Visits Summer 2017

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WEDNESDAY 19th JULY 2017                                                                           LULLINGSTONE CASTLE

A morning  guided tour of Lullingstone  Castle, set in a hundred twenty acres Kent countryside is one of
England  family estates  owned by Guy Hart Dyke, dating  back to the time of Domesday.  Fine
Staterooms,  family portraits  and armoury  all in beautiful  surroundings.  The main house and gatehouse
were built in 1497. After lunch time to visit St Botolphs Parish Church  which contains some of the
oldest  stained  glass in England. A two acre walled garden  has been turn into a World Garden  of Plants
by Tom Dyke Haft, an idea thought up when he and a friend where taken hostage in Columbia,
hopefully  he will be there to talk about the garden.  Coffee and biscuits  on arrival and after the tour a
lunch of Quiche,  various  salads, French bread and butter and Chocolate Roulade  is included  on the
price. No other refreshments  are available. Please  indicate on the booking  slip any dietary

LEAVE ARTINGTON                       8.40 am 

LEAVE LIBRARY                            8.50 am and onto C Hall, B Farm and Sutherland Park

LEAVE LULLINGSTONE                3.30pm

Cost of coach, tip, coffee, tour and lunch    £37.00

MONDAY 21ST AUGUST 2017                                                                      KNEBWORTH HOUSE

Originally  a Tudor Mansion House,  rebuilt in gothic style in 1843, it has been the home of the Lytton
Family since 1490. Rooms in various  styles including  a Jacobean banqueting hall. Set in two hundred
and fifty acre of parkland  with beautiful formal gardens,  walled vegetable garden  and Rja exhibition.
Coffee  on arrival,  guided tour of the house and then free time. Picnic and restaurant  facilities available

LEAVE SHALFORD                        8.45 am

LEAVE LIBRARY                            8.55 am and onto C Hall, B Farm and Sutherland Park


Cost of coach, tip, coffee and house tour  £27.00


FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017                                                                      ROCHESTER

A morning visit to Restoration House which is the finest pre-Civil War town house in England. The
building takes its name from Charles ll visit in'1660 on his way to claim the throne, some parts are a
century older, Since 1994 Robert Tucker and Jonathan  Willmot have restored the interior and filled it
with an impressive  collection of furniture, objects and pictures by Mytens, Kneller, Dahl, Reynolds  and
several Gainsboroughs.  A charming interlinked  garden is at the rear of the property.
Coffee  and cake on arrival. Free time for lunch then guided tour of Rochester Cathedral. The great
west door dates from C1130 and is not only one of the most richly decorated late Norman doonruays in
England,  but also the only surviving  example of a column- figure doorway showing  The Queen  of
Sheba and King Solomon.

LEAVE ARTINGTON                         8.30am 

LEAVE LIBRARY                               8.45am and onto C Hall, B Farm and Sutherland Park

LEAVE ROCHESTER                        3.30pm

Cost of coach, tip, coffee and guided tour of house and Cathedral   £30.00


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