Personal tour days are just that, they are arranged to suit you and we will tailor it to fit in with as much as you want to do and see to make it perfect. But to give you a feel for how a tour day may be, here is an example. The trip is based on a visit to one of the grandest stately homes and country estates in England, Chatsworth and also to the market town of Bakewell.
After a leisurely breakfast you leave Bridge Hill House with your driver guide arriving mid-morning at Chatsworth. The journey will take you across beautiful Derbyshire countryside. You will enter the estate over a narrow stone bridge. The expansive parkland with the river Derwent below and the wooded rocky hills rising to heather moorland is stunning. You then take your first view of the house which is quite spectacular. This is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the family since 1549. The house contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, old master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artifacts. It is a joy to tour around the house and could take you several hours. There are many structures other than the house on the estate, including two surviving Elizabethan buildings. The gardens contain historic glasshouses, world renowned water features such as the “Emperor Fountain” with a jet reaching 260 feet high and other works by the famous 19th century engineer and gardener Joseph Paxton. Enjoy exploring the gardens there is a lot to see or just wander at your leisure and take in the atmosphere of this lovely place.
We then travel to Bakewell not too far away, a market town well known for its confection Bakewell pudding, a dish with history! Visit the pudding shop to see them, or maybe try one! There are attractive courtyards and small shops to see and pretty riverside short walks, and a very ancient stone bridge. Â Stroll up the hill to the Parish Church of All Saints, founded in 920 during Saxon times (but with many later additions) the churchyard has two 9th century Saxon crosses and the church porch exhibits many carved fragments of Saxon stonework as well as some ancient stone coffins. Historians now think that Bakewell is where the individual territories of England first became the United Kingdom. Bakewell is a popular tourist destination and worth experiencing, it also here that Richard Arkwright, famous for being the founder of the cotton manufacturing system, started his work in Derbyshire.
The journey continues through the hills and valleys of the Derbyshire countryside providing scenic views, and a chance to see some picturesque stone built villages and small towns, with market places tea shops and English pubs.Â We return to the historic mill town of Belper and to Bridge Hill House with its panoramic views over the town and countryside. You will have time before your home cooked three course dinner in the early evening to relax, enjoy the views with a drink from the terrace or from our large guest lounge Your room with private bathroom will provide you with all the comforts and pampering luxuries for a good nights sleep.
We aim to provide a relaxing vacation but also show you interesting places that will be memorable. The typical tour day given above is just an example. We can make it as busy or as relaxed as you wish. You determine the pace, unlike alternative tour vacations. Your experience will be civilized, with no early starts, no crowded buses or waiting for others. You will have your own room for your stay, you will be settled and will not have to pack and unpack each day.
We will do everything we possibly can to make your vacation with us as perfect as it can be. You will have our personal attention to make your vacation effortless and at a price that compares favorably with alternatives.