Make your booking and before your tour, select the second stately home you want to visit after Bowood House. Then, begin with a pickup from your central London hotel. Meet your friendly driver-guide, and hop inside your private black taxi.
Once aboard, enjoy the views as you leave London and head into the countryside to your first stop: Bowood House, the magnificent ancestral home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne. Begun around 1720, Bowood was completed in around 1754 and sits within vast gardens landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown.
Step out and head into the house and grounds (own expense). Stroll through the handsome rooms to admire the Georgian architecture and plush furnishings, and note some of the historical artifacts and heirlooms, including Queen Victoria’s wedding chair and Napoleon's death mask.
Other interesting sights include the laboratory, where oxygen was discovered in 1774, and collections of Georgian costumes and watercolors.
Afterward, enjoy a walk around the gardens, considered some of England’s most beautiful and laid out to Brown’s design in 1762. Take in the sweeping lawns that stretch to the long, winding lake, and admire the prize collections of trees, shrubs, and flowers such as azaleas. Perhaps stroll to some of the ornamental features, such as Hamilton’s Cascade, a waterfall cascading over an outcrop of rocks, and the Doric Temple.
Then, set off to spend the rest of the day at your second, selected stately home: Blenheim Palace, Greys Court, Sulgrave Manor, Buscot Park and Gardens, Hidcote, or Kelscott Manor.
On arrival, pay the entrance fee and explore as at Bowood. All six houses offer rich history, stunning architecture and glorious gardens.
Finally, relax on your taxi ride back to London where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel or a central location.