Tyntesfield & The Secrets of Somerset

Staying at the Best Western Walton Park Hotel

 

5 DAYS | 1st May 2017

Join us in stunning Somerset! Stunning views across open countryside, come and enjoy sandy beaches, superb strawberries, Cheddar cheese, cider, the magnificent Wells Cathedral and the myths of Glastonbury Tor.

We will be staying in the Best Western Walton Park Hotel, with its wonderful cliff-side location, overlooking the Bristol Channel. A 15 minute gentle stroll takes you to the pier, promenade and Hill Road with all it’s artisan shops. The hotel boasts the Somerset Restaurant overlooking the sea, the Terrace bistro, and the atmospheric bar. The en-suite bedrooms are individually designed with TV, complimentary beverages and free WiFi.

Monday

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee enroute to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge. The centre cares for and studies ducks, geese and swans of the world and offers an excellent opportunity for budding bird watchers and photographers. There will be time to stroll at leisure and have lunch in one of the cafes. Mid-afternoon we continue on to Clevedon and our Hotel.

Tuesday

Our excursion today takes us firstly to Coates English Willow Centre on the Somerset Levels where we have arranged a guided tour to learn about the history and art of willow growing and basket making. We then head to Glastonbury for the remainder of the day. Enjoy the ancient buildings, stop for a relaxing lunch, visit the Abbey, perhaps walk up the Tor or browse the local market.

Wednesday

Today we visit the spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house and parkland that is Tyntesfield. Once hidden and inaccessible, the extraordinary lives and possessions of four generations of the Gibbs family are ready to be discovered. We spend the majority of the day at Tyntesfield, there will be time to explore the house, gardens and church. Why not make use of the restaurant, café or ice cream parlour? (NT members free, non-members approx £12.00) Alternatively spend the day exploring Clevedon or perhaps catch a local bus to a nearby place of interest.

Thursday

This morning we venture to Cheddar Gorge village with time to visit the cheese, cider and fudge shop and have coffee, before we continue on to Wells with its magnificent cathedral. After lunch we have a guided tour of the Cathedral followed by a cream tea.

Friday

Today we head for home calling at Westonbirt Arboretum; at this time of year the wildflowers and fresh new foliage on of the native trees should be flooded with a sea of bluebells. Just after lunch we join the motorway network north, making a comfort stop en-route we aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to Slimbridge, guided tour of Willow Centre, Guided tour of Wells Cathedral & cream tea and Entrance to Westonbirt Arboretum.
£468.00 per person sharing twin/double
£60.00 single room supplement
£25.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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