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Grand Historic Tours is a partnership between Julie Montagu, Mapperton Estate and Beyond Capricorn, a boutique provider of tailormade holidays for discerning travellers.

About Mapperton Estate

Mapperton Estate is the family home and property of the Earl of Sandwich. Located in West Dorset, in the south west of England, the Estate includes around 2,000 acres of land, twenty residential properties, five farms and 300 acres of woodland. Mapperton is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and contains a number of protected sites due to its history and the rich variety of species of plants and animals.

Mapperton Estate aerial view

Mapperton is located ten miles from the seaside town of Bridport and West Bay, part of the famous Jurassic Coast which has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.

About Beyond Capricorn

Beyond Capricorn was created to offer inspirational travel experiences, because we believe travel should be amazing, exciting, intriguing, rejuvenating and memorable from the moment you start planning. We are passionate individuals who promise to meet and exceed your expectations, creating unique and memorable experiences at each stage of your travels.

Beyond Capricorn is based in Beaminster, Dorset, around two miles from Mapperton Estate. It is owned and managed by Jane Bartelings, who has over three decades of experience in the premium travel sector.

Beyond Capricorn office in Beaminster

Your travel agreement will be with Beyond Capricorn, a licenced and insured travel agent. Beyond Capricorn is a member of the Travel Trust Association (Membership Number Q7194), which protects your tour purchase.

About Gary Bartelings

Born in Africa, Gary has had travel in his blood from his early years. During his childhood he used to travel from his native Holland with his parents to many traditional European summer holiday destinations. As he grew up, undertaking travel by bike and car was the start of his growing passion of seeing the world, its sights and meet its people.

During the course of his career in travel companies (including Qantas, APT and Captain’s Choice) in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Australia he developed his skills and creativity in developing interesting and exciting itineraries for travellers of all nationalities. Eventually he became a recognised expert in touring by private jet, which he not only curated but in many cases led groups around the world visiting the African Continent, Asia and many other places. Now living in the UK he is delighted to have the opportunity to showcase visitors the often unknown delights of his adopted home country.

Gary Bartellings
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