Join us for this very special Country Club Weekend as we journey to Bronte Country and step back in time to the golden age of steam train travel on the Keighly & Worth Valley Railway, which is perhaps most famous for its role in the 1970 film version of Edith Nesbit's story The Railway Children. We also visit Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage Museum, home to the famous Bronte Sisters. Discover the fascinating history of the Brontë’s lives and their Parsonage home and step back in time and explore Haworth's remarkable churchyard and the village’s Main Street as the Brontë’s would have known it in the early nineteenth century.
SATURDAY - We depart Redhill this morning and travel to the 4* Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club near Baildon in the heart of Bronte Country, where we arrive mid-afternoon. On arrival, your weekend stay starts in style as you will be shown to the Bronte Suite where a traditional afternoon tea will be served. Whilst you enjoy afternoon tea, the hotel porters will be busy transferring your luggage to your room.
Following some leisure time, this evening we enjoy dinner at the hotel. Meals – Afternoon Tea, Dinner
SUNDAY - This morning following breakfast we begin our full day touring the main aspects of Bronte Country with a short visit to the village of Thornton on the outskirts of Bradford, in the heart of West Yorkshire's Bronte Country for photographs.
Situated on Market Street is the Bronte Birthplace (now a Bistro), where the Bronte Sisters (along with their brother Branwell) were born before moving to Haworth. Patrick and Maria Bronte moved in to the property with their infant child (Elizabeth, who was born in 1815 at their previous home in Hartshead), with Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne being born in 1816, 1817, 1818 and 1820 respectively. During this time Patrick was curate at the Old Bell Chapel in Thornton.
On arrival in Haworth we give you some free time to attend morning worship at the church before visiting the Bronte Parsonage Museum. In order to enhance your visit to both Haworth and the Parsonage Museum, we have included a talk on the Brontes and walking tour of Haworth. Both the talk and walking tour will be provided by a member of the Bronte Society.
Following the Parsonage visit and walking tour, we allow you some more free time in Haworth for lunch. There are many good tea rooms, souvenir and antiquarian bookshops, restaurants, pubs and hotels (including the "Black Bull" - where Branwell Bronte's demise into alcoholism and opium addiction allegedly began).
This afternoon, we come to another major highlight of this tour as we take the short drive to Oxenhope for a return journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. The railway not only travels through the heart of Bronte Country, but is also famous as the film location for the 1970 film ‘The Railway Children’, based on the children’s book by E.Nesbit.
Late afternoon, we return to your hotel followed by some leisure time before enjoying dinner in the hotel restaurant. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner
MONDAY – Following breakfast, we say goodbye to the Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel for the journey home to Redhill, where we arrive mid afternoon. Meals – Breakfast
Quiet luxury and an extraordinary location are the hallmarks of Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Set within 200 acres of grounds near both Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire, your hotel combines comfortable accommodation with superb event facilities and leisure activities, making it an ideal choice for conferences, weddings, and corporate retreats. Settle in to your room or suite, which features luxury perks like pillowtop mattresses, as well as a well-lit work area, high-speed Internet access, and 24-hour room service. Relax and rejuvenate in our hotel leisure club, or treat yourself to a treatment at our on-site spa. Sample delicious cuisine, sourced from here in West Yorkshire and elsewhere in the UK, at Heathcliff's Restaurant, or International dishes at Zest. Your hotel is home to championship golf at Hollins Hall Country Club, and the heart of Bronte Country is within easy reach. Your luxury getaway awaits at Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel & Country Club.
ACCOMMODATION - 122 rooms including family rooms and five suites • Luxurious bedding with down comforters and cotton linens • Flat screen TV with SKY channels and pay per view movies • In room safes • Accessible rooms available • Committed to a smoke free environment.
RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES - Choose from Heathcliff’s Restaurant, Zest Bar and Restaurant or the charm of the traditional Heathcliff’s Lounge can also be arranged.
RECREATION & LEISURE - Complimentary 20m indoor heated swimming pool with spa bath, sauna and steamroom • Two gyms and aerobics studio • Health & Beauty Salon. 18 hole Championship golf course • Well stocked golf shop • Driving range • Chipping and putting practice area • Pre-booking of tee times is advisable.
● Free Local Departures from - See Booking Form
● Luxury Executive EAVESWAY Coach Travel including the services of an Eavesway Driver(s) & Complimentary onboard refreshments during your journey to/from Yorkshire
● Two nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at the 4* Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club including complimentary use of the leisure facilities & swimming pool
● Afternoon Tea on the Day Of Arrival at Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club
● A full day exploring Bronte Country including visits to Thornton & Haworth with time at leisure
● Admission to the Bronte Parsonage Museum including talk on the Bronte’s and walking tour of Haworth with a Bronte Society Guide
● A Return Journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (Oxenhope - Keighley Return Ticket Included)
● Porterage at the Hotel
● The services of a TML Travel Group Tour Manager throughout