ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT "THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND"
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DURING YOUR STAY WE WILL VISIT STUNNING KNOLE HOUSE, THE FAMILY HOME OF VITA SACKVILLE-WEST & CHARLESTON HOUSE, THE HOME OF VANESSA BELL, THE FAMOUS BLOOMSBURY MODERNIST PAINTER AND SISTER OF VIRGINIA WOOLF PLUS A GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS & A SPA TREATMENT ALL INCLUDED AND MORE!
We are delighted to welcome our Diva Solos Travel Club members. Enjoy meeting in person on our designated Diva Solos Dining Table Your host Caron will personally introduce members on arrival We are holding a zoom meeting on Friday 11th June at 7pm to chat more about the trip. Plus it's a great way to meet other members before you join us in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Please register your place on our zoom meeting HERE
Sunday 24th October 2021 Arrive at the beautiful spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells at your leisure and join your hosts Jen & Caron and your fellow guests for an afternoon drink in the bar. When you have settled in and unpacked you will have the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool or there's always the two gyms to work up a sweat before heading to the steam room and individual male & female saunas. If you fancy something outside (weather permitting) you can take to the floodlit, outdoor tennis court or take a stroll to the famous Pantiles, just a short walk away. In the evening we will all meet for a hosted group 3 course dinner in the hotel restaurant (dinner and welcome drink included in your price)
Monday 25th October 2021 After breakfast, our private coach will transfer our group to Knole House, the stunning ancestral home of Vita Sackville-West. Built c1456, it became a royal possession during the Tudor dynasty when Henry VIII hunted here and found the place a useful residence for his daughter, later to become Mary I. From 1603, Thomas Sackville made it the aristocratic treasure house for the Sackville family, who were prominent and influential in court circles. Victoria Mary Sackville-West, known as Vita, was born at Knole in 1892 and grew up there, an only child of Victoria and Lionel. Our coach will transfer our group back to the hotel ready for a group meal in one of the local restaurants. (Entry and coach to Knole is included in your price)
Tuesday 26th October 2021 After a relaxing breakfast we will be taken on a 1 1/2 hour walking tour of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Learn all about the historic spa town on a guided stroll through the Pantiles and the historic heart of the town. Discover its 400-year history and hear about the many famous visitors including Queen Victoria and Samuel Pepys who made Tunbridge Wells the place to see and be seen. We will conclude our tour with tea and scones in one of the many tea rooms in the Pantiles. Spend the afternoon at your leisure and have your chosen spa treatment in our hotel (Spa treatment and walking tour, tea & scones included in your price)
Wednesday 27th October 2021 After a relaxing breakfast our private coach will transfer our group to Charleston House, home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant whose bohemian house was visited by the famous Bloomsbury group who included some of the 20th centuries most pioneering artists, writers and thinkers including Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf. We start our visit with a private guided tour of this unique house where the presence of the Bloomsbury set can be felt and seen in every room. You will then have time to enjoy the beautiful garden of Charleston. There is the new Barn Cafe on site to enjoy an afternoon beveridge. On our return we'll have our group evening meal in a local pub or restaurant. (Entry & guided tour of Charleston and return coach is included in your price)
Thursday 28th October 2021 After a relaxing breakfast it's time to say our farewells. You can always stay on and take some more time to explore Tunbridge Wells, go shopping or visit some of the quaint Kent towns and villages and historic places right on your doorstep.
Prices £613 (based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room) £788 (based on sole occupancy) Included in your price: - 4 night's bed & breakfast accommodation in the Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells - 3 course group evening meal on Sunday - Complimentary drink at our welcome drinks party - Spa treatment (choice of treatments for you) - Private guided walking tour of Tunbridge Wells - Tea & Scones in Tunbridge Wells tea room on Tuesday - Private coach from Tunbridge Wells to Knole and Charleston - Entrance to Knole House & Charleston House with a private guided tour of Charleston Not Included: - Lunches, evening meals (unless stated) - Refreshments during the day (unless stated) Travelling solo? We will do our best to accommodate you in a twin room share, avoiding any single supplement (subject to room sharer availability) Covid cancellation policy Now we have guaranteed our departure your deposit becomes non-refundable. Rest assured however, if in the unlikely event there is a national lockdown (and we sincerely hope there won't be) your money will be refunded in full. If there are regional lockdowns we will reschedule the trip instead. Please see the Spa Hotel T&C's which we adhere to on this booking.
The 4* Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Nestled in the glorious Kent countryside, Royal Tunbridge Wells is a leafy, laid-back corner of 'the Garden of England'. The charming and historic town is a rousing mix of momentous architecture, specialist independent shops, art galleries, hip cafés and bars. It's filled with character and charm. Set in 14 acres of picturesque grounds close to the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, the spa town from which its name is derived, our hotel first opened its doors to guests in 1880 and has since built a reputation for style, sophistication, relaxation and fine dining. Originally built in 1766 as a country mansion, The Spa Hotel has a long-established history in the town, and with its recent refurbishment it offers a stunning location to stay. With 70 rooms, an award-winning restaurant as well as the new, contemporary Zagatos Bar and Brasserie, there is plenty for guests to enjoy whilst taking advantage of easy access to historic Tunbridge Wells and the beautiful Kent countryside.In keeping with the tradition of the town, the Spa Spa offers a range of heavenly treatments to make your visit even more relaxing. Indulge in the pool, steam room, saunas or Spa Health gym perfect for combining with Afternoon Tea in the Lobby or Orangery.
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