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Highlights
  • Based in a classic country home in the heart of Lake District National Park, discover a myriad of spectacular homes and gardens.
  • Experience Fountains Abbey, a 12th-century abbey ruins and a World Heritage Site set on 800 acres of beautiful countryside.
  • Meet the head gardener of Levens Hall and explore this magnificent Elizabethan mansion and its world-famous award-winning gardens laid out in 1694.

Inspiration for the Romantic poets and popular summer retreat for the aristocracy in the Victorian Era, the Lake District and Yorkshire are today renowned for their sweeping vistas, melancholy moors and spectacular estates and gardens. Discover these classic English homes and gardens, quaint villages and idyllic pastoral landscapes with the owners, caretakers, horticulturists and historians who know the true character of these national treasures.

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4.6 Guide
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4.6 Lodging
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4.5 Meals
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The English Lake District and North Yorkshire in Bloom

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S

Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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S

Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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TCtssvawmc

Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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WE

Recommends

A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrival, Orientation, Bowness on Windermere

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Lunch: A served lunch will be taken in hotel with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time to check-in and unpack at the hotel before an Orientation at 6pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal with logistics, lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A served three-course dinner in the hotel with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure to relax and prepare for the program ahead.

Day 3: Lakeland Horticultural Gardens, Wordsworth, Bowness on Windermere

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast buffet in the hotel. A wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: We board the motor coach this morning for a local day visiting The Lakeland Horticultural Society gardens at Holehird, Troutbeck. Here we'll have good time to look around and explore this fantastic garden with spectacular views across Windermere.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at a quintessentially English country pub, the Glen Rothay.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Rydal Mount, last home of William Wordsworth, who designed the wonderful garden. Before departing Rydal we will have a look at the recently restored Mawson Italianate garden at Rydal Hall opposite Rydal Mount.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 4: Levens Hall, Cartmel, Holker Hall, Bowness on Windermere

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we drive to lovely Levens Hall, a magnificent Elizabethan mansion built around an original 13th century tower. Originally laid out in 1964, these award-winning gardens create a colourful, seasonal impact. We'll meander through the gardens with a local expert, who will be able to fill you in on the fascinating history of the area.

Lunch: Enjoy a served, homemade lunch in the Levens Hall kitchens.

Afternoon: The field trip continues after lunch to the monastic village of Cartmel and Holker Hall. The village is home the 12th century Cartmel Priory, replete with beautiful stained glass windows, modern sculptures and evocative choir stalls. We'll also be able to explore Cartmel Heritage Centre, home to the monastic history of his ancient village. Following our exploration, we'll drive the short distance to Holker Hall. Set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with immaculate grounds that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills, the gardens bear the fruits of the labour of 18th century owner Lord George Cavendish.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Prepare for tomorrow's field trip with an enjoyable lecture on “The Lowther family and the Earls of Lonsdale”, with the Head Gardener of Lowther Castle.

Day 5: Lowther Castle Gardens, Bowness on Windermere

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Our journey todays takes us over Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater for a cruise to Howtown where we visit two very special churches in the village of Howtown, one over 800 years old and the other Victorian, but with very special stained glass windows.

Lunch: Served in the Howtown Hotel, run by the Brady Family for 108 years.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we drive to Lowther Castle. This was ancestral home of the Lowthers and although the castle is now only a façade, the gardens are being renovated to their former glory at great expense. Here we have an expertly guided exploration of the renovated gardens discussed last night, as well as an opportunity for afternoon tea. The Lowthers are one of the oldest recorded English armigerous families; both their yellow arms – or Six Annulets Sable – and the family tree are documented from the late 12th Century. It was during the 18th Century that the estate grew spectacularly. The estate became the largest in England – at one point it was possible to walk from the east coast to the west without stepping off Lowther soil. Our journey home is over Shap Fell, the highest major road in England.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Swarthmore Hall, Brantwood, Bowness on Windermere

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Activity note: Brantwood Gardens contain some steep paths. The house is fully accessible.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we journey for an expert-led exploration of Swarthmore Hall, a 16th Century country house set in beautiful gardens and grounds in 130 acres of farmland. Expect to see formal gardens, quiet gardens for contemplation and a courtyard garden featuring a beautiful living quilt. The house itself has an interesting history, being regarded as the home of the Quakers - it was here that Thomas and Margaret Fell once lived.

Lunch: Served in the Brantwood Café at Coniston. Situated on the shores of in the grounds, the café has wonderful views of Coniston Water.

Afternoon: Positioned over the water from the Bluebird Café is Brantwood, the former home of Victorian ecologist, writer and painter John Ruskin. Famous for his works, many great thinkers have been influenced by Ruskin’s ideas and Brantwood remains a place of inspiration. Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of the cultural associations with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and the Arts & Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State. After watching a fascinating video you will have time to self explore the house with numerous interpretation points, we will be able to enjoy the heart of the estate – 250 acres of remarkable gardens. These unique gardens continue the many radical experiments in land management and horticulture which Ruskin began and offer spectacular views across the water.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Windy Hall, Bowness on Windermere

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning we board the motor coach for a relaxed coffee with David and Diane Kinsman, owners of Windy Hall, as we explore their property. A 4 acre fellside garden with views over Windermere to Coniston Old Man, the garden has evolved over 25 years with Diane and David doing all of the design and most of the work.

Lunch: Served in Windy Hall.

Afternoon: This afternoon we take a scenic drive in the heart of the Lakes and Grasmere. Your Group Leader will make sure you are full of interesting facts on the area, before we have some free time in Grasmere.

Dinner: Served in the Traveller’s Rest Inn, Grasmere.

Evening: After dinner in the pub we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Day 8: Free Day, Bowness on Windermere

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today is free for your own independent exploration. Your Group Leader will be happy to give you suggestions and directions.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Your free time continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: Transfer to Harrogate, Sizergh Castle, Harrogate

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we transfer by motor coach to Harrogate, a beautiful spa town near the rolling Yorkshire Dales. En route we will visit the National Trust’s Sizergh Castle and Gardens. Sizergh Castle is a beautiful medieval house with rich gardens, set in a fabulous estate. This imposing house stands proud at the gateway to the Lake District. Its gardens include a pond, lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. Your Group Leader will introduce you to the site before you are free to explore at your leisure.

Lunch: Enjoy a served lunch at or near Sizergh Castle.

Afternoon: The transfer continues, with an informative lecture about the history of Harrogate en-route. After you check into your hotel, you will have time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: A served three-course dinner in the hotel with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 10: RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast buffet in the hotel. A wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: Today we board the motor coach for a field trip to the Royal Horticultural Society’s most northerly and newest garden at Harlow Carr. With vast expanses of water, Harlow Carr seems to merge into the Yorkshire landscape from which it has sprung. Your Group Leader will walk you around the site, imparting their knowledge before you are free to explore to your heart's content.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure in Harlow Carr.

Afternoon: Free for you to explore Harlow Carr on your own, before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: Ripon Cathedral, Fountains Abbey, Royal Water Gardens, Harrogate

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We begin today with a gentle drive to Ripon, the Cathedral city of the Yorkshire Dales. The Cathedral was founded over 1,300 years ago by St. Wilfred and remains an impressive sandstone building with a stunning range of stained glass windows. From Ripon Cathedral we will continue to Fountains Abbey, one of the most famous abbeys in the country and a World Heritage Site, set in 800 acres of beautiful countryside. Its grounds contain an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into its design.

Lunch: Served at Fountains Abbey.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will be able to amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: Ripley Castle, Aysgarth Rock Garden, Harrogate

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We travel this morning to Ripley Castle and its sumptuous gardens, where we will enjoy an expert-led exploration. Consistently occupied since the 14th century, Ripley plays host to the English National Hyacinth Collection.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will take a scenic drive around Wensleydale, a valley in the Yorkshire Dales National Park famed for its local cheese. A lush sweeping valley, it is distinct for its wooden knolls and hidden waterfalls, as well as Aysgarth Rock Garden – one of the most unusual Listed Buildings in the Yorkshire Dales. Originally commissioned in the early 20th Century, the garden is one of the few remaining gardens of its type.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: Transfer to Manchester, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we leave Harrogate by motor coach for our journey to Manchester Airport. Our route takes us past the great Northern city of Leeds to the unique Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Here we'll enjoy an expert-led visit to its open air exhibitions.

Lunch: Served in at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Afternoon: The transfer continues, before check-in at our hotel. You will then have time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: A served three-course farewell dinner in the hotel with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Time to bid your new found friends farewell.

Day 14: Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast buffet in the hotel. A wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: Shuttle bus to Manchester Airport for onward flights. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 4,199

Price Per Day:

$ 300 per person
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 12 nights of accommodations
  • 3 expert-led lectures
  • 18 expert-led field trips
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Internal airfare and ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel: 7 nights  Cumbria

A classic Lakeland country house hotel set in 6 acres of its own private garden. It was once a holiday home for the Potter family and then the permanent residence of Beatrix's mother, Mrs Helen Potter. Lindeth Howe is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy yourself, with breathtaking views to admire from the lounges and sun terrace. Lindeth Howe sits in the heart of the National Park overlooking the largest lake in the country, Lake Windermere.

 

The Crown Hotel: 4 nights  Harrogate

The Crown Hotel is a 300 year old Victorian Hotel, refurbished in contemporary style and situated in the Antique Quarter at the heart of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Placed just a couple of minutes walk from the Harrogate International Centre, Turkish Baths, Betty's Tea Rooms and the picturesque town centre with its antique stores and Victorian arcades.

 

Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport: 1 night  Manchester.

Near to aiport (Terminal 1).

Start City
Bowness-on-Windermere
End City
Manchester

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