Historic Houses & Gardens of Lincolnshire
a 4-NIGHT, 5-DAY TOUR – SUNDAY 20TH to THURSDAY 24th JUNE 2021
Our Lincolnshire based tour features a variety of excursions including: the palatial Burghley House, which featured in the movie ‘Pride & Prejudice’; Barnsdale Gardens, created by TV gardener Geoff Hamilton for the BBC’s ‘Gardeners’ World’ programme; and the International Bomber Command Centre, located on the outskirts of Lincoln and set within 10 acres of landscaped ‘Peace Gardens’.
Sunday: A breakfast time departure visiting a city and a town enroute to our hotel. At Bedford, famous for its Bedfordshire Clanger, there’s time for coffee before our extended lunch stop at Melton Mowbray – a quintessential English market. Renowned for its fine food and drink, it has become the centre of excellence for local food producers. Famous for its pork pies and Stilton© Cheese, the town is home to lots of food and drink festivals. We continue to our hotel with time to explore before evening dinner is served.
Monday: Breakfast, then a scenic drive through the county of Rutland to visit Barnsdale Gardens. Created by Geoff Hamilton for BBC Gardeners’ World, it is Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens including a variety of designs and plant species. Next, we visit the small town of Oakham – the County Town of Rutland: a pretty, traditional English market town, bustling with activity and heritage. Later, we’ll arrive at Rutland Water reservoir for a cruise and a chance to view Rutland’s most famous landmark, Normanton Church. Evening dinner is served later.
Tuesday: After breakfast, we visit the International Bomber Command Centre where an official guide tells the stories of those who served and suffered during the campaigns of World War II. See the Walls of Names, Ribbon of Remembrance and Spire Memorial, the UK’s tallest war memorial and the sighting point for crews based there. The afternoon is at leisure in the historic city of Lincoln. An experience rich in history combined with great arts and culture, the city is easily walkable. Cathedral Quarter – known locally as ‘Uphill’. Steep Hill, voted Britain’s Great Street. It is steep as its name suggests, but well worth the walk! Evening dinner concludes a very interesting day!
Wednesday: After breakfast we visit to the magnificent Cecil family home that is Burghley House. After an introductory talk with tea and coffee, explore the Elizabethan ancestral home of William Cecil with its dramatic state rooms surrounded by a splendid Capability Brown parkland design. Later it’s the attractive town of Stamford with its old-world charm and prosperity. It’s the only town to remain the “finest stone town in England”, its prosperity drawn from the wool trade and its historical position as a mail coach inter-change on the Great North Road. It was the first town in the country to create a conservation area and it has this to thank for the fact that over the subsequent half century much of its historical architectural heritage has remained intact. Evening dinner concludes the day!
Thursday: Our homeward journey takes time out in the city of Cambridge. There’s more to Cambridge than a university. It’s the perfect place for culture and to explore the beautiful surroundings you know from The Crown, Granchester and The Theory of Everything. There’s always something new to experience with activities in Cambridge. We arrive home during the late afternoon.
The charming Olde House Barn rustic hotel is set in the beautiful countryside of Grantham in the heart of England and is perfectly located for our tour. Comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated rooms with all expected facilities, an atmospheric restaurant, a contemporary bar and comfortable lounge and Health Club make it an idyllic retreat. Seasonal menus are sure to whet your appetite. A selection from the wine list will complement the excellent cuisine. The atmospheric restaurant combines beams and wrought ironwork, maintaining the charm and history of the original building.
All coach travel and visits as listed, a free newspaper on day of departure, porterage, 4 nights 3 course evening dinner, tea/coffee, bed and full English breakfast, a visit to Barnsdale Gardens, a Rutland Water cruise, Bomber Command and Burghley House entry, complimentary on-board hot drinks, a Travel & Information Pack and the services of a Tour Director throughout.