Kent, a picture book English countryside with orchards full of blossom, conical Oast Houses, majestic castles and beautiful gardens. The county has an irresistible charm and this tour shows some of the best Kent has to offer.
The 4 star Hilton Hotel stands on the outskirts of Maidstone, in Kent, and is the perfect base for exploring the Garden of England. Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. All bedrooms are en-suite and have a television, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel does not have a lift but the rooms are on the ground floor and first floor.
Thursday From your front door to the Club Class coach to join the motorways travelling southbound to Kent. We arrive this afternoon with time to relax before dinner.
Friday For our first visit today we head to Biddenden and its Vineyard. Here we enjoy a guided tour of the winery, a vineyard walk, tasting and lunch. Next we visit the Winterdale Cheese Farm for a guided tour of the dairy and cave, followed by a cheese tasting and a cream tea.
SaturdayWe begin with a ride to historic Faversham. Nestling between the rural gently sloping Downs and the austere North Kent marshes, Faversham is one of southern England’s most charming towns. It now has over 475 listed buildings and a good selection of independent shops. We have time for lunch before leaving for our afternoon visit to the Shepherd Neame Brewery for a guided ‘behind the scenes’ tour. Our visit is rounded off with a Hop Pickers afternoon tea.
Sunday This morning we head for the land of mysterious marshes and smugglers. First we come to New Romney, a Cinque Port since 1155. The Great Storm of 1287 changed the course of the River Rother and made New Romney and inland town. Next we arrive at Lydd. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the town was notorious for the activities of ‘owlers’ (local smugglers hooting to each other at dead of night). Take a look at All Saints Church- The Cathedral of the March, which has a soaring 132ft tower and at 199ft, it is Kent’s longest church. As we head inland spot the tower of St Mildred’s Church at Tenterden. Known as the ‘Jewel in the Weald’ the town makes an ideal final visit.
Monday After breakfast we begin our journey home to arrive back to waiting taxis.
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