|Friday, June 26, 2015||Literary Dorset - Mill House, Lulworth||7||2045|
single supplement $20 per night.
The Life and Works of Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie wrote her very first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles whilst enjoying a stay at our Moorlands House at Haytor in 1916. During this holiday well visit Greenway, her holiday home on the River Dart, take a ride on the steam railway between Paignton and Kingswear, and visit Torquay where she was born and grew up, and first heard the name Hercule Poirot. Holiday Highlights: Visit Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie and her family A ride on the Paignton steam railway, one of the finest steam railways in the world Visit Torquay, birthplace of Agatha Christie and walk along the Agatha Christie mile.
Moorlands is a fine Country House, situated high on the moor below the famous Haytor Rocks, one of Dartmoors best-known landmarks. It was in this magnificent setting that Agatha Christie wrote her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1916.
Charles Dickens his life and works Holiday reference:
On this short literary exploration of Charles Dickens well focus on two of his works and relevant locations; Nicholas Nickleby and Portsmouth where well learn about the murder in chapter 22 and well read the opening chapter of Great Expectations at Cooling church. On the four night holiday well have the extra highlight of Dombey & Son and Brighton Holiday highlights Visit Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum in Portsmouth See the Highland Road historic cemetery in Portsmouth burial place of Ellen Terney, Dickens lover Explore Rochester, inspiration for many of Dickens works and characters Soak up the atmosphere of St James Church, Cooling where Pip meets Magwitch the convict in Great Expectations,
Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall is ideally located for a short break or a longer holiday. A peaceful ambiance and excellent facilities make it a relaxing place to stay.
|Monday, August 03, 2015||Life & Works Of Charles Dickens - Abingworth||4||1279|
Brontës Literature and Countryside Unspoiled dramatic moors
to old industrial valleys. The dramatic moorland inspired the Bronte Sisters to
pen novels which are classics of English literature.
Patrick Brontë found himself widowed in a remote corner of the Pennines, with six children to bring up, four of them showed marks of genius, and the three girls, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, became published authors whose works are avidly read today.
The Brontes were an intensely close-knit family and their parsonage home formed the heart of their world from early childhood until the ends of their brief lives. 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.
Imagine the everyday lives of the Bronte Sisters as you walk round Haworth Church and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. 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.
Holiday highlights: Visit to the Haworth Parsonage where the Brontë children grew up See the fascinating Red House, home to Charlottes great friend and early feminist Mary Taylor The wild moorland scenery we pass above Haworth evokes the settings of their novels, especially Wuthering Heights Evening talks covering some of the lesser known Brontë works, such as Shirley and Agnes Grey Whats included: Full-day coach excursions with all admissions to places of interest included A knowledgeable leader accompanies the tour Comfortable en-suite bedrooms at our 3 or 4-star Country Houses Full Board accommodation with all meals included The Brontë story is one of enduring fascination. The Rev Patrick Brontë came from an Irish rural background, graduated from Cambridge, took orders in the Church of England, and at the age of 44 found himself a widower in the parish of Haworth in Yorkshire, with six children to bring up. Two children died young and the remaining four all showed remarkable literary talents, although the career of Branwell, the only son, was marred by wasted opportunity. Charlotte, Emily and Anne became published authors in their twenties. Your holiday is designed to be an introduction to this talented family through visits to sites connected with them and their circle.
Day 1: Arrival day. Your room will be available from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for tea between 4pm and 5pm to meet the leader and your fellow guests. Before dinner there will be a brief introduction to the holiday programme.
Day 2: We visit Haworth to see the atmospheric parsonage and town where the Brontës grew up. In the afternoon we travel to Wycoller to see the ruined hall which may be the inspiration for Ferndean in Jane Eyre. We return to Malhamdale passing by East Riddlesden Hall which was used in the recent ITV film of Wuthering Heights.
Day 3: We travel to Thornton, the Brontës birthplace, then on to The Red House, Gomersal, followed by Oakwell Hall, Birstall, which both feature in Shirley. In the afternoon we stop at St Peters Church in Hartshead near the scene of the Luddite riots in 1812 when Patrick Brontë was curate there.
Day 4: Depart after breakfast.
An optional Wuthering Heights walk will add another dimension. There will be a program of evening talks on the Brontës and their works. Stay at: Newfield Hall, Malhamdale, Southern Yorkshire Dales Newfield Hall, an imposing stone mansion built in 1856, stands proudly at the end of a tree-lined drive in two acres of mature grounds. Retaining its 19th Century ambience, it has a pillared entrance, baronial hall and courtyards. The hall is peacefully situated in the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and less than half a mile from the Pennine Way, which leads north to the geological wonders of Malhamdale. BY RAIL: To Skipton station. 2 hours from Manchester by train, 4 hours from London. Visit thetrainline.com for train information and to book tickets. Transfer to House: (7 miles).
You will get most from the holiday if you read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre or any of the Brontës novels in advance, but this is not critical.
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