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Scots-American Travel Advisors provide tailor-made tours of Cornwall and Devon for individuals or small groups.

Whether your interests are history, antiques, gardens, art, needlework, fishing, horse riding, golf, ghost hunting, genealogy or exploring the landscapes and legends of this ancient corner of England we can create a vacation just for you.

These tours are individually designed for groups of six or less people and will provide you with a unique insight into Devon and Cornwall with special emphasis on your specific interests.

Throughout your stay you will be personally escorted by John Marshall or Tony Bairstow who have both lived in Cornwall for many years and who have an intense love and knowledge of the area. They will introduce you to some of the magic and mysteries of the West Country with its ancient traditions and folklore and take you to explore some of the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere in the UK.

Prior to your vacation we will discuss your specific requirements in detail to discover what you would like to experience during your vacation. We will then create a customized program for your approval. Our aim is to make your holiday a truly memorable experience.

Accommodation
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Your accommodation will be provided in an historic house either in Launceston or Camelford both of which are situated near the Cornwall / Devon border and are extremely well located for exploring the area.

St Leonards House in Launceston is the home of John and Jane Marshall and is operated as luxury 4 star bed and breakfast accommodation. Set in beautiful countryside approximately one mile from Launceston, the ancient capital of Cornwall with its ruined 12th century castle, old houses and narrow streets, St Leonards House was built in the 1590’s and has a wealth of exposed beams and original features. It is very comfortably furnished with antique furniture, antique prints adorn the walls as well as tapestries and needlework made by Jane.

Warmington House in Camelford is the home of John and Jane’s daughter Sarah and husband Dima with their two children. This is also run as four star bed and breakfast accommodations. The house which is Grade 11 listed lies just 4 miles from the north coast of Cornwall and Tintagel Castle, famed for its association with the legendary King Arthur. Warmington House was built around 1700 in Queen Anne style and has been the home of many famous people such as Lord Falmouth and the Earl of Darlington. The house has recently undergone extensive restoration to expose many of the original features and is extremely comfortably furnished to the highest standard.

Should you prefer to stay at an hotel rather than at St Leonards or Warmington House this can be arranged.


Your Vacation

Each vacation is customized to suit the requirements of each group of guests. Shown below however are some suggestions to whet the appetite and provide alternatives as to what can be arranged.

History. Cornwall and Devon abound with history and possess some of the most beautiful historic houses and castles in the UK. With ancient castles such as Tintagel, Launceston, Restormel, Caerhays, Totnes, Berry Pomeroy, Pendennis, St Mawes and a wealth of historic Houses such as Cotehele, Anthony House, Lanhydrock, Saltram, Godolphin, Mount Edgcumbe, Pencarrow, Prideaux Place, Trewithen, Trerice, Arlington Court, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo, Hartland Abbey, St Michaels Mount and many more, all within easy reach of your chosen accommodation, you will be spoilt for choice. Add to this all the quaint towns, fishing villages and the ancient history of the area with its mining, smuggling, pre-historic stone circles etc your stay will be a continuous experience of wonder and delight as you explore this ancient region of Britain.

Antiques. Antique shops abound throughout the region and if your interest is in searching out and purchasing antiques we will provide you with a guided tour taking you to the antique shops that specialize in your particular interests. In addition we will look at the local auctions, sales and antique fairs. Your visit will take you to some of the most beautiful towns in the area such as Honiton famous for its lace making with over 15 antique shops, Lostwithiel an ancient port with 10 antique shops, Ashburton an historic market town on the edge of Dartmoor with 11 antique shops and many more. Should you decide to purchase any item that is too large to carry arrangements can be made to have it collected and shipped to your home.

Gardens. Cornwall and Devon contain some of the most beautiful gardens in Britain., many of which have been established for hundreds of years and contain plants from all over the world collected over many generations of exploration and travel. While many of the gardens are connected to the large historic houses in the region enabling a garden visit to be combined with a visit to a house, this is not always the case and no visitor to the area should miss the delights of The Lost Gardens of Heligan on the South Coast of Cornwall or the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Rosemoor in North Devon. Also not to be missed is a visit to the Eden Project which is a recently established horticultural centre where plants from around the world are grown in their natural environment under glass biomes. This has become one of the wonders of the developing world and is a unique and exciting experience.

Art, Cornwall and Devon have been for many years home to many famous artists. With the clear natural light and the beautiful scenery it has always been an ideal place to paint and create sculpture. Cornwall produced the famous Newlyn School of Painters who were prolific in their output and whose paintings are sought by collectors all over the world. The Tate Gallery in St Ives is a must for those who want to view some of the best art in the world and all around the region there are galleries and exhibitions to visit. Should you wish to undertake painting yourselves either individually or as part of a group or take painting lessons this can be arranged.

Needlework. Cornwall and Devon have many needlework societies and there are always exhibitions of antique and new needlework to be seen. There are a number of organizations who hold specialist classes in all types of needlework from tapestries, quilting, tatting, soft furnishing etc. Jane Marshall is herself an avid needlewoman and has made tapestries, quilts and soft furnishings many of which are hanging within her home.

Fishing. The rivers and lakes of the region provide some of the finest fishing to be found in Britain with both Fly and Coarse fishing available. The River Tamar which divides Cornwall from Devon and lies within a mile of St Leonards House has some really fine stretches where salmon and trout can be caught.

Horse Riding. Cornwall and Devon have more horses and equestrian centres than anywhere in Britain. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced rider the area has something for you. You can choose to have lessons to all standards and experience specialities such as dressage, cross country eventing, show jumping or just relax and enjoy riding over the moors or along the sea shore.

Golf. The region has many championship golf courses as well as those more suited to the less experienced golfer. Any one who plays golf will find the experience of a round on one of the local courses well worth the effort. Lessons can also be arranged.

Ghost Hunting. There are many tales of ghosts being seen within Cornwall and Devon and speciality ghost hunting tours can be arranged.

General. Scots-American Travel Advisors aim to provide a tour which caters for your specific interests and the above list is by no means exclusive. If you have any other special interest that you wish to explore or wish to combine with any of the above we will design a tour just for you.

Itineraries and costs

Your itinerary will in all cases be developed to suit your individual requirements and nothing is pre-determined. We have however outlined below a one week tour for someone who is interested in historic houses and the history of the region. This will provide an idea of what a typical tour might contain and the cost per person. The tour is designed to show you the history of the region by visiting houses and stately homes from the medieval period to the 20th century.

Day 1. Arrive at your chosen accommodation where your host will be there to meet you. If arriving by train or plane he will collect you from the station or airport. Over a relaxing tea or drink you will get to know each other and discuss the weeks program to ensure that you are entirely happy with all the arrangements. Dine with your hosts or in your chosen hotel before getting a good nights sleep.

Day 2. After a hearty full Cornish breakfast we take the road towards Lands End to visit St Michaels Mount. This is a rocky island crowned by a medieval castle and church which is accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway or at other times by a short boat trip. The oldest buildings date from the 12th century when a Benedictine priory was established here. Following the English Civil war the St Aubyn family acquired the island and they still live in the castle. Lunch will be taken in the Sail Loft Restaurant on the island. After lunch we take a leisurely drive along the coast to the town of Penzance, the busy fishing port of Newlyn and to Mousehole a quaint fishing village. We return home late afternoon for a relaxing drink before dinner.

Day 3. After breakfast we head for Cotehele, a tudor house with a splendid collection of textiles armour and furniture set in extensive grounds overlooking the River Tamar. It is a house with many stories, myths and legends and little has changed since it was built. A visit to the house is a magical experience and we consider this one of our favorite historic houses in Britain. Lunch will be taken at a local village inn with connections to the tin mines which abound in the area. After lunch we visit the ancient Stannary town of Tavistock with its ruined Abbey and wonderful Victorian town centre built by the Duke of Bedford who was a prominent local landowner. Tonight we dine out at a local restaurant.

Day 4. Another Cornish breakfast to set you up for the day before we head out to Trerice. This is a grand Elizabethan manor house on a Cornish scale and it remains little changed by the advances of time due to long absences by the owners. From Trerice we follow the North Cornwall coast to Tintagel with its mysterious castle and visit the lovely village of Boscastle with its tiny harbour where we enjoy a traditional Cornish Cream Tea. Then home for a relaxing drink before dinner with your hosts.

Day 5. After breakfast we visit Saltram, a magnificent Georgian house near Plymouth with splendid Adam interiors and gardens with follies and landscaped parkland. Owned by the Parker family for nearly 300 years the house with its original contents provides a fascinating insight into life on a country estate throughout the centuries. The house was recently used as the location for the film Sense and Sensibility based on the novel by Jane Austen. We lunch in the Barbican in Plymouth and visit the Mayflower Steps from where the Pilgrim Fathers set out to conquer the New World.

Day 6. Today we visit the magnificent late Victorian country house of Lanhydrock. In many ways the perfect example of an historic country house and estate. Explore the high-Victorian interiors of this wealthy family home. There are over 50 rooms to view in this house including the servants quarters and below–stairs which are particularly evocative and provide a real insight into family life through many generations until the demise of the family after the First World War. Lunch is taken in a local hostelry and after lunch we visit the Eden Project, an experience not to be missed. We return home to a relaxing aperitif followed by dinner with your hosts.

Day 7. After your usual sumptuous breakfast we head for Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England. What appears to be an ancient granite fortress overlooking the wilds of Dartmoor was actually the home of a self made millionaire Julius Drew. He employed Sir Edward Lutyens, the foremost architect of his age to create a family home in the early 1900’s. With a house that looks back on a romantic past at the same time as heralding the modern era, with antique furniture sitting alongside modern technology, this is a fitting end to our weeks journey through the ages of family life in Cornwall and Devon. From Castle Drogo we head back home via the magnificent and rugged scenery of Dartmoor with its ancient woodlands and open moorland over which the wild Dartmoor ponies and sheep wander freely. Tonight is the last night of your vacation and a farewell dinner is held at a well known local restaurant.

Day 8. After a leisurely start to the day you say farewell to your hosts and head for home with memories of an unforgettable vacation.


The cost of the tour for one week is $3,069.00 per person. Based on double occupancy. Single supplement $450.00

Included in the price is your accommodation at either St Leonards House or Warmington House, full Cornish breakfast, 5 x 3 course dinners (including wine and pre dinner drinks) provided by your hosts, 2 x 3 course dinners (excluding wine) at local restaurants or hotels, all entry fees to houses, stately homes and gardens, fuel and all motoring costs.

Not included is the cost of morning coffees, lunches or afternoon teas, travel or medical insurance
The cost of your tour is based upon two people sharing a double or twin en-suite bedroom.
 

 

 

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