Our fabulous new tour features Northampton’s historic Holdenby House and Delapré Abbey, where we tuck into afternoon tea. We also enjoy a wine tasting, a steam train journey and visits to the charming towns of Stamford and Market Harborough.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee

  • 3 course menu with choice of menu

  • Full cooked breakfast

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Entrance to Holdenby House & Gardens with guided house tour

  • Guided tour and wine tasting at Fleur Fields vineyard

  • Steam journey on the Nene Valley Railway

  • Guided tour of Delapré Abbey Parklands Gardens with afternoon tea

  • Free use of gym

  • Porterage

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We arrive at our hotel for a welcome tea/coffee and time to settle in before dinner.

Day 2

Holdenby House & Fleur Fields vineyard
Today we visit Holdenby House, once the largest house in Elizabethan England. We enjoy a guided tour of the house, which takes us along the nine ground floor rooms overlooking the gardens. We then have time to visit the eight gardens at leisure, including the Elizabethan garden, Pond Garden, King Charles’ Walk and Kitchen Garden. In the afternoon, we visit Fleur Fields vineyard in the Northamptonshire countryside for a guided tour. The vineyard has been producing award-winning wine since 2004. We can taste the 10 wines that are produced here whilst enjoying the scenery and lake views.

Day 3

Nene Valley Railway & Stamford
This morning we enjoy an exciting ride on the Nene Valley Steam Railway before making our way to the delightful Georgian town of Stamford. Widely regarded as one of the finest stone towns in England, it has appeared in Pride & Prejudice, The Da Vinci Code and Middlemarch. The narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards are home to a variety of speciality shops, whilst the high street has a choice of independent and recognised retailers. We return to our hotel to enjoy relax and enjoy our evening meal.

Day 4

Market Harborough and Delapré Abbey
After breakfast, we visit the charming market town of Market Harborough which is full of history, culture, delicious food and independent retailers. In pride of place is the 400-year old, half-timbered Old Grammar School which stands in the centre of the town. The Harborough Museum displays the famous Hallaton Treasure - one of the most important Iron Age discoveries in Britain. In the afternoon we visit Delapré Abbey, where we enjoy afternoon tea followed by a guided tour of this fascinating 900-year old monument. A secret treasure trove of art, history, intrigue and scandal, there are also 500 acres of parkland and gardens to explore. head back to our hotel for our final night.

Day 5

After breakfast, we make our way home.

Other Information

Hotel

3*+ Northampton Marriott Hotel, Northampton

The Northampton Marriott Hotel provides contemporary comfort with well-equipped rooms and a range of on-site amenities. The restaurant is spacious and light whilst the bar offers comfortable seating and views over the garden and outdoor terrace. There is no lift but the majority of bedrooms are on the ground floor.

 

• Restaurant • Bar • Outdoor terrace • TV • Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Spa bath • Gym • 

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