Departs: 21st April 2019 | 5 Days
Dorset's Glorious Gardens
Tour Price: £429.00 per person
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Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy. With its elegant 18th century houses, broad walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor.
Its history can be traced back to the Iron Age, like nearby Maiden Castle. The Romans built a town here in AD 43 (Durnovaria) and you can see reminders of Dorchester's Roman past in the County Museum and the Roman Town House.
Like many towns in this part of Dorset, you have to be fit as the main street rises up a steep hill! The lovely Georgian buildings, to be found mostly off the main street, give the town a very elegant feel.
- All coach travel
- 4 nights half board
- Entrance to Athelhampton House & Gardens
- Guided Tour Forde Abbey & Gardens
- Guided Tour Sherborne Castle
- Services of driver/guide
- Please inform us of any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
- Special requests are put forward to the hotel and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
- Itinerary could be subject to change.
- Price Per Person
Single Room Supplement: £84.00
(Twin/Double for single occupancy)
George Albert Hotel
Wardon Hill, Evershot, Nr. Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9PW.
Tel: 01935 483430
The George Albert Hotel and Spa is a private, family owned hotel located in the rolling Dorset countryside. Offering all the modern facilities you would expect from a purpose built hotel, boasting a distinctive friendly atmosphere.
The hotel opened in 2010. It has 39 beautiful en-suite bedrooms, air conditioned and finished to a high standard. Each room comes with tea and coffee making facilities, wall mounted hairdryers, direct dial telephone and complementary high speed internet access, 26 inch free view flat screen television.
The hotel also has a beautiful new spa with jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and tranquil treatment rooms so you can be pampered during your stay. The Kings Restaurant is an experience in fine dining. Their lounge is a great place for their guests to sit in comfort, or just enjoy the cosy atmosphere. With its licensed bar you can enjoy hot and cold drinks, as well as alcoholic beverages and snacks throughout the day and evening. Plus with Wi-Fi in the public areas,
Day 1: Depart Local Area
After boarding your luxury coach, your holiday has now started. You start your journey by travelling South West with a stop en-route for lunch. Continuing your journey through beautiful countryside, to Dorchester and the George Albert Hotel, where you shall spend the next 4 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 2: Athelhampton House & Gardens
Today you visit the beautiful house & gardens of Athelhampton (Guided Tour Included). This is one of the finest 15th Century Grade I listed privately owned country manor-houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England, 160 acres of parkland. The gardens are also Grade I listed dating from 1891, full of vistas and gains much from the fountains and River Piddle flowing through it. The walled gardens include the world- famous topiary pyramids and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies. Also a 15th Century dovecote and boardwalk along the banks of the River Piddle. Sir William Martyn had the current Great Hall built in about 1493. After an enjoyable day, you return to your hotel to relax before dinner.
Day 3: Ford Abbey & Gardens
After a good hearty breakfast, you will travel to see Ford Abbey and its gardens (Included guided tour). The Abbey has a rich and varied history spanning 900 years. Through the centuries, it has played host to Cistercian monks, 19th-century philosophers and politicians, and the backdrop to the Hollywood adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 'Far From the Madding Crowd', starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. There are 42 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. Capability Brown in 1753 created the 50 acre lake and gave us the very latest in landscape gardening, with magnificent specimen trees, herbaceous borders and sweeping lawns. Returning back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 4: Sherborne Castle
Today your visit takes you to Sherborne Castle, (included guided tour). Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617. With glorious staterooms displaying collections of art, furniture & porcelain. In the castle's cellars are Raleigh's Kitchen and a museum presenting fascinating family artefacts. The gardens cover 42 acres of landscape gardens. It is a haven for wildlife and birds and it is an ideal spot where you can take in the beautiful views across the surrounding countryside. After a super day, you return back to the hotel.
Day 5: Depart Dorchester
After a hearty breakfast and cases have been loaded onto the coach it is time to say farewell to your hosts at the George Albert Hotel. Retracing your steps, with comfort stops en-route. You will arrive in your local area, late afternoon - early evening.
Your driver/guide will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.