Mia cugina, Sua Maestà veniva qui

Viaggio tra Londra ed Edimburgo con il cugino di Elisabetta II per scoprire palazzi e castelli mai aperti al pubblico

RFH Brown's Hotel - Facade 6219R JG Oct 17

Primo albergo aperto a Londra nel 1837 e uno dei favoriti della Regina Vittoria, il Brown’s Hotel (nella foto qui sopra) celebra l’anno del Royal Wedding con un pacchetto esclusivo in partnership con The Balmoral, proprietà sorella del portfolio Rocco Forte Hotels a Edimburgo.

Simon Rhodes, cugino di secondo grado di Sua Maestà accompagna gli ospiti a un viaggio di 6 giorni che apre porte solitamente chiuse di palazzi e siti storici. Si fa base in due hotel storici, il Brown’s, primo albergo di Londra, e The Balmoral a Edimburgo.

The Balmoral, Edimburgo
The Balmoral, Edimburgo

Il programma

Highlights of the experience include exploring St James’ Palace, Buckingham Palace, The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Windsor Castle, Glamis Castle, Sandringham and the Royal stud, Chartwell and Archers’ Hall.

Arriving at Brown’s, London’s First Hotel and the guests’ London home for the first four nights of the tour, they will be welcomed with a private dinner hosted by Simon Rhodes as well as Royal Correspondent and Royal Herald Alastair Bruce. A perfect start to the tour, guests will be offered a fascinating introduction to the history and traditions of the Royal Family in anticipation of the next six days of exploring it firsthand.

The experience begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of St James’ Palace before a private lunch at Royal Warrant holders, Her Majesty’s vintners, Berry Bros & Rudd. Then, upon entering Buckingham Palace via the Ambassadors’ Entrance, guests will be met by the Assistant Surveyor of the Queen’s Paintings and experience a guided tour of nineteen state rooms, the Throne Room, the Music Room and the White Drawing Room. Rare access to the Royal Collection of paintings by Van Dyck, Canaletto, Canova and Sèvres porcelain will be granted and the first day will conclude with champagne in the Marble Hall.
On the second day, guests will depart London and arrive by private helicopter at Sandringham, The Queen’s beloved country retreat and home to the Royal Stud which guests will be shown by the stud manager. Here guests are invited for lunch in York Cottage Dining Room, never usually open to the public, this intimate rustic idyll is where Her Majesty typically hosts the family for shoot lunches and barbecues invariably cooked by Prince Phillip.

A trip to Chartwell, former private residence of Sir Winston Churchill for over forty years of his life, will offer the opportunity to explore the home of Britain’s most iconic Prime Minister and the complex but fascinating subject of Oscar-nominated Darkest Hour. Hosted by Winston Churchill’s great grandson, Randolph Churchill, guests will be treated to a private view of his renowned paintings, recently featured at great extent by The Crown series before enjoying lunch with them on the estate.

On their final day in England, guests will visit Windsor Castle, just two weeks after it plays host to this year’s Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Megan Markle. It is here that Martin Clayton, Head of Prints & Drawings at The Royal Collection, will offer an exclusive tour of The Print Room which has housed the greater part of the Royal Collection’s drawings, watercolours and prints since the 1850s. This is a completely unique event, never opened to the public, the Print Room houses extraordinarily rare Old Master drawings including six hundred and fifty by Leonardo da Vinci.

The next morning, having arrived by train to The Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh, guests will be chauffeured to The Palace of Holyroodhouse for a private tour of the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. It is this palace which just weeks later will host the Queen’s official engagements and ceremonies which take place each year at the beginning of summer during what is known to Scots as Royal Week. In the evening a private dinner is hosted in the splendour of The Balmoral hotel by Michelin-starred Number One Restaurant.

The week draws to a close with a final day at Glamis Castle, childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret. After a leisurely drive through majestic countryside guests will be guided round the breathtaking castle by its owner, the 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who will entertain guests over lunch with anecdotes from his childhood growing up as the heir to one of Great Britain’s oldest aristocratic families in a home which was Shakespeare’s inspiration for Macbeth and is steeped in Royal history.

A befitting end, this Grand Royal Experience culminates in a private ceremonial dinner at Archers’ Hall with The Royal Company of Archers, the Sovereign’s Body Guard in Scotland. Over its 350 years, this company has been and continues to be made up of Earls, Dukes, Barons, Lords and Marquesses of some of Britain’s finest aristocratic estates including Simon Rhodes himself, host of this most extraordinary tour.
Due to the exclusivity of the accesses provided and the availability of the various notable hosts, this experience will only take place between Thursday 31st May and Thursday 7th June. Places are available for up to six guests and it can be booked by individuals or as a private experience. Prices start from £40,000 per person

–  Five night stay at Brown’s Hotel in a Classic Suite including daily breakfast (Friday 31st May – Tuesday 5th June)
–  Two night stay at The Balmoral hotel in a Castle View Suite including daily breakfast (Tuesday 5th June – Thursday 7th June)
–  Visit to St James’ Palace, Buckingham Palace, Sandringham Estate, Windsor Castle, The Palace of Holyrood and Glamis Castle
–  Dinner at Brown’s Hotel, Lunch at Berry Bros & Rudd, Lunch at York Cottage Dining Room, Lunch at Chartwell House, Dinner at The Balmoral hotel, Dinner at Archers’ Hall
–  All transportation between hotels and residences visited as part of the tour, including train between hotels and private helicopter to Sandringham Estate from London.