• Discover the county’s rich legacy of country houses of many periods
• Visit notable gardens of the early 20th century
• Stay in the charming town of Sherborne and explore its magnificent abbey church
architectural and garden historian, former secretary of the Georgian Group
Assemble 1145 at Sherborne station for lunch followed afternoon tour of Minterne House and visits to Folke Church, Leweston House and chapel. Continue to Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne for four nights.
Morning: Waterston Manor (Jacobean façades and attractive Arts & Crafts gardens) followed by the monastic church and mansion at Milton Abbey. Afternoon: Georgian Blandford Forum (handsome parish church) then Bryanston and Sturminster Newton Church (rare English stained glass window by Harry Clarke).
Morning visits to Sherborne Abbey and remarkable Georgian shell house in a garden of Sherborne School. Lunch and tour at Forde Abbey, followed by the charming little town of Beaminster (impressive monuments in the parish church).
Walk around the Duchy of Cornwall town of Poundbury (wide range of buildings in traditional styles), followed by unusual Jacobean manor house at Warmwell. Afternoon: Moreton Church (Laurence Whistler windows), Puddletown Church (delightfully miscellaneous interior), and the early 20th century gardens along the River Frome at Kingston Maurward.
Mapperton (home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, with outstanding early 20th century gardens), and private lunch with tour at Wolfeton House. Afternoon: Cerne Giant viewpoint before tour disperses 1530 at Sherborne station.
22 Jul — 26 Jul 2019
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Cost of £1375 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, five lunches, three dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, small double room for single use supplement £295.