We have arranged a 5-day tour to Warwickshire. Our base hotel will be the 4* Chesford Grange Hotel near Royal Leamington Spa, which is conveniently located for our visits. Tour in association with Ormskirk and District Association of National Trust Members.
- Packwood House
- Baddesley Clinton
- Batsford Arboretum
- Hidcote Manor Garden
- The British Motor Museum
- Wightwick Manor
Full Tour Details
Thursday 6th September 2018
After departing from Washway Farm at 8.00am we make our way to Worcestershire where we will visit Hanbury Hall NT. Built in 1701, Hanbury is a charming William and Mary house of brick that was the seat of the Vernon family for over 300 years. Now run by the National Trust, it is set in 400 acres of gardens and parkland. The 18th century garden has been lovingly restored, and the interior boasts an exceptional staircase and collections of fine porcelain and Dutch flower paintings. Next we continue our journey to Royal Leamington Spa near Warwick and the Chesford Grange Hotel. This is a 4* Hotel and very well appointed with a pool and leisure centre where we will stay for 4 nights on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Basis.
Friday 7th September 2018
Today we will first visit Baddesley Clinton (NT) a picturesque medieval moated manor house and garden. This atmospheric house dates from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. The house and interiors reflect its heyday in the Elizabethan era, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics – there are three priest’s holes. There is a delightful garden with stewponds and a romantic lake and nature walk. After Lunch we drive the very short distance to Packwood House (NT). A much-restored Tudor house, park and garden with notable topiary. The house is originally 16th-century, yet its interiors were extensively restored between the world wars by Graham Baron Ash to create a fascinating 20th-century evocation of domestic Tudor architecture. Packwood House contains a fine collection of 16th-century textiles and furniture and the gardens have renowned herbaceous borders and a famous collection of yews.
Saturday 8th September 2018
This morning we drive down the Roman Fosse Way which originally linked Cirencester to Leicester. We first visit Batsford Arboretum, set above extensive open parkland, the Arboretum provides a wonderful experience to those who appreciate the peace and quiet of natural beauty. Established in the late nineteenth century, the Arboretum is now renowned especially for its collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries. If we have time we will take a short stop at Moreton in Marsh, a pleasant market town and an ideal stopping point for lunch. In the afternoon we will drive to Upton House (NT) which is home to one of the finest private art collections in England, surrounded by beautiful gardens, herbaceous borders and a large lake with water lilies in a small valley. The gardens were largely transformed by Kitty Lloyd-Jones for Lady Bearsted in the 1920s and 1930s, which included the creation of a rare Bog Garden on the site of medieval fish ponds.
Sunday 9th September 2018
We will make a stop at Hidcote Manor Garden NT, located at Hidcote Bartrim village, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. It is one of the best-known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain, with its linked “rooms” of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. Created by Lawrence Johnston. Later after lunch we drive to the The British Motor Museum, is the World’s largest collection of historic British cars. There are over 300 Classic cars on display from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust. This comparatively new facility plots the rise and decline of one of the world’s largest car manufacturing countries.
Monday 10th September 2018
Today we must check out of the hotel and return home. We will visit Wightwick Manor (NT), a Victorian timber framed mansion, once the home of the Mander family(of Mander’s Paints fame) and a National Trust property. Taking inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s lecture on ‘The House Beautiful’, Theodore Mander and his wife Flora decorated the house using the cream of British designers with textile, wallpapers and furniture by William Morris, ceramics by William De Morgan and Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Rossetti, Burne-Jones and others. After plenty of free time here we re-join the motorway system we will take a mid way break and have an early evening meal. We should arrive back at Washway Farm by 8pm. NB Entrance fee are included with exception of all NT properties as many of the travellers already are NT members.
Location Map - Chesford Grange Hotel, United Kingdom
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