Private tours further afield
Although I adore Kent and my expertise is in its history and countryside, my bespoke private tours are not limited to this county alone. My return clients often ask for private tours further afield, and I am always delighted to work with them to design this for them.
I have extensive knowledge and experience of leading private tours to several English medieval towns, English Heritage sites and a myriad of historical places in England.
Explore the story of England with us where it really happened, learn about the events and the people that shaped this fascinating country, witness the rise and fall of medieval Britain in perfectly preserved towns, visit the many famous monuments and historic sites across this rich land and delve into the mystery of the English countryside with us. There is an adventure around every corner and I can’t wait to show them to you. Please get in touch to discuss your interests, ideas and preferences and I can help you design your trip of a lifetime.
I have a particularly special place in my heart for Cornwall, this truly captivating and mysterious corner of Great Britain. If you choose to come on a tour to Cornwall with us, you are in for a real treat. You will step into enchanted gardens, visit delightful vineyards, walk the cobbled streets of charming little fishing villages of this land, breathe in the clean Cornish ocean air on spectacular beaches, and of course visit the famous TV locations from Poldark and Doc Martin.
A sample cornish tour
As soon as you enter the county of Cornwall, the strains and stresses of life vanish and a palpable ease settles on every visitor. There is much to see and discover in this mysterious and most westerly corner of the country and the best way to do this is by coming on an insightful tour with us.
Below is a sample itinerary of one of our recent tours to Cornwall to whet your appetite.
Heading West...Castle, Coast and Crabs
One of our favourite Cornish stops is the charming little town of Portleven, the most southerly port in the British Isles. It was originally developed as a safe harbour, when this part of the Cornish coastline was a notorious black spot for wrecks, the remains of which are still scattered along the most exposed coves, which are frequently lashed by huge Atlantic swells and ferocious winds.
St Michael’s Mount nestled in the safety of the bay overlooked by the twinkling lights of Penzance and Mousehole is a must see for all visitors to Cornwall. A rocky island in possession of the National Trust is crowned by a medieval church and castle. Search for the throbbing heart of the giant as you scale the steps to the top of the island and visit the spectacular terraced gardens of this enchanting place. If you catch the tides just right, you can walk across the striking causeway with the sea lapping at your feet on both sides.
The Minack Theatre is just a stone-throw away from Land’s End, the country’s most westerly point, and it is a magical open-air theatre perched on the high cliffs overlooking the stunning beach of Porthcurno and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Catch a magical performance at sundown with the glistening ocean sprawling in front of you and feel the warm sea breeze on your face.
Visit Cape Cornwall, once thought to be the most westerly point in England, only four miles from Land’s End, where two great bodies of water meet. This area has a rich mining heritage. It is a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and part of the Tin Coast. A handful of mines have been rejuvenated and they produce the most beautiful tin jewellery and souvenirs.
Take a breath-taking walk over the windswept cliffs covered with rare wildflowers to Botallack, where part of the BBC television series Poldark was filmed, using Manor Farm as the famous Nampara.
No visitor can escape the mesmerizing lights and charm of St Ives. This truly magnificent town is one of Cornwall’s most famous destinations drawing tourists and artist from all over the world. It is a place of great beauty, serenity and calm and visitors can’t help but fall in love with it. St Ives is a working harbour and it is surrounded by fantastic beaches perfect for surfing and swimming. The waters around St Ives are rich in wildlife and they attract some large Atlantic visitors such seals, whales and even the odd shark!
Heading East...Flowers, Filming and Fowey
The Lost Gardens of Heligan may not be on everyone’s itinerary as most visitors will drive past this fascinating place on their way to the more famous Eden Project. But this genuine secret garden is a must see for all visitors. This place was lost for decades and its history consigned to overgrowth.
Marvel at the now restored extensive gardens with many wonderful and exotic plants. Visit the place where giants slumber in the undergrowth and fairies sleep in the woods. Learn about the history of pineapple cultivation here since the Victorian era and discover the eye watering sums these pineapples fetch today!
Our tour stops over at Charlestown, a film-maker’s dream, as the charming houses and the area surrounding the harbour have not changed much since Georgian times. This place is another key location for the BBC series, Poldark.
Fowey is a beautiful, bustling historical harbour town set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is still a busy commercial port and its harbour is flanked by fourteenth century blockhouses. During the Second World War Fowey was the centre for air-sea rescue and, famously, one of the places from which D-Day invasions were launched.
Heading North...Folklore, Ferry and Fish
The famous Tintagel Castle is inextricably linked to the legend of King Arthur and this dramatic castle and wild coastline have for many centuries inspired the imaginations of writers and artists alike.
The charming and colourful town of Padstow is a working fishing port surrounded by gloriously sandy beaches at the head of the Camel River and home to one of Britain’s most well-known chefs, Rick Stein. Rock sits on the opposite side of the Camel Estuary from Padstow and it is a typical coastal fishing village.
Manor Houses and Moorland
Lanhydrock House, near Bodmin, is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servant quarters, gardens and woodland. It is a perfect quintessentially English country house with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. Discover this serene and breath-taking place, often overlooked by visitors to the area.
Visitors to Cornwall don’t naturally think of wine production in this region, but the truth is that Cornwall’s mild climate and long sunlight hours make this land one of the finest regions in the UK for wine production.
Nestled in the heart of the Cornish countryside, next to the picturesque fishing village of Padstow lies the sprawling vineyards of Trevibban Mill knows for its stunning collection of Cornish wines and ciders.
Beyond the palm tree-lined streets of Penzance lies Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard specialising in artisan wine and refreshing award-winning Cornish cider. It has been described and the producer of the ‘Best Still Rose in the UK’.
The Camel Valley Vineyard is one of England’s most celebrated vineyards and it has been described as ‘the most impressive estate on our shores’. It sits on the sun-blushed slopes above the Camel River and it is home to thousands of vines and many grape varieties.