Historic Homes of Kent and Heritage Railways

Historic Homes of Kent and Heritage Railways

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Historic Homes of Kent and Heritage Railways

5 Days Starting and ending in United Kingdom

Visiting: United Kingdom, Kent, National Trust - Scotney Castle, Penshurst Place, Hever Castle & Gardens, Bluebell Railway - (Sheffield Park, Station), National Trust - Chartwell

Tour operator:

Shearings

Tour code:

a5duphk

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

6-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

UK tours by Coach

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Staying in lovely 4-star accommodations, our hand-picked hotel offers elegance, luxury and first-class facilities. Explore your glorious countryside surroundings, or indulge in delicious meals at the on-site restaurant. From here, you’ll visit famous homes, castles and their gardens, including Lady Churchill’s rose gardens, the vibrant colourful gardens at Scotney Castle, and the Tudor gardens of Penshurst Place, which was once a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII. You’ll also take two journeys by steam train, looking out on the beauty of the South East's countryside.

Highlights

  • Explore your glorious countryside surroundings, or indulge in delicious meals

  • You’ll visit famous homes, castles and their gardens, including Lady Churchill’s rose gardens

  • The Tudor gardens of Penshurst Place, which was once a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : United Kingdom
Location: United Kingdom
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Dale Hill Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Make your own way to our hotel, where you will meet an experienced Tour Manager. Enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner served in the hotel's restaurant.

Day 2 : Kent & East Sussex Railway And Scotney Castle
Location: Kent, National Trust - Scotney Castle
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Dale Hill Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we travel by coach to the market town of Tenterden, where we will enjoy a return rail journey between Tenterden and Bodiam on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. After some free time in Tenterden to browse or enjoy one of the cafés or tearooms, we continue by coach to Scotney Castle, where we include entrance to the castle and gardens.


Scotney Castle has a long and rich history. The earliest parts of the Old Castle were built in 1378 by Roger de Ashburnham and were added to over the years by both the Darell and Hussey families. Scotney Castle has been in the ownership of the National Trust since Christopher Hussey’s death in 1970, and the house remained the private residence of his widow, Betty Hussey, until June 2007, when it was first opened to visitors. Visit the renowned picturesque garden to enjoy the vibrant colours and wander the romantic and ruined Old Castle. Inside the 19th-century house is a large collection which features many artworks, books and furniture, as well as stories about previous inhabitants. You’ll have plenty of time to explore before we return to the hotel by coach for our evening meal.

Day 3 : Penshurst Place & Gardens And Hever Castle
Location: Penshurst Place, Hever Castle & Gardens
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Dale Hill Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we travel by coach for our visit to Penshurst Place and Gardens, once visited by Henry VIII as a guest of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. After the lavish visit, Henry VIII had Stafford tried for treason and Penshurst Place became the property of the crown. Henry used it as a hunting lodge whilst courting Anne Boleyn, whose family owned Hever Castle nearby. In 1552, King Edward VI granted the estate to Sir William Sidney, and it has been the ancestral home of the Sidney family ever since, including the Elizabethan poet, courtier, and soldier, Sir Philip Sidney.


We continue by coach onto Hever Castle, a romantic 13th-century moated castle and childhood home of Anne Boleyn. In 1903, it was bought by William Waldorf Astor who went on to restore and extend the castle and create the vast, beautiful gardens. You can take a stroll through the Tudor Garden, rhododendron walk, and Anne Boleyn's walk. The splendour and beauty of Penshurst Place and the enchantment of Hever Castle make for a truly wonderful day out. We return to the hotel by coach and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 4 : Bluebell Railway And Chartwell
Location: Bluebell Railway - (Sheffield Park, Station), National Trust - Chartwell
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Dale Hill Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we travel by coach to Sheffield Park Station, where we ride on the Bluebell Railway to East Grinstead station. On arrival, our coach will be waiting and will take us to Chartwell, the family home of Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life. The house itself is fascinating, and the history of Churchill portrayed here gives us a glimpse into the private life of Winston ‘the family man’. Outside of his Prime Ministerial duties, Churchill enjoyed painting, and over 50 years created more than 500 pieces, which can all be viewed in his studio. You will also have time to explore the gardens here, including Lady Churchill’s rose garden, the Golden Rose Avenue, and the walled garden. We return to the hotel by coach for dinner this evening.

Day 5 : Return Home
Location: United Kingdom
Meals Included: Breakfast

After a leisurely breakfast, it is time for you to check out and make your own way home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

  • Porterage at Hotels

What's Not Included

Accommodation

For 2023 departures, you will stay for four nights at the Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club.

For 2024 departures, you will stay for four nights at the Spa Hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells. 

Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 6 years or above

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    You can be assured of a high level of service and reliability from our expert-trained coach crews, who will be on hand to assist and escort you along the way

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

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  • Low Deposit

    Shearings requires a minimum deposit of 75 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of shearings charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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