These could very well be the perfect 12 days in England: two couples will cheer and applaud (only after the point has been played, of course) at the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world—relax and recharge among some of the most exquisitely beautiful country side in the world—and follow every masterful shot at the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament in the world.
Your English holiday begins at the All England Club.
Wimbledon 2020. Be there as Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Simona Halep of Romania defend their titles. Be there as Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber attempt to recapture theirs. Be there as strawberries are doused in cream, rain lashes down on sunscreen-slathered necks and Pimms flows like water.
Plus! Our winners will receive a private, 90-minute tennis lesson with John EcEnroe, as well as one very fiery special guest who shall remain nameless—hmmm. Plus! Our winners will get a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Wimbledon by a Hall of Fame player. Plus! Our winners will receive special access to the player and celebrity lounges. Plus! Our winners will take home four pairs of shoes from Stan Smith and four Head tennis racquets from John McEnroe.
With the excitement of Wimbledon still very much alive, you will depart London and head west to the peaceful rolling hills of the English country side between Bath and Stratford-on-Avon. Welcome to the Cotswolds—famous for its golden colored stone—where historic villages contain stone cottages so perfect they’re called “chocolate boxes,” and footpaths cross scenic fields and valleys leading to rivers, canals, woods and pubs.
For three glorious nights, you will luxuriate in Cottage Suites at the Relais & Châteaux Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa. In addition to your own adventures in the surrounding towns and villages, you’ll enjoy strolling through the gardens with a charming member of the estate team, toasting your holiday with a glass of Pimm’s, and your choice of an estate walk and festive Champagne afternoon tea for two, or a dry flotation treatment in the serene and elegant spa.
Finally, it’s time for the 149th British Open. Each day, you will be delivered in complete comfort to the esteemed locale—Royal St. George’s—known for its mythical status—the first to host golf’s original Championship in 1894, the first time The Open had ever been contested south of the border. You will be there as The Open returns to the historic Kent links for the 15th time.
It was last played at Royal St. George’s in 2011 when Darren Clarke showed his mastery of links golf in challenging weather conditions to hold off Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to become “Champion Golfer of the Year.” Will the curse be broken this year as the world’s best players compete for the Claret Jug—will an Englishman take back the title in 2020? You can be among the very first to know.
At the end of each exhilarating day, you will return to your Suites within the grounds of the Hever Castle estate. Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. When not at the course, discover the magnificent award-winning gardens set in 125 acres of glorious grounds at Hever Castle. Marvel at the Pompeiian Wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden; admire the giant topiary chess set and inhale the fragrance of over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden.
To hit this English triple play, better aim high.
Roundtrip, First Class Airfare from the United States to London, England must originate from and return to a major city, such as New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas or Miami, Florida. Trip dates are confirmed for Wednesday, July 8–Monday, July 20, 2020 to coincide with Wimbledon and the 149th British Open. All ground transfers and all accommodations are included. The tickets to Wimbledon and The British Open are non-refundable, exchangeable or cancellable.
Celebrated Experiences and with thanks to Christin McKay, Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer and Whip Fundraising
Airfare donated by Barbie & Paul Hills, Nancy & Joe Masterson and Shirley & Peter Welsh