Two Castles and a Chateau
With a host of excursion possibilities within easy reach of our tour base, we have combined some of the most impressive with less visited gems in the region, including a little known canal boat trip and Waddesdon Manor.
Rockingham Castle • Waddesdon Manor • Castle Ashby Gardens • Huntingdon • Canal Cruise
Day 1 Travel to Northants.
Day 2 Depart hotel for Waddesdon Manor. This stunning house was once home to the Rothschild family. Built in the style of a French Chateau, this opulent house is an overload on all the senses. The extravagant interiors include exquisite furniture, porcelain, paintings and carpets. The gardens are extensive, ranging from woodland walks to formally laid beds. They remain in keeping with those originally set out by the Rothschild family, whom many considered at the time to be at the forefront of Victorian gardening.
Day 3 To Stoke Bruerne this morning for a short canal boat trip. Afterwards and time allowing, enjoy a walk along the canal side or for an additional cost, admission to the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum can be arranged. This afternoon is to Castle Ashby Gardens. With parkland designed by Capability Brown, visitors will enjoy a number of wonderful gardens including formal Italian gardens, an Arboretum, and a small Animal Menagerie. Visitors will also enjoy the lovely walled garden tea shop.
Day 4 A leisurely start this morning for a visit to the remarkable Rockingham Castle. Built on the instruction of William the Conqueror and frequented by Charles Dickens, the castle has been in the current owners family for 450 years. Visitors usually start their self-guided tour 'below stairs' and work their way through the Panel Room, Long Gallery and the Great Hall. This afternoon is at leisure in the lovely market town of Huntingdon.
Day 5 Homeward journey.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
Northampton Marriott Hotel
A modern and inviting hotel well located for touring the region. In addition to an open plan reception, bar and restaurant, the hotel offers outdoor seating overlooking Delapre Lake.
• 4 star • 120 bedrooms
• No lift, but plenty of ground floor rooms
• Leisure facilities
• Indoor swimming pool
• Coach parking
Your tour includes:
• 4 nights half board in Northants with:
Full English Breakfast
3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee
• Admission to Waddesdon Manor
• Canal boat cruise
• Admission to Castle Ashby Gardens
• Admission to Rockingham Castle
While we offer a very wide range of destinations it is impossible to feature everything here. If you cannot see what you are looking for please contact us to discuss your requirements.