Your itinerary will in all cases be developed to suit your individual requirements and nothing is pre-determined. We have however designed below a one week tour for someone who is interested in historic houses and the history of the region. This will give you an idea of what a typical tour might contain and the cost per person. The tour is designed to show you the history of the region by visiting houses and stately homes from the medieval period to the 20th century.

Day One
Arrive at your chosen accommodation where we will be there to meet you. If arriving by train or plane we will collect you from the station or airport. Over a relaxing tea or drink we will get to know each other and discuss the weeks programme to ensure that you are entirely happy with all the arrangements. Dine with your hosts or in the hotel before getting a good nights sleep.


Day Two

After a hearty full Cornish breakfast we take the road towards Lands End to visit St Michaels Mount. This is a rocky island crowned by a medieval castle and church which is accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway or at other times by a short boat trip. The oldest buildings date from the 12th century when a Benedictine priory was established here. Following the English Civil war the St Aubyn family acquired the island and they still live in the castle. Lunch will be taken in the Sail Loft Restaurant on the island. After lunch we take a leisurely drive along the coast to the town of Penzance , the busy fishing port of Newlyn and to Mousehole a quaint fishing village. We return home late afternoon for a relaxing drink before dinner.

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Day Three

After breakfast we head for Cotehele, a tudor house with a splendid collection of textiles armour and furniture set in extensive grounds overlooking the River Tamar. It is a house with many stories, myths and legends and little has changed since it was built. A visit to the house is a magical experience and we consider this one of our favourite historic houses in Britain. Lunch will be taken at a local village inn with connections to the tin mines which abound in the area. After lunch we visit the ancient Stannary town of Tavistock with its ruined Abbey and wonderful Victorian town centre built by the Duke of Bedford who was a prominent local landowner. Tonight we dine out at a local restaurant.

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Day Four

Another Cornish breakfast to set you up for the day before we head out to Trerice. This is a grand Elizabethan manor house on a Cornish scale and it remains little changed by the advances of time due to long absences by the owners. From Trerice we follow the North Cornwall coast to Tintagel with its mysterious castle and visit the lovely village of Boscastle with its tiny harbour where we enjoy a traditional Cornish Cream Tea. Then home for a relaxing drink before dinner with your hosts.

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Day Five

After breakfast we visit Saltram, a magnificent Georgian house near Plymouth with splendid Adam interiors and gardens with follies and landscaped parkland. Owned by the Parker family for nearly 300 years the house with its original contents provides a fascinating insight into life on a country estate throughout the centuries. The house was recently used as the location for the film Sense and Sensibility based on the novel by Jane Austen. We lunch in the Barbican in Plymouth and visit the Mayflower Steps from where the Pilgrim Fathers set out to conquer the New World.

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Day Six

Today we visit the magnificent late Victorian country house of Lanhydrock. In many ways the perfect example of a historic country house and estate. Explore the high-Victorian interiors of this wealthy family home. There are over 50 rooms to view in this house including the servants quarters and below–stairs which are particularly evocative and provide a real insight into family life through many generations until the demise of the family after the First World War. Lunch is taken in a local hostelry and after lunch we visit the Eden Project, an experience not to be missed for. We return home to a relaxing aperitif followed by dinner with your hosts.

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Day Seven

After your usual sumptuous breakfast we head for Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England . What appears to be an ancient granite fortress overlooking the wilds of Dartmoor was actually the home of a self made millionaire Julius Drew he employed Sir Edward Lutyens, the foremost architect of his age to create a family home in the early 1900’s. With a house that looks back on a romantic past at the same time as heralding the modern era, with antique furniture sitting alongside modern technology, this is a fitting end to our weeks journey through the ages of family life in Cornwall and Devon. From Castle Drogo we head back home via the magnificent and rugged scenery of Dartmoor with its ancient woodlands and open moorland over which the wild Dartmoor ponies and sheep wander freely. Tonight is the last night of your holiday and a farewell dinner is held at a well known local restaurant.

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Day Eight

After a leisurely start to the day you say farewell to your hosts and head for home with memories of an unforgettable holiday.

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The cost of the bespoke tour for one week is £2,150 per person

Included in the bespoke tour is your accommodation at one of our listed Bed & Breakfasts, lunch is at historic inns, diners at local restaurants or hotels, coffees and teas, all entry fees, fuel and motoring costs. Not included is travel to Cornwall or insurance.

The cost of your tour is based on two people sharing a double or twin en-suite bedroom.

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