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England: Royal Residences & Retreats

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England: Royal Residences & Retreats

10 Days

Embark on a trip fit for a king as you explore the most opulent and impressive pieces of Royal Britain. From one of the oldest working palaces in the world, to the homes of monarchs from centuries gone by, discover the history of the British royal family as well as how they live now.

On your tailor-made programme enjoy royal retail therapy by entering those few, exclusive shops lucky enough to be granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment and dine in one of the only restaurants in the UK with three Michelin stars. Stay in quintessentially English accommodation much loved by royalty.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your royal themed Dream Escape programme could include the following experiences:

  • A private boat ride down the River Thames as you sip on champagne and sail by London’s most famous landmarks in style.

 

  • Watch the spectacular tradition of the Changing of the Guard, a distinctive display of British pageantry.

 

  • Step through the nineteen State Rooms at the heart of Buckingham Palace.

 

  • A drive out to Windsor Castle, a favourite of British monarchs for centuries. Last year St George’s Chapel in the grounds of the castle played host to not one, but two royal weddings.

 

  • Gaze upon the glittering British Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, a uniquely alluring collection of working royal regalia regularly featured in state ceremonies.

 

  • Visit the 300-year old department store known as ‘the Queen’s grocer’, famous for its exquisite food and drink, as well as one of the city’s best afternoon teas.

 

  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of one of the last aristocratic town houses in London, also the official residence of the Prince of Wales.

 

  • Cruise into the heart of Royal Berkshire and dock at a 16th-century river-side village where lunch will be served at the only restaurant outside France to retain its three Michelin stars for more than 25 years.

 

  • Explore the arts and antiques of Eton High Street, also the location of the eponymous boarding school whose notable alumni include Prince William and Prince Harry.

 

  • Discover the history of Hampton Court, the former home of the flamboyant King Henry VIII and his six wives, on a private tour with an in-house expert.

 

  • Indulge in artisan delicacies at Britain’s leading cheesemonger, an official supplier of the Royal Household.

 

  • Visit Westminster Abbey, a towering Gothic cathedral instantly recognisable as the venue for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

 

  • Escape to the countryside and discover the cherished Christmas retreat of HM, The Queen, a splendid private home that has been in the Royal family for four generations.

 

Here are the accommodation choices we suggest during your stay;

A grand Edwardian hotel situated in the heart of the exclusive district of Belgravia. This stalwart fixture in high society used to welcome the Queen Mother as a regular and was where Kate Middleton stayed in the days leading up to her wedding in 2011.

A magnificent stately home sat amidst a 376-acre estate overlooking the River Thames. This retreat represents the very pinnacle of English opulence complete with beautiful antique furniture, oil paintings and period features.

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THINGS TO DO

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

No visit to London would be complete without a peek at some pomp and ceremony for which Britain is renowned. At 11.00AM, several times a week, watch the precision drill as the Queen’s Guard hand over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace to the New Guard against a soundtrack of regimental band music.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and the London residence of HM, The Queen.  It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.  During August and September, when it is not being used in its official capacity, visitors can enjoy the nineteen magnificent State Rooms.

MICHELIN DINING EXPERIENCE

Indulge in an intimate dining experience at a Chef’s Table at a Michelin starred restaurant. The chefs will offer you an exclusive insight into the methods and creative processes behind each dish.

THAMES CLIPPER LAUNCH

Board a splendid 33-foot Thames slipper launch. Built in the 1930’s she has been restored and is a delightfully extravagant way to cruise along the Thames. Leaving the Boathouse, cruise downstream, passing under the bridges of Maidenhead to the Fisheries Reach.

THE TOWER OF LONDON

This famed UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the early 1080s and has borne witness to many defining events in British history.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

The remarkable Gothic structure of Westminster Abbey is like a huge memorial to one of our most pious Anglo-Saxon Kings.

WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor Castle is a glorious 13-acre complex of medieval, Restoration and Georgian buildings.

SANDRINGHAM HOUSE

Sandringham is the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862, and much-loved country retreat of HM, The Queen. The house is set in 60 acres of stunning gardens.

 

FROGMORE HOUSE

Frogmore House is a  favourite retreat of the Royal Family. Set in the private Home Park, it is renowned for its beautiful landscaped garden and 18th-century lake. It’s hardly surprising that Frogmore, a Georgian house set in 35 acres inside the Home Park of Windsor Castle, feels sealed off from the outside world.

 

PLACES VISITED

LONDON

London, with its unique blend of history and culture, is constantly changing, with new landmarks, stylish restaurants and clubs opening up all the time. Recently voted as the gourmet capital of the world, London is the European capital to stay in touch with all that’s new and exciting, while enjoying its wealth of historic buildings and eclectic mix of museums and art galleries. With its unique blend of history and culture, the bustling metropolis of London has long been considered a must-see destination. The city is constantly changing, offering a wealth of historic buildings and monuments, as well as an eclectic mix of museums, art galleries and world famous attractions.

BRAY-ON-THAMES

Upstream from London discover the 16th century river-side village of Bray-on-Thames. When it comes to gastronomic credentials, this small Berkshire village is unique, boasting two of Britain’s three-Michelin-star restaurants. It sits on a tranquil stretch of the Thames and oozes 16th -century charm

WINDSOR

Windsor lies in Royal Berkshire, whose Royal associations date back to the establishment of Windsor Castle by William the Conqueror in the 11th The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, it saw King John ride out from its walls to sign Magna Carta at nearby Runnymede in 1215. In 1850 Queen Victoria designated it Royal Berkshire and it was at Windsor Castle in 1839 that the young queen proposed to her beloved Albert.

The town of Windsor is a haven for shopping. Encased within the Victorian railway station are a wealth of high-end outlets. It’s a pleasant stroll from here across the river to Eton High Street. Noted for its art and antique shops, this charming thoroughfare also leads to Eton College, the country’s most famous school.

SANDRINGHAM

Sandringham is the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862, and much-loved country retreat of HM, The Queen. The house is set in 60 acres of stunning gardens.

 

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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