If you are staying in or near London, there are many wonderful places to visit within easy reach. We'll tailor a private tour to the Queen's home at Windsor Castle, Henry VIII's palace at Hampton Court, the dreaming spires of Oxford, the rolling hills and quaint villages of The Cotswolds.
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Home of Queen Elizabeth II. It has been the home of English kings and queens since the 11th century. Inside the sumptuous State Apartments are Old Master paintings, furniture, tapestries and armour. Queen Mary's Dollxs House, one twelfth normal size, has furniture, books, and paintings by contemporary artists. Visit 15th century St. George's Chapel housing tombs of Kings and Queens, ancient stained glass and carved oak choir stalls adorned with banners of the Knights of the Order of the Garter. Windsor town has excellent shopping and cross the bridge, over the river Thames, is the village of Eton with its famous college.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £485 . 4 to 6 people - £525. 7 to 8 people - £550
One of Henry VIII's 64 palaces. Walk through the centuries admiring Tudor and Classical architectural styles and you may sense the ghost of Queen Katharine Howard. Visit the magnificent chapel, still in daily use, wonder at the 16th century astronomical clock, or wander through gardens full of flowers and get lost in the Maze. Imagine preparing food for hundreds of people twice daily in the most complete Tudor kitchens ever.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £485 . 4 to 6 people - £525. 7 to 8 people - £550
Windsor is the oldest continually inhabited Royal Castle and the Queen can be found here most weekends. St George’s Chapel dates to the 15th century and 10 British Monarchs are buried here. The State Apartments feature stunning interiors including Queen Mary’s Doll House, a one twelfth replica of a Royal Palace.
Hampton Court is a majestic Tudor Palace. Marvel at the enormous Tudor kitchens that supplied dinner for hundreds then step inside the exquisite Chapel Royal. At the back is the Baroque Palace that was started for William and Mary, but never finished. The gardens are beautifully laid out and feature a famous Maze.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £645. 4 to 6 people - £700. 7 to 8 people - £730.
Chartwell was the home of Sir Winston Churchill who designed the gently rolling gardens edging onto the beautiful Kent countryside. Inside, rooms are kept as he would have known them with his many paintings and memorabilia of his life. Nearby is moated Hever Castle, where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn. Cross the drawbridge to see interiors restored by William Waldorf Astor, who also laid out Tudor and Italianate gardens. Lose yourself in the hedge maze or dodge about in the water maze.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £655. 4 to 6 people - £710. 7 to 8 people - £750.
Almost spoilt for choice, start with Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst garden built on Tudor castle foundations and divided into "rooms". Continue through rolling Kent countryside to Great Dixter medieval house and garden, the lifetime's work of garden designer Christopher Lloyd. Chartwell or Hever Castle make excellent substitutes.
"That sweet city with her dreaming spires" - Oxford is dominated by its historic university buildings, bustling with today's students, inextricably linked with the great men and women who were educated here and have influenced all walks of life. You can visit Christ Church, Oxford's largest College founded by Henry VIII, which incorporates the Cathedral, or one of the other Colleges.
Nearby is Blenheim, home of the Dukes of Marlborough. This splendid palace was given to the first Duke by a grateful nation after a resounding victory at Blenheim in 1704. Designed by John Vanburgh under the watchful eye of the first duchess, friend of Queen Anne, it is set in imposing grounds. Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, he is buried at nearby Bladon.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £690. 4 to 6 people - £750. 7 to 8 people - £790.
Prince Regent, later George IV, changed Brighton for ever from a small fishing village to a fashionable seaside resort with his onion domed Pavilion, sumptuously furnished in Chinoiserie and Indian styles. Browse among The Lanes, once the haunt of thieves, now a maze of antique shops, cafes and restaurants. A few miles away is Arundel Castle, home of the Dukes of Norfolk. Reassuringly solid, its mediaeval, turreted walls protect a lavishly refurbished interior. Souvenirs of Mary Queen of Scots are side by side with Van Dycks and other Old Master paintings. Arundel town has excellent antique shops.
Prices Up to 3 people - £730 4 to 6 people - £790. 7 to 8 people - £830.
Cambridge, one of England's most prestigious universities, dates from the 13th century. Walk along the Backs, next to the river Cam for one of the best views of Mediaeval to modern architecture of the colleges, or meander through mediaeval streets, browse in shops and bars like world-renowned scholars have done for centuries and cutting edge scientists do today. A short drive through picturesque countryside to Ely and its Mediaeval Cathedral. The interior is lit by an octagonal lantern tower and the Lady Chapel has the widest Mediaeval vault in England.
Prices Up to 3 people - £725 4 to 6 people - £785. 7 to 8 people - £825.
Canterbury Cathedral has been the Cradle of Christianity in England for 900 years and housed the Shrine of St. Thomas Becket. There are stunning 14th-20th century stained glass windows and a range of architectural styles.
Leeds Castle surrounded by a moat, originally a fortress 800 years ago, has chic early 20th century decorated interiors. Visit the Dog Collar Museum, aviary, maze and Culpepper's garden.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £695. 4 to 6 people - £755. 7 to 8 people - £790.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £720. 4 to 6 people - £785. 7 to 8 people - £825.
Countryside of unbelievable beauty with sleepy villages, such as Great Tew or Lower Slaughter, charming little market towns, like Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Camden, splendid churches and graceful manor houses, built and embellished by mediaeval cloth traders, this is quintessential England, which the modern world passed by. The area has many fine antique shops.
PricesUp to 3 people - £780. 4 to 6 people - £850. 7 to 8 people - £890.
Travel through the countryside taking in some of the places described above, but also go to Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Claimed to be the greatest playwright in the English language, see the house where he was born, the church where he was buried and many other places associated with his family. The prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company performs regularly at the theatre.
Then on to fantastic Warwick Castle with its battlements, instruments of torture, ghosts, towers and turrets. It has excellent exhibitions, which show how life within its walls would have been, for the nobility and for the servants.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £800. 4 to 6 people - £870. 7 to 8 people - £915.
For over 5000 years there has been evidence of man's activity around Stonehenge in this remote part of Wiltshire How? Why? This stone Circle fascinates and mystifies. Let us take you there and explain the whys and wherefores of this World Heritage Site.
Continue to Bath, and visit the 2000-year-old Roman Baths, still filled by gushing hot springs, at a constant 46.5 degrees centigrade (115 degrees Fahrenheit). Admire the fifteenth century abbey, and glorious Georgian crescents built in the eighteenth century of mellow stone, sample a Bath bun and the hot water in the Pump Room.
Prices: Up to 3 people - £890. 4 to 6 people - £970. 7 to 8 people - £1,015.