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Downton Abbey: Great Britain

As an English company residing in London, Black Tomato knows the best ways for you to spend your time off in this wonderful country, tailoring the unique holiday to provide you with the classic English lifestyle you imagine whilst engrossed in Downton Abbey.

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After landing in England, travel the winding country roads in your private vintage E-type Jaguar, Rolls Royce or even an original Downton Abbey AC Six car just as Branson does.  After negotiating the occasional tractor and sheep crossing, you will arrive at the handsome Bourne Valley Inn ready to spend your first night getting acquainted with the magical countryside in ultimate luxurious comfort. Originally a 19th-century coaching inn offering rest to travellers from the road, the Bourne Valley Inn does the same today just with a few added comforts. Fall into sumptuous, indulgent bedding, in a room filled with quirky, thoughtful details such as a complimentary tea and coffee tray to enjoy in peace come the morning.

Whilst the English seasons are renowned for being slightly erratic and unpredictable, the seasonal food served in the Bourne Valley Inn restaurant is consistently delicious and enjoyable. Choose from Hot Scotch Beechwood Farm eggs, game pie with pheasant and wild duck and English strawberry sundae. A true taste of the countryside.

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BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH DOWNTON ABBEY

After reviving yourself with a delightful breakfast head off for a private tour of Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey, in what we consider to be the most exciting part of the trip. Wandering the rooms and corridors of the castle you will be able to imagine what life was like for the Mrs Patmores of the past, preparing the grand feasts for the stylish, sophisticated Granthams to enjoy upstairs in their opulent dining room.

Enjoy a spot of lunch at The Yew Tree pub, a favourite amongst the cast. Who knows, you may be lucky enough to bump into Hugh Bonneville or share a pint with Maggie Smith. After lunch, Hampshire is the perfect venue for trying your hand at clay pigeon shooting. So get to grips with this traditional English sport, with all the equipment provided – apart from the crucial tweed suit and Hunter wellies.

From here you must then pay a visit to Oxfordshire, with a stay at the fabulous Le Manoir, widely regarded as one of Britain’s top hotels. The vision of celebrated chef Raymond Blanc, his passion for perfect food, comfort and service shines through every detail of this absolutely stunning hotel. Here you will be able to delight in all the Cotswolds has to offer from enchanting walks around the violet tinged haven of the Bluebell Woods to cosy dinners in the thatched-roof pubs of Little Milton. During your stay here we are sure you will gain a special appreciation for the English way of life: tea and cake. With numerous quaint tea rooms, you will return home a connoisseur of the finest teas and most delectable cakes.

BRIGHT LIGHTS OF THE BIG CITY

No trip to England would be complete without a trip round the unforgettable city of London. Staying at the distinguished Brown’s Hotel you’ll experience the best of London’s sophisticated culture. Filled with a rich and intriguing history, Brown’s puts you at the heart of the excitement, with helpful staff keen for you to make the most of what the city has to offer. Your time here must include taking a trip down the Burlington Arcade, curators of London style since 1819. Running from Bond Street to Piccadilly and home to some of Britain’s finest jewellery, leather and cashmere retailers, we are sure the urge to splurge will get the better of you.

With Brown’s as your base in the heart of Mayfair, discover London’s most Royal district with elegant architecture and some of London’s oldest shops. The perfect central location for exploring the capital, head out on a private walking tour, led by a Royal historian, for a behind the scenes look at some of the most luxurious British brands and shops, such as historic Royal hatters Lock & Co and Paxton & Whitfield – the official cheese supplier to the Royal household. Having explored London on foot, take a trip on the Thames aboard a classic 1930’s boat, The “Bluebird”, taking you past The Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London before dropping you off at Cadogan Pier in Chelsea for a dinner cruise passing some of London’s most iconic buildings, with a delicious meal served on-board underneath the sparkling London skyline.

With a spot on mixture of traditional English ways and thrilling atmosphere of the capital, we are sure this will be the first of many trips to a country we are proud to call home.

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