8 Days – $2,500
Final Payment May 15, 2017
What is more blissful than a week long stay at an English Lake? This tour will have you journeying through the stunning and varied Cumbrian landscape and staying in a waterside spa hotel famous as a haven for weary travelers for the last 200 years. Along the way, we’ll visit assorted stately homes, glorious gardens and literary landmarks, as well as take two scenic lake cruises and a journey aboard an historic steam train. A bit of relaxation, a leisurely yet interesting itinerary and stunning lake views – bliss.
- Visits to Holker Hall, Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle, Minehouse, Dalmain House and Tatton Park.
- Motor coach tour of the Lake District with area guide
- Cruises on both Lake Windermere and Bassenthwaite Lake
- Steam railroad journey
There will be time for you to have lunch or unpack before we set off for a 90 minute round trip cruise around Lake Windermere, featuring breathtaking scenery and commentary on the highlights of the Lake. We will break our cruise at the ancient town of Bowness-on-Windermere, where you’ll have plenty of time to stroll the quaint streets lined with gift and antique shops, atmospheric pubs, craft shops and the World of Beatrix Potter attraction. Afterwards, we’ll resume our cruise and return to the hotel for dinner in the River Room.
Afterwards, we’ll board the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway for a nostalgic trip that offers beautiful views of the Levens Valley on this iconic historic railway.
In the afternoon we’ll visit Grade I listed medieval Sizergh Castle. Inside, the Castle offers a true walk through 700 years of history, with many of the rooms, from the Elizabethan Inlaid Chamber to the Regency Drawing Room, displaying the Strickland family’s wealth through the centuries. The family is still in residence and you will see current photos displayed amongst the Castle’s artwork, furniture and costume displays. Afterwards, explore the lovely grounds, which include an orchard, a limestone rock garden, pond and lovingly tended flower gardens.
There will be time for you to visit the Old Sawmill Tearoom before we board the nearby Keswick Launch for a scenic cruise around Derwentwater, offering stunning views of both St. Herbert’s Island, home to a famous 5th century saint and hermit, and Lord’s Island, erstwhile home to Earl Radclyffe, an avowed Jacobite who was beheaded for his role in the Scottish uprising.
Outside, we’ll visit the award winning gardens and those who wish can take the two mile walk from Dalmain to Dacre and back. In addition to the stunning natural scenery, you’ll find fallow deer and hens, the old fox hound kennels, a coaching inn, St. Andrew’s Church and the Dalemain Castle. Upon your return to the House, you may choose to get a bite to eat at the Medieval Tearoom – don’t forget to sample Dalemain’s award winning marmalade.
This afternoon might be the perfect time to schedule a spa treatment at The Swan Hotel’s Vu Spa.
Upon arrival, we’ll be greeted by Mr. New and Mrs. Cork, the “butler” and “housekeeper” at Tatton, who will take us on a guided tour of the Mansion, including the first floor, usually closed to visitors. Below stairs we will gain a striking picture of the number of servants and level of domestic management necessary to run such a large establishment. We’ll see the contrast between the richness and grandeur of the State Apartments, the more intimate family rooms and the utilitarian servant’s quarters and cellars. Afterwards, there will be time to explore the gardens and grounds before we are served a traditional Afternoon Tea in the bucolic setting of the former Gardener’s Cottage, taken outdoors if the weather is fine.
Late afternoon finds us returning to the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, Manchester. Farewell dinner at the hotel this evening.
- 2 Nights at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel
- 6 Nights at The Swan Hotel
- Complimentary airport shuttle
- Full English breakfast each day
- Seven Dinners
- Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park
- Services of an expert tour guide throughout the tour
- Private coach transportation each day
- Lake Windermere Cruise
- Derwenwater Cruise
- Steam railway journey
- Entry or admission fees to all venues