8-15 September 2013 Celebrate 200 years since Pride & Prejudice by traveling through the English countryside by private luxury coach and enjoy the glorious views of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. Visit Jane Austen's House Museum and enjoy a guided tour of Chawton House Library. Stay in specially selected bed & breakfast accommodation, stroll through 'must-visit' towns of Winchester and Lacock Village. Dress up and learn some historical dances, visit a working 19th century silk mill, spend time breathing in the history of some of England's glorious buildings and gardens - Montacute House, Barrington Court, Stourhead and view some historical fashions up close at Killerton House and Bath Fashion Museum. Promenade in Regency costume at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath and attend a Costumed Regency Ball in the Bath Assembly Rooms.
(For the HISTORIC LONDON TOUR that leads up to this tour see Tour 1 and for a poster and overview relevant to all tours see Tours)
DAY 1, Sunday
Chawton House, the home of Jane’s brother, Edward, and where we have arranged a guided tour of their wonderful library and beautiful garden.
DAY 3, Tuesday
After breakfast our private coach will take us to visit the Whitchurch Silk Mill, where we spend the morning viewing a working Georgian silk mill and share in a group luncheon. Afterwards our coach will take us to Killerton House in Devon, where you will tour the manor, view the costume displays and view a selection of garments on a privately arranged study table. Dinner is scheduled upon our arrival at Farthings Country House Hotel in Taunton.
DAY 4, Wednesday
After breakfast our coach will take us to visit the magnificent Montacute House where several scenes of the 1995 film version of Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility were filmed and wherein are housed a selection of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery in London. After purchasing your lunch from the National Trust restaurant our coach takes us to Barrington Court, a manor house that some believe may have been owned at one stage by an early Austen family member, and was "Kellynch Hall" from Jane Austen's Persuasion and where we have been invited to dance on the sprung dance floor inside.
DAY 5, Thursday
After an early breakfast we leave for Stourhead House and Gardens, another Jane Austen film location. We have a specially booked guide to show us around before we break for a group luncheon. After a day out we journey to stay the night at Beechfield House Hotel.
Beechfield House Hotel, a wonderfully relaxing luxury hotel near Bath.
DAY 6, Friday
After breakfast we depart for Bath, spending the morning in Lacock Village, a wonderfully preserved village dating from the 13th century, that played the village of 'Meryton' in the BBC’s 'Pride and Prejudice'. Here the Bennet girls, in particular Lydia and Kitty ‘whose minds were more vacant than their sisters’, shopped for bonnets, sought the latest tittle-tattle from their Aunt Philips, and hoped to attract the attentions of the officers - in particular a certain Mr Wickham. After a light lunch we depart for Bath, a most beautiful World Heritage City where a private study table has been reserved for us at the Bath Fashion Museum during the afternoon.
DAY 7, Saturday
After breakfast we dress for the Jane Austen Festival Promenade. After meeting old and new friends alike you have plenty of time to walk around Bath and use your special 7-day entry ticket to visit the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms at your leisure. In the evening we have reserved tickets to attend the Farthingales Regency Ball & Dinner in the Assembly Rooms.
DAY 8, Sunday
We have booked extra accommodation in Bath until the 22 September 2013, so feel free to stay on in Bath with us. Aylwen has arranged a special 1-day outing to view costumes from the Snowshill Collection in Leominster on the 17 September and is taking expressions of interest from 7 people who wish to join her mini bus trip north for the day.
We depart Bath on the 22 September for Oxford, where we will teach a dance workshop before flying from Heathrow on the 23 September.
FOR THE HISTORIC LONDON TOUR that leads up to this tour SEE Tour 1
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