Experience the history of England through design. Imagine yourself in the heavy silk gowns of Georgian-era Bath. Step into the swirling floral Arts and Crafts world of William Morris. Get lost in the bustling atmosphere of London, where hidden treasures lie around every corner.

Embark on an adventure to explore neighborhoods, soak up inspiration at museums, and experience design and textiles in England. Together we will learn, create, and share an unforgettable experience.


The Grand British Textile Tour is an 8-night adventure.
Part One takes us into the countryside where we will explore Bath and the Cotswolds. In Part Two we spend four days discovering London.


Part One – Bath & the Cotswolds

“Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath?” – Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Who indeed? Upon arrival in England we will make our way through the glorious English countryside to Bath, stopping along the way for a tour of the Whitchurch Silk Mill. The Abbey Hotel will be our home in Bath as we tour the city, with a special stop at the Fashion Museum.

After two days in Bath we journey to the Cotswolds where gorgeous gardens, a Tudor castle and the world of William Morris await us. After our countryside excursions, we will return to the White Hart Royal Hotel, a historic coaching inn first opened in the 1600s.


Part Two – London

After the quiet of the Cotswolds, it is time to immerse ourselves in the swirling cacophony of London. One of the most exciting cities in the world, it is a heady mix of the ultra-modern present and mystical past. Down its crooked streets lay a warren of tiny shops, delicious restaurants and delightful surprises.

During our four days in London we will visit its great museums, enjoy afternoon tea, create with local artisans, visit markets and fall in love with this great city. And, we will introduce you to our favorite must-see secret spots – fabulous experiences not found in the usual tourist guides.


Pricing & Inclusions

Join us on the Grand British Textile Tour for between $5300 – $5900 per person. **Cost will vary based on airfare, which is projected on fares to/from Kansas City. Flights from other U.S. cities may affect the cost. Single occupancy rates are available. Final tour cost will be set once the airfare cost is determined.

Included in the trip:

  • Small group of up to only 15 for a fun, personalized tour
  • Round trip airfare to/from London, England**
  • 8 nights in superior boutique hotels in Bath, the Cotswolds and London
  • 15 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 1 afternoon tea
  • Admission for over 10 unique tours and experiences
  • Porterage included at the hotels
  • Gratuities and taxes for all coach drivers, local guides, hotels, and group meals
  • Transportation in a private coach through the countryside, plus London public transportation
  • Plus, there will be a few surprises on the way!

Deposits and Payments

A deposit of $500 per person will secure your spot on this tour due immediately at sign-up. The deposit goes toward your base tour costs.

Thereafter, there will be three payments: one third of the cost due March 1, 2018; second one third payment due May 1, 2018; and the final payment due July 1, 2018. The final payment will include any Optional Tours you elect to purchase.

Payment Options

Lisa Ball Travel Design takes personal checks made out to Lisa Ball Travel Design and mailed to: 5400 Johnson Drive, Suite 246 Mission, KS 66205. Or, you can make payments using VISA or MasterCard via Paypal through LisaBallTravelDesign.com. Please note: PayPal charges a 3% transaction fee so you must increase your payment amount by 3% to cover this fee.

LisaBall@GrandTextileTours.com. Or, call 816.820.4351


Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday, September 16 (Departure)

Get your passports ready, it’s departure day! Kansas City to London is the departure route for the tour; however, airfare can be arranged from any U.S. city to London. Full details on the airline schedule will be forthcoming.

Day 2 – Monday, September 17

Welcome to England! On our arrival, we will board our private mini-coach that will meet us at London Heathrow Airport and transport us to the lovely Georgian city of Bath.

On the way, we stop for a tour of the Whitchurch Silk Mill in Hampshire, where you will see an original mill wheel, Victorian-era machinery, fabulous silk fabric on the looms, and a delightful shop filled with silk products from the Mill. Whitchurch also boasts a peaceful setting by the River Test and a tearoom for tea, coffee or lunch on your own.

By early afternoon, we arrive in beautiful Bath, founded by the Romans and renowned as a fashionable destination during the Regency period. The City of Bath is a World Heritage Site filled with exquisite Georgian architecture, the famous Roman Baths Museum and an acclaimed Fashion Museum.

We will be resting our head for two nights at The Abbey Hotel, a charming, independently-owned hotel located directly in the city center. The Abbey Hotel is in a listed building, artfully combining modern style with its historic character. Amenities include a wonderful on-site restaurant with seating inside or outside on the terrace; a comfortable bar with comfy chatting spaces; eclectic superior level ensuite rooms; complimentary WiFi; and a friendly staff ready to make your stay in Bath memorable.

After an afternoon enjoying Bath, we will have a delicious Welcome Dinner at the Allium Restaurant at the Abbey. The dinner, along with the full breakfast buffet each morning is included in the trip package.

Day 3 – Tuesday, September 18

Following breakfast at the hotel, a local guide will lead us on a leisurely stroll through the historic city center, ending at the magnificent Assembly Rooms, home of the Fashion Museum. Admission to the Fashion Museum is included and after an introduction by our guide, you will have time on your own to discover the museum’s many fashion and accessory exhibits.

Lunch and Afternoon: Time on your own to enjoy this lovely city. Consider taking tea at the famous Pump Room, used as a romantic rendezvous spot in Jane Austen’s novels.

Evening: Dinner on your own. There are wonderful restaurants in Bath, everything from fun pubs to stylish eateries highlighting a variety of culinary delights from traditional British to Italian and Indian.

Day 4 – Wednesday, September 19

William Morris Day in the Cotswolds: Today we’ll discover places and contemporary designs inspired and admired by the preeminent Arts and Crafts Movement leader, William Morris.

Following breakfast at the hotel, we depart from Bath in our private mini coach and head to one of the most special places in England – the Cotswolds! Over the next two days we will see quintessential England in lovely villages, rolling green hills, gorgeous manor homes, castles and gardens in their last summer flush.

First, we will visit the Royal Gardens at Highgrove Gardens and Estate. This is the private residence of HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and on select days during the spring and summer the gardens are open to visitors. We have a chance on this day to visit Highgrove and see how the gardeners work to incorporate the Prince’s innovative garden designs and green environmental techniques.

In the afternoon we will stop at the village of Bibury, described by Morris as the “most beautiful village in England”, followed by a tour of William Morris’ summer home at Kelmscott Manor. Probably the most evocative of all houses associated with Morris, Kelmscott Manor contains a fantastic collection of possessions and works of Morris, his family and associates in the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Later today, we’ll visit the Real Wood Furniture Company in Chipping Norton who designs pieces inspired by William Morris.

Whilst in the Cotswolds, we will stay at the award-winning White Hart Royal Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh. This pleasant market town is home to a number of cute shops, outstanding pubs and this historic coaching inn hotel. The White Hart Royal Hotel was used by King Charles I as shelter during the English Civil War following the Battle of Marston Moor on July 2, 1644. A copy of the King’s unpaid bill is commemorated on a plaque within the entrance lobby.

Amenities at the White Hart include beautifully designed and comfortable superior ensuite rooms; period restaurant with original inglenook fireplace; bountiful breakfasts; complimentary WiFi; and a courtyard terrace for chats and drinks.

Our first night in the Cotswolds will include dinner at the White Hart’s restaurant.

Day 5 – Thursday, September 20

We pay homage again to William Morris at the Broadway Tower, a country retreat for Morris and other pre- Raphaelite artists with outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.

Lunch and shopping time in the pretty town of Broadway.

In the afternoon we will visit stately Sudeley Castle, a Tudor masterpiece and former home of Queen Katherine Parr. The grounds contain carefully designed gardens and a chapel containing the Queen’s tomb. There will be time for tea at the Castle’s quaint café.

In the evening, explore Winchcombe and dine on your own at the White Hart’s restaurant or find another great pub or restaurant in town.

Day 6 – Friday, September 21

After breakfast at the White Hart, we’ll journey to England’s legendary capital, London!

As we enter the city, we’ll stop at one of the world’s best art and design museums: the Victoria & Albert, which houses a treasure trove of archaeological finds, art, vintage clothing and textiles.

Afterwards, we’ll take a panorama tour of the city on our private mini coach with a local guide, before we enjoy an afternoon high tea in the incredibly glamorous Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

The Montague on the Gardens Hotel in Bloomsbury will be our home in London. This 4-star luxury hotel spills over with fashionable design in each individually styled room. Don’t miss having a drink in the chic Leopard Bar or take tea overlooking the gardens. Amenities include delicious English breakfasts each morning; complimentary WiFi; and a fantastic location just steps from the British Museum and not far from the West End Theatre district.

Days 7-9 – Saturday, September 22 to Monday, September 24

We have scoured the city for amazing experiences for you. Our days in London will be filled with visits to unique design showrooms, fabric shops, markets and museums. There will also be time on your own, so if you have a London dream destination you would like to visit, we can make that happen. London is an ever-changing city, so we don’t want to plan out each and every stop too far in advance, just in case we need to change the itinerary to hit up a must-see new exhibit or store. But, here are a few stops that we will be making:

  • Liberty of London: Visit the legendary store to see the best designs in the world of fashion and home decoration, as well as Liberty’s amazing fabric department.
  • Dennis Severs House: One of the most interesting museums in London – the 18th century home of Huguenot silk merchants in the Old City set up as if they just stepped out.
  • Crafts Workshops: Fun times making items or developing new skills!
  • Saturday Morning at the Market: Browsing the stalls at the famous Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill!

On Monday evening we’ll toast our marvelous tour with dinner followed by a private mini-coach evening tour around the city.

Day 10 – Tuesday, September 25 (Return)

Alas, all good things must come to an end and we will return to the U.S. from Heathrow Airport either to Kansas City or your home airport.

*Tour itinerary subject to change based on availability of venues and schedules.

Projected Base Tour Cost: $5,300 to $5,900 per person based on double occupancy.

Single occupancy rates are available.

Final Tour Cost will be set once the airfare cost is determined.

Itinerary At-A-Glance

Day 1 – Sunday, September 16

Fly to London

Day 2 – Monday, September 17

Arrive, depart for Bath. Visit Whitchurch Silk Factory. Welcome dinner at Allium restaurant.

Day 3 – Tuesday, September 18

Private tour through Bath. Afternoon at Fashion Museum, or on your own.

Day 4 – Wednesday, September 19

Travel to the Cotswolds. Tour Highgrove Royal Gardens. Stop in Bibury. Tour Kelmscott Manor, visit the Real Wood Furniture Company. Stay at the White Hart Royal Hotel. Dinner at the hotel

Day 5 – Thursday, September 20

Visit the Broadway Tower, the village of Broadway and Sudeley Castle.

Day 6 – Friday, September 21

Travel to London. Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum, have high tea at Fortnum and Mason. Stay at the Montague on the Gardens hotel

Days 7-9 – Saturday, September 22 to Monday, September 24

Spend time in London visiting museums, markets, fabric shopping and learning from local artisans in workshops. Farewell dinner on Monday.

Tuesday, September 25

Depart for home.


Meet your hosts

Betsy Blodgett

Betsy Blodgett will be joining the tour as your guide to all things design. Her interest in textiles led to a career in the sewing industry – initially as a fabric store owner and more recently with the pattern companies Indygo Junction and The Sewing Workshop. When not working with fabric, she travels with her husband, interviewing artists and designers for their podcast, Hello Atelier.

Betsy Blodgett

Lisa Ball

Lisa Ball believes everyone should have the opportunity to travel. With that in mind, she turned what was a side hobby of developing church tours into her full-time passion, launching Lisa Ball Travel Design. Lisa’s commitment to making travel affordable for everyone has seen her lead tours around the world. From England to the Amalfi Coast and all the way back to Kansas City, Lisa has made many travel dreams come true.

Lisa Ball


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Airfare Deviation Fees and Departure from other U.S. Cities

If you plan on going early or staying longer, please note there is an additional $50 per person deviation fee. This cost is due to the extra time involved in working out individual travel arrangements. If you live in another city other than Kansas City, the tour director can arrange for you to meet the group at the gateway U.S. city or arrange a direct air schedule to our destination cities; additional costs from the airline may apply. *Please tell Lisa Ball Travel Design (LBTD) as soon as possible if you plan on deviating or wish to depart from a different U.S. city.

Travel Insurance

Please note: The tour cost does not include travel insurance as this cost is based on the traveler’s age. If you have a pre-existing health condition and you wish to obtain travel insurance, you must do so within two weeks of paying your deposit to LBTD. LBTD’s airfare expert, Deborah Mason is authorized to sell Travel Guard; her phone number is 816-453-7062. This is one source of reputable travel insurance. AAA Travel also sells travel insurance through Allianz.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your participation with this tour, please note May 31, 2018 is the tour cut-off date. Canceling before May 31, 2018, LBTD will refund your deposit and any monies you have paid prior to this date. Canceling on May 31, 2018 or after, there is no refund. If you cancel the tour and you have purchased travel insurance, LBTD will work with your insurance company to provide the necessary paperwork so you can receive a reimbursement from the insurance company. Due to their specialty nature, there can be no refunds on Optional Tours.

Tour Documents

All participants in this tour must fill out a Passport Information document; complete the Personal ID form giving LBTD known information on your basic health condition, any known allergies, food/diet restrictions and your emergency contacts; and sign and date the Tour Waiver form. These documents will be mailed or emailed to you at sign-up. Needed Documents to Travel: A valid U.S. Passport; please check your passport expiration date. If you need to renew, you can do this online at travel.state.gov.

Tour Meetings

Prior to departure day, LBTD will host gatherings to present travel and packing tips; offer information on money safety and the currency used in the UK; and give useful documents and articles about the places in England we will visit.


Reserve your spot today!

LisaBall@GrandTextileTours.com. Or, call 816.820.4351

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