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North Devon

4* The Park Hotel, Barnstaple (Brend Hotel): RHS Garden Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal, Quince Honey Farm, Horse Drawn Barge, Barnstaple & Hartland Abbey

Sunday 17 May

Departing the local area, we have a lunch stop on route before arriving at our hotel in time to settle in before dinner.  The Park Hotel, Barnstaple one of the renowned "Brend Hotel" group was recently awarded 4* from the AA following a multi-million pound redevelopment.


Monday 18 May

Today we enjoy a morning discovering RHS Garden Rosemoor. Nestled in the Torridge Valley, Rosemoor is an enchanting place to visit in every season.  The garden is rich in horticultural heritage and could be said to have two faces: one designed more recently by the RHS and the other created over time.

As a visitor, you will experience the newest areas first, beginning with the multi-faceted Formal Garden and then the Stream Field and Lake to the north. These in turn lead toward the South West and Devon Orchards and the very popular Fruit and Vegetable Garden. Walking through the Underpass you discover the contrasting original garden of Lady Anne Berry, which consists of many garden 'rooms' that blend seamlessly into one. This afternoon we visit Dartington Crystal the UK's only remaining glass factory. A visit to Dartington Crystal is a unique and fascinating experience for all. Discover their story and development in the exhibition centre and then watch skilled glass makers in action on the factory floor.


Tuesday 19 May

Today we visit Hartland Abbey with its beautiful gardens and grounds.  It is the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations.  Founded by Augustinian monks in 1157 the Abbey was dissolved in 1539, surviving longer than any monastery in England.   The beautiful 18th Century Walled and Woodland gardens, the walks and the parkland provide visitors with extensive grounds through which to wander and enjoy the stunning valley leading down to the rugged Atlantic cove and cottage at Blackpool Mill, the location for many notable films. 


Wednesday 20 May

We spend today at leisure in Barnstaple.  Perhaps you will choose to visit Pannier Market which is situated in one of Barnstaple’s most iconic buildings, with antiques and collectables on offer, or take a stroll around the town or take a walk on the South West Coast Path by the River Taw.


Thursday 21 May

This morning we head to Quince Honey Farm for a guided tour where we learn about the whole honey process from hive to jar, how bees create honeycomb and of course there will be an opportunity to taste the product!  This afternoon we take a leisurely Horse Drawn Barge along the Tiverton Canal.


Friday 22 May

We depart The Park Hotel after a leisurely breakfast and return home with a stop on route, arriving back late afternoon.



Sunday 17 May 2020

6 days

£615 per person sharing a twin/double room

£50 single supplement

£7 RHS Member Discount

Home to home pick up/set down from £25

Front seat supplement £15 for the duration of the tour


Price includes:

All coach travel


5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Admission to RHS Garden Rosemoor

Dartington Crystal Factory Tour

Admission to Hartland Abbey

Quince Honey Farm Tour

Horse Drawn Barge Cruise




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Name Address Contact Details
Baldock Market Place N/S BALDOCK Bus Shelter, Bus Stop next to Comm Centre
Bishops Sford Interchange BISHOPS STORTFORD Interchange
Station Road Bus Stops
Buntingford The Crown PH BUNTINGFORD The Crown PH Bus Stop
Cambridge Trumpington P&R TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
Great Shelford S GT SHELFORD Ldn Rd/Station Rd Bus Stop Southbound
Harlow Bus Stn Stop 14 HARLOW Bus Station Stop 14
HERTFORD - Tesco Stop 12 HERTFORD - Mill Road Tesco Bus Stop 12
Hitchin S HITCHIN St Mary's Square. Opposite Car Park
HODDESDON - Clock Tower HODDESDON - Clock Tower - Amwell St Bus Stop B
Letchworth Station Rd S LETCHWORTH Bus Stop, Station Road next to Arcade
Newport Stn Rd Bus Stop S NEWPORT ESSEX High St - Bus Stop before Station Rd
Near R & R Saggers shop
Royston Bus Station ROYSTON Bus Station
Saffron Walden High St S SAFFRON WALDEN High St Bus Stop By Goddards Elect
Sawbridgeworth White L. S SAWBRIDGEWORTH White Lion Bus Stop
Bus Stop outside Budgens before White Lion
Sawston War Memorial S SAWSTON Next to War Memorial Bus Stop
South Mimms South Mimms Services, Coach Bays
Stansted Mountfit Har S STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Three Colts/Hargrave Cls
Bus Stop (BP Petrol Station)
Stevenage Danestrete K STEVENAGE Matalan Excursions Bus Stop K
WARE - Station Rd WARE - Station Road Bus Stop F

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