3* Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel
The Mercure White Hart hotel is set in an elegant Georgian building located in Salisbury's historic city centre overlooking the famous cathedral. It has played host to many celebrated figures over the years including Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Raleigh and Mark Twain.
There is no lift at this Hotel Wi-Fi TV Radio Telephone Tea & coffee making facilities Iron/ironing board Safe Air-conditioning Hairdryer Restaurant Bar
2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
3-course, 3 choice buffet dinner
Full cooked breakfast
Tea/coffee after dinner
Entrance to Longleat and The Festival of Light
After our collection from home we head to Bath for the afternoon at leisure. You could visit the remains of one of the finest spas of the ancient world, The Roman Baths, maybe enjoying lunch in the Roman Baths Kitchen or Pump Room Restaurant, explore the stunning Bath Abbey, the Fashion Museum, the Assembly Rooms, or visit the famous Royal Crescent, a magnificent sweep of 30 Georgian houses featured as a backdrop in countless films. Bath is a great city to wonder around on foot, or if you would like to sit back and listen to the history of the attractions, why not join one of the hop on and off tours that operate in the city.
We depart from Bath and make our way to the hotel to check into our rooms before dinner is served.
Longleat Festival of Lights
Today we pay a visit to the extraordinary and unique Longleat estate, the first stately home to fully open its doors to the public back in 1949. We start the day with a drive through the Safari Park allowing you to get closer to the lions, tigers, giraffes - to name but a few of the animals, many of them seen on the television, we even venture into the Monkey enclosure to see what they make of the coach. After you are free to explore at your leisure, your ticket includes the main square home to Red Pandas, Meerkats, Reptiles, The Giant Otters, Crocodiles exhibit and Koala Creek featuring southern Koalas and southern hairy-nosed wombats. The Jungle cruise will get you up close to Gorilla Colony, Hippos, and the noisy Californian sea lions that like to follow alongside in the hopes of fish.
Longleat House will also be open for you to explore its sweeping corridors and grand rooms transporting you back in time with its example of high Elizabethan architecture and the Capability Brown landscaped grounds and maze. One of Longleat's best features in the winter is its festival of lights event. The lanterns will be positioned around the formal gardens and the Main Square and are best viewed when it gets dark. They will be turned on at approximately 4pm-4:30pm and take a minimum of an hour to walk around, so you'll be able to see them in all their glory before we depart for the hotel.
We depart from the hotel and after a scenic drive and lunch stop, we make our way back to the local area for our return home.