Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, was educated at Eton College and obtained his degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. An acclaimed author of six books, and three bestsellers, his latest historical work will be published in September.
The Belmond British Pullman and Althorp with Earl Spencer
This unique day out in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside includes two very special experiences exclusively for readers. The first is a glamorous journey, as you'll travel to Althorp, one of the UK's finest stately homes, on one of the world's most iconic trains. The 11 elegant Art Deco carriages of the Belmond British Pullman will transport you back in time to the golden age of travel, making your return trip from London Victoria station as incredible as your destination. You'll enjoy an extravagant three-course brunch on board this 'palace on wheels', then a Champagne reception and four-course dinner on your return.
Your second special experience will be a personal welcome by Earl Charles Spencer when you arrive at Althorp, which will be closed to the general public. Earl Spencer will give a private talk and let you explore the house and grounds. 'Althorp was built for entertainment, and guests on this trip will find themselves entertained and informed,' says Earl Spencer, 'I look forward to welcoming you and talking to you about my new history book (out in September) - a non-fiction royal tragedy from centuries ago.'
Reasons to book
Meet Earl Spencer
Private visit to Althorp
A stylish train journey
Your expert guides
- Experience a return journey on the Belmond British Pullman from London Victoria to Northampton.
- Enjoy a three-course brunch with a welcome Bellini and tea and coffee on the outward journey.
- Receive a free copy of Earl Spencer's book (one per booking - subscribers only)
- Listen to a talk by Earl Spencer.
- Enjoy a Champagne reception on the Belmond British Pullman (inbound journey), plus a four-course dinner with wine
- Private coach travel from Northampton Station to Althorp Estate
- Entrance to Althorp House and grounds.
- Low deposit of just £75pp.
Day1Take the British Pullman to Althorp HouseAlthorp House, United Kingdom
You'll depart from London Victoria Station at 8am, board the Belmond British Pullman and enjoy brunch before arriving at Northampton Central Station at 10.30am. After your transfer to Althorp, you'll be met by Earl Spencer, who will give a private talk. You'll have free time to explore the house and gardens until 2pm, when you will be transferred back to the Belmond British Pullman for your return home and enjoy a Champagne reception and four-course dinner on board, arriving in London by around 6pm.
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