Penshurst Place & Sissinghurst Gardens
Penshurst Place & Sissinghurst Gardens
Visit one of England’s greatest family-owned stately homes, with history going back over 6 centuries. See the impressive ceiling of the Baron’s Hall. The gardens are made up of yew hedge rooms, each complimenting the different seasons. There is also an adventure playground.
One of the world’s most celebrated gardens, Sissinghurst was created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicholson. See the famous ‘white’ garden and climb the ancient Elizabethan tower to Vita’s secret hideaway.
Your Tour Details
Your personal driver-guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel at 9.00 am. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss any changes you might like to make to your tour. Any tour itinerary we suggest is flexible and can be altered to suit your individual requirements, even on the day.
The 14th century stately home of Penshurst Place is the ancestral residence of the Sidney family. The Baron’s Hall is an impressive room and entrance to the rest of the house. Those visiting cannot help but stand still and look up at the ceiling. The chestnut beams contribute to the overall picture of what this great hall would have looked like all those centuries ago. Evidence of the original 14th century glass can be seen in the Minstrels’ Gallery window above the hall. The State Dining Room, Tapestry Room, Long Gallery and the Nether Gallery display a vast collections of paintings, armoury and artefacts.
The gardens of Penshurst Place have been fully functional since the 14th century. With 48 acres of ground, including 11 acres of formal wall garden the place creates a haven within Kent, particularly on a summer’s day. The Union Jack Flag Garden contains 2000 roses to mark the millennium.
Close by is Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, perfect for those wishing to experience a countryside day out! Purchased in 1930 for £12,375, the run-down estate was bought and redesigned to incorporate the gardens which can be seen today. It takes the gardeners 10 hours to mow the lawn each week and around 30 man-weeks are required to cut the hedges in early autumn. Dating back to 16th century, the Elizabethan Tower was named after Queen Elizabeth I climbed to the top.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
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About Luxury Vacations UK
Since 2002, we have created British travel experiences for individuals, families, groups and corporations. Driver-Guided Tours, Chauffeur-Driven Transfers and Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Unique Accommodation, Customised Group Programmes and VIP Experiences, Premium Tickets to Theatres, Sporting and Cultural Events
And why we do it!
Our aim is always to be an ‘upgrade’ to anything else available, but without going ‘over the top’ with our prices. We started our business by offering simple day tours and deliver them well. It was not long before our clients were asking us to include more services and events – this we took as a compliment and felt it showed they trusted us and had confidence that we would deliver to a high standard, without the fuss.