardener Steve Lannin. Mapperton has one of the most important and distinctive gardens in the country, and are famous for their romantic setting, their varied planting and their sense of tranquillity.

Afternoon

Visit to Lyme Regis, known as the Pearl of Dorset due to its stunning location on the Jurassic Coast.  One of the birthplaces of palaeontology, the town also has literary connections with Jane Austen and John Fowles, whose novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ includes a famous scene on the harbour wall, known as the Cobb.

Evening

Visit to The Ollerod, one of our finest local restaurants, for a gourmet dinner prepared by Michelin-starred chef Chris Staines.

In addition, there will be other opportunities to explore beautiful West Dorset with its famous Jurassic Coast, the picturesque town of Beaminster and other nearby places of interest. You can choose to do these in addition to the activities above.

Please note that these activities are indicative and may vary according to weather conditions, availability or other local factors.  However if there is a change we will always aim to exceed your expectations!

On the morning of the fourth day guests will depart from Mapperton House to travel by luxury minibus to Eastnor Castle. En route we will enjoy a lunchtime stopover in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath.

On arrival at Eastnor, guests will be met by their hosts James and Lucy Hervey-Bathurst.

Guests will spend three nights at Eastnor, the family home of James & Lucy and their children and dogs. Eastnor has been welcoming selected groups for over 25 years, and the experienced staff will ensure everyone is well looked after, with delicious meals and fine wines, all enjoyed in the richly-decorated but relaxing surroundings of Eastnor Castle.

James and Lucy Hervey-Bathurst at Eastnor Castle

James and Lucy Hervey-Bathurst, your hosts at Eastnor Castle

Schedule for your stay at Eastnor Castle

Day 4 – Arrival

Morning

Departure by luxury minibus from Mapperton.  You will stop for lunch in the World Heritage City of Bath, famed for its stunning Georgian architecture including the Royal Crescent.

Afternoon

Relax and refresh at Eastnor Castle upon your arrival.  Wander around the extraordinary grounds,

Evening 

Welcome drinks in the Great Hall, followed by an informal dinner in the State Dinner Room with post dinner coffee taken in the Gothic Drawing Room.

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Day 5

Morning

Private house tour with owner James Hervey-Bathurst who will take your around the magnificent state rooms including the Great Hall, State Dining Room, Gothic Drawing Room and Octagon Saloon, with their impressive collections of medieval armour, fine art and tapestries.

Afternoon

Tour of nearby Madresfield Court, a moated stately home and architectural masterpiece where the Lygon Family has lived for over 900 years. Madresfield is closed to the general public and is only available to view with prior arrangement.

Evening

Drinks in the Gothic Drawing Room, followed by a formal black tie dinner in the State Dining Room hosted by James and Lucy Hervey-Bathurst.

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Day 6

Morning

Option of either a guided walk around the castle grounds and an invigorating walk up to the Eastnor Obelisk, or off-road driving with Land Rover Experience on 66 miles of carefully managed trails in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

Afternoon

Visit to famous local cheese producer and distiller, Charles Martell, to learn about and taste these unique English local delicacies.  You will be shown the lovingly restored 17th century still house used to distill Perry pears and cider from the farm.

Evening

Visit to Pensons, a Michelin-starred, ingredient-led restaurant located on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border on the beautiful Netherwood Estate, where you will enjoy a five course tasting menu paired with outstanding wines.

In addition, there will be the option to try out some local country pursuits in the castle grounds, including clay pigeon shooting, archery or horse riding. You can choose to do these instead of or in additional to the schedule above.

Please note that these activities are indicative and may vary according to weather conditions, availability or other local factors.  However if there is a change we will always aim to exceed your expectations!

On the seventh day guests will depart from Eastnor in a luxury minibus for the journey to Newby Hall.  En route there will be a lunchtime stopover near Nottingham.

Upon arrival at Newby, you will be met by hosts Richard and Lucinda Compton.  You will spend three nights at Newby Hall, enjoying the age of Georgian splendour. The house is packed with unique treasures including the finest private collection of ancient Roman statuary and most complete sets of Chippendale furniture, all housed in the Robert Adam designed house.

You will be able to enjoy the 40 acres of gardens, curated by Lucinda Compton. The gardens were awarded the accolade of National Garden of the Year in 2019 and hold the national collection of Cornus.

Richard and Lucinda Compton - your hosts at Newby Hall

Your hosts at Newby Hall, Richard & Lucinda Compton

Schedule for your stay at Newby Hall

Day 7 – Arrival

Morning

Departure from Eastnor Castle.  The journey to Yorkshire will be via Nottingham, and we expect to stop for lunch somewhere remarkable.

Afternoon

Relax and refresh at Newby upon your arrival.  Perhaps go for a stroll in the gardens which recently won the coveted Garden of the Year award from the Historic Houses Association.

Evening

Welcome champagne drinks in the Hall with your hosts Richard and Lucinda Compton, followed by an informal supper in the recently refurbished Georgian Orangery.

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Day 8

Morning

Private house tour with Richard and Lucinda Compton, exploring the Grand Tour collection, furniture and art collected over the Hall’s 450 year history, and the connections with the Downton Abbey TV series.

Afternoon

A short drive to the market town of Ripon to explore its connections with Newby Hall and a tour of the Cathedral, with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Fountains Abbey (which was also owned by the family until 1966).

Evening

Visit to the award-winning Crab and Lobster restaurant in nearby Asenby.  Experience a wide variety of gourmet dishes, from fresh local seafood to traditional English fare.

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Day 9

Morning

Private tour of Newby’s stunning 25 acre gardens, with Lucinda Compton and the Head Gardener Mr Phil Cormie.

Afternoon

A short drive to the market town of Thirsk to take a private tour of the World of James Herriot, the world’s most famous veterinarian.

Evening

Drinks in the Library, followed by a formal black tie farewell dinner in the Statue Gallery hosted by Richard and Lucinda Compton.

Newby is ideally situated between the Yorkshire Moors and the Dales, providing easy access to either of these national parks as an optional excursion.  The historic city of York is also only 24 miles away.

At the end of the tour guests will have the option of joining the minibus to return to London or continuing their holiday from Newby.  Beyond Capricorn would be delighted to assist with any onward travel plans.

Please note that these activities are indicative and may vary according to weather conditions, availability or other local factors.  However if there is a change we will always aim to exceed your expectations!

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