Jane Austen, the Brontes and Beatrix
A tour of their worlds
. Literary small group tour of England
What better way to see England than to
spend time with like-minded people who share your interest and passion? Spend a
week in Jane Austens world . . . includes a visit to Chawton Great House
and Chawton Cottage. Explore the unique habitat of the moors, passing Haworth
and many places of interest to lovers of the three Brontë sisters literary
works. The scenic Lake District includes a visit to Beatrix Potters
Travel in a small group, exploring the byways of the English countryside.
Our tours are limited to 16 persons.
Day 1 DEPART USA.
You board your overseas flight. DESTINATION: LONDON. Dinner and breakfast
Day 2 ARRIVE LONDON
The Regency world of Jane Austen's novels and later life reflects a tension
between the ideals of the enlightenment and the newly emerging romanticism and
dramatic challenges to social mores. Visit Jane's important biographical sites.
Today see Chawton. At Chawton, she was at her most prolific, producing and
publishing four novels, Pride & Prejudice (revised), Mansfield Park, Emma
and Persuasion, the unfinished Sanditon and revising Northanger Abbey. The
pretty 17th century building is now a museum for items connected with the
author and her family. There are some very personal possessions on show,
including jewelry, letters and her will. Continue to Portsmouth (which is
connected with her sailor-brothers and the novel Persuasion and Mansfield
Park). Dinner this evening to get acquainted with your fellow travelers.
Day 3 - WINCHESTER/BATH
See Steventon Church. The 12th century Steventon Church where Jane worshipped,
stands almost unchanged from those days. Here there are memorial tablets to
James Austen, Jane's eldest brother, who took over the parish from her father,
his two wives and some of his relations. Their graves are in the churchyard.
Visit Winchester, Jane Austen's final resting place, and travel to Bath.
Discover the architectural marvels of the spa city of Bath. (B)
Day 4 BATH
Spend a day in Bath with a guided walk. Take tea on the second floor of the
lovely Georgian townhouse, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of Bath's
busy streets. Choice of 15 varieties of loose leaf tea, Belgian hot chocolate
and fresh coffee as well as a selection of luscious cakes, sandwiches,
toasties, soup and rolls.When you join our September departure
the Jane Austen Festival, you'll see more people dressing in Regency costume
celebrating the life and works of Jane Austen. The most spectacular day each
year is the first Saturday, when the festival officially opens with
the Regency Costumed Promenade through the streets of Bath. Promenaders from
all over the world dress in 18th Century attire led by our Town Crier and
accompanied by soldiers and sailors adding extra color to the proceedings.
Day 5 LAKE DISTRICT BEATRIX
Today is a travel day. Magnificent lakes, fells and mountains border the
winding roads in this area loved by poets, writers and painters, including
Beatrix Potter. Some of the most dramatic scenery in England is here. Perfectly
kept cottages trimmed with fuschia hedges, black and white cows and bulls, and
butter-golden gorse dot the hillsides. Visit the home of Beatrix Potter, author
of many children's books, including Peter Rabbit. As you make your way through
the delightful villages, you will discover the shops are filled with
collectibles and gifts in the distinctive style of the characters made famous
by British author, Beatrix Potter. Her charming cottage and home are located at
Hill Top, this little 17th century stone house,
near the village of Sawrey at the North end of Lake
Windermere. Beatrix Potter (1866 -1943) purchased this little farm with the
earnings from her first book "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and as one
overlooks the garden adjacent to the cottage, you almost anticipate Peter
Rabbit popping up from behind a shrub! There is a good example of traditional
cottage garden, containing mainly old-fashioned flowers such as honeysuckle,
foxgloves, sweet cicely, lupins, peonies, lavender and philadelphus. Roses grow
ground the front door. Fruit still plays an important role in the garden -
strawberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries and rhubarb. Beatrix Potter
furnished Hill Top with her favorite things. The illustrations she painted from
the classic tales of Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Samuel Whiskers all
contain views of Hill Top and scenes from Sawrey and the immediate area. On her
marriage in 1913, Beatrix Potter moved to a nearby home and kept her beloved
Hill Top as a studio. She was famed as a childrens' author, but recognized
locally as a sheep farmer and devoted much of her time to that occupation.
Seven of her books are based in or around Hill Top. Tom Kitten and Samuel
Whiskers lived there. Because of her foresight in preserving this cottage and
its contents, it enables visitors to almost literally step back in time and and
experience the warmth and charm present in every room. (B)
Day 6 YORKSHIRE THE BRONTES
The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is one of the
National Trust's more unusual properties in that it has an interesting link
with Beatrix Potter herself. The 17th Century building, which was once the
office of her husband, local solicitor William Heelis, has remained largely
unaltered since his day. The Gallery houses an annually changing exhibition of
a selection of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and illustrations. Beatrix
Potter was however much more than a gifted artist and author. She was, without
question, a determined preserver of her beloved Lake District and a great
believer in the aims of the fledgling National Trust, bequeathing her numerous
farms and land to the Trust in 1943. The Gallery also contains a display
covering the story of her life through its various stages, which offers an
unique insight into her life and times. There is a reconstruction of part of
William Heelis' office.
The dramatic moorland inspired the Bronte Sisters to pen novels which are
classics of English literature. (B)
Day 7 THE BRONTES
We offer an introduction to the family through visits to sites connected with
them including Thornton, the Parsonage and Brontë Museum at Haworth, the
Red House used as a model in Shirley, Wycoller, Norton Conyers Hall, Cowan
Bridge School and Tunstall Church. Haworth Parsonage was once the home of the
Brontë family and is where Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë wrote the
books which have made them world famous, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering
Heights. The Parsonage Museum now provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives
of the three sisters and of Victorian Haworth. Imagine the everyday lives of
the Bronte Sisters as you walk round Haworth Church The cobbled Main Street in
Haworth has a host of specialist shops. Discover antique books, paintings &
tearooms, hotels (including the "Black Bull" - where Branwell
Bronte's demise into alcoholism and opium addiction allegedly began). Many
public footpaths lead out of the village, and there is much scope for rambling,
though perhaps the most famous walk leads past Lower Laithe Reservoir to the
picturesque (but unspectacular) Bronte Falls, the Bronte Bridge, and the Bronte
Stone Chair in which (it is said) the sisters took turns to sit and write their
first stories. Farewell dinner. (B)
(Note: I recently traveled to Haworth. We traveled through the bleak landscape
of the Moors to Haworth. We enjoyed a walking tour of the village - The world
of Wuthering Heights is brought to life in the famous village of Haworth,
including a visit to Brontë Parsonage Museum which was once home to the
literary great the Brontës. The town, too, seems known for its large sized
cats, which appear in backyards, streets, and even the Apothecary Shop. The
town would be charming, even without the Bronte Association. We had lunch at
the Weavers, a pub, decorated with old spindles from long ago. The food was
just fabulous, including sticky toffee pudding. )
Day 8 HOMEWARD FROM MANCHESTER
Travel 1 1/2 hours to Manchester where you depart for home, with memories of
many new-found friends. Please book a return flight no earlier than
YOUR COACH TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- Round trip airfare USA/London/Manchester/USA, may be added at extra cost.
- Arrival (Gatwick)and departure (Manchester) group airport transfers.
- Deluxe private motorcoach transportation.
- Services of a driver/guide (1 person). A literary guide for 8 persons or
- Hotel accommodation with private bath.
Your 3 and 4 star hotels or similar
- Portsmouth Royal Beach 1 night
- Bath Abbey Hotel 2 nights
- Grasmere Red Lion 1 night
- Harrogate Dower House 2 nights
- Full breakfast daily
- Two dinners
- Admission charges and entrance fees to: Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter and the
- Scenic drives countryside villages
- Tips to bellmen for one bag per person at all hotels.
- All taxes and service charges.
Land only tours start at London Gatwick at 9AM on Day 2.
- No individual space available, but available for groups
of 6 or more
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