A Novel Look at Hampshire's History

This fantastic tour features former Tudor powerhouse The Vyne and Jane Austen’s House Museum. We also enjoy a journey on a vintage railway and a delicious gin tasting, as well as free time in two historic cities.

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Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 The Vyne & Bombay Sapphire Distillery
We spend this morning at The Vyne, a one time gem in the Tudor crown turned 17th century family home, now part of the National Trust. We enjoy a guided tour of its stunning interiors before we have free time to explore the beautiful grounds and perhaps
have lunch in the Brewhouse tearoom. In the afternoon, we head to rural Hampshire
for a guided tour of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, where we discover the
Glasshouses, the Botanical Dry Room and the Dakin Still House before enjoying a tailor
made drink.

Day 3 Winchester, Mid Hants Railway & Jane Austen’s House Museum
This morning, we visit the city of Winchester where we can explore the cathedral. In the afternoon, we visit the Georgian market town of Alresford, the home of Hampshire’s historical watercress industry to board a Mid Hants Railway vintage train for a one way journey on the Watercress Line, to Alton. From here we make the short journey to Jane Austen’s House Museum. We get a sense for how she lived and can see many personal items, ranging from books and letters to pieces of furniture and clothing.

Day 4 Salisbury
Today, we travel to Salisbury for a day at leisure. An absolute must is the cathedral with
its ornate 13th century spire and, most impressively, an original copy of Magna Carta.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

The Langstone Quays Resort

Portsmouth, Hampshire
The modern 4 star Langstone Quays Resort is located on the northern shore of Hayling Island, just 8 miles from Portsmouth city centre. The hotel offers stunning views over Langstone and Chichester Harbour. Its 148 spacious rooms are beautifully decorated and equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant occupies a prominent position overlooking the Langstone Harbour & Estuary, while the bar and lounge offers a relaxing and comfortable area in which to enjoy a drink and socialise with newfound friends. The hotel also provides an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room as well as a gym and beauty treatments.

Norton Park Hotel

Winchester, Hampshire
4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £284pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £118
Based on Monday/Thursday arrivals

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Guided tour of The Vyne
• Guided tour of Bombay Sapphire Distillery
• One way journey on the Mid Hants Railway
• Entrance to Jane Austen’s House Museum
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Prices starting from...

£284 for 5 days

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