10th February 2020
Dream Escape is perfectly placed to design and curate the quintessential English programme with an expertly experienced team on hand at our England HQ in London. Unique experiences, an extensive contact book and amazing handpicked guides ensure you make the most of the beautiful countryside and exciting cities.
2020 commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Wordsworth, one of the world’s most celebrated poets. Wordsworth found a special place in the Lake District which is considered by many to be one of the most picturesque areas in all of England. It is here on the banks of Ullswater in 1802 that he was moved to write his most famous work.
When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
In 2017 the Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status and home to both England’s highest mountain and its largest lake, the Lake District has no shortage of serene countryside. Throughout the ages, poets and authors have flooded to these wonderful landscapes for tranquillity and inspiration.
Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of Dove Cottage, one of the first homes of William and Dorothy Wordsworth and see some very rare books and manuscripts associated with the Lake Poets. Take an exclusive guided tour of impressive Rydal Mount, Wordsworth’s home until his death in 1850. Relax in the poet’s library with some famous Grasmere gingerbread, soaking up the ambience as the words of the poet are read.
Visit Hill Top the charming old farmhouse that was owned by Beatrix Potter, and where she penned many of her famous stories about Peter Rabbit, and her children rhymes and poems. By very special arrangement, access the private property which was formerly Beatrix Potter’s marital home, providing insight into Beatrix’s life. Conclude with a delicious afternoon tea served on the lawn.
For outdoor adventures meet current Lakeland residents. Spend the day shepherding with one of Britain’s most successful sheepdog handlers and the first woman to win the prestigious ‘One Man and His Dog’ competition. Make friends with a native pack pony during a traditional Fell Pony Adventure. Follow part of an old pack horse route through meadows, woods and fells. Your pony will transport everything needed for the day including lunch which is cooked on a charcoal fire and enjoyed against a backdrop of breathtaking views across Cumbria and the Fells.
Discover our inspiring English Lakes programmes below.
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Sharon Delano, Frosch
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Thomas Cohen, Client
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Jill Jergel, Frontiers International Travel
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Michael Guadarrama & Trammi Nguyen, clients of Peter Carideo. CRC Travel
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Max Levy, Direct client
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Joni Gerace, The Travel Society, LLC
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Jill A. Jergel, Frontiers International Travel
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Carole McFarland, Universal Travel
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Peter Carideo, CRC Travel
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