This page is still very much "under construction". Much more to come!
The vast majority of all our customers wish to visit historic sites. Luckily there is a wealth of really interesting sites available. However, it is a sad reflection on the standard tour companies that only a fraction of these sites is ever visited by our overseas friends. Our vowed mission has been to redress this lack and open up the plethora of interesting, beautiful and indeed significant sites that are on offer that simply don't feature on many of the standard tour lists.
On this page we list a number that we have visited recently and we will be more than happy to take you to any of these and share with our delight at their rich heritage. The list really is only a snap shot and we will continue to add interesting sites to this page so keep coming back to discover more exciting places to see.
Click the pictures to visit the website of the relevant site.
This page is still under construction and dozens more sites are
destined to be listed. For example:
Hatfield House Salisbury Cathedral
Knole House Bath and Wells Cathedral
Ightam Mote Ely Cathedral
Leeds Castle The Vyne
Hadham Forge Hampton Court
Kentwell Hall Hever Castle
Sudeley Castle Bodiam Castle
Thornbury Castle Gravesend
Winchester Cathedral Ingatestone
Peterborough Cathedral Layer Marney
Canterbury Cathedral Coggeshall
The Mary Rose
The Old Hall
The Old Hall, where you will be staying, was built in 1514 by Edward Chamberlayne, son of Robert Chamberlayne, executed in 1491 for treason against Henry VII. Subsequently Henry VIII reversed the attaintment in 1541 but withheld restoring the family lands and fortune to
the Chamberlaynes. It was only in 1614 that the family were able to add a further wing to the house. One of the rooms even served as the local manorial court as evidenced in details of the magnificent plasterwork ceiling. Thereafter the house was left to languish until 1963 after which it has undergone steady restoration.
Dedicated page on Old Hall yet to come.
"Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall". This was the country house of Bess of Hardwick, richest woman in Elizabethan England after the Queen herself. Well worth the visit, it houses several of Mary Queen of Scots embroideries that she made together with Bess.
Possibly the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house. Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years. It has been a location used in films such as "Princess Bride" and "Pride and Prejudice"
Little Moreton Hall
One of the most stunning examples of a a Tudor farmhouse manor that came into money during the Tudor era and then remained in a timewarp ever since. A must see location!
Pitchford Hall, oozes Tudor charm. It possesses probably the oldest tree house in England, used in the 17th Century as a banqueting house. The house has an interesting if chequered past, well worth a visit.
Built in 1285, Stokesay Castle is one of the most pictureesque and intact medieval fortified manors in existence. Whilst largely original, it features a number of stunning Tudor modifications such as the yellow and black gatehouse.
One of our most charming Tudor and earlier towns, with many intact buildings. Also has Ludlow Castle, former home of the Princes of Wales, which is also well worth a visit. The Christmas fair there is pure magic!