Tour Date: 13 to 22 JulyLocation: United Kingdom

This tour is a repeat of last year’s highly successful tour to South West England and we doing it “in style”.

A 10-day three centre holiday starting in Bath, continuing to Devon and concluding in Cornwall. It will give the opportunity of visiting many of the regions preserved railway lines, travelling on main and branch line trains and visiting a number of National Trust properties and gardens. There are many highlights of this tour with behind-the-scenes access at some of the preserved lines, and similar behind-the-scenes access to a number of National Trust properties with such unique events as an evening meal together in Agatha Christie’s dining room at Greenway in Devon. The hotels are all high quality and gourmet food is included throughout our tour. You can choose to arrive at our hotel in Bath by train or car and for those travelling by car secure free car parking is available for your car to remain there whilst we take our travels through the South West and we will return from Cornwall by on the final day of the tour to either continue on by rail or pickup your car in Bath.

This unique opportunity to experience some of the best features of the South West “in style” will be truly memorable.

From: Bath or any UK rail station

Tour Manager: Stephen   smart@ptg.co.uk 

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Tour Highlights


  • Excellent hotels
  • Top class dinners included every night
  • Behind the scenes at National Trust properties
  • Behind the scenes at steam railways
  • Three centres – Bath (3 nights), Minehead (3 nights), Falmouth (3 nights)
  • Dart river cruise and steam journey
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Prices & Options
  • Booking
  • Gallery
  • Transport & Accommodation

Day 1 Monday 13th July (D)

To start the tour we will assemble at our hotel on the outskirts of Bath for those arriving by train it’s 10 minutes plus by taxi from the city centre. For those who joined by car there will be secure parking at the hotel for the length of the tour and we will return to the hotel at the end of the tour for you to collect your car. We will travel into the centre of Bath at 15.30 to enjoy a visit to the Roman Baths followed by a glass of bubbly before ascending to Bath Pump Room for an evening meal to the accompaniment of classical music. At the conclusion of the meal we will return to our hotel by taxi.

Day 2 Tuesday 14th July (B, D)

There is much to explore in the environs of Bath. Departing the hotel in our executive coach we are starting with an open top city tour to get the layout of the city before free time to explore your chosen options within the city which could include the Abbey, the costume Museum, the Holbein Art Gallery or to tour the Georgian areas. A Europe Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, including the finest collection of Georgian buildings in Europe.

After free time for lunch we will rendezvous to head off for a private opening of Beckford’s Tower on the outskirts of the city before continuing to the National Trust’s Dyrham Park for a private tour of the gardens before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 3 Wednesday 15th July (B, D)

Leaving the hotel today we explore further afield with a visit to Brunel’s historic HMS Great Britain in the centre of Bristol and the new Brunel Museum where a lecture on Brunel the railwayman. After lunch we will continue to the National Trust property at Tyntesfield with time with private tours of both the house and gardens.  Tyntesfield was not built as a bold and extravagant statement of wealth, power or politics. Its purpose was simple; to serve as a family home. Once hidden and inaccessible, the ordinary and extraordinary lives and possessions of four generations of the Gibbs family are now accessible thanks to the National Trust which secured the property, and its unique collection of objects, in 2002. Leaving Tyntesfield we will return to our hotel in Bath for a final night and a meal together in the hotel restaurant.

Day 4 Thursday 16th July (B, D)

We proceed by coach to Bishop Lydeard to board a train on the West Somerset Railway to take us on the delightful journey down to Minehead. Here are our coach will meet us there to take us on the short journey to the National Trust Dunster Castle. There will be time for a light lunch in the mill before a guided tour of the house. Leaving Dunster Castle we will then continue on to our unique hotel for the next three nights in Dartmoor. We will dine together tonight.

Day 5 Friday 17 July (B, D)

We will leave the hotel early in order to travel to Dartmouth, where we will board a riverboat to journey up to Totnes. There will be time here to familiarise yourself with this town dominated by its hilltop castle. An historic town, with its roots in Elizabethan times, Totnes has a reputation for welcoming alternative lifestyles. Consequently, it is a place full of contrasts. It is the second oldest borough in England and is full of interesting diversions for the visitor. There are museums, a riverside with steamer quay and a multitude of historic buildings, with examples of properties dating back to Norman, Medieval and Tudor times. There are 66 houses in Totnes dating to before 1700. We will continue by open topped bus to Paignton and catch a steam hauled train down to Kingswear travelling in the Pullman car. From there we will continue to a private opening of Greenway Agatha Christie’s former family home now in the care of the National Trust, where a full programme of visits has been arranged before a five-course dinner together in Agatha Christie’s dining room.

Day 6 Saturday 18th July (B, D)

We leave our hotel to travel up to Woody Bay station on the Lynton and Barnstaple railway in time to catch the 12.15 train on the section of line which has been restored. Returning to Woody Bay shortly before 1 o’clock there will be time to dine in the cafe whilst we receive information on the railway and hopefully a tour of the engine and coach storage facilities. The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway opened as an independent railway in May 1898. It was a single track, 1 ft 11 1⁄2 in narrow gauge railway and was slightly over 19 miles long running through the rugged and picturesque area bordering Exmoor in North Devon, England. The last train ran on 29 September 1935. In recent years a scheme to reopen the whole line has gathered pace and sections of the track bed are gradually being purchased back from the current landowners. Replica of the original locomotives and carriages that ran on the line have been built and more are in the pipeline.

We depart Woody Bay station returning close to our hotel to visit Castle Drugo for a private tour and tea in the restaurant before returning to our hotel at 17.00.  Close to our hotel is Moretonhampstead with a superb motor Museum where we have arranged a private opening. We will then travel on to Bovey Castle an exclusive country estate and hotel built for WHSmith of stationary frame and subsequently a hotel with in the great Western Railway group. Lots of interest and here we will dine together in the private dining room before returning to our hotel.

Day 7 Sunday 19 July (B, D)

Leaving our hotel we head into the far South West crossing into Cornwall; we will stop at the Launceston Railway to travel up and down the line. The enchanting narrow-gauge Launceston Railway offers train rides through the unspoilt countryside of Cornwall.  All trains are hauled by lovingly restored Victorian Steam Locomotives – some from the old slate railways of North Wales.

Leaving Launceston at noon we will travel on to Lanhydrock a magnificent late Victorian country house with garden and wooded estate where we will have a private tour of both the gardens and the house. We then proceed to our fabulous seaside hotel in Falmouth where we will dine together in a private dining room. There will be the option of trading up to a sea view room. This

Day 8 Monday 20th July (B, D)

Today there is the option of staying in Falmouth to visit the attractions there including Pendennis Castle or taking a riverboat trip up the Fal or by branch line train to St Ives, a unique artist orientated town on Cornwall’s northern coast. Arriving and departing St Ives by train with time to explore its many sites including the Tate Art gallery. We return to Falmouth and rendezvous at the hotel for an evening meal together.

Day 9 Tuesday 21st July (B, D)

The Gulf Stream has a dramatic effect on the climate in this part of Cornwall; enabling semitropical plants to flourish, we will depart the hotel to visit Trebah Gardens for a private tour and the opportunity for lunch. By way of contrast we will then go on to the Lizard Peninsula and the National Trust owned area, where a Ranger will give us a talk on of the unique wildlife to be found there and an exploratory walk along the coast. We will return to our hotel in Falmouth for our final meal together at fabulous seafood restaurant.

Day 10 Wednesday 22nd July (B)

A morning departure for our return to Bath by coach direct to our hotel with our luggage or the option of travelling by Intercity train along the famous Brunel GWR route with a taxi from the station back to the hotel to enable you to pick up your cars or an additional stay at the hotel.

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For more details please email Stephen at

smart@ptg.co.uk

Holiday Price (per person)

  • Full tour from Bath: £2,850 or £2,700 if booked before 20/12/2019
  • Single use of double room supplement: £545
  • Rail travel from UK places to Bath: POA

Price Includes

  • 9 nights in top hotels with dinner included
  • all excursions listed in the itinerary
  • services of our tour manager. Holiday is fully escorted from Bath

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