Cornwall & the South West

A journey through the gentle green countryside of Devon, Dorset and Somerset and a chance to explore the famous Cornish coastline with its fishing ports and spectacular cliffs and beaches. This is a truly magnificent touring area, full of treasures waiting to be discovered. Scattered over moors and the tapestry of little fields lie exquisite villages linked by narrow, twisting lanes and tiny harbours echo with the cry of seabirds.

Day one

Arrive at Exeter Airport. Meet & greet by guide. Drive through the narrow lanes and lovely countryside of the Dartmoor National Park to your hotel.

Dinner and over-night,
Lewtrenchard Manor,

Day two

Drive into Cornwall and visit Tintagel. Walk down to see the views from the cliffs and the ruined castle said to have been that of the legendary King Arthur.
Later drive to Padstow a quaint old fishing port now famous for its excellent restaurants. Take the little ferry boat across to the lovely sandy beach of Rock for a walk and/or visit Prideaux Place. This house has been the home of the Prideaux family for over 400 years and it contains a collection of fine paintings, furniture and ornaments.
Check in to your private home accommodation.

Dinner and over-night,
Tregawne, Cornwall

Day three

Visit St. Ives, the attractive fishing village with its narrow streets and three beautiful beaches, is famous for its artists attracted by the wonderful light. Here you can visit the Tate Gallery, a branch of the London Gallery and also the studio of the famous sculptress Barbara Hepworth. Maybe enjoy a traditional Cornish pasty for lunch. Drive over to the south coast and the lovely seaside village of St. Mawes where there are high quality shops. You might like to take the little ferry boat across the bay to the town of Falmouth where your guide will meet you. Falmouth has a fascinating new maritime museum.

Dinner and over-night,

Day four

Today drive through lovely countryside to visit the ancient town of Marazion and St. Michaelís Mount a spectacular castle on top of an island set in the wide, spectacular Mountís Bay. It can be reached by foot at low tide and by ferry when the tide is in.
Later visit the little town of Mousehole with its narrow lanes and harbour and travel to see Landís End the most westerly point in Britain. On a clear day you can see the Isles of Scilly 28 miles away. They can be reached by helicopter or ferry and would make a lovely extension to this tour either as a day trip of over-night. See St. Martins on the Isle. You might like to stop in St. Just which has a large selection of shops selling locally made crafts of a very high standard.

Dinner and over-night,

Day five

Leave Cornwall this morning and drive into Devon to visit Plymouth. This famous maritime city is a naval base and yachting centre. Its long history includes the sailing of the English ships to defeat the Spanish Armada in the 16th century and the departure of the Pilgrim Fathers to America in the 17th century.
From here a pretty drive though Somerset brings you into Dorset to visit Sherborne with its beautiful Abbey and excellent shops.

Dinner and over-night,
Plumber Manor,
Sturminster Newton,

Day six

This morning drive to Winchester and visit the great Cathedral where Jane Austen is buried. Later drive to the village of Chawton to visit Jane Austenís House, a 17th century house where Jane wrote and revised six of her great novels.
Then into London and a short panoramic sightseeing tour to see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace before checking-in to your hotel.
The evening is at leisure to go to the theatre or dine in the restaurant of your choice.

The Goring Hotel,

Day seven

Transfer to London Airport