Planned with our single travellers in mind, we have a wonderful itinerary which includes historic houses, beautiful gardens and the fantastic open-air museum at Blists Hill. A special treat is a visit to David Austin’s Rose Garden – a truly beautiful experience.
Day 1 Following a morning collection from home, we join our Woods coach and travel toward Shropshire, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, and arriving at our hotel late afternoon. There is time to freshen up before a ‘get to know each other’ welcome drink and dinner.
Day 2 This morning we visit Blists Hill, a fascinating re-creation of a Victorian town complete with staﬀ in authentic costume. We then visit David Austin’s Rose Garden, which many consider to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Over 700 diﬀerent varieties of rose are planted in the garden which now covers around 2 acres, and we enjoy a 50-minute tour of this wonderful site.
Day 3 A visit to the Shugborough Estate, where we have time to explore the mansion house, servants’ quarters, museum, Georgian farm and the many gardens. Lunch is available in the onsite restaurant or café. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon.
Day 4 We travel to Ironbridge, one of the most important centres of the industrial revolution and now a delightful town of tea rooms, antique shops and, of course, the iconic bridge. We then transfer to Weston Park, the former home of the Earls of Bradford, boasting ﬁne furniture and works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Stubbs, all set in 1000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland.
Day 5 Departing the hotel after breakfast, we head south east, with a stop at The Valley Country Park, arriving in the local area late afternoon
This beautiful hotel is set within 170 acres of Shropshire countryside and the restaurant enjoys fantastic views over the Ironbridge Gorge. The hotel has an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym and treatment rooms. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to some rooms.