Jan 24, 2013

Tour Jane Austens England, 8-15 September 2013

Earthly Delights Historic Costume & Dance Tour of England: Week 2

Travel through the English countryside by private luxury coach and enjoy the glorious views of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset. Visit Jane Austen's House Museum and enjoy a guided tour of Chawton House Library. Stay in specially selected bed & breakfast accommodation, stroll through 'must-visit' towns of Winchester and Lacock Village. Dress up and learn some historical dances, visit a working 19th century silk mill, spend time breathing in the history of some of England's glorious buildings and gardens - Montacute HouseBarrington CourtStourhead and view some historical fashions up close at Killerton House and Bath Fashion Museum. Promenade in Regency costume at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath and attend a Costumed Regency Ball in the Bath Assembly Rooms.

(For the HISTORIC LONDON TOUR that leads up to this tour see Tour 1)


DAY 1, Sunday 

After a continental breakfast we farewell those staying in London or traveling elsewhere and greet those joining us for Week Two of the tour. We leave South Kensington early by private coach to spend the day in Winchester, sightseeing in the morning, attending an afternoon dance workshop, followed by a traditional English Pub Dinner and some more dancing before retiring for a good nights rest at Chilworth Manor.

High Street, Winchester
Jane Austen is buried inside Winchester Cathedral
Chilworth Manor, luxurious accommodation near Southampton

DAY 2, Monday
After breakfast at Chilworth Manor we travel to visit Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, pause to enjoy some delicacies at Cassandra's Cup next door for lunch and then spend the afternoon at Chawton House. 
Jane Austen's House Museum
Enjoy tea at Cassandra's Cup in Chawton
View the house, library and gardens of Chawton House

DAY 3, Tuesday
After breakfast our private coach will take us to visit the Whitchurch Silk Mill, where we spend the morning viewing a working Georgian silk mill and share in a group luncheon. Afterwards our coach will take us to Killerton House to view a wonderful historic costume collection. Dinner is scheduled upon our arrival at Farthings Country House Hotel in Taunton. 

Whitchurch Silk Mill
Whitchurch Silk Mill
Killerton House

We have arranged a private study table at Killerton House
Farthings Country Hotel
Relax in the Farthings Country Hotel

DAY 4, Wednesday
After breakfast our coach will take us to visit the magnificent Montacute House where several scenes of the 1995 film version of Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility were filmed and wherein are housed a selection of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery in London. After purchasing your lunch from the National Trust restaurant our coach takes us to Barrington Court, a manor house that some believe may have been owned at one stage by an early Austen family member, and was "Kellynch Hall" from Jane Austen's Persuasion and where we have been invited to dance on the sprung dance floor inside.

Montacute House
Sense & Sensibility was filmed at Montacute House
We have been invited to dance inside Barrington Court

DAY 5, Thursday
After an early breakfast we leave for Stourhead House and Gardens, another Jane Austen film location. We have a specially booked guide to show us around before we break for a group luncheon. After a day out we journey to stay the night at Beechfield House Hotel.
Stourhead House
Stourhead Gardens
Temple of Apollo, where the P&P proposal scene was filmed
Beechfield House Hotel, a wonderfully relaxing luxury hotel near Bath.

DAY 6, Friday
After breakfast we depart for Bath, spending the morning in Lacock Village, a wonderfully preserved village dating from the 13th century, that played the village of 'Meryton' in the BBC’s 'Pride and Prejudice'. Here the Bennet girls, in particular Lydia and Kitty ‘whose minds were more vacant than their sisters’, shopped for bonnets, sought the latest tittle-tattle from their Aunt Philips, and hoped to attract the attentions of the officers - in particular a certain Mr Wickham. After a light lunch we depart for Bath, where we will attend the Jane Austen Festival and celebrate 200 years of Pride & Prejudice. A private study table has been reserved for us at the Bath Fashion Museum during the afternoon.
Lacock Village Main Street
Colin Firth as Darcy in Lacock Village
Lacock Abbey
Cauldron in the Cloisters
Bath Fashion Museum

DAY 7, Saturday
After breakfast we dress for the Jane Austen Festival Promenade. After meeting old and new friends alike you have plenty of time to walk around Bath and use your special entry ticket to visit the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms at your leisure. In the evening we have reserved tickets to attend a Grand Regency Ball & Dinner in the Bath Assembly Rooms.



DAY 8, Sunday
We have booked extra accommodation in Bath until the 22 September 2013, so feel free to stay on in Bath with us. Aylwen has arranged a special 1-day outing to view costumes from the Snowshill Collection in Leominster mid-week and is taking expressions of interest from those who wish to join her. We depart Bath on the 22 September for Oxford, where we will teach a dance workshop before flying from Heathrow on the 23 September.

FOR THE HISTORIC LONDON TOUR that leads up to this tour SEE Tour 1

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1 comment:

Sarah W said...

Sounds delightful! If Little One were older and I had any money to spend on holidays I'd join you...

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