NEW: North Norfolk and Royal Sandringham
Thursday 29th August - Monday 2nd September 2019
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £24pp
Single supplement: £95
We have found a super country house hotel in rural Norfolk, where we will enjoy attentive service and good food. Our new tour explores the Norfolk Coast area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and includes a visit to Sandringham, first opened to the public in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Your Holiday Hotel
The Pheasant Hotel is a charming 4-star country house hotel, enjoying a peaceful location in the village of Kelling on the north Norfolk coast. There are 30 bedrooms, 24 of which are on the ground floor, all beautifully presented with tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi, and views of the hotel lawns. The restaurant serves local produce, and the bar has a wide range of real ales and wines.
(DAY 1) Thursday 29th August
We make our way through Essex and arrive in Norwich for a lunchtime stop. It is the most complete Medieval city in the UK and easy to walk round. As well as a stunning Norman Cathedral there is a network of haphazard cobbled streets, city walls and a majestic Castle. Later we continue to our Hotel, set in attractive grounds close to the coast.
(DAY 2) Friday 30th August
Sandringham is The Queen’s private estate, and the Duke of Edinburgh took on responsibility for its management at the start of her reign in 1952. Traditionally it is where our Monarch and her family spend their Christmas, attending the small church on the Estate. It was the setting for the first Christmas broadcast in 1932. Sandringham is a friendly and informal place to visit, with knowledgeable guides in every room of the House and beautiful gardens to explore. The Museum houses a collection of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia.
(DAY 3) Saturday 31st August
A journey of about an hour takes us to the pretty Norfolk Broads village of Wroxham. Here we will take a cruise to discover this enchanting landscape. A commentary will explain the origin of the Broads and point out places of interest. This afternoon we visit Felbrigg Hall and Gardens, set in a rolling landscape park with a lake. Felbrigg is a mixture of opulence and homeliness, where the stories of its owners unfold through the completeness of its original contents. There is an 18th-century Walled Garden, tea room and gift shop.
(DAY 4) Sunday 1st September
We take a drive along the windy North Norfolk Coast to Walsingham. This small village is famous for its shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary, and is home to the ruins of two medieval monastic houses. Time to stroll in the village and visit the Welcome Centre, where display panels provide information about the rise, fall and restoration of the Shrine. This afternoon we visit the nearby Thursford Collection. This very special museum was founded by local farmer George Cushing and houses a large collection of steam engines, organs and fairground attractions.
(DAY 5) Monday 2nd September
We leave the Pheasant Hotel after breakfast, and drive home to Sussex, arriving for late afternoon taxis.