Autumn Time in Northumberland

Staying at the White Swan Hotel

5 DAYS | 16th October 2022

This year our Autumn tints tour takes us to the Northeast and the beautiful county of Northumberland. A place of wild, raw beauty; the picturesque countryside and spectacular coastline can be explored. In this relatively small area the variety of interests is extensive; explore everything from historic landscapes to colourful fishing villages, dramatic castles to stunning gardens ablaze with autumn colours. Alnwick, our base for the tour, is an ancient market town that has changed little over the centuries. The winding cobbled streets and stone buildings are dominated by Alnwick Castle.

The White Swan Hotel will be home for our stay and it is ideally situated in the town centre. This 300 year old coaching inn has been carefully modernised but still retains many elegant original features. There is a pleasant lounge, bar and dining room and all bedrooms have a TV and tea tray. This hotel does not have a lift.

We depart calling for coffee en-route to Houghton Hall Garden Centre where we will call for lunch. We will then drive across country following the route of Hadrian’s Wall, calling at the fascinating Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre for an afternoon cuppa and to enjoy the spectacular views of the Northumberland National Park with its hues of gold and orange. We then continue on to Alnwick.

Today we begin with a visit to Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum, the ancestral seat of the Earls Grey since 1319. Learn the story of the 2nd Earl, after whom the famous tea is named, or head out for a wander through the surrounding grounds; with over 65 acres of shrubs and trees, at this time of year the estate is an explosion of autumnal colours. Then why not stop for rest and refreshment in the Earl Grey Tea House. After our visit we make our way to the coast and the pretty little town of Amble with time for lunch and a stroll before we return to Alnwick.

A free day for you to enjoy in Alnwick. Why not visit the Castle and Gardens, take a walk around the town and visit the famous book shop. The choice is yours!

The panoramic view from the terrace at the Barn at Beal is second to none, so its here we begin our day of adventures with a refreshing morning coffee. On a clear day you have fantastic views of the coastline and Holy Island. We venture next across the causeway to Holy Island, to see both the island and picturesque village. We spend the remainder of the day here giving you time to visit the Castle (NT members free, non members £8 approx), Priory (English Heritage members free, non members £8 approx), have lunch or to just wander at leisure.

After breakfast we call at Seaton Delaval Hall, a home of theatre, drama and the larger than life Delaval family. The house and surrounding landscape were in keeping with the style expected in Georgian society, yet behind the formality lies another tale. The Hall has moved from fortune to misfortune many times and is now undergoing major restoration to bring it back to life. As for the gardens, autumn is the perfect time to visit, the grounds are still packed with colour and seasonal autumn planting for you to enjoy. We then continue home making a late lunch and comfort stop en-route home arriving early evening.

Tour includes: 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; entrance to Seaton Delaval Hall and Gardens and Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum.

£515.00 per person sharing twin/double
£150.00 single room supplement
£35.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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