Great Houses and Gardens of Yorkshire & the Lake District
Sunday 9th – Sunday 16th September 2018 (7 nights)
- Private interior tours of Castle Howard and Newby Hall
- Private garden tours at Littlethorpe Manor and Levens Hall
- Walking tour of York and a visit to York Minster
- Visit to the World Heritage Site of Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
- Exclusive visit to Gresgarth Hall
- Private Lake Cruise on Windermere
- Visit to Beatrix Potter’s home
- Stunning scenery of two National Parks
Our tour starts in the early afternoon at our base for the first four nights of the tour, the comfortable Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, overlooking York’s historic city walls. From here we’ll take a walking tour of York. We will explore medieval streets, the ‘Shambles’, city walls and visit the mighty York Minster. Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel (included).
Monday 10th September
We begin our day with a visit to Newby Hall, a delightful Queen Anne style house with award winning gardens and home to one of the world’s finest dollshouse collections. Here we’ll enjoy a private guided tour of the house before enjoying lunch in the garden cafe (included).
From here we continue onto one of Yorkshire’s finest private gardens, Littlethorpe Manor. The designer and head gardener will take us on a tour of the gardens. We return to the hotel and the evening is at your leisure.
Tuesday 11th September
Today we begin at the World Heritage Site of Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Royal Water Gardens. We’ll stroll through the unique Georgian water-gardens leading to the spectacular ruins of this 12th century Cistercian Monastery.
We stop for a pub lunch (included) then drive through the Georgian spa town of Harrogate to the Royal Horticultural Society’s northern home, Harlow Carr where we enjoy an exploration of the gardens and the RHS’ shop offering an incredible selection of gardening books. On our return to York, the evening is at your leisure.
Wednesday 12th September
Today we begin at one of the most recognised and loved of Britain’s stately homes, Castle Howard – home to the Howard family and made famous by its central role in the filming of Brideshead Revisited. We’ll be treated to a private pre-opening tour of the house and morning coffee, followed by free time to explore the gardens and grounds – all 1,000 acres of them!
After lunch we’ll discover one of Yorkshire’s newest gardens, Scampston Walled Garden – a contemporary master-piece of the renowned Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf. We will enjoy dinner (included) in a former hunting lodge, now boutique hotel, en-route back to York.
Thursday 13th September
Checking out of our York hotel, we head west, travelling through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with it’s ancient dry-stone walls, big skies and breathtaking scenery. We make a stop at Parcevall Hall, an historic hall (now a retreat) hidden in a dale, which reveals a delightful Arts & Crafts style garden and unique bedrock limestone rock garden.
We stop off for lunch (included) at the Craven Arms – a rather special Yorkshire Dales pub complete with medieval designed cruck barn. After lunch we travel onwards to the Lake District, one of the finest corners of England, full of superlatives – England’s largest National Park, largest lake and highest mountain, the most wonderful views and home to some of our most celebrated poets and authors.
Here we visit the Elizabethan Levens Hall with its unique and ancient collection of topiary figures under-planted with over 30,000 seasonal flowers. The gardens were laid out in the 1690’s and have changed little since. We will enjoy access to the Hall and a guided tour of the gardens with the head gardener before travelling onto our 4-star Lakeside Hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere for the final three nights of our tour. Dinner at the hotel.
Friday 14th September
Today we visit the home of Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd at Gresgarth Hall. These stunning gardens are a testament to a lifetime of passionate involvement in great gardens. We’ll enjoy a private visit to the gardens before heading to Holker Hall, the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish – great garden enthusiasts. This magnificent Jacobean stately home is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into parkland framed by the Lakeland hills. We will enjoy a guided tour of the Hall and free time to explore the gardens. We return to the hotel for dinner.
Saturday 15th September
Our first visit today takes us to Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter, author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her Tales of Peter Rabbit. The cottage feels as if Beatrix has just stepped out into the surrounding countryside that she loved so well.
We make a stop for lunch (independent) and exploration in the quintessential Lake District town of Grasmere, formerly home to one of the England’s most celebrated poets, William Wordsworth. Later, we’ll meet up to board our private lake cruise along Windermere, back to our hotel. Final night dinner at the hotel included.
Sunday 16th September
Our final day takes us back to York. En-route we stop at Harewood House, one of the Treasure Houses of England with incredible Adam interiors, Chippendale furniture and set in the iconic Capability Brown landscape. We return to York mid- afternoon for independent onward travel.
Our hotels are 4-star and are selected for their high standards of comfort and service. All rooms are en-suite and offer free wi-fi access.
Right at the heart of York, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel is ideally located for exploring this historic and vibrant city. The hotel overlooks the medieval city walls and is just five minutes from York Minster and the Shambles. This newly refurbished and upgraded hotel offers individual bedrooms, welcoming lounges, a courtyard garden and a friendly bar and restaurant.
This luxurious 4-star hideaway is located in the heart of the English Lake District on the shores of Windermere. With restful bedrooms, delicious fine dining inspired by fresh local produce, beautiful gardens and indulgent spa, Lakeside is the perfect place to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
|Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room)||Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)|
|£2,750 (GBP)||£390 (GBP)|
PRICES INCLUDE: Accommodation at 4-star hotel with en-suite facilities based on twin/double room share; buffet breakfast daily; lunch and/or dinner daily (see itinerary); admissions to gardens; deluxe coach travel with professional driver; guided tours and speakers as described in an information pack provided at the start of the tour; services of your Sisley tour director throughout.
PRICES EXCLUDE: Airfares; passport and/or visa fees; beverages; laundry; telephone calls; lunches and dinners (except where included in the itinerary); gratuities; souvenirs and items of a personal nature; transport to and from York at the start and finish of the tour.
We are delighted you’ve decided to join a Sisley Garden Tour. There are several ways to book:
- You can book directly through Sisley Garden Tours
- You can book through our appointed agents in Canada or USA – details below
- You can ask your local travel agent to contact us and book on your behalf
- We can also offer Bespoke Tours for small groups (minimum 10). Please contact us with your requirements.
We very much look forward to welcoming you.
Meet Fran and Colette, Sisley Garden Tours, England.
Meet Darrellynn & Beth from Worldwide Traveler, Illinois.
Meet Karen from DHTour, Burlington, Toronto.