Getaway Packages

England Tour 2006

Windsor, Devon, & the Cotswolds

Thatched cottage, Clovelly fishing village, & gardens of Devon

Please take the opportunity to visit the websites of the places where we will be staying—all of which are quite special.  The Wren hotel in Windsor was the home of Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St. Paul’s Cathedral; the Thomas Roberts House is a delightful bed & breakfast owned by our friends Charles & Anna Chalcraft and overlooks the little town of Hatherleigh with its thatched roof cottages.  The Lewtrenchard Manor House and the Washbourne Court hotels are beautiful gems full of character and in special settings. 

Travel dates:  May 2 – May 11

May 2:      BA flight 0238 departs Boston at 8:10 AM, and arrives London Heathrow at 7:40 PM.

May 11:     BA flight 0215 departs London Heathrow at 4:35 PM and arrives in Boston at 6:40 PM.

Lodging Details

May 2 & 3:    Sir Christopher Wren Hotel in Windsor. 

May 4 – 7:    Participants may choose between Lewtrenchard Manor House and the

                       Thomas Roberts House B&B.

 May 8 -10:  Washbourne Court Hotel  in  the Cotswolds.

Itinerary Overview

May 2 -3:  Evening arrival followed by 2 nights at the Wren Hotel in Windsor.  May 3 will offer options of Windsor Castle for any newcomers or a choice of boat ride on the Thames, tour of Hampton Court, Runnymede,etc. for the veterans.  Evening performance at the Theatre Royal, just up the street from the Wren hotel…Looks like a good thriller:” Beyond Reasonable Doubt by Jeffery Archer.

May 4-7:  A morning train from nearby Reading to Exeter is the start of four fabulous nights in Devon. Rosemoor Gardens (Royal Horticulture Society);  Clovelly, that wonderful little fishing village with a single cobbled stone street that drops off into the sea; three National Trust properties (Killerton, Coleton Fishacre, and Saltram); a boat ride along the River Tamar and Plymouth landing (where the Pilgrims set sail for America); and Dartmoor National Park are highlights of our days in Devon. Devon is a beautiful blend of exquisite countryside and stunning coastline.  What could be more enticing than thatched cottages and Devon cream teas!

A welcome dinner for all is arranged at the Thomas Roberts House B&B on the evening of the 4th, and our final dinner in Devon for all will be at the Lewtrenchard on the 7th.   On the other two nights we will become locals and enjoy a little pub grub. 

May 8-10:  We are off to the Cotswolds by train for a thee-night stay at the beautiful Washbourne Court Hotel in Lower Slaughter. On one of the days we will enjoy an outing to Churchill’s birthplace at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Bladan Cemetery where he is buried, and then to Oxford University. The serene beauty of the Cotswold villages, manor houses, and gardens make this area a popular tourist destination.

May 11:  Train back to Paddington where we catch the Heathrow express to the airport. 

Tour Cost Details

The 10 day/ 9 night tour includes airfare, all ground transportation including first class train travel, all lodging in England, all entrance fees to attractions, all gratuities, all breakfasts, all dinners, and the personalized service of Beverly Yates who has been conducting tours to the UK for over 20 years.  Not included are lunches, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, and personal spending.  Tour prices are as follows:

  • $4685 per person based on double occupancy if staying at the Thomas Roberts B&B in Devon.  
  • $5125 per person based on single occupancy if staying at the Thomas Roberts House in Devon.

Add-ons

 $500 per person if staying at the Lewtrenchard Manor House in Devon.

 $235 round-trip to upgrade to Economy plus on British Air for extra leg room and larger seats.

A per person deposit of $1500 is due by February 1, with the balance due on April 1, 2006. 

Lodging Websites

http://www.sirchristopherwren.co.uk/

http://www.thomasrobertshouse.com

www.lewtrenchard.co.uk

http://www.washbournecourt.co.uk/tour.asp