Two beautifully preserved private residences, both Althorp House and Woburn Abbey will be ours to enjoy on this interesting break. As an added bonus, we also take in the recently reopened and restored Wrest Park.
After decades behind virtually closed doors, its treasures overgrown and largely unknown, English Heritage has revived one of Britain’s largest and most important “secret gardens” – Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. This is a wonderful 90-acre historic landscape and French-style mansion which will take its rightful place amongst the country's great garden attractions. Stroll in the recently restored Italian and Rose Gardens. Enjoy reinstated historic pathways as you discover the garden buildings, pavilion and statues. There is a tea room serving a variety of snacks and drinks.
Althorp House the childhood home and final resting place of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, opens its doors to welcome thousands of visitors every summer to see an award winning exhibition of her life and 500 years of Spencer family history in 19 rooms. Very few however get to take afternoon tea in the State Dining Room, a room not normally open to the public. We sit down to an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones within the former Great Dining Room of Althorp that was intended to be a replica of the ballroom at Buckingham Palace.
Our homeward journey today incorporates a visit to the 3000 acre Woburn estate and entrance to the famous Abbey which has been the family home to the Dukes of Bedford for 300 years. Enjoy stunning works of art recognised as one of the world’s finest private collections, including famous pieces by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Van Dyck, Cuyp and Gower and the largest collection of Venetian views painted by Canaletto in the UK, second only to the Royal Collection. View captivating antiques and personal items treasured throughout the centuries. Discover Woburn and its part in English history, the origins of Afternoon Tea and tour the peaceful gardens.