Not just for fanatics, our 11 day Downton Abbey itinerary takes you on a tour of the UK giving the perfect taste of the grand history of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th century. It conveniently provides the perfect backdrop for an exploration of the most beautiful, iconic and interesting properties across the UK.
An outdoor lover’s paradise, the Lake District, located in Cumbria, is England's largest national park. Rich in natural beauty and birth place of William Wordsworth, the Lake District has been an inspiration to artists, poets and authors such as Beatrix Potter, Samuel Coleridge and John Ruskin. Climb England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and swim or sail on its deepest lakes as you meander the Lake District’s 3,500km of walking and cycling paths. For those seeking a little more adventure there are vast opportunities to rock climb, abseil, horse ride and kayak, fish and take a boat ride on the park’s 16 lakes, including Lake Windermere. A scenic round of golf is highly recommended, weather permitting! Alongside its spectacular natural scenery, Cumbria’s many towns and villages play host to idyllic country hotels, pubs and shops.
The British Isles, Tailor-made.
We love luxury and style at Ampersand Travel, but we also love to engage with our destination. Our motto is that luxury is in the experience: superb food, art, architecture or the great outdoors – these are the things we adore. All over the British Isles – from London to the Scottish Highlands, from the New Forest to County Laois – we know the best country house hotels, the smartest city hangouts, the most ravishing mountains to scale and the loveliest lakes to relax by. What we love most of all though, is revealing these treasures to our clients by designing their perfect tailor-made British Iles experience.
Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel
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The British Isles are perfect for family holidays, be it a short weekend break or a school holiday. From natural landscapes like the Lake District, New Forest and the Scottish Highlands to the Harry Potter Studios, London’s many child-friendly museums and world-famous toy shop Hamley’s, there is just so much on offer.
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An impressive Tudor style manor house in the heart of the ethereal Dartmoor National Park, this property provides the perfect escape deep into the country side. Picturesque walks, historical houses and quaint villages are a stone’s throw away, just waiting to be explored. This historical hotel has gone from strength to strength, building a name for itself around the two-Michelin star restaurant under the Head Chef Michael Wignall.
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At Ampersand we believe that “luxury is in the experience”. We love travelling in style but are not afraid to step off the usual circuit in order to experience something more rewarding. We specialise in exclusive tailor-made holidays that are perfect for honeymoons, cultural tours, family trips, wildlife adventures, sabbaticals and multi-generational holidays.
Over the last 13 years we have established ourselves as a leader in luxury Asia holidays to the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and the Far East. In keeping with our desire to share the places we know and love best, we are thrilled to add the British Isles to our portfolio of destinations.
Our clients are mostly private individuals who recognise that time is their most precious asset and want to entrust it to experts with a well proven track record. This smoothes out the planning process and ensures that they have the most rewarding and memorable experience possible. We also look after some of the world’s most acclaimed museums and organisations who rely on us to arrange once in a lifetime group tours for their most important patrons.
Why book with us:
Local knowledge & contacts: We are a team of knowledgeable and well-connected individuals who have lived and /or travelled extensively in the destinations we offer.
First-hand experience: We personally visit all the hotels and locations we recommend and can provide you with first-hand information and opinions on them.
Easy to reach: We personally answer all phone calls (during office working hours). You will never be answered by a machine or be frustrated by multiple options. All our clients also receive our personal mobile numbers which they are welcome to use outside working hours.
Financial protection: Ampersand Travel is ATOL bonded meaning that the money spent on your holiday is protected.
Personal service: You will be looked after by one consultant from your initial enquiry until your safe return home from holiday.
Reliability: 80% of our business is from repeat clients and friends they have recommended to us.
Small by choice: We send up to 500 clients a year on holiday. We have deliberately chosen to remain small so that we can look after our clients to the best of our ability and enjoy the process as we go along.
Totally independent: We only sell places we love. Unless we would be happy to stay there we will not sell them – it’s as simple as that.
Owner run: Ampersand is owner run and, interestingly, most of our carefully selected ground handlers are too. We feel that this creates a far more passionate and personal service and a greater sense of accountability, which are key to providing the best possible service.
We love travel: This will become obvious as soon as you contact us!