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Hever Castle

Botanics, Boleyn & Bluebell Railway

See some of the highlights of Kent and Sussex on this new tour, taking in the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the majestic Hever Castle, as well as the delightful Standen House and Emmetts Garden. We also enjoy a steam and cream tea on the Bluebell Railway and stroll through Kent’s last medieval deer park, Knole Park, which is also home to the impressive Knole country house, a

Bluebell Railway

Emmetts Garden

former archbishop’s palace. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Standen House & Garden & Bluebell Railway

We begin our day at Standen House & Garden in Sussex. The house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors whilst the hillside garden offers year-round highlights. This afternoon we embark on a train journey from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead on the Bluebell Railway , the UK’s first preserved standard gauge passenger railway. Whilst steaming through the pretty Sussex countryside, we tuck into a tasty cream tea and admire the views. Day 3 Hever Castle & Gardens Today we visit the romantic, double-moated, 13th century Hever Castle . Well known as the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, we discover 700 years of history, exploring its panelled rooms, fine furniture, tapestries and antiques. Highlights include the Dining Hall, Long Gallery, Library, King Henry VIII’s Bedchamber and Anne Boleyn’s Bedroom. Outside we can wander 125 acres of award-winning gardens. See the Italian Garden, the giant topiary chess set & more than 5,000 rose bushes in the English Rose Garden. Day 4 Emmetts Garden & Knole Today begins with a visit to Emmetts Garden , a lovely hillside garden showcasing an amazing variety of flowering plants and exotic trees, with sweeping views of the Kent countryside. Take in the formal early 20th century Rose Garden, an extensive collection of trees and shrubs in the South Garden and the Rock Garden’s varied alpine plant collection. This afternoon we make our way to Knole , a magnificent 600 year old estate covering around 1,000 acres in Sevenoaks, Kent, home to an historic country house and vast parkland. Explore the Showrooms , with textiles, paintings and a collection of Royal Stuart furniture to admire, and climb the spiral stairs of the Gatehouse Tower to take in the panoramic rooftop views. Outside, we can stretch our legs in Kent’s last medieval deer park, home to a herd of around 350 deer which famously roam the grounds. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.

Knole Park © National Trust Images Rupert Truman

Crowne Plaza Felbridge East Grinstead, West Sussex Plus

The Crowne Plaza Felbridge is ideally located for touring the South East, with the M25 and M23 easily accessible. The bright, modern reception leads to the public areas, including restaurant, lounge and bar. Please note, there are some steps but these areas can be accessed by wheelchair stairlifts. The restaurant is smartly decorated in light blue tones with light wood furnishings. The contemporary bar is similarly decorated and guests can relax with a drink in the comfortable lounge. There is also a large courtyard area with plenty of seating. The air-conditioned bedrooms are to a good modern standard with stylish neutral décor and a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and a spa with 5 treatment rooms. • 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 £404pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £141 Based on Sunday arrivals Inclusions • Porterage & welcome tea/coffee • Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner • Entrance to Standen House & Garden • Bluebell Railway journey Sheffield Park - East Grinstead & cream tea • Entrance to Hever Castle & Gardens • Entrance to Emmetts Garden • Entrance to Knole Park Showrooms, Outdoor & Tower


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