Three nights dinner bed & breakfast
The Bull dates back to 1688, and whilst the interior has changed a great deal since then, and the facilities are as you would expect from a four star hotel, the décor remains sympathetic to the original building. Facilities include: Carriages Restaurant; Jack Shrimpton Bar; Cocktail Lounge and beautifully landscaped gardens, Dinner is served carvery style.
On our outward journey we visit the fashionable and elegant town of Leamington Spa. With tree lined avenues and glorious gardens perfect for a gentle stroll by the river, there will be time to obtain lunch (at own expense), before continuing to our hotel in time for dinner.
Today we visit Cliveden, nestling high above the River Thames with panoramic views over the Berkshire countryside, and with gardens that capture the grandeur of a bygone age. In the afternoon we have time at leisure in Maidenhead. Take a stroll alongside one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames, enjoy relaxing in one of the cafes or bars, or perhaps indulge in a little shopping.
We make the short transfer to Aylesbury, where today is market day. You may wish to visit the Kings Head, where Henry VIII reputedly wooed Anne Boleyn, or the town’s County Museum and Roald Dahl Gallery (Admissions not included). We continue in the afternoon to Waddesdon Manor the Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures. The Victorian garden is considered to be one of the finest in Britain, with its parterre, seasonal displays, fountains and statuary.
We depart after breakfast, and head for Hughenden, a truly magical place, set in a timeless Chiltern valley, and the handsome home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. His hillside hideaway was HQ for a top-secret operation during the Second World War that put Hughenden high on Hitler’s hit list. A replica air-raid shelter, 1940’s living room and ice house bring wartime Britain to life. Time to explore the house and stroll through the gardens designed by Disraeli’s loving wife, before continuing our homeward journey.