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Your host and guide is Mike Stone and there are a number of guided tours arranged for you of these wonderful grand houses.
- Two nights' bed and breakfast at the 4-star Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel, Norwich, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Welcome reception
- First night three-course private dinner with wine
- Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
- All talks, guided tours and admissions
- Tour manager and coach transfers throughout
- Holiday insurance
- Single room supplement
- Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Day 2: This morning we travel to the Royal holiday home of Sandringham House. In 1862 The Prince of Wales demolished and replaced the existing house with a neo-Jacobean style designed by the architect A J Humbert, a bachelor’s wing was added which completed the house. Sandringham is the Royal holiday home which is set within glorious gardens and is still privately owned by the Queen. After lunch (not included) we travel to the site of Castle Acre Priory founded by William de Warenne after 1090 for the Cluniac monks. The Priory was dissolved in 1537 and was granted to Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk before it passed to Sir Edward Coke, whose ancestor the Duke of Leicester still owns it today. The house retains a good deal of late monastic decoration. Then onto the medieval moated site of Oxburgh Hall, described as one of the great houses of East Anglia, and is still the home of the Bedingfelds. The entrance to Oxburgh is through one of the most graceful brick towers to survive from Tudor England and the rooms you will see have many associations of Henry VII and Mary Queen of Scots.
Day 3: Travel to Holkham Hall which is rightly regarded as a masterpiece of the Palladian revival style, built by a descendant of Sir Edward Coke, Sir Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester. The magnificent interiors were designed by William Kent which were unfinished on Coke's death. The house was not completed until 1762 after a massive debt of £90,000 was cleared. The house resembles the form of a Roman villa in the English countryside with magnificent interiors which have been very little altered. After lunch (not included) we travel to the Jacobean mansion of Blickling Hall where we will view the principal rooms on the first floor including the long gallery which is often described as the grandest of its period in England. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.00pm.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
The 4-star Sprowston Manor Hotel is located in the city of Norwich within grounds sheltered by ancient oak trees and excudes a historic charm combined with modern touches. Facilities at the hotel include 2 bars, restaurant, indoor pool, and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone and hairdryer. Complimentary on-site parking is available at the hotel.
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Great locations notably Sandringham and Holkham. Mike Stone was a knowledgeable tour guide. Excellent accommodation, the best so far with Travel Editions.