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The Ancient Kingdom of Wessex

The South West, the largest region of England includes three national parks, four world heritage sites and the incredible Jurassic Coast and offers an abundance of natural beauty, adventure and luxury.

The many counties that make up the South West all have their own distinct character and charm, which you will experience first-hand. Over the course of a week you will delve head first into culture, adventurous activities and incredible scenery.

The Jurassic coast line is a world heritage site in its own right and is made up of 185 million years of geological history. It is home to an abundance of wildlife on land and at sea and the mixture of activities from taking a speeding RIB along the coast in search of dolphins or sailing a classic yacht. Get involved in the oyster regeneration programme and learn more about these delicious creatures. Why not get the adrenaline pumping with an action packed session of coastering, hiking and climbing to really see the beauty from every angle. All along this coastline there are hidden gems to create the most romantic of locations to have sun downers and to enjoy an incredible meal on this historic part of England’s south coast.

As we move inland we start to explore the historical importance of the West Country and take in the stunning architecture of the many monastic sites and learn more about the historic period of the dissolution of the monasteries.  This part of the world has an abundance of historically important properties and stately homes and the English country gardens. The special aura surrounding Glastonbury will cast its spell on you and this will also be close to where you will call home for four nights in the incredible Camp Kerala camp situated close to the site of the world’s largest music festival.

From this incredible camp you will spend a day undertaking an incredible adrenaline-fueled James Bond style driving experience on a WW2 airfield where you will enter the world of stunt driving. With exclusive hire of the venue this exciting, unique day is accessible to all, irrespective of driving experience and in addition teaches you valuable practical driving skills. We will coach you on evasive driving, advanced car control, high speed chases, and how to escape from a driving ambush. We will even simulate real life threat situations, giving you the opportunity to learn the techniques used by stuntmen and close protection driving specialists.

Getting back to nature will take you through some of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the ability to see them in a three-dimensional way. From potholing and caving in Cheddar where some of the world’s leading cavers have learnt their craft to hiking across Exmoor, stop for a delicious cream tea and try your hand at clay pigeon shooting or taking to the skies and gliding or paragliding above the Quantocks and Blackdown Hills. Before returning home embark on some foraging and work with experts who will then cook you a fabulous meal.

You wouldn’t be able to have a true West Country experience without tasting some of the cider that is produced in these green parts. We will take you on an incredible cider farm tour and dive into the secret world of cider making and why stop at cider when you can try the cider brandy as well.

 

Our preferred accommodation partners

The Newt in Somerset

Hadspen House, built around 1690, captures the essence of a Georgian country home. A place to delight, its elegant rooms have been restored and reimagined, while its unique setting inspires our garden-to-table dining and garden-scented Spa. Choose a book from the Library, sampling our selection of teas in the Drawing Room. Sip a cocktail while peering across the Croquet Lawn at the Somerset landscape. Feast on homegrown fare in The Botanical Rooms. Get together in the Bar or Croquet Room, choosing from the collection of wines in the vaulted cellars below, as well as their very own cider.

Babington House

Babington House is a Georgian manor house set in 18 acres of grounds, deep in the Somerset countryside. A place to relax and be pampered, it's home to a Victorian walled garden, indoor-outdoor pool, gym, tennis courts, croquet lawn, Grade 1-listed chapel and the original Cowshed spa. Babington has 33 bedrooms which are spread across the Main House, Coach House, Walled Garden and Stable Block. Traditional English chintzes and soft, light colours combine with signature Soho House design touches like our famous freestanding baths in bedrooms, while open fireplaces and rich textiles complete the cosy feel.

 

Looking for something different? Introducing Pelorus x Camp Kerala. 

Bringing together family and friends in the greatest of comfort and privacy, to enjoy adventure in remote UK corners. A bespoke series of activities and experiences will be organised before returning to the signature Camp Kerala experience – imagine beautifully designed maharaja tents with the softest of beds on a stable hard wood floor, in-tent service, delicious dining and the legendary CK bar, so that the fun can continue long into the night. Discover more here.

 

Contact a member of our Private Adventures team to find out more to start planning your English getaway.

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