Monday 10th September
Leaving Devon we will make our way to the National Trust’s beautiful 18th Century house, Mottisfont. A romantic house and gallery built around a medieval priory. You will have time to explore the house and grounds, take refreshments in the cafe and stroll in the gardens.
Later in the afternoon we will make our way to Bournemouth where you will be welcomed at The Suncliff Hotel with a hot drink. The hotel is situated in the prestigious East Cliff area of the town, overlooking the Bay. There is a sauna and indoor heated pool for you to relax in, as well as a traditional English pub for that pre dinner drink. You will be served with a 3 course dinner in the restaurant each evening and a full cooked breakfast each morning of your stay.
Tuesday 11th September
After breakfast, we will board the coach to explore the beautiful scenery of the New Forest National Park. Discover beautiful landscapes of ancient woodland, heather covered heaths, rivers and pretty villages. The New Forest is home to ponies, deer, pigs and donkeys as well as fascinating birds, plants and fungi.
Wednesday 12th September
We couldn’t come to Bournemouth without giving you a free day to explore the town. Play on the pier, listen to the band playing in the park, stroll along the beach and have a paddle; there is so much to do. Or perhaps book a spa treatment at the Oceana Resort’s day spa.
Thursday 13th September
Today we will be visiting the Isle of Wight, so after an early(ish) breakfast, we will board the coach and make our way to Lymington for the ferry.
The crossing takes approximately 45 minutes and you will have wonderful views of the Solent from the boat. We will then spend the day exploring the island including The Needles, Shanklin and road closures permitting, the pretty village of Godshill with its thatched cottages and medieval church.
Friday 14th September
Today we will be visiting the National Trust property, Kingston Lacy en route for home. Built to resemble an Italian Palace in the 18th Century it is full of wonderful paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Tintoretto, Titian & Brueghel. Kingston Lacy also houses the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian relics in the UK. The gardens are stunning and definitely worth exploring.
We will leave here for Devon late afternoon and aim to start our drop offs at around 6 p.m.