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Classic Cornwall 2021:
England's Rugged Southwest
September 8th through 15th
Come to the seaside where you will explore ancient castles, lush gardens unlike those seen anywhere else in Britain, and the stately homes that make this corner of England so special. As on all my tours, you will enjoy the Louisa White Difference – slower travel, later starts, a positive impact on the communities you visit, and a chance to go beyond the postcards and explore the authentic Britain.
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Small group travel: maximum 14 travelers
Visits to iconic St. Michael's Mount and King Arthur's legendary birthplace at Tintagel Castle
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Eden Project, and Trelissick Garden
Touring the charming villages of Cornwall's Roseland Peninsula
Accommodation in Four and Five Star hotels in a classic Cornwall town and a country house hotel in Dorset
All sightseeing and touring as listed in itinerary
Meals as outlined in itinerary including daily breakfasts in hotel, afternoon teas, lunches, and dinners.
Transportation on an exclusive private coach
Day 1, Welcome to Britain
Fly into Bristol this morning and meetup with the group after passing through Customs. Grab a cup of coffee before we head out to the coast. Our first stop, Tintagel Castle, is truly a sight to behold as it sits on the windswept coastline. The legendary birthplace of King Arthur, exploring the castle and beaches of Tintagel is quite a treat. Keep an eye out for Merlin's cave, only exposed at low tide and where the magician himself is said to have lived. Following our visit to Tintagel we will have a delicious lunch of local specialties and then continue our drive to Truro, Cornwall's largest town, and check into our hotel which will be our home for the next 5 nights. After getting settled, join the group for a Welcome Dinner where we can all get to know each other a bit.
Included Meals: Lunch, Welcome Dinner
Day 2, Exploring Truro and Trelissick Garden
Today you will explore the very best that Truro has to offer during a walking tour of the town accompanied by a visit to Truro's Cathedral and lunch. After lunch we will head only a short distance to Trelissick to visit the house and garden there. Trelissick is set on its own peninsula and enjoys panoramic views over the Fal Estuary. The house provides the perfect setting to enjoy the everchanging seascape and countryside. You can explore meandering paths through the garden leading to exotic planting and formal lawns with herbaceous borders bursting with color. There are also longer walks to discover through the historic park and woodland, which sweep down towards the estuary, and along Lamouth Creek to the Iron Age promontory fort and 18th-century quay at Roundwood. You will enjoy a guided walk to take in views and highlights of the garden. The walk is a great way of finding out more about the history of Trelissick, as well as the horticultural practices used by the gardeners today
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3, St. Michael's Mount
Today you will visit St. Michael's Mount, the iconic rocky island, crowned by a medieval church and castle, that is home to the St Aubyn family and a 30-strong community of islanders. Visiting the Mount, you are immersed in history, islanders’ tales and legends like the famous ‘Jack the Giant Killer’. There’s a subtropical terraced garden to explore, and spectacular views of both Mount’s Bay and the Lizard from the castle battlements. If the tide is high, you can take an evocative boat trip to the island harbor; at low tide you walk across the ancient cobbled causeway from Marazion on the mainland, as pilgrims have done for centuries. During your visit today you will walk around the island village and harborside learning the history of community life from its heyday as a port with a population of over 200. Learn about the historical buildings, including two former public houses and an old mackerel smoking house before you go back in time to a monastery, a fortress, a port and, today, a much-loved family home.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Projet
These romantic "lost gardens" that cover an area of 200 acres were originally planted in 1766 and had been expanded for centuries until being abandoned at the outbreak of the First World War. Rediscovered amongst the undergrowth in 1991, they have been undergoing restoration work ever since. Today the gardens you can visit include Flora's Garden (rhododendrons), greenhouses, a Victorian vegetable garden, an orchard, the Jungle (exotic trees planted in the 19th century) and the Lost Valley (wildlife and a water meadow).
Only a short drive away is the Eden Project, whose world-famous geodesic domes house both the world’s largest indoor rainforest and a Mediterranean microclimate. You will see exotic plants from cocoa pods, coffee beans, bananas and rubber plants to the red powder puff flower and the gigantic titan arum, not to mention a waterfall, partridges and Sulawesi white-eye birds.
Included Meal: Breakfast
Day 5, The Roseland Peninsula
Today you will enjoy a leisurely visit to some of the Roseland's most picturesque locations including St. Just-In-Roseland and the seaside town of St. Mawes where we will visit the St. Mawes Castle and have free time to explore the town. St. Mawes Castle was commissioned by Henry VIII as the counterpart of Pendennis Castle and is arranged in a cloverleaf pattern. It is set amongst gardens and offers a lovely view out across the water. Following our leisurely visit to St. Mawes we will have a traditionally decadent Sunday roast lunch overlooking the sea before continuing our circular tour of the villages and coastline of Roseland.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6, Mapperton House & Evershot
This morning we check out of our hotel in Truro and head to Mapperton House in the Dorset countryside. Mapperton was voted the 'Finest Manor House' in the country and was the principal filming location of 2015's Far From the Madding Crowd and most recently it starred in Netflix's adaptation of Rebecca starring Lily James. The house is a lovely Jacobean manor and overlooks the award winning Italianate garden, orangery, topiaries, herbaceous borders, and arboretum. After our visit to Mapperton we will continue to the charming village of Evershot, the picturesque village that Thomas Hardy turned into the fictional Evershed. Evershot is the English village cliché that you can’t help but love, a checklist of stone houses, thatched roofs, horses being hacked beside the church and a ‘proper’ local pub; perhaps little has changed since Dorset author Thomas Hardy wrote it into Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7, Montacute House
Today on your final full day in Britain you will enjoy a visit to Montacute House, an Elizabethan mansion that was built to flaunt both wealth and power. Today its glittering façade shelters nationally important collections of furniture and textiles: 500-year-old tapestries exquisitely worked with heroes, saints, fishes and flowers; and more than 50 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Outside, you can walk in Elizabethan footsteps through a formal garden, broken by cloud-pruned hedges and Victorian floral profusion. Wide lawns create open spaces, while avenues of trees lead you out into parkland, bluebell woods and a former motte-and-bailey castle now topped by an 18th-century folly. After Montacute House you return to the village of Evershot for afternoon tea before you have the option of either exploring Evershot on your own or joining the group for falconry on the hotel grounds. This evening we will all gather for a gin tasting experience before a decadent goodbye dinner.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Day 8, Homeward bound
After breakfast this morning check out of your room and join the group for the transfer back to Bristol for your flight home.
Included Meal: Breakfast
From $4,750 $4,250 per person/double occupancy airfare not included
Single Supplement: $1,000
Save up to $1,000
Four Star Accommodation in Truro; The Alverton
Located in Cornwall's only city, the Alverton offers an ideal base from which to explore the county. Stroll for 10 minutes to reach the town center, boasting a range of independent shops alongside a diverse mix of galleries, bars and restaurants. Truro’s cathedral – built to a Gothic-Revival design in the late 1800s and soaring above rooftops – is a must-see. The Alverton was converted into a hotel in 1984; it has previously been a convent as well as home to the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, William Tweedy, during the early 1830s. The house has retained many of its original features, from its bell tower, slate roof and arched mullioned windows to the curved archways, ivy-clad walls and the original drying racks in the detached courtyard. Old-meets-new throughout the public spaces, blending heritage details with modern styling, to a backdrop of manicured gardens, overlooking city rooftops. The contemporary courtyard features exposed brickwork, arched doorways and windows, vaulted ceilings and preserved stone flooring.
Five Star Accommodation in Evershot; The Summer Lodge
While some hotels opt for a contemporary boutique overhaul, Summer Lodge remains staunchly committed to classic countryside luxury in the beautiful Dorset hills. Welcoming rooms encourage relaxation, and seasonal cuisine is bolstered by a world-class sommelier’s spot-on pairings. The hotel, which sits on four acres cushioned by village on one side and a 400-acre deer park to the other, gushes quintessential English country house, from its immaculate lawns to high-ceilinged spaces replete with sizeable oil paintings, fireplaces and chandeliers.
A deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking and your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. We accept payment by all major credit cards and bank transfers. Prices are in US dollars. The full balance is payable by 60 days from departure.
Travel to and from Bristol
Guests are responsible for getting themselves to Bristol Airport on Day 1 by 8 am and home from Bristol Airport on Day 8.
Travel insurance is not included in the price. While not required, it is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance.
Single and double occupancy rates are available.
61+ days from departure: Deposit non-refundable
30 to 60 days from departure: 50% non-refundable
0 to 29 days from departure: 100% non-refundable
Can I arrive early or stay later than these dates?
Yes, you certainly may extend your trip on either end. If you arrive early you must get to Bristol Airport by 8am on Day 1 to meet the group to begin our journey together.
What meals are included?
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner are included as noted in the itinerary. Daily breakfast in your hotel is included.
Are children able to attend?
While children may certainly attend, we encourage you to bring no children under 15 years of age. This is simply because the sites and tours planned might not be interesting to a younger child and we want everyone to enjoy the trip.
What should I plan to wear?
The sites we will be visiting do not have a dress code so feel free to dress as you please. We do recommend shoes that are comfortable for walking and standing for several hours at a time. For some dinners and afternoon tea we recommend smart casual.
Can special diets be accommodated?
Gluten-free and vegetarian options are typically available. Vegan might be available. Please indicate dietary restrictions and allergies upon booking.
How much physical activity can I expect?
Although we will enjoy a private coach for most of our getting around, walking will be required for tours and other sightseeing. You should expect to be able to walk for 15 minutes at a time without a break.
What does double and single occupancy mean? Will the room have two beds?
Double occupancy means two people in a room, either one or two beds. If you would like two beds, you must indicate this at time of booking since these room types are limited in number. Single occupancy means one person in their own room.
Will we have free time? What if I don’t know what to do during free time?
Yes you will have free time in York and at the sites to explore the area at your own pace. And not to worry, if you do not know what to do we will provide you with plenty of our own suggestions!