Friday 2 July to Sunday 4 July 2021
Hampton Court Palace join us for two nights on a DBB basis
- Welcome Drink reception
- Two nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast with optional Sunday night
- Coach transfer to Hampton Court and included admission
- Car Parking included
Hampton Court and it’s Beautiful Gardens.
Hampton Court was originally one of the farms belonging to the Knight’s of St. John of Jerusalem. Its growth into one of the most important houses in sixteenth and seventeenth century England was fundamentally affected by its position on the Thames within easy reach of London and its proximity to a number of royal palaces. It was purchased by Thomas, Cardinal Wolsey, in 1514 to be his private country residence, close to the King at Richmond.
Wolsey transformed what had been a modest house into one of the largest and most impressive houses in England. When Henry VIII took Hampton Court from Wolsey in September 1529 it is doubtful that he had properly formulated his plans for the building The inner court, today Clock Court, had, on its east side, a three story range with rooms on the ground floor for Princess Mary, on the principle floor for the king, and the top floor for the queen. To the south were probably rooms set aside for Wolsey himself.
On the east was a long gallery projecting out into the gardens and a chapel. But it is likely that in the next two or three years he decided to turn it into his most important and lavish country palace. Building works to do this continued for eight years and cost £47,000, making it one of the single most expensive royal building projects ever. By the early 1540s Hampton Court was, other than Whitehall, the most magnificent of all the royal houses, set in a massive royal estate and extensive hunting ground and surrounded by a series of satellite houses for royal recreation.
First opened to the public by Queen Victoria in the 1830s, Hampton Court Palace is now run by Historic Royal Palaces (who have their headquarters there) and is famed for its 60 acres of formal gardens. The palace was too big, many of the state rooms were now entirely vestigial, George in fact ordered both Sir Edward Lovett Pearce and William Kent to design him a new palace at Kew that would replace Hampton Court. Although neither were built Windsor was to become the western country seat of the Crown instead of Hampton Court; a distinction that it retains to this day.
Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres (304 hectares) of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames. The gardens are home to the world's oldest puzzle maze, a record-breaking grape vine, three National Plant Collections and a huge variety of wildlife, including the descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd.
Insurance is available at £20 per person optional extra.
£189 per person based on two sharing for two nights on a DBB Basis. For the Extra Sunday night it will be £50 per person for DBB.
Single occupancy from £189 plus £20 per night (£40).
Sunday Evening £50 plus £20 supplement.
To book please contact Just for Groups on 01603 886740 and quote Boundless Hampton Court Palace
Federation House Highbury Drive Leatherhead KT22 7UY