This brand new tour features some of the highlights of the diverse county of Hampshire. We include interesting visits to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, magnificent Highclere Castle, better known as 'Downton Abbey', and the Rural Life Centre, where you can explore an array of remarkable exhibits. Combined with luxurious accommodation at the impressive Norton Park Hotel, this will be a holiday to remember!
The 4 star Norton Park Hotel is a former 16th century manor house, set in 54 acres of countryside near Winchester, that has been sympathetically restored to provide luxury accommodation. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone, tea making facilities, complimentary toiletries, safe and Wi-Fi. There is a bar & lounge and the stylish restaurant offers a varied menu. There is a health club and spa with pool, steam room, sauna, gym and beauty treatments. There is a lift.
We travel south to Sutton Scotney near Winchester for 4 nights half board accommodation at the Norton Park Hotel.
We start our day with a visit to the historic market town of Newbury with its attractive square and pretty canal-side walks. Later we continue to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. Situated within the heritage site of Laverstoke Mill, you will discover the process of transforming botanicals into this popular drink and will receive a tasting at the end of the tour. Please note: This is a working distillery and high heels or open toed shoes/sandals are not permitted.
The magnificent Highclere Castle is our destination today. Better known as 'Downtown Abbey' from the TV series and recent film, you will have the opportunity to explore the breath-taking state rooms and attractive gardens, including the secret and white gardens. Also explore the Egyptian Exhibition which celebrates the fascination archaeological discoveries of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter.
This morning we head to the Rural Life Centre, a fascinating open-air museum featuring exhibits and buildings from farming and village life dating back 250 years. Later we travel to Winchester, a popular filming destination and the final resting place of Jane Austen, before returning to our hotel where you can make the most of the leisure facilities on offer.
We travel home arriving early evening.
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, Luxury coach travel, Services of experienced tour driver.
EXCURSIONS - entry to Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, Highclere Castle and Rural Life Centre.
DEPOSIT: £30.00 per person
Single supplement: £100.00