About this holiday
Based in the heart of the Surrey countryside, we meet up on Friday evening for a welcome drink and dinner ready for a weekend of exploring regal times of past and present.
On Saturday our coach transfer takes us over to Hampton Court Palace. Built in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, it was seized by King Henry VIII for himself and promptly expanded in 1529 when Wolsley fell out of favour. Europe’s finest craftsmen and landscapers were hired by Henry to improve and expand the Palace showing off his wealth and power with its rebuilt Great Hall and fabulous silk woven tapestries. Our guided tour not only provides an historical account but a range of fascinating stories. With a full day here, we can also discover the fantastic gardens, intricate maze the historic real tennis court and as of 2005, the largest grape vine in the world!
The next morning we head over to Windsor. The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, its powerful history spans almost 1000 years. Here we have included entrance with a guided tour. View the magnificent State Apartments, furnished with some of the finest works of art and perhaps visit St George's Chapel with the tombs of 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. One of the main highlights in the castle is, of course, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Taking 1,500 craftsmen 3 years to complete, the house has electric lighting, hot and cold running water, and even flushing lavatories.
Our evenings are relaxed affairs with pre-dinner drinks (cash basis) before dining in the hotel.
This Tudor style hotel located in the Surrey village of East Horsley is just an hour’s drive from London.
With many retaining original features, facilities here include a beautiful exposed oak beams restaurant and a bar serving a wide range of wines, beers and local ales.
The guest rooms are individually designed with bath or shower and all feature flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and free Wi-Fi.
Located off Junction 10 of the M25 and the B2215 exit for the A3. Horsley station is a five minute drive away. Complimentary car parking is available.