Central England

Date with History

8 nights - 250 miles

Immerse yourself in the elegance and romance of a bygone era on a scenic journey through middle England. This break takes you to some of the grandest homes and gardens and promises history, heritage, and culture.

About the break

You set off from York, a medieval walled city filled with snickelways, and even a shopping street that dates back to the Domesday book. Discover the cathedral with its impressive 2,000-year-old Gothic halls, and the beautiful 13th-century timbered streets of The Shambles. Take a stake on the horses at the world-famous racecourse and visit the numerous museums and quaint boutiques.

Stay at Middlethorpe Hall, a William III country house just two miles from York’s city centre yet set in 20 acres of its own beautiful gardens and parkland – the best of both city and country.

Travel through misty fenlands to arrive at Rutland Water, a serene reservoir renowned for its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. Delving deeper, you’ll find the history of The Lost Village, a once small community of houses and farms that lie beneath the surface, forever frozen in time. While you’re here, engage in fly fishing – or simply unwind. Immerse yourself in nature’s splendor with a visit to the exquisite Barnsdale Gardens, where floral wonders enchant at every turn.

Stay at Hambleton Hall, overlooking Rutland Water, and dine in the restaurant, that has held a Michelin Star since 1982. A visit to Hambleton’s own bakery in a nearby charming village is a must!

Journey south to explore the charming village of North Kilworth, brimming with charm and rural allure. Next, it’s time for art & culture at Kilworth House Theatre, exquisitely set in a magical, wooded glade amidst the 38-acre estate of Kilworth House Hotel. The architecture of the theatre is stunning, with two soaring sail-like canopies protecting both the auditorium and the stage from the elements – so that the show goes on, whatever the weather.

Stay at the enchanting Kilworth House Hotel, in the heart of rural Leicestershire.

Next, you are heading to the Vale of Aylesbury on the edge of the Chilterns, an area of outstanding natural beauty. On route, stop at two iconic destinations of historical significance. In Oxford, wander through the hallowed halls of prestigious colleges and soak in the scholarly atmosphere. Then, venture to Waddesdon Manor, where exceptional Victorian gardens surround the ornate French-style manor house.

Stay at Hartwell House, a National Trust-owned Grade 1 listed Jacobean and Georgian house set in over 90 acres of gardens and parkland.

Stay Dine Spa

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

York Minster

The Shambles

Rutland Water

Barnsdale Gardens

Hambleton Hall

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Kilworth House Theatre

Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Aylesbury

Oxford

Waddesdon Manor

Hartwell House & Spa

  • Rooms

  • Spa

  • Food & Drink

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