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Rotary Fellowship Weekend to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight


Date and Time: 
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 09:00 - Monday, March 14, 2016 - 18:00
Location: 
Norton Park Hotel, near Winchester
Contact: 
Malcolm Overend
Some sights in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

This tour is being promoted by Rotary District 1060. Proceeds from the tour will be in aid of the Kitchen Table Charities Trust

Your Holiday Hotel:

The 4* Norton Park Hotel, near Winchester This excellently appointed hotel resides in 54 acres of peaceful grounds and has benefited from a £14 million investment. The historic city of Winchester with its magnificent cathedral is just a short distance away. Hotel features include restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool and spa facilities.

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart during the morning and travel south making an appropriate comfort stop en-route to Mottisfont near Romsey. This is a National Trust (NT) property, therefore any passengers who are NT members are entitled to free admission with a valid membership card, and non members will be required to pre-pay the group rate of £9.00 per person. Please can all passengers indicate on the attached booking form if they are or aren’t NT members. There is a very good restaurant at Mottisfont where lunch can be purchased.

The coach will then depart during the mid afternoon for the journey onto our hotel – the 4* Norton Park Hotel which is situated near Winchester, where accommodation is reserved for three nights on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis.

Day 2

After breakfast the coach will depart for the south coast from where we will board a ferry for the crossing to the Isle of Wight. Upon arrival we will head to Osborne House, where you will have free time.

Queen Victoria chose Osborne House for her country retreat. The Royal family regularly took vacations at Osborne and after Albert’s death in 1861. Queen Victoria spent much of her 40 years of widowhood here, insisting that everything be kept exactly the same as it had during Albert’s life. The richly decorated and furnished private apartments give a remarkable picture of the private life of the Royal Family in the 19th century. In the grounds there is a real Swiss cottage, originally imported from Switzerland and has recently been refurbished.

After the visit the coach will continue to Carisbrooke Castle, where you will have time at leisure. Carisbrooke Castle is famous for its donkeys and as a royal prison to Charles I and is now the location of the stunning new Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden. Both Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle are owned by English Heritage (EH), therefore any passengers who are EH members are entitled to free admission to both properties with a valid membership card. Non members will be required to pre-pay the group rate of £9.50 per person for Osborne House, and £7.50 for Carisbrooke Castle. Once again, please can all passengers indicate on the attached booking form if they are or aren’t EH members. After the visit the coach will return via the ferry crossing to the mainland and back to the hotel.

Day 3

After breakfast the coach will depart for Beaulieu, for a combined visit of all of the attractions, including a one hour guided Palace House Tour (including the private apartments if the family aren’t in residence, for which there would be a £1.00 per person additional charge payable locally).

From Beaulieu the coach will continue to Buckler’s Hard, an exciting maritime museum which gives an insight into the history of this 18th century shipbuilding village focusing on its vessels including those built for Nelson’s Navy. During the late afternoon we return to the hotel.

Day 4

After breakfast we must check out of the hotel and depart for the journey to Winchester, where entrance and a guided tour of the famous Cathedral are included. You will then have time for lunch (not included) before the coach departs for Sandham Memorial Chapel, another National Trust (NT property) which is situated near Newbury, and is where a series of large-scale paintings by acclaimed artist Stanley Spencer can be found. Any passengers who are NT members are entitled to free admission with a valid membership card, and non members will be required to pre-pay the group rate of £8.00 per person.

Please can all passengers indicate on the attached booking form if they are or aren’t NT members. Due to the size of Sandham Memorial Chapel, the first group (maximum 25 people) will enter for a 45-60 minute introductory tour, at which time the remaining passengers can go into the nearby Carpenters Arms Pub. Both groups will then swap, with the second group entering Sandham and the first group going to the pub! After the visits the coach will depart for the journey back to your local area, arriving during the early/ mid evening.

Included in the Price

  • Return coach travel
  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the 4* Norton Park Hotel, near Winchester.
  • Return ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight
  • Combined group entrance to Beaulieu & Bucklers Hard
  • Entrance and guided tour of Winchester Cathedral
  • Excursions as detailed
  • Full ABTA financial protection

Not Included in the Price:

  • Personal expenditure, gratuities or any admission charges other than stated
  • Any charges the hotel may make for use of facilities
  • Single room supplement£60
  • Travel Insurance£23.95 per person
  • £9.00 Mottisfont (Non National Trust member)
  • £9.50 Osborne House (Non English Heritage member)
  • £7.50 Carisbrooke Castle (Non English Heritage member)
  • Sandham Memorial Chapel (non National Trust member)

Please Note: A deposit of £45 per person is required when booking.