Retrace the footsteps of Henry VIII, the scandalous King of England, and discover the elegant homes of some of the most iconic figures in history, including Sir Winston Churchill, on this truly enlightening break to the South East of England with two cream teas included.
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We stop for a late lunch break in the Dickensian town of Rochester, after some free time we continue to the hotel.
Day 2 – You can look forward to a morning of enlightenment today as we visit the National Trust’s Chartwell House Chartwell was the much-loved family home of Sir Winston Churchill. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes which evoke the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman. Outside, enjoy the hillside gardens, the kitchen garden and the Marycot – a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter, Mary. In the afternoon, you have free time to do whatever you fancy.
Day 3 – Enjoy a free morning followed by a trip to Hever Castle & Gardens where we have included a cream tea. Inside the childhood home of Anne Boleyn (the second wife of Henry VIII) you will find panelled rooms, fine furniture, rich tapestries and antiques which are regarded to be ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery.’
Day 4 – First, we visit the cathedral city of Canterbury, which was also a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. Why not visit Canterbury Cathedral which is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and also forms part of a World Heritage Site. After, we continue onto Leeds Castle, where we have included a cream tea for you to enjoy. Described as the ‘Loveliest Castle in the World’, Leeds Castle has been the property of six of England’s medieval queens and the palace was used by Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, free flying falconry displays and year-round attractions, Leeds Castle is not to be missed.
Day 5 – We make our way home, enjoying occasional stops along the way.
Holiday Inn Sittingbourne ***, Sittingbourne
Period features dating back to 1880 blend in seamlessly with modern additions to provide a cosy stay within the heart of the countryside.
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Free time in Rochester, Sittingbourne and Canterbury.
Admission to Chartwell House, Hever Castle and Leeds Castle.
2 cream teas
SKILLS REF: LBCL
DEPARTURE DATE DAYS FROM S/SUPP
Thu 14 June 5 £419 £60