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Posted on 11 March, 2014 in Travel

Our unique vacations are very different to the usual impersonal mass travel, and are far more relaxing than driving oneself on the “wrong” side! Personalised tours with your own driver/guide enable you to avoid tourist crowds, see what you want to see, linger if you wish and enjoy our great heritage. And we welcome you as our personal guests in our charming thatched country home, with antiques, candlelit dinners, log fires, old-world gardens. It really is a private view of England.

Visit famous sights such as Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford, Stratford, Glastonbury, Cotswolds, Wye Valley, Wessex, Exmoor, Dartmoor and London, or explore places off the beaten track and rarely visited by tourists. Discover real England — ancient castles, abbeys, stately homes, glorious gardens, historic houses, pretty villages, quaint old inns, elegant shops, breathtaking scenery. The choice is yours and if you need more information to deside check the best hotel comparison website.


16. Stratford

Many of our reservations come from previous guests and their personal recommendations. We hope that you too will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend.

Cromwell’s Resting Place

I recently read a leaflet from Newburgh Priory at Coxwold, York, which claims to be in possession of Oliver Crom-well’s headless body. Does this clear up the mystery of his last resting place?

Sir George Wombwell, Bt, owner of Newburgh Priory, replies: “Oliver Cromwell’s third daughter, Mary, married Lord Fauconberg who owned Newburgh Priory. Mary res-cued her father’s remains after they were exhumed from Westminster Abbey, sub-stituting them with another body. Cromwell’s remains were later hidden in roof space at Newburgh, and this was subsequently converted into a room which contains his tomb to this day.”

I am currently researching a book on countrywomen in Britain and Ireland, to be published by David & Charles.

I would like to hear from any ladies, ideally aged 60 or above, with long experience in a range of fields from “lady of the manor,” to land girl or country inn landlady. Please contact me if you can help.


 16. Britain and Ireland

In Search Of Emma

May I reply to your correspondent’s enquiry about the alleged twin sister of Horatia, daughter of Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton, and something more interesting at this website.

According to one biographer (W. Guerin, 1981), Horatia did have a twin sister who was apparently christened Emma, although Nelson himself was led to believe that she had not survived. Nothing further is known of Emma except that she was later placed in the hands of an orphanage.

If she subsequently married a man called Williams, as Mrs Wilson suggests in her letter, and a direct blood descendant can be traced, a DNA test could establish the veracity of this remarkable story because her twin sister Horatia’s descendants are still alive today and are members of the Nelson Society.

Quality Crafts

You provided information on the Letters page (Issue 66) for locating genuine antiques. Is there an organisation which helps the public to locate high quality contemporary crafts outlets in Britain?

Cardiff, South Wales.

The Crafts Council is the national organisation respon-sible for promoting contem-porary crafts. Its free Crafts Map gives information on where to find some of Britain’s best craftspeople. To request a map, write to The Crafts Council, 44A Pentonville Road, Islington, London