There is no one better to lead guests through the verdant UK countryside, historic city centers, charming fishing villages, epic coastlines and fabled moors than local residents who have lived all over the region, from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh to the countryside of Somerset.
The team at Stately Tours prides itself on curating bespoke personalized trips for individuals and small groups with little surprise touches along the way. They have the inside connection on luxury travel in the UK and pair it with an amazing breadth of destination knowledge to craft trips with each guest’s specific interests and preferences in mind. They are in constant contact with travel advisors and the destination specialists with whom they work, ensuring that every detail, no matter how big or small, and no matter the hour, is just as it should be.
From the finest hotel in the heart of London to vast countryside estates that bring to mind scenes from Downton Abbey, Stately Tours has carefully chosen the spots their guests will find respite each night. There are romantic estates in Windsor along the River Thames, upscale and iconic London hotels, cherished manor houses, and a number known for offering some of the UK’s finest gastronomic experiences. Stately chooses only those properties with an unwavering commitment to hospitality, ambience and cuisine, where gorgeous gardens, antique period furniture, fine artwork and mouthwatering meals make one feel a unique sense of place wherever they are throughout this charming region.
Honest advice, concierge service, around-the-clock assistance and an experienced and dedicated team making sure that every need is met define the Stately Tours experience. They will work with each guest to focus on individual interests and preferences, so that just the right accommodations, meals, tours and explorations can be arranged. Family gatherings and multi-generational travel, specialty trips, special-occasion celebrations and more are met with an unmatched enthusiasm, as the Stately team uses their creativity and connections to curate an unforgettable itinerary – as well as one a little off-the-beaten-path.
The opportunities for UK exploration are vast and it is with palpable pride that the Stately Tours team unlocks the treasures of their beloved countryside and storied cities. Perhaps one will discover a hidden corner of the Cotswolds and learn about the burgeoning gin distilling industry. Or attend the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with exclusive tickets to a Members Only day. There are Baroque castles to explore, croquet and other lawn games to master, Oxford libraries to wander through and vineyards to peruse, all showcased on expert-led tours or by suggestion for self-led tours.
Days in the UK begin heartily, with a “full English fry-up” – whether you’re in the finest dining room in London or a remote country manor, traditional English breakfast will most likely feature free-range eggs, bacon, Cumberland sausages or black pudding and sautéed mushrooms. Dotted throughout the countryside, the UK’s pubs are a traditional experience dating back centuries, where one can tuck into perfectly salty chips, beer-battered haddock and a pint of Abingdon Bridge ale. Afternoon tea is a must, replete with finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire clotted cream and a huge array of loose leaf tea. But British dining is about more than just the traditional: farm to table cuisine has found a ready home here amidst the farm-grown vegetables and fruit, fresh seafood, Welsh lamb, legendary cheeses and more. It’s no wonder there are so many Michelin-starred dining experiences from which to choose, where delighted gourmets can round out a delightful day with roast filet of Cornish hake, or beef Wellington with Perigord truffles.
Stately Tours offers personalized itineraries throughout the UK, including Bath, Oxford, London, the Cotswolds, southern England, the Lake District and Scotland.