This is a 5 day break to Cambridgeshire
staying at the Best Western Plus Cambridge Bar Hill Hotel
Boasting an 18-hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and beautiful grounds to explore, Cambridge Bar Hill Hotel, BW Signature Collection (formerly a Hallmark Hotel) really is a place to unwind and let your hair down. The hotel is situated 5 miles north-east of Cambridge making it a great base to explore the area.
Included in your holiday price:
Breakfast & 3 course evening meals
Executive coach travel throughout
Visit to Ightham Mote
Visit to Wimpole Estate
Visit to Lavenham Guildhall
Visit to Melford Hall
Visit to Anglesey Abbey
Visit to Knole
Porterage (depends on Covid 19 restrictions at hotel at the time of travel)
Door to door transfer (within 10 miles of Hailsham)
- a charge may apply if not within our free pick up area
We depart for Ightham Mote, lose yourself in this 14th-century romantic moated manor house, described by David Starkey as 'one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses'. Built nearly 700 years ago, this house has seen many changes and been owned by Medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians.
After our visit we continue our journey to Cambridgeshire, arriving at the Best Western Plus Cambridge Bar Hill Hotel late afternoon.
Today we take you to visit Wimpole Estate.
A working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive mansion, parkland, gardens and Home Farm. From Iron-age roundhouses to a sophisticated, modern estate, this site has been lived on and farmed for over 2,000 years. Intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane's remarkable Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs. Stroll around the colourful parterre garden and wander through the Pleasure Grounds to the Walled Garden, abundant with fruit, vegetables and beautiful herbaceous borders.
This morning we visit Lavenham Guildhall. One of the most spectacular timber framed buildings of medieval England, set in the lovely village of Lavenham, the Guildhall of Corpus Christi tells the story of one of the best-preserved and wealthiest towns in Tudor England. When you step inside this fine timber-framed building, you'll feel the centuries melt away. You can discover the stories of the people who have used the Guildhall through its almost-500 years at the heart of its community, and learn about the men and women who have shaped the fortunes of this unique village.
In the afternoon we visit Melford Hall, which has had its share of trials and tribulations, but it's thanks to many generations from medieval monks to the Hyde Parker family who still live here, that this home still stands. Around every corner there's a new twist in the story - from Beatrix Potter sketches to collections of naval paintings and Chinese porcelain - everything tells a story and everyone has left their mark.
Today we visit Anglesey Abbey, a Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill. At the age of 30, the future Lord Fairhaven began to create his first home. Wanting to inspire and surprise visitors, he created a spectacular garden with planting for all seasons and a cosy house in which to entertain. Life revolved around horse racing and shooting, and guests enjoyed 1930s luxury.FB, EM
We depart the Cambridge Bar Hill Hotel after breakfast, making our way to Knole for a visit. Immerse yourself in the vast estate and follow in the footsteps of tourists who have visited Knole's showrooms for 400 years. Originally built as an archbishop's palace, Knole passed through royalty to the Sackville family, who still live here today. Enjoy the showrooms then take in the scale and magnificence of this 600 year old estate by exploring the grand courtyards and tranquil Orangery or wander the winding paths in the parkland, still populated by wild deer.
We continue our journey home, arriving back in East Sussex late afternoon.
FB=Full Breakfast, EM=Evening Meal
LCD Flatscreen TV
Tea/Coffee making facility
Sauna & Steam Room
L.J. Edwards can take a maximum of 2 electric scooters/wheelchairs per short break, these must be for clients with a Blue Badge and Public Liability Scooter Insurance (subject to hotel agreement). L.J. Edwards accept no liability for any accident, loss of damage to the guest or their mobility scooter on a Short Break, or when the scooter/wheelchair is stored in the coach luggage compartment. The individual is responsible for ensuring they are capable of safely operating their mobility scooter and for the security of their mobility scooter during their holiday.
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