Known as the Garden of England, this holiday has something for everyone. Whether it be a train journey, wine tasting or a tour of a castle, this tour is certain to please.
The charming, four-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham was designed around an inner courtyard. The hotel has a lovely plush feel on arrival in the reception area which has been refurbished in a traditional style. The Hotel has an outdoor patio area and in addition to a swimming pool, it has a small gymnasium, sauna and steam room which guests can enjoy at no extra cost.
Day 1 - We make our way towards our hotel, The Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham, in time to unpack and refresh before our evening meal, having comfort stops on the way.
Day 2 - Today we visit Leeds Castle. Built on an island in a lake formed by the River Len, it has been a vital part of history since the Norman era. Today, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. This afternoon, we will enjoy a visit to nearby Maidstone for some retail therapy, or maybe a boat trip on the River Medway.
Day 3 – A tour of the Chapel Down Winery with wine tasting awaits us today. Chapel Down is England's leading winemaker, producing world class sparkling and still wines from fruit grown in the South East of England. Also producing beautiful gin and vodka, together with the award-winning range of Curious beers & cider, our guided tour includes a visit to the Chapel Down vineyards and winery, followed by a tutored tasting of their award-winning range of sparkling and still wines. The afternoon will take us on a single journey on the Kent and East Sussex Railway from Tenterden to Bodiam to whet your appetite for our evening meal at the Hotel.
Day 4 – Canterbury is a city that must be visited while in the area. A Cathedral city in southeast England, it was a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. Ancient walls, originally built by the Romans, encircle its medieval center with cobbled streets and timber-framed houses. Canterbury Cathedral, founded 597 A.D. is the headquarters of the Church of England and Anglican Communion, incorporating Gothic and Romanesque elements in its stone carvings and stained-glass windows. Explore the ancient sights and buildings or just spend time relaxing at one or two of the local hostelries.
Day 5 – As usual, all good things come to an end, so it’s time to bid farewell to our Hotel and travel home with comfort stops on route.