Castles, Houses & Gardens of Glorious Kent

Britain’s oldest county of Kent offers a multitude of historic treasures, from enchanting castles and stately homes to imaginative gardens and delightful towns. On this captivating break we delve into Kent’s heritage and discover many of its highlights. In a county famed for its castles, we explore fascinating Chiddingstone Castle, iconic Hever Castle and impressive Leeds Castle, and combine these architectural wonders with some of the area’s most spectacular country houses and their beautiful gardens. 


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5 Days from just £pp

5 Days from just £pp

Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights at the 4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Leeds Castle, Rochester Cathedral (May departure) or Godinton House (June departure), Doddington Place Gardens, Provender, Hever Castle & Chiddingstone Castle
  • Private guided tour of Leeds Castle
  • Guided tour of Rochester Cathedral (May departure)
  • Guided tour and afternoon tea* at Godinton House (June departure)
  • Guided tour of Doddington Place Gardens
  • Exclusive tour of Provender by Princess Olga Romanoff
  • Private guided tour of Hever Castle
  • Private guided tour, tea and cake at Chiddingstone Castle
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a caring and knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.
  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at the 4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Leeds Castle, Rochester Cathedral (May departure) or Godinton House (June departure), Doddington Place Gardens, Provender, Hever Castle & Chiddingstone Castle
  • Private guided tour of Leeds Castle
  • Guided tour of Rochester Cathedral (May departure)
  • Guided tour and afternoon tea* at Godinton House (June departure)
  • Guided tour of Doddington Place Gardens
  • Exclusive tour of Provender by Princess Olga Romanoff
  • Private guided tour of Hever Castle
  • Private guided tour, tea and cake at Chiddingstone Castle
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Accompanied by a caring and knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

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Bridgewood Manor Hotel

The charming 4-star Bridgewood Manor Hotel is situated in the peaceful town of Chatham, the perfect location to discover the scenic surroundings. The elegant rooms offer tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a TV. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar, well-equipped health club and luxurious spa. Spa treatments are available at an extra cost.

Single Supplements Apply

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Bridgewood Manor Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Leeds Castle & Rochester Cathedral or Godinton House
We visit the magnificent Leeds Castle, a quintessential moated castle set in 500 acres of glorious parkland, where we learn about its fascinating history on a private guided tour. Dating back to the 12th century, it was once home to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. The castle’s last private owner was Lady Baillie, an Anglo-American heiress who lovingly restored the castle to its former glory.

If you’re joining us in May, we continue to historic Rochester. Boasting ancient buildings including an imposing castle, the town was a favourite of Charles Dickens who based many of his novels in the area. The city also has a lovely cathedral dating back to AD604 and we enjoy a guided tour here.

If you’re joining us in June, our next stop is Godinton House, a delightful Jacobean house incorporating a medieval hall and ornate carvings which we discover on our guided tour, followed by afternoon tea. Godinton is a much-loved home where each room reflects the tastes of those who have lived here with an excellent collection of furniture and art.

After dinner this evening, we enjoy an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Doddington Place Gardens & Provender
Our day starts with a guided tour of Doddington Place Gardens, beautiful landscaped gardens set in the grounds of an impressive Victorian mansion. The glorious woodland garden is spectacular in May and June and includes many different varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas. There is also a formal sunken garden with herbaceous borders and extensive lawns and avenues framed by clipped yew hedges.

Afterwards we visit Provender, home of Princess Olga Romanoff, daughter of Prince Andrew Romanoff, the eldest nephew of the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Dating back to the 13th century, Provender is a fascinating record of English building traditions over seven centuries. Recent restoration has revealed a wealth of historical and architectural detail which we discover on our exclusive tour, led by the princess herself.

Wednesday: Hever Castle & Chiddingstone Castle
We head to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, where we enjoy a private guided tour. Dating back to the late 13th century, this double-moated castle is home to various historic artefacts including Tudor portraits and furniture, as well as two prayer books inscribed by Anne Boleyn.

We continue to Chiddingstone Castle where we enjoy a private guided tour of this unique property. Set in 35 acres of beautiful grounds, Chiddingstone houses the collections of the late antiquarian Denys Eyre Bower including stunning Japanese lacquer, Ancient Egyptian treasures, Stuart paintings and Jacobite manuscripts. After our tour we enjoy tea and cake in the tranquil courtyard before exploring the grounds.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £99 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 100 miles £99
101 - 150 £135
151 - 200 £175
201 - 250 £225
251 - 300 £250
301 - 350 £280
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%
Longer journey prices on request

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Bridgewood Manor Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Leeds Castle & Rochester Cathedral or Godinton House
We visit the magnificent Leeds Castle, a quintessential moated castle set in 500 acres of glorious parkland, where we learn about its fascinating history on a private guided tour. Dating back to the 12th century, it was once home to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. The castle’s last private owner was Lady Baillie, an Anglo-American heiress who lovingly restored the castle to its former glory.

If you’re joining us in May, we continue to historic Rochester. Boasting ancient buildings including an imposing castle, the town was a favourite of Charles Dickens who based many of his novels in the area. The city also has a lovely cathedral dating back to AD604 and we enjoy a guided tour here.

If you’re joining us in June, our next stop is Godinton House, a delightful Jacobean house incorporating a medieval hall and ornate carvings which we discover on our guided tour, followed by afternoon tea. Godinton is a much-loved home where each room reflects the tastes of those who have lived here with an excellent collection of furniture and art.

After dinner this evening, we enjoy an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Doddington Place Gardens & Provender
Our day starts with a guided tour of Doddington Place Gardens, beautiful landscaped gardens set in the grounds of an impressive Victorian mansion. The glorious woodland garden is spectacular in May and June and includes many different varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas. There is also a formal sunken garden with herbaceous borders and extensive lawns and avenues framed by clipped yew hedges.

Afterwards we visit Provender, home of Princess Olga Romanoff, daughter of Prince Andrew Romanoff, the eldest nephew of the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Dating back to the 13th century, Provender is a fascinating record of English building traditions over seven centuries. Recent restoration has revealed a wealth of historical and architectural detail which we discover on our exclusive tour, led by the princess herself.

Wednesday: Hever Castle & Chiddingstone Castle
We head to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, where we enjoy a private guided tour. Dating back to the late 13th century, this double-moated castle is home to various historic artefacts including Tudor portraits and furniture, as well as two prayer books inscribed by Anne Boleyn.

We continue to Chiddingstone Castle where we enjoy a private guided tour of this unique property. Set in 35 acres of beautiful grounds, Chiddingstone houses the collections of the late antiquarian Denys Eyre Bower including stunning Japanese lacquer, Ancient Egyptian treasures, Stuart paintings and Jacobite manuscripts. After our tour we enjoy tea and cake in the tranquil courtyard before exploring the grounds.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.