‘Middle England , Castles, Gardens and Manors’

04 August 2017

There were some tired legs at the end of our recent tour ‘Middle England , Castles, Gardens and Manors’


The tour was based at the 4 star, Thwaites owned, Kettering Park Hotel.


After being picked up from home as part of our ‘Door to Door’ service the driver stopped in the City of Lichfield for lunch. After a couple of hours the coach made its way to the outskirts of Kettering for the customers to settle in for their four night stay.


The tour, as with 99% of Ellen Smith’s tours offered half Board accommodation.

The 3 course dinner was excellent, as was the buffet style breakfast – served by the hotel’s charming staff.


The itinerary was full and extremely interesting, Friday morning included a visit to the Leicester Botanical Gardens, I've have to admit not to everybody’s taste. However the afternoon visit to Coventry was appreciated by all, many choosing to spend time at the magnificent Cathedral, others having a mooch around the city centre.


Saturday was a full day visit to Cambridge, possibly the most beautiful city in our country.  The centre was very busy with lots of Chinese tourists, graduation parties and lots of tourists soaking up the atmosphere. 


The highlight of the tour was Sunday. After breakfast the coach travelled the short journey to Rockingham Castle for a private tour. In the afternoon another short coach journey through many georgeous villages took us to Burghley House.  Here the customers were guided through what is probably  England’s greatest Elizabethan house. It was then back to the hotel again for the final dinner. We should mention the beer here, Thwaites best, at pub prices!


The holiday was not over yet, a guided visit to Broughton House, a mini Versailles, followed next. It was then homeward bound with a quick stop at the National Memorial Arbotretum for lunch in their excellent café and possibly a taster of just a couple of the numerous moving exhibits on show in the extensive grounds. It needs a full day here to appreciate the efforts of all concerned.


Once back in the Manchester area the ‘Door to Door’ taxis were waiting to whisk evertybody home just in time to catch the Six o’clock news.




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