Historic homes of derbyshire
5 days 4 nights half board accommodation
from £372 per person (based on two people sharing a twin/double room)
Join us on this fascinating break where we explore a few of England’s most spectacular historic homes and gardens set within the stunning Derbyshire scenery, amongst the most beautiful in the country
our price Includes:
- Executive coach travel throughout the tour
- 4 nights half board accommodation
- Porter service
- 3 course/3 choice evening meal
- En route visit to a National Trust property of choice*
- Visit to the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall or English Heritage’s Bolsover Castle
- Excursion to Buxton
- Visit to Eyam
- Admission to The Bakewell Experience
- Admission to Chatsworth House and Gardens
- En route visit to a National Trust property of choice *
*The National Trust and English Heritage will levy an admission charge to all non-members
The Derbyshire Hotel is one of the leading hotels in the area. It seamlessly combines a modern venue with a friendly and relaxed environment ideal for couples, families, groups and business travellers. With the beautiful Peak District located at its doorstep, the atmosphere is charming and cosy. All standard guest rooms have en-suite facilities and furnished with the comforts that a traveller desires to create the perfect relaxing environment.
The coach will collect us from our departure point and on our way we shall stop en route for a visit to a National Trust venue of choice. We arrive at our hotel in time to relax before dinner.
After breakfast we pay a visit to the magnificent Hardwick Hall, one of Britain’s most complete Elizabethan houses and a statement of the wealth and authority of its owner, Bess of Hardwick, more properly Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury. The house dominates the surrounding countryside with six towers at the sides of the house, each capped by a large ‘ES’ crest for Elizabeth of Shrewsbury. The walls are pierced by huge windows and its unique interior has remained remarkably unchanged since it was first inhabited. Our next visit is to Bolsover Castle, a fairy-tale Stuart mansion designed to entertain and impress during the age of chivalry.
Today we travel through the dramatic Peak District landscape and stunning scenery for a visit to the lovely spa town of Buxton, renowned for itsmagnificent architecture and world famous spa water. Its Pavilion Gardens were established in 1871. Set within 23 acres of Victorian landscaping on the banks of the river Wye, they include a conservatory, the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, the gorgeous Edwardian Buxton Opera House, a restaurant and a coffee shop. On our way back to the hotel we visit Haddon Hall, a fine manor home that dates mostly from the 12th to 17th centuries. It remained closed for 200 years until the 1920s, when the Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens making the property once again inhabitable. Here we will have a view of what early English life was like.
After breakfast we set off for a visit to stunning Chatsworth House. Dating back to the Elizabethan age, it tells the story of a single dynasty over 12 generations. As Britain’s first Baroque palace, it was also responsible for a revolution in architectural design. We will be able to walk freely around the magnificent rooms which contain a fascinating and varied collection of art, furnishings and curiosities from around Europe. The Capability Brown designed parkland contains spectacular waterworks and we are welcome to stroll on the grounds as well. Our day will end with a visit to the picturesque market town of Bakewell, home of course to the famous Bakewell pudding where we will learn how to make this delicious specialty.
This morning we check out of our hotel and embark on our homeward journey. En route we will visit a National Trust venue of choice where we shall also have the opportunity for a light lunch, arriving back at our original departure point(s) early evening.
- Single supplement
- Meals and beverages other than those specified
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities