Nicholas Merchant is a popular leader of several tours for Travel Editions both in the UK and abroad. this lovely tour based in North Wales at the ever-popular St George’s Hotel in Llandudno is visiting a host of spectacular and occasionally eccentric country houses with stunning collections of art and furniture that Nicholas will put into context. The tour also takes in Portmeirion, location for the cult 60s TV series, The Prisoner.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the St George’s Hotel from 15.00 and enjoy a cream tea.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and talk by Nicholas - ‘Rex Whistler, the Artist who went to War’.
Day 2: First visit of the day is to Plas Newydd, Anglesey, stately home of the Marquess of Anglesey,
which enjoys spectacular views over the Menai Straits to the Snowdon range beyond. This panorama is vividly evoked in the dining room where Rex Whistler’s romanticised landscape is an example of his rich and nostalgic style. The grounds, thanks to the benign climate, are rich in colours throughout the year. Also to be seen is the Military Museum recalling the exploits of the first marquess who lost his leg at the Battle of Waterloo. Afternoon visit to Penrhyn Castle, an enormous house built in Neo-Norman style by the Douglas-Pennant family who were enormously rich thanks to the quantities of slate which they quarried from the Penrhyn Quarry. To a fine collection of paintings is added bizarre furniture designed to fill the gargantuan rooms; there is even a bed made of slate. This evening enjoy a second talk by Nicholas Merchant followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Today we visit Caernarfon Castle,
a World Heritage site, and one of the castles built by Edward I. It was here that the Prince of Wales was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969. Then lunch (included) and a visit to the 70-acre architectural folly of Portmeirion that is the eccentric creation of the Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis incorporating fragments of architecture rescued by its creator. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Our last day of touring takes us to Plas Mawr,
a unique Elizabethan town house built from 1576 by the Wynn family. Now immaculately restored by the Welsh heritage agency, it is “the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era”. Some free time in the ancient walled town of Conwy before heading to Bodelwyddan Castle, a wildly dramatic fake castle dating from the 1830’s which now houses in its restored rooms an outpost off the National Portrait Gallery. Finally to the ‘Marble Church’, a staggering gleaming white church, erected in 1860 in memory of Lord Willoughby de Broke, a monument to Victorian piety. Return to the hotel for approximately17.30.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour managers discretion.
Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
St. George's Hotel, Llandudno
The four-star St. George's hotel is in the heart of Llandudno, situated right next to the sea and promenade with wonderful views across Llandudno Bay. The hotel has a terrace bar and lounge, as well as a restaurant which offers spectacular coastal views over the bay. Bedroom facilities include TV, tea and coffee making facilities, private bathroom with bath/shower, telegraph and hairdryer. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel on a first come, first served basis.
St. George's Hotel Website
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
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Review by Mrs Barbara Anscombe who travelled 21-May-2017
This was my first holiday with Travel Editions, and I shall certainly book some more
Review by Mrs Gillian Stone who travelled 21-May-2017
We were very happy with the tour in general but the hotel reception staff were unhelpful and below a standard you would expect in a hotel. For example although they knew we were with Travel Editions they omitted.to point out that there were 2 areas called the Terrace Restaurant. We followed the signs to the Terrace Restaurant which we later realised was a public restaurant hence we missed the introductory meeting which was held in the private terrace restaurant. For future reference either instruct the hotel staff to point the guests to the correct area or include instructions in your documentation.
Review by Mrs Marilyn Downes who travelled 02-October-2016
Enjoyable trip, first time to North Wales. Occasional confusion about arrangements at sites; eg no guided tour at Caernarvon Castle. Inappropriate size/quality of lunches when group on half board at hotel.
Review by Mr NG Williams who travelled 02-October-2016
Our first time with Travel Editions, we enjoyed this holiday very much. Nicholas is an excellent, knowledgeable and friendly guide.
Review by Mr Stephen Duckworth who travelled 02-October-2016
Another excellent tour with Nicholas Merchant - could not fault it although one/two of the house guides were too long winded for my taste. Hotel was good but there is very limited parking - perhaps add to brochure details. A lovely holiday !!
Review by Dr Lynne Ridler-Wall who travelled 02-October-2016
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