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May 25 - 30 2023

If you are a Christian woman who absolutely loves the
Downton Abbey series, loves to travel, and considers herself a "foodie" -- then this trip was made for YOU!  Not only will we be touring the Downton Abbey filming sites, but we will be going on fun adventures throughout the city of London! We will be doing a bike tour, having a fancy high tea, going shopping, taking walks, and daily spending time with the Lord to deepen our relationship with Him. It’s going to be a dream trip!

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Walking down the cobblestone road while sipping on a iced darjeeling honey tea, you take in the views of this grand city with all of it's charming storefronts and cafes... you are lost in the romance of the place.

.... you reminisce on the morning that you just spent biking through the city on an eggshell blue bike with a dainty basket on the front (where you stowed your fresh flowers you bought from the market... along with a fresh pastry that you are "saving for later" that you picked up at a quaint little family owned bakery). You are reliving the moments of the day as you stroll down the sunlit street watching the sunset on the tower bridge. 

You feel a sense of excitement bubble up inside of you when you remember what tomorrow holds... you finally get to visit the Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed! 

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Wouldn’t it be exciting to find other christian women that share the same love of the Downton Abbey series as you do?

During our retreat, through daily activities throughout London, you will make new friends with other lovely ladies who also love the Lord & who love the Downton Abbey series!
 

How much fun would it be to visit all of the locations where they filmed the Downton Abbey shows and movies?

During our time together, through exciting specialty tours, you will finally get to tour the Downton Abbey castle, the village, and other locations where Downton was filmed. You will go home having a first hand experience to share with your other Downton loving friends and family, and maybe make them a little jealous! Ha!

Can you imagine the joy of dressing up to go to one of the most highly rated high-tea locations in London?

On our London tour, you will have a chance to dress up and attend a Royal high tea! This will be a memory that you will never forget! 
 

Ahhh... and this is just the beginning!!

Let me tell you more...

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This trip is not only a Royal Downton Adventure, but it is also our 1st

traveling Christian women's retreat!

How fantastic would it be to have daily quiet times with the Lord in London?

During our time together, through our scheduled daily quiet times, you will feel the power and peace that a daily quiet time with the Lord can have on your life so that you can take this practice home with you to continue! 
 

Can you imagine how it would feel to no longer feel like life is just “running away with you”?

Each day, through purposeful “tech free times” you will see what it feels like to slow down and truly “smell the roses” so that you can reconnect with God, nature and yourself.
 

Wouldn’t it feel good to find the time to do the things in life that you really want to do?   

On this retreat, through the “create your perfect day” session, you will find different tangible ways to carve out moments for yourself, so that you can finally find the time to do the things in your life that bring you Joy and give you Life!

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The Hotel

The Ampersand Hotel.

This quintessential London hotel is the perfect place for our Downton Adventure. It is situated on a lovely South Kensington road that is surrounded by bakeries, cafes, restaurants and shopping.  All of the rooms have cozy beds with velvet headboards, en suite bathrooms with L'occitane toiletries! 
Our sylish hotel is only a 2 min walk to the Underground, so
getting around London is super easy!

The Cuisine

Foodie Heaven. 
You will experience traditional Fish & Chips with mashed peas. 

Indulge in freshly made pastries, muffins, and desserts from local cafes and bakeries.  
You may want to grab a slice of hand tossed wood fired pizza after a day of shopping or hit up China town for authentic Chinese dishes and delicacies.
...and my ALL time favorite... 
HIGH TEA
(which we will be enjoying together at one of the most famous high tea locations in London!

Our Adventure

Live out your Downton Abbey Dreams! On DAY 1,  we will step back in time and visit some of the lesser known filming sites of our beloved Crawley family! We will stroll along cobblestone roads as we follow our guide on an exciting walking tour of Central London. You will see world famous sites and quaint historic streets where this award-winning TV series was filmed. You will hear anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information about how the show was made.

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On DAY 2 & 3  we will enjoy London to its fullest! On DAY 2 we will be enjoying one of the highest rated high-teas in London at The Aqua Shard! Get excited! Currently the theme is "Peter Pan". They go ALL OUT on their themed high teas. On DAY 3 we will bike around the city to see all of the famous London landmarks... get your camera ready!
You will have plenty of
FREE TIME on these days as well, to do whatever your heart desires!

...and then there is the FINALE!... 

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Drumroll Please....

 

DAY 4 is THE DAY! You have waited for this moment... Imagine driving up the long gravel driveway... everyone is holding their breath in anticipation ...we turn a corner...and THERE IT IS!! The Highclere Castle!! The Oooohs and Ahhhs will be deafening! It's time to step foot in a fairytale!  You’ll be able to explore independently the ‘Above Stairs’ area on the ground and first floors... including the entrance, library, music room, drawing-room, morning room, staircase, saloon, dining room and the servant’s staircase!
You will also go to the charming village of Bampton, Oxfordshire (Downton Village) where you'll see the hospital, pub, village green, church, Matthew Crawley's house and resting place, as well as where Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson tied the knot! 

 

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What'sIncluded:

  • 5 nights in a stylish South Kensington Hotel

  • 5 Continental Breakfasts

  • a fun Welcome Dinner

  • a Downton private walking tour in Central London

  • a delicious & creative high tea overlooking the city

  • an adventurous bike tour of famous London landmarks

  • an all-day Downton Abbey tour featuring Highclere castle!

  • Tips are included for the above activities

  • Free time each day for you to explore on your own 

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Not Included:

  • Airfare (You can book your airfare on whichever airline you prefer)

  • Transfers or Transportation (Each guest is responsible for their own transportation while in London. There are many options available at different costs... the Underground, buses, taxis, etc. I will help you with this)

  • Travel Insurance (Insurance is mandatory for this trip. I will help you find the best insurance for the best price)

  • Extra tips for great service

  • Pre or Post hotel nights if you wish to stay longer

Who is this
retreat for?

  • Christian Women (18+) who love the Lord

  • Downton Abbey loving fans

  • Ladies who love to travel (or who want to travel)

  • Those who enjoy fun activities such as walking tours, bike tours & high tea

  • Someone who enjoys talking and fellowshipping with other Christian women

  • Foodies!!

  • Someone who is kind and has a positive attitude

  • Women who love fun and adventure

  • Ladies who want to treat themselves to an unforgettable adventure

Who is this
retreat not for?

  • Men (lol) 

  • Non-Christians

  • Someone who hates Downton Abbey

  • Those who do not like walking (or can not walk well) because we will be doing a lot of walking

  • Someone who does not enjoy group settings or interacting with others

  • Someone who hates eating pastries, pizza, ice cream, and all sorts of amazing food

  • Negative Nellie's

  • Women who hate fun and adventure

  • Penny Pinchers who want something for nothing

By the end of this retreat...

... You will have visited the Downton Abbey Castle & many other Downton filming locations  ... You will have biked around London to see all the iconic attractions
... You will have had a delicious Royal High Tea with your new Downton Abbey loving friends & You will have had a chance to deepen your relationship with the Lord... all while having loads of fun in London!  You will return home with a stronger faith, awakened dreams, and many Downton Abbey adventures to talk about!

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About your Host

Meet Lisa V...

Hi! I'm Lisa. I am the owner of Blu Skyy Travel and I will be your trip leader for your Royal Downton Adventure! 
 

A little bit about me...

- I love the Lord... He is my favorite!
- I wear hats... a LOT! 
- In the Fall, you will see me in thigh high boots
about 80% of the time.

- I'm a true Foodie... I will try almost anything
and I love different ethnic foods.

- I love nature and animals... I am daily in AWE of God's creation and everything He has created.

- I am a hobby photographer and videographer.

- My handsome husband is from South Africa & we met on eHarmony (true story) We've been married 6 yrs now.
- I have a huge heart to bring God's Truth & Love to women and to help them know their Identity in Him, & Him alone.

- I also have a huge heart for marriages and for Marriage Ministry. My husband and I enjoy building into couples.
- I love seeing new places and meeting new people around the world... I like to collect friends from all over! 

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Cancellation Policy: a $500 non-refundable deposit is required at time of registration. Final payment is February 20, 2023. Any cancellation made after the final payment will result in a total loss of funds. We reserve the right to cancel the trip prior to final payment if we have not met the trip minimum (if we do so your deposit will be refunded in full). Trip insurance is mandatory for this trip. You can use our suggested Allianz Insurance online and choose from 2 policy options. With the trip insurance, if you cancel for a covered reason, you can get up to 100% of your trip expenses reimbursed to you.