Take a journey of Discovery through the ancient estates of Britain's former nobility, aristocrats and monarchs. You will be amazed at the stately manor houses, castles, gardens and grand furnishings of the former residents of these properties dotted throughout the lovely landscapes of Southern England. Visit Ann Boleyn's 13th century castle; wealthy merchants country houses; Rothchild's Ascott House filled with priceless objects; Snowshill Manor, a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures including a unique costumes collection; Batemans, the former home of Rudyard Kipling plus other great centuries old houses and museums filled with memories and collectibles of a bygone era.
You will explore the medieval villages that have endured for centuries and now offer great charm and picturesque quaintness to those that wander the lanes and learn of the past. Enjoy crafts, antiques and wares of local crafters with traditional roots and legends to share. Our tour includes some Cotswolds villages, the cobbled lanes and the half-timbered villages of Rye and the lovely town of Royal Tunbridge Wells along with the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. Our journey will include many historic mansions and we even a chance to stay in some manor houses. This is a one-of-a-kind tour you won't want to miss! We will only take 10 travelers to allow us to stay in some unique accommodations, dine where the locals dine and have private visits along our route. Details on the class at the RSN at Hampton Court Palace will be provided on request.