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Victorian Gothic Splendour Short Break

2 nights starting from
£549

  • Private dinner with wine at Hestercombe House & Gardens

  • Tyntesfield House, newly restored to its original glory

  • Quirky Gothic Revival Knightshayes Court

  • Stay at the historic Castle Hotel, Taunton

There is a famous saying that ‘where there’s muck there’s brass’, and nothing could be truer in the case of William Gibbs, who made his fortune marketing guano as fertilizer. This superb tour explores his home, Tyntesfield, rebuilt in the Gothic style as well as Knighshayes Court and private dinner at Hestercombe.

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09 - September - 2019 £ 549.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Castle Hotel in the centre of Taunton. Welcome reception and private dinner with wine and talk by Prof Anne Anderson 'Building Castles in the Air: Victorian Gothic Revival Houses'.

Day 2: Knighshayes Court and private dinner at Hestercombe.
Our first visit of the day is to Devon and Knightshayes Court, a spectacular and quirky Gothic Revival house set in acres of glorious gardens and parkland. After lunch (not included), we return to the hotel with time to freshen up before heading to the magical gardens, designed by Gertude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens, and house at Hestercombe, where there will be time to explore the magnificent gardens and house before enjoying a welcome reception and three-course dinner with wine.

Day 3: Tyntesfield House and afternoon tea at the Castle Hotel.
This morning we journey north to Tyntesfield, newly restored to its original glory. Gibbs purchased Tyntes Place in 1843, renaming it Tyntesfield and transformed it with the help of architect John Norton and decorator John Gregory Crace, favouring the Gothic Revival style; novelist Charlotte Younge declared the house was ‘like a church in spirit’. Return to the hotel for approximately 15.00 for a farewell traditional afternoon tea.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion 

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 47 passengers. 

INCLUDED

  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Castle Hotel, Taunton, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • Private three-course dinner with wine
  • Private reception and three course dinner with wine at Hestercombe
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager/lecturer throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Castle Hotel, Taunton
The superb four-star Castle Hotel in Taunton is one of the UK’s most historic hotels dating back in parts some 1000 years. Family-run for more than 60 years by the Chapman family, it is a wonderful place to stay and ideally located for the visits on this tour. Car parking is available at the hotel costing £3 per day, payable locally.

Castle Hotel Website

MORE INFO

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 Anonymous who travelled 23-September-2018


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We thoroughly enjoyed this tour but felt very sorry for the Andersons because of one old lady who should not have been there. She demanded attention all the time and the Andersons had to push her round in a wheel chair. This was not only a strain on them but meant they could not give their full attention to the rest of the group. I think you should make it clear in brochures that anyone needing physical help must come with a carer and that this assistance cannot be given bv the tour manager or the lecturer. Please send me the new brochure as soon as it is available.

Review by King who travelled 23-September-2018

Travel Editions feedback:

Thank you for your comments and we do agree but unfortunately even though we always ask the question at time of reservation we quite often are not told of any immobility at all and the first time anyone knows is at the start of the tour.


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 23-September-2018


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The Castle Hotel Taunton is lovely but some rooms are looking a little "tired". But the breakfast and other food was excellent in quality and room doors had real keys! The Andersens coped very well with a very frail guest without impeding our enjoyment.

Review by Dunk who travelled 23-September-2018


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As much of the tour was in gardens and parkland, the warm September sunshine was a huge blessing. A special thank you to the excellent Castle Hotel and Room 20 in particular.

Review by Marder who travelled 23-September-2018


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We had a very enjoyable two days. Tour manager and guide both personable and very competent. They coped very patiently with one very elderly member of the group who should never have been accepted - she was very frail and occupied the two of them far too much. It was greatly to their credit that we did not suffer as a result

Review by Eking who travelled 23-September-2018


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