Victorian Gothic Splendour

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  • Private dinner with wine at Hestercombe House & Gardens

  • Tyntesfield House, newly restored to its original glory

  • Quirky Gothic Revival Knightshayes Court

  • Barrington Court and it’s beautiful gardens

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 quirky Knightshayes Court, Bristol’s excellent Museum & Art Gallery and the Gertrude Jekyll designed gardens at Barrington Court.  Her work is further explored at the superb gardens at Hestercombe, where we will see the fruits of her design and those of Sir Edwin Lutyens before enjoying a welcome reception and private dinner with wine.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at the Holiday Inn Taunton from 15.00. Evening 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: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Tyntesfield House and Barrington Court.
This morning we journey first into Bristol to look at the extravagant Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, before heading north to Tyntesfield, 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’. Our final visit of the day is to Barrington Court, the first country house to be bought by the National Trust in 1890. While here we will have time to visit the gardens which were planned by Gertrude Jekyll and include Rose, Iris and Lily Gardens as well as a pergola walk. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

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 Holiday Inn, Taunton, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night three-course dinner with wine in the hotel restaurant
  • 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
  • Double for Sole Use 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

Holiday Inn, Taunton

Modern, four-star hotel, conveniently located close to the M5 on the outskirts of Taunton.  Facilities include bar, restaurant, indoor pool, sauna, gym and comnfoprtable bedrooms with all modern amenities. 

Parking: complimentary.

Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

Your Lecturers
Prof. Anne Anderson
Prof. Anne Anderson author, broadcaster and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, was a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University for 14 years, specialising in the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Anne's career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world and her TV credits include the BBC's Flog It!. Anne has received a rapturous response from or customers at the many Travel Editions UK lectures and tours as well as a host of tours overseas and her knowledge, wit and enthusiasm bring her beloved subjects to life in whatever location she finds them.

Dr Scott Anderson MA, PhD, FNAVA, ASFAV (Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers)
Scott is a University Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design and is an Honorary Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers. He is a specialist in Victorian and Edwardian art, architecture and antiques and is a consultant expert for the BBC2 'Flog It!' programme. Scott is an Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society and has lectured extensively to various societies, special interest groups and educational groups throughout Britain. He has extensive tour guiding experience in Britain, European locations such as Paris, Berlin, Vienna and New York. 

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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Professor Anne Anderson and Dr Scott Anderson were excellent as always ( we have been escorted by them many times ). Patrick our driver was also great at negotiating the narrow lanes leading to some properties. The dinner at Hestercoombe was a special treat, lovely food and service. Many thanks, another memorable and enjoyable break for us .

Review by Anonymous who travelled 06-June-2022


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The venues were certainly worth visiting, and justified the cost of the tour, but I felt that the final visit, to Barrington Court, had been added on for the sake of filling the time left. Only the gardens were available to view, and they were only moderately interesting.

Review by Holding who travelled 06-June-2022


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Review by McNally who travelled 06-June-2022


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An excellent trip and the standard of the guides leading us was first class. All the trios out were great and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The meals were also very good. The only comment other than this is to say it was a wee bit disappointing that the hotel did not have a luggage storage space ( not an issue as the guide arranged for us to take the cases on the coach), and they wouldn’t post a post card for me. But the trip itself was just super!

Review by McGrath who travelled 06-June-2022


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The tour was good. the lectures were most informative, maybe too much detail for me sometimes, but interesting nevertheless. Some days were very busy and finished late, others had more travelling than I would have liked but overall it was a good excursion. The highlight was our evening at Hestercombe which was so good, the guided walk round the estate was amazing and the dinner served by such lovely young people was excellent. It was beautifully presented and tasted superb.. Many thanks

Review by Stevenson who travelled 06-June-2022


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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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