Staying at Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel
4 DAYS | 30th September 2018
The English county of Gloucestershire part of the Cotswolds region an area once given over entirely to sheep-farming. Many of the fine churches and manor houses owe their existence to the generosity of the wealthy medieval farmers and wool merchants. The dignified villages and towns gain their charm from the use of the warm, honey-coloured limestone which was locally quarried by hand and used alike for weavers cottages, mansions, and churches.
Our base for the short break is Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel. This historic Gothic mansion sits in tranquil parkland on the Cotswold Edge beside the Severn Valley. It offers fine dining in Moreton’s Restaurant in the charming former library, with oak-panelled walls and a magnificent fireplace. The hotel also boasts a leisure club with indoor pool, spa bath, gym and a sauna. All bedrooms are situated in the courtyard and offer modern facilities. The hotel has no lift but many ground floor rooms.
We depart the Macclesfield area and call for coffee en-route to the pretty Cotswold village of Broadway for lunch, with its high street lined with horse chestnut trees and a mixture of period houses and picturesque stone cottages. We then head south to Chedworth Roman Villa, the remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country featuring several fine mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, a water-shrine and latrine, and site museum houses many fascinating objects from the villa. We have a guided tour of the Villa and time for afternoon refreshments before taking the short journey to Tortworth and our hotel. (NT members free non-members £8.90).
This morning we venture to the pretty village of Tetbury with time for morning coffee and a browse. We then continue onto Chavenage, a wonderful Elizabethan family home with many historic associations including the tapestry-lined rooms stayed in by Cromwell. More recently the house has been used for TV and film productions and was featured as ‘Trenwith’ in the Poldark series. On arrival at the house we have a light lunch followed by an entertaining guided tour of the house.
Today we head to Gloucester where we meet a guide for a tour of the city. You will have free time to visit the magnificent cathedral, take a stroll around the dockyard and have lunch before we board a boat for a trip on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal.
After a leisurely breakfast we join the motorway network north to Croome Park. Expect the unexpected; The park is a place of incredible innovation, devastating loss, remarkable survival and magnificent restoration. A secret wartime airbase, it was once a hub of activity for thousands of people. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes, Capability Brown first masterful commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. At the heart of the park lies Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry with four floors to explore. We depart Croome mid-afternoon and we make a comfort stop en-route and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening. (NT members free non-members £9.60).
£389.00 per person sharing twin/double
£90.00 single room supplement
£23.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT