National Trust Members’ Tour: An early tour incorporating four wonderful National Trust properties in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.
Day 1 After being picked up from your door by taxi, we travel northwards, stopping in St Albans before continuing to our hotel in Marston.
Day 2 This morning explore the historic city of Lincoln, with its beautiful cathedral, interesting shops and labyrinth of alleyways. In the afternoon we visit Tattershall Castle (NT), rising majestically from the ﬂat Lincolnshire Fens. We have a guided tour to take us back through the centuries. Tonight there will be bingo after dinner.
Day 3 We journey west to the Hardwick Estate (NT), which is made up of stunning houses and beautiful landscapes that have been created over the centuries. Hardwick Hall dates from the late 16th Century, and contains many Elizabethan treasures, and we have an included tour (details to be conﬁrmed). In the afternoon we make a short visit to Matlock before returning to our hotel. This evening after dinner we have a quiz.
Day 4 Our ﬁrst stop of the day is Stamford with a little free time to explore, before continuing to Woolsthorpe Manor (NT), birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton. At lunchtime we move on to Belton House (NT). The perfect English country house, set in its own deer park, Belton was built in the 17th Century and oﬀers delightful gardens, orangery and lakeside walks. The house featured in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth.
Day 5 Departing after breakfast, we travel southwards making suitable refreshment stops along the way and arrive in the local area late afternoon.
Our three-star charming hotel is set in the beautiful countryside of Grantham, and has been recently refurbished to an excellent standard. The hotel has lounge, traditional bar, atmospheric restaurant and a health club which boasts swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to most rooms.