Victorian Christmas Package, Entry to Osbourne House, Return Ferry crossing to Isle of Wight, Visit to Godshill, Visit to Brightstone, Free day in Shanklin, Evening entertainment.
Bourne Hall is an elegant, family run, Country House Hotel and restaurant, set in mature grounds in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Originally built in the late 1860's, said to be for one of Queen Victoria's ladies in waiting, the 'house' still retains its sense of history whilst providing comfortable accommodation enhanced by its original Victorian features.
Journey to Portsmouth for the short crossing to the Isle of Wight. We arrive at the hotel midafternoon and step back in time to be welcomed into the Yuletide spirit. Enjoy tea and mince pies served in the drawing room on arrival. Immerse yourself in the splendour of the original 1870's features of the 'house' traditionally decorated. A drinks reception will welcome you before you take your seats for a candlelit delicious three course meal in the Cameron restaurant, named after Julia Cameron, the famous Victoria photographer.
Day 2 'Christmas Eve'
After a hearty breakfast, our first stop today is Godshill Village with its charming thatched cottages, model village, gift shops and tea rooms. We then journey to Brightstone, where an interesting stop can be made at the Isle of Wight Pearl. Finally, no trip to the Isle of Wight would be complete without a visit to Alum Bay, famous for its multi coloured sand cliffs and breath taking views of the Needles and lighthouse. Enjoy tea and cake on our arrival back at the Bourne Hall. A Mulled wine reception will be served in the hall at 18.30 before a 'Gala Buffet' at 19.00 served in the restaurant.
Day 3 'Christmas Day'
The day is yours to explore Shanklin. The Old Village is full of picturesque cottages clustered around the thatched Crab Inn, many of which have become craft and gift shops. Take a stroll through the tranquil Shanklin Chime (cost not included) or head to the beach and esplanade. Return to the hotel and look forward to enjoying an Isle of Wight beer and wine tasting reception prior to your Christmas day three course evening dinner. Following your meal there will be evening entertainment.
Morning tour to the famous Osborne House, Queen Victoria's island retreat. Highlights include the lavishly furnished State Rooms and glorious grounds and gardens. Upon our return, a three course dinner will be served in the Cameron restaurant whilst marveling at the trickery of a table magician and maybe a surprise visitor.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast and say goodbye to the Isle of Wight as we make our way home with comfort stops on route.
|Hotel:||The Bourne Hall Hotel, Shanklin|
|Basis:||Dinner, Bed & Breakfast|
|Price:||£395 per person sharing|