Report on Holidays and Travel Group Visit - Winter Wonderland Break at Holme Lacey, Tuesday, 1 November 2011
We arrived at Holme Lacey and drove through the large iron gates. At the end of a long tree-lined drive we could see the Hotel, a Georgian Grade 1 listed manor house. Unusually the gardens are Grade 11 listed. You will see from the photographs below just how splendid this was.
On arrival we were greeted with mince pies and warm mulled wine and given a welcome talk. We were then escorted to our rooms passing through various passageways decked with decorations and numerous Christmas trees.
The Hotel had a full programme of excellent entertainment which we thoroughly enjoyed. Good food was served by a very enthusiastic and charming waitress throughout our stay.
The holiday included three day trips, the first to Cheltenham to the Christmas Markets where we all purchased some unusual Christmas presents.
The next day we went on a morning trip to Monmouth which was a little disappointing. However the journey there through the Wye Valley with a distant view of the Black Mountains made up for it. The trip was further enlivened by a circuitous and adventurous route courtesy of a satellite navigation system that made no allowance for the size of our vehicle.
The final day was a guided tour of the black & white villages. This was a full day and we saw some beautiful architecture. A splendid example of a dovecote can be seen below.
Friday, our departure day, came far too quickly and we made our way North calling at Ashby De La Zouche where we had an excellent lunch.
A very successful trip, fully enjoyed by all.
- Report by Robina Hodgson
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