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A Festive Break in Historic Yorkshire

HHA 2017
from just
£650 .00
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    • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
    • Porterage
    • Welcome drink
    • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
    • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
    • Visits to Castle Howard, Fairfax House, York Christmas Market, Sion Hill Hall & Harrogate
    • Guided tour and festive lunch* at Castle Howard
    • Christmas themed talk at Fairfax House
    • Morning coffee at a historic York hotel
    • Exclusive personal welcome, guided tour, tea and biscuits at Sion Hill Hall
    • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
    • Services of a Tour Manager

      *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements
Tour CodeDatePickupsHotelDurationPriceAvailability
B92111 104/12/2017 VIEW
Derby, Do not use - Web Making own Way, Leicester, London Victoria, Making own way - Going on Excursions, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, St Albans, Watford
Cedar Court Harrogate 5 Days £650.00 Book Now

Enjoy a historic festive break in beautiful Yorkshire as we take in the spectacle of the magnificent Vanbrugh pile best known as Brideshead, Castle Howard, spectacularly dressed for the season. We also discover how the Georgians celebrated Christmas at Fairfax House in York, while the wonderful Sion Hill Hall opens its doors especially for us. With time to explore historic Harrogate and visit the St Nicholas Market in York, we experience the best that this region has to offer at this lovely time of year.

Monday: Arrival
We check in to the Best Western Plus Cedar Court Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by a three-course evening meal.

Tuesday: Castle Howard
Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, Castle Howard has twice appeared as Brideshead in film and television adaptations of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, this magnificent 18th-century residence offers world-renowned collections and stunning architecture, all set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking scenery. During our visit, we enjoy a festive lunch and guided tour.

Castle Howard's dramatic interiors are transformed each Christmas when the Hon. Simon and Mrs Howard decorate each room for the festive season. In rooms lit by fire and candlelight, we can marvel at the giant Christmas trees, spectacular displays of traditional festive decorations, winter garlands, wreaths and floral arrangements. In addition, there's live music performed to put us in the festive spirit. Shopping at Castle Howard is also a treat, with a festive covered market and a range of shops offering a wonderful selection of gift and food ideas.

In the evening we enjoy a three-course dinner and an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Wednesday: Fairfax House & York Christmas Market
We head to York where we visit Fairfax House, a stunning Georgian town house that has been returned to its former glory, providing a perfect time capsule of life in Georgian times. We experience the house in all its splendour as it celebrates Christmas with a magnificent festive installation inspired by the traditions of the 18th century. We also learn about the house's fascinating history and fine collections on our Christmas themed talk.
  After morning coffee at a historic York hotel, we have time at leisure to explore the city. York's story spans the centuries and there is plenty of evidence of this fascinating past, from the narrow medieval lanes known as the Shambles to the ancient city walls. There's also an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping with York's festive St Nicholas Market selling everything from local produce to traditional gifts and crafts.

This evening, we enjoy an inclusive three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Thursday: Sion Hill Hall & Harrogate
We travel to Sion Hill Hall where we are welcomed by the owner, Michael Mallaby, who gives us an exclusive private introduction to his wonderful Arts and Crafts home, opened just for us. Surrounded by charming gardens and parkland, this Edwardian house is of outstanding architectural merit, having been designed in 1913 by the renowned York architect Walter H. Brierley, known as the 'Lutyens of the North'. It also houses the Mawer collection of furniture, porcelain, paintings and clocks plus more recent acquisitions made by the present owner. After our tour, we enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits served in the original Edwardian kitchens.

The afternoon is spent in the elegant spa town of Harrogate, where notable sights include the Royal Pump Room and the Grade II listed Royal Hall. Don't miss the attractive Montpellier Quarter with its pedestrianised streets lined with 19th-century buildings.

We return to our hotel for an inclusive three-course dinner.

Friday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

The Best Western Plus Cedar Court Hotel is situated close to the centre of Harrogate. Surrounded by the 200 acre Stray parkland, Cedar Court dates back to 1671 and blends modern facilities with period features, offering spacious and elegant rooms, a lounge bar, restaurant and small fitness centre. 

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