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Hidden Homes of History

Hidden Homes of History

SUNDERLAND MARRIOTT HOTEL, SUNDERLAND 4*

This contemporary hotel is in a prime location overlooking the beaches of Seaburn. En-suite bedrooms have a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee facilities. Enjoy great food and views at the on-site Seaburn Bar & Grill, or visit the leisure club featuring a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and gym (fee payable).

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

 

Door to Door Service

4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Choice menu at dinner

Tea/coffee after dinner

Visit to Washington Old Hall with talk and guided garden tour

River Tees Cruise

Entrance to Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, talk, guided garden tour and cream tea

Porterage

Day 1

We travel northward, arriving at our hotel in time for dinner.

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Day 2

Visit Washington Old Hall, the ancestral home of George Washington, the first US president. This picturesque stone manor house and its gardens provide a tranquil oasis, reflecting gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War. Enjoy an introductory talk, before a 30-45-minute tour of the 2-acre gardens and discover the dramatic 17th century parterre and the wilds of the nuttery.

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Day 3

Start the day with a river cruise along the River Tees on-board the Teesside Princess. Departing from Castlegate Quay in Stockton, alongside the replica of Captain Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour, cruise upstream to the glorious countryside via Preston Park..

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Day 4

Today visit Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. After an introductory talk, enjoy a guided tour with the Head Gardener and take in 30-acres of picturesque landscaping. Enter the magical and romantic
Quarry Garden with ravines, pinnacles and sheer rock faces inspired by the quarries of Sicily. The Jacobean mansion ruins of the Castle are sure to impress. Climb right to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Belsay Hall itself is a Greek Revival villa centred around the amazing central two-storey ‘Pillar Hall’. Wander the large unfurnished rooms and discover the stark architecture, before a cream tea.

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Day 5

After breakfast, we begin our journey homeward

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