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North Yorkshire and County Durham

Discover gardens, historic houses and the moorland
Staying at The Crathorne Hall Hotel, near Yarm
12 – 16 July 2020 (4 nights)

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The North Yorkshire Moors will again provide a wonderful setting, a superb hotel and an itinerary giving ample opportunity to enjoy the magic of the moors while discovering the fabulous gardens that border them.  Visits to some superb new walled gardens, the rejuvenation of Bishops Auckland, the historic houses at Kiplin Hall and Sion Hill House with some magnificent scenery crossing over the moors – this is another opportunity to enjoy "God's Own County".

Sunday 12 July:  Check into the 4 star Crathorne Hall Hotel, an imposing Edwardian-style estate that blends historic grandeur with modern-day luxury surrounded by 15 acres of private grounds just on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors and easily accessible by road or train.

Monday 13 July: A guided tour of Sion Hall House.  An Arts and Crafts inspired house beautifully furnished with a fine collection of antiques and works of art and five acres of lovingly restored gardens.  Continue to Helmsley and a visit the Helmsley Walled Garden. The garden has developed over the years and now has spectacular double herbaceous borders and a range of themed garden rooms. Lunch can be purchased in Helmsley before climbing up onto the moors to Sleightholme Dale Lodge, a breath-taking setting,  a hillside garden filled with colour and exuberance, walled rose garden and herbaceous borders with delphiniums, roses, verbascums in July. Return to the hotel via scenic moors route.

Tuesday 14 July: Middleton Lodge is a grand country house hotel with a walled garden designed by Tom Stuart Smith.    Following an outstanding restoration the garden has now matured and is filled with fruit, herbs and vegetables and wonderful flowing herbaceous borders and prairie planting.  Turning north, a short stop in the centre of Richmond, to visit the RHS award-winning small garden at Millgate. A magical, sheltered garden beautifully designed and planted with views down to the River Swale.  Next to Eggleston House Gardens where a light lunch will be provided in their tea rooms.  The walled garden specialises in rare and unusual species with an emphasis on plants which thrive in the climate of the northern dales plus for those plantaholics among us a superb nursery!  Final a visit to Kiplin Hall & Gardens.  The delightful 17th century Jacobean country seat of George Calvert, founder of Maryland  USA.  An intriguing property furnished as a comfortable Victorian home with an eclectic mix of previous owners’ furniture, personalia and paintings. Lovely lake views, gardens, woodland and parkland, once in decline, are being restored to their former beauty in this lovely setting.

Wednesday 15 July: Moving up into County Durham – a visit to Thornton Hall ahead of its NGS opening that day.  This plantsman’s garden has everything – fabulous planting with an array of colours and fragrances, roses, vegetables, large wildlife pond and statuary.  Then to nearby Bishops Auckland to see the recently restored and reopened castle with a light lunch in their new tea rooms and to view the restoration that is taking place in the huge walled garden below . Finally, the walled garden designed by Alastair Baldwin at Wynyard Hall near Stockton-On-Tees.  Over 3,000 David Austin roses, fabulous planting and an interesting selection of trees and shrubs. The Edible Garden is filled with  wonderful home-grown produce and the Marquee Garden a stunning display of Italian-inspired landscape, while the Wild Garden is of a more informal, relaxed design.

Thursday 16 July:  Checking out of the hotel.  A visit to Mount Grace Priory (NT/EH) on the way to Northallerton Station for those catching trains – those with a car please make your own way (10 minutes from hotel).  Mount Grace Priory is the best preserved Carthusian priory in Britain. Picturesquely set amid woodland but recently the gardens have been redesigned in the Arts and Crafts style by garden designer Chris Beardshaw. Northallerton Station in time for 13.08 departure London train with various stop in between.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 4 nights dinner, accommodation and breakfast
  • 2 light lunches, welcome drink
  • All garden entries, tours and coaching
  • Heritage Touring representative


Price per person: 4 nights:  £755
Single supplement: £40 per night
Non-refundable deposit: £175 pp

3 night option: departing after tour Wednesday £675


Nearest Station Yarm (Taxi £7)  or Northallerton on the main London line – (Taxi £30/35) 

The Crathorne Hall Hotel, near Yarm

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.