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CGA events have been held regularly for more than one-hundred years. Today the nationwide array of events includes private openings of stately homes, golf days, wine tastings, race days, financial seminars, country fairs and straight forward social gatherings. We always look forward to welcoming members to these carefully organised occasions and members are welcome to bring guests to the vast majority of events.

To book, or for more details, please contact Sylvia Cotterill, CGA Events Organiser, by telephoning: 01763 288 277 or by writing to Garden House, Rushden, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 0SZ

Cancellations: will be refunded only up to two weeks before any day event (conditions apply)  


CGA Fully Inclusive Escorted Members’ Break Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th May 2019 (2 nights)
Wednesday 8th May 2019

Start Time 3:00pm

Duration 2 night stay

Osborne House (The Isle of Wight) and Private Houses of Hampshire - Avington Park and Houghton Lodge From The Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club, Nr Southampton

 

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, Britain’s second longest serving monarch, is marked in 2019. The Isle of Wight has been a favourite destination with several prominent historical figures including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who purchased Osborne House in 1845 and referred to it as: “A Place of One’s Own”. The Italianate Palace boasts spectacular views across the Solent and remains much as it was when Queen Victoria died in 1901. The richly furnished Royal
Apartments offer an intimate glimpse into the private family life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at their seaside retreat away from London and Windsor. The private walled gardens and grounds include the charming Swiss Cottage where the Royal Children learned household management. The recent film ‘Victoria and Abdul’ starring Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal was filmed at Osborne during the autumn of 2016


DAY 1: Check into the hotel from 3pm and relax before joining fellow members, your guide and CGA host for a welcome drink prior to dinner in the hotel restaurant. The hotel has an indoor pool, sauna and spa as well as a championship golf course*, gym and tennis courts. *Please note: Spa treatments and golf will need to be prebooked

DAY 2: After breakfast we depart by coach for Southampton and cross the Solent by ferry in just under an hour to reach East Cowes. On arrival, we continue to Osborne House where we can enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Apartments. The duration of the tour is approximately 90 minutes, with free time to explore the grounds and gardens afterwards. A two course lunch with a glass of wine will be served in The Terrace Restaurant in the grounds of Osborne House. Time permitting, we will explore a little more of the Isle of Wight before our return ferry crossing to the hotel for dinner.


DAY 3: On the final day of this exclusive member’s break we visit two private homes in Hampshire. At Avington Park we enjoy a private guided tour and lunch. This stunning Georgian manor and privately owned stately home was once the property of Winchester Cathedral and sits in an idyllic location beside the River Itchen. Avington has hosted both Charles II and George IV. Houghton Lodge, has one of the finest examples of a Cottage Ornée, a picturesque style of Gothic architecture, and beautiful 18th century gardens. Refreshments will be served in The Walled Garden. Depart at leisure from the hotel at the end of the day.


Cost: per person £460
Single occupancy supplement: £50
Deposit: £120 per person.
Includes: Two nights’ en-suite accommodation at The Meon Valley Hotel & Country Club, near
Southhampton, English breakfast, porterage & three-course dinner each evening. Welcome drink on the first evening. Professional Tour Leader & CGA Host. Guided tour of Osborne House. Private visit & tours of Avington House & Houghton Lodge. Executive Coaching & return ferry crossing from Southamption. A two-course lunch & glass of wine included on both days.