Overlooking the river Avon on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford, Charlecote Park has been part of this corner of rural Warwickshire for centuries. Still the Lucy family home after 900 years, you can explore the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels. Linger in the rooms open to our visitors in the central portion of the house to discover more about the collection brought together by generations of the family whose tastes, lifestyle and varied fortunes are all reflected here Today, the kitchen is brought to life in cooking and costume. Across the courtyard you can explore the laundry and brewhouse which once hummed with the activity of a busy working estate. Discover the stables which house the family’s carriage collection, each with its own story to tell. Stroll through the gardens that Mary Elizabeth loved so dearly, from the formal parterre to the shady woodland garden with rare plants and borders full of colourful herbaceous planting. Picnic, play and wander through the wider parkland, inspired by ‘Capability’ Brown, with views across the river Avon. Our historic herds of Jacob sheep and fallow deer roam freely here and you can see them at close quarters all year round.
Tourists visiting Stratford-upon-Avon could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps ‘Shakespeare-upon-Avon’ would be a more appropriate name for this charming town, since it has such strong links to the world’s most famous Elizabethan playwright and bard, William Shakespeare. It was actually in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare was born some 450 years ago, and his birthplace has now become a must-visit tourist attraction.
The Cotswolds Distillery was established in 2014, and is one of only six distilleries producing English whisky. The Cotswolds Distillery receives 15,000 visitors per year and in 2016 won Best Distillery Tour in the Distillery Experience Awards run by Drinks International, and a Distillery Master award for Consumer Experience from the Spirits Business organisation.
08:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, London, W6 8DR (near Hammersmith Station); 09:00 departure; 11:00-13:30 Charlecote Park a victorian home set in landscaped deer park (group booking for the house arranged at 11:45, price from £5, could be paid at the gates); 14:00-16:00 lunch, walk around the city of Stratford-upon-Avon; 16:30-17:00 Cotswolds Distillery; 17:00 departure; 19:00 London, Hammersmith.
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