Along the upper reaches of the River Severn and the borders between England and Wales, the countryside of Shropshire shelters some of the most beautiful landscapes and unspoilt towns that you can imagine. From poetry to iron, inspiration lives on. A.E.Houseman captured its essence in his poems ĎA Shropshire Ladí whilst early ironmasters used it to create a graceful bridge that heralded the Industrial Revolution. The perfect location for an Easter Break
The 3 star Buckatree Hall Hotel is a renowned comfortable country house, with its own mature gardens and private lake, offering a relaxing retreat where you can escape from the pressure of day to day life. Many of the rooms enjoy scenic views of the hotels own lake and gardens, providing a memorable setting in which to relax. All bedrooms are en-suite and have a television and tea/coffee making facilities. This hotel does have a lift.
Friday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting coach for the drive through the heart of England to make a lunch stop in Lichfield with its fine sandstone cathedral, The three spires are popularly known as ĎLadies of the Valeí. We continue through glorious Cannock Chase to arrive at the Buckatree Hall Hotel, where on arrival tea/coffee and biscuits will be served. Later we regroup for dinner this evening.
Saturday This morning we begin with a drive the picturesque Irongbridge Gorge, home of the Industrial Revolution. From here we travel to Shrewsbury with its famous timber framed black and white buildings amongst narrow alleyways surrounded by the River Severn. Here we have chance to get lunch before joining the boat for a relaxing River Cruise. We return to the hotel for dinner.
Sunday We have a leisurely breakfast before heading off along picturesque Wenlock Edge, off the beaten track to Ludlow which is one of Englandís finest surviving medieval towns and set in a wooded bend of the River Teme. Some of Britainís best preserved Tudor, Elizabethan and Georgian architecture is here, with itís over 500 listed buildings. This afternoon we visit Berrington Hall, an exquisite 18th century mansion with superb views to the Brecon Beacons. The house contains beautifully decorated interiors with a nursery, Victorian laundry, Georgian dairy and attractive gardens.
Monday After breakfast we head for home. First we travel to Cosford to visit the RAF museum, home to over 70 aircraft, warplanes and missiles. The Cold War exhibition with its interactive kiosks gives us a chance to see what life was like behind the Iron Curtain. Early afternoon we join the motorway for the cross country drive to return to our home area and waiting taxis.
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