Politics & Power in London & Kent

The lush countryside of Kent hides a treasure trove of historic jewels, from medieval and Tudor dwellings with their fascinating stories to the homes of some of our best-known writers. We combine these historical gems with a trip into London where we delve into the centre of political life at the Houses of Parliament and discover a home that was once the hub of Victorian literary society.


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5 Days from just £

5 Days from just £

Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Bateman’s, Houses of Parliament, Carlyle’s House, Ightham Mote & Hever Castle
  • Guided tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Audio guided tour of Hever Castle
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Bateman’s, Houses of Parliament, Carlyle’s House, Ightham Mote & Hever Castle
  • Guided tour of the Houses of Parliament
  • Audio guided tour of Hever Castle
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Copthorne Hotel

Once a charming 16th-century farmhouse, the Copthorne Hotel enjoys a rural setting overlooking 100 acres of tranquil woodland close to the village of Copthorne. The hotel features a bar, pub, restaurant and brasserie and leisure facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and squash courts.

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Excursion One - Sissinghurst Castle Garden & Bateman’s
Created in the 1930s by novelist Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the picturesque ruins of an Elizabethan manor house, Sissinghurst Castle Garden is a romantic delight whatever the season. The garden is laid out as a series of individually-planted ‘rooms’ including a fragrant Herb Garden and Rose Garden, divided by hedges and walls.

17th-century Bateman’s so enchanted Rudyard Kipling when he discovered it that he made it his home in 1902. With its stone-mullioned windows and Sussex oak beams, it’s a romantic retreat that has been left virtually untouched since Kipling’s tenure here. The tranquil gardens include an orchard, formal garden and a colourful wildflower meadow, through which a river flows.

Excursion Two - Houses of Parliament & Carlyle’s House
We head into London and the centre of political life in the UK, the Houses of Parliament. Our guided tour takes us through both the House of Lords and House of Commons, offering an insight into one thousand years of history, modern day politics plus stunning art and architecture. Just some of the highlights include the Queen’s Robing Room, both the Commons and Lords chambers and the historic Westminster Hall.

Next is Carlyle’s House in Chelsea, home of 19th-century writer and historian Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane. Once the hub of Victorian literary society, when the likes of Dickens, Ruskin and Tennyson visited, the house has been preserved much as it was during the Carlyle’s tenure here. Alternatively, spend a little free time exploring the capital under your own steam.

Excursion Three - Ightham Mote & Hever Castle
We explore the romantic, moated manor house of Ightham Mote, once described by David Starkey as “the most beautiful and the most interesting of English country houses”. Built nearly 700 years ago, atmospheric Ightham has been home to medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and Victorian High Society. The tranquil garden features lakes and an orchard, while the ancient estate offers breathtaking views of the Kent countryside.

Finally, we enjoy an audio guided tour of Hever Castle, steeped in history and Tudor intrigue and renowned as being the former childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. Dating back to the late 13th century, the castle originated as a gatehouse and walled bailey and is home to various historic artefacts such as Tudor portraits and furniture, as well as two Books of Hours – prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. The spectacular gardens feature peaceful walks, two mazes and are renowned for having their own rose – the Hever Castle Rose.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

Excursion One - Sissinghurst Castle Garden & Bateman’s
Created in the 1930s by novelist Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the picturesque ruins of an Elizabethan manor house, Sissinghurst Castle Garden is a romantic delight whatever the season. The garden is laid out as a series of individually-planted ‘rooms’ including a fragrant Herb Garden and Rose Garden, divided by hedges and walls.

17th-century Bateman’s so enchanted Rudyard Kipling when he discovered it that he made it his home in 1902. With its stone-mullioned windows and Sussex oak beams, it’s a romantic retreat that has been left virtually untouched since Kipling’s tenure here. The tranquil gardens include an orchard, formal garden and a colourful wildflower meadow, through which a river flows.

Excursion Two - Houses of Parliament & Carlyle’s House
We head into London and the centre of political life in the UK, the Houses of Parliament. Our guided tour takes us through both the House of Lords and House of Commons, offering an insight into one thousand years of history, modern day politics plus stunning art and architecture. Just some of the highlights include the Queen’s Robing Room, both the Commons and Lords chambers and the historic Westminster Hall.

Next is Carlyle’s House in Chelsea, home of 19th-century writer and historian Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane. Once the hub of Victorian literary society, when the likes of Dickens, Ruskin and Tennyson visited, the house has been preserved much as it was during the Carlyle’s tenure here. Alternatively, spend a little free time exploring the capital under your own steam.

Excursion Three - Ightham Mote & Hever Castle
We explore the romantic, moated manor house of Ightham Mote, once described by David Starkey as “the most beautiful and the most interesting of English country houses”. Built nearly 700 years ago, atmospheric Ightham has been home to medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and Victorian High Society. The tranquil garden features lakes and an orchard, while the ancient estate offers breathtaking views of the Kent countryside.

Finally, we enjoy an audio guided tour of Hever Castle, steeped in history and Tudor intrigue and renowned as being the former childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. Dating back to the late 13th century, the castle originated as a gatehouse and walled bailey and is home to various historic artefacts such as Tudor portraits and furniture, as well as two Books of Hours – prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. The spectacular gardens feature peaceful walks, two mazes and are renowned for having their own rose – the Hever Castle Rose.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

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