Belton House ©National Trust Images Megan Taylor www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Houses & Gardens Fit for a King This package includes visits in Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire where we venture around the historic estate at Belton House and the beautiful Barnsdale Gardens. Discover the fascinating remains of King Richard III, relax with a cream tea cruise on the beautiful Rutland Water and why not top it off with a pie &
cheese in Melton Mowbray! PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Stamford & Belton House
We spend the morning in Stamford. Built in Georgian times, the pretty facades of the town are favourites with film and television producers – Stamford was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film and has also appeared in Middlemarch and The Da Vinci Code. Its narrow alleyways and courtyards are home to speciality shops, fine jewellers and designer boutiques. We enjoy free time for lunch here before heading to the impressive Belton House where we spend the afternoon. We embark on a self-guided tour of the house, discovering the story of the Brownlow family as we explore their home, and can head outside and stroll the estate with its fabulous gardens which include an orangery and Italian garden. Watch out for the wild deer as there are over 300 fallow deer in residence! Day 3 Melton Mowbray & King Richard III Visitor Centre This morning we start our day with free time in the historic market town of Melton Mowbray. Famous for its pork pie and speciality cheeses, we have time to be tempted by some tasty treats before making our way to Leicester. After time for lunch we head straight to the King Richard III Visitor Centre which charts the story of the King’s life and death. Here we learn about one of the greatest archeological detective stories ever told, as we fast forward over 500 years to a car park in Leicester where the long-lost remains of King Richard III are discovered and verified, ending many years of speculation! We finish our day with a visit to the Guildhall, the oldest building still in use in the city. Day 4 Barnsdale Gardens, Oakham & Rutland Water After breakfast, we visit beautiful Barnsdale Gardens , created by one of Britain’s best loved gardeners and star of Gardener’s World, the late Geoff Hamilton. We then travel on to the pretty, traditional market town of Oakham; look out for the unusual stocks that were used to detain criminals by the legs - the five hole stocks are somewhat of a mystery! We end the day in style with a relaxing cruise on Rutland Water on the Rutland Belle and are treated to a cream tea! Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
King Richard Visitor Centre Throne Room
Hilton Leicester Leicester, Leicestershire
Ideally located just off the M1, the Hilton Leicester hotel is located less than a mile from Fosse Shopping Park and a short drive from the city centre. The bright, comfortable bedrooms are spacious and feature large windows. All are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The modern restaurant features stylish pops of colour and offers friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere, while the bar has views over the garden patio. Guests can also grab a coffee in the coffee lounge, which comes with comfy sofas. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and gym. • Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £335pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £96 Based on Friday arrivals
Inclusions • Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee • Choice of buffet menu • Tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Belton House • Entrance to King Richard III Visitor Centre & Guildhall • Entrance to Barnsdale Gardens • Rutland Water cream tea cruise
This hotel consistently receives excellent feedback from groups.
Albatross Approved Rating: ✓ Visited ✓ Inspected ✓ Graded
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