The Devon & Cornwall Explorer

Staying at the Bowood Park Hotel and Golf Club

8 DAYS | 18th May 2022
A tale of two counties, join us for this wonderful tour to the delights of Cornwall and Devon. First is Cornwall, renowned for its fabulous coastline, picturesque villages, Celtic ruins, light blue waters, gardens and unique architecture. Our base is the Bowood Park Hotel and Golf Club situated in 230 acres of rolling hills and woodland, and designated an Area of Special Landscape Value. The hotel overlooks a championship golf course and boasts a delightful restaurant and lounge bar with views of the surrounding countryside. The hotel has free WiFi and each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, TV, and facilities for making tea and coffee. The hotel has no lift but does have ground floor rooms.

The second part of our tour takes us to North Devon, where sunny coast meets dramatic cliffs, wild seas and sandy beaches. Just behind the cliffs are sheltered valleys with thatched villages, historic towns and remote moorland. Our base for the second half of our tour is the 4* Park Hotel in Barnstaple. With its glamorous look and cosmopolitan feel, the Park is perfectly positioned for exploring the historic centre of the town and overlooks Rock Park towards the River Taw; well away from the hustle and bustle yet the surrounding North Devon area is just on our doorstep. The hotel also offers an array of facilities such as an award winning two-AA rosette restaurant, a stylish bar and terrace and free use of the excellent leisure facilities at the nearby sister hotel. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the hotel does have a lift.

We depart Macclesfield calling for coffee and lunch en-route to Camelford in Cornwall for the first three nights.

This morning we venture to the charming village of Port Isaac, famous for its recent connections to Doc Martin. After time for a browse around this beautiful spot and to grab a morning coffee, we continue on to the fishing port of Padstow. At the head of the Camel River and surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, watch harbour life float by and perhaps have lunch in one of the popular eateries, such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, before we head back to the hotel.

Today you have the option of visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan or the world-famous Eden Project. 25 years ago, the Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered and rescued from the brambles of time; today its 200 acres remain one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated as much for its beauty and mystery as for its ground breaking restoration project. The Eden Project, a former clay mine now covered in gigantic Biomes, allows you to trek though the world’s largest indoor rainforest, explore the colours and sounds of the Mediterranean, or perhaps head to the permanent Invisible World’s Exhibition; there is so much to see and do and the choice is yours! Please confirm at the time of booking which you would prefer to visit. (Entrance to either not included. Approx cost: Lost Gardens £17.50. Eden Project £30.00)

Heading north into the County of Devon, we stop for coffee at the seaside resort of Bude. We then continue on to the gardens at RHS Rosemoor; nestled in the Torridge Valley, Rosemoor is an enchanting place to visit and with no fewer than 24 different areas and gardens to explore, there will be something for everyone! After free time for lunch and an afternoon to meander at your leisure we then head to Barnstaple and our hotel for the next four nights.

This morning after a lazy breakfast we head to Clovelly where we call for morning coffee. Continuing on we head to Hartland Abbey, the cherished home of the Stucley family; alongside beautiful 18th century walled and woodland gardens the house contains treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. Upon arrival we visit the house and then have the afternoon to wander through the gardens and grounds and perhaps partake of afternoon tea in the cafe.

This morning we take the scenic route across Exmoor to Lynton and Lynmouth, giving you ample time to jump aboard and take a trip on the Cliff Railway, the highest and steepest fully water powered Victorian railway in the world! We then travel to Ilfracombe where you have time for lunch and then the option of a boat trip along the coast. The one hour cruise takes you east out of Ilfracombe past Hele bay, Sampson’s Coves and past Watermouth Harbour with a lovely view of Watermouth Castle. From here the boat heads to Combe Martin Bay to see the historic smugglers caves. (Please state at the time of booking if you would like to include the boat trip £12.00). After the boat trip we head back to Barnstaple.

A day at leisure in Barnstaple. Why not visit the local museum, take a stroll through the park opposite the hotel, visit the market or have a leisurely lunch in one of the many pubs, cafes and restaurants?

After breakfast we board the coach for our journey home calling for coffee and lunch en-route. We aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; entrance to RHS Rosemoor and Hartland Abbey and Gardens.

£825.00 per person sharing twin/double
£210.00 single room supplement
£45.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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