A royal tour of Forest Holidays locations
Keeping with the royal theme, we have a few royal connections of our own. Stay at any of our locations this spring and celebrate the royal wedding and baby with a royal visit of your own.
Stay at Strathyre and explore the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park – look out for Prince Charles’s beloved red squirrels. Over at Ardgartan Argyll, nearby Inveraray Castle is home to the Duke of Argyll. The Duke’s predecessor, the 9th Duke of Argyll, married Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise in none other than St. George’s Chapel at Windsor, the venue for Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
If you are heading for Cropton or Keldy, make sure you pay a visit to nearby Nunnington Hall, which houses a fragment of the tartan of Bonnie Prince Charlie and a lock of his hair set into a ring. Forest of Dean are both Royal Forests. Royal Forests were designated in the 11th-13th centuries to protect the ‘vert and venison’– green spaces where royals could hunt deer and boar.
Thorpe Forest take a trip to North Norfolk to see Sandringham House. This stunning country retreat has been enjoyed by four generations of British monarchs. And who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of Prince William and his family, as they have a home on the Sandringham Estate.
Down in Hampshire and just a few miles from Blackwood Forest, follow the Royal Blood Trail around Winchester to find out just how well-connected the city is to royals, from King Alfred in the 9th Century right up to the present day.
Finally, head west to Deerpark. Prince Charles is the Duke of Cornwall, which means that he owns the Duchy of Cornwall – only 13% of which is actually in Cornwall! For a royal day out, visit the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, café and shop, with spectacular views across the Fowey Valley.
We offer our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of Prince Louis. And we offer our congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their forthcoming marriage.