Two tours including Chelsea Flower show – 17th to 26th May and 24th May to 2nd June

Chelsea Flower Show & Cotswolds Tour

 17th May – 26th May 2017

includes a stay in Hampton Court Palace

Only 2 places left 

Includes HRH Prince Charles garden Highgrove, Hichclere Castle  Downton Abbey   ( special visit ) Staying in Hampton Court Palace, the finest gardens of the Cotswolds.

Only 6 places max.

Choose to stay at Hampton Court or in a 4 star London hotel

Our first Chelsea Flower Show Tour 17th May – 26th May includes a 4 night stay in Hampton Court with 5 nights in the Cotswolds £1,990 per person – no single supplement

Our second Chelsea Flower Show tour  24th May – 2nd June with a stay in a 4 star hotel £1910 per person – £270 single supplement

Please read our terms and conditions before  booking any tours

Hampton Court Palace – 4 nights stay


  Email us at [email protected] for further information or just free advice on your visit. Please note: Tickets for Highgrove do not go on sale until February 2017 when His Royal Highness’ diary is decided. This visit will therefore be confirmed subject to tickets being available.


 

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Arrive in London to be personally met by your escort and driver guide, Alan Foster. Relax with a leisurely stroll through nearby Savill Garden, one of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens. The Savill Garden is a true wonder. It’s a garden for all seasons and a place of beauty and colour that’s loved by horticulturalists and enthusiasts alike. Every garden has its own unique attraction, featuring a distinctive group of plants that introduce a fresh burst of vibrant colour throughout the seasons. “We strive to do our planting in a more enlightened way, so not only do we want our gardens to look great, we also want every plant we introduce to be perfectly matched to the wonderful environment around them.

P1020190-150x150[1]

The Savill Garden features plants from all over the world and we are proud to continue Great Britain’s strong tradition of plant hunting, Our Keeper of the Gardens, Mark Flanagan,  follows in the footsteps of plant hunters like Ernest Wilson, searching the globe for interesting new additions to bring to The Savill Garden”. Sir Eric Savill first created his woodland garden in the 1930s. Since then, many others (under the watchful eyes of Kings and Queens) have been on a tireless quest to add their own expertise and creativity. We drive on to our Cotswold destination –  Winchcombe, an ancient saxon Cotswold town ideally placed to venture in all directions during our tour. Your comfortable accommodation is part of a 15th Century Inn with excellent restaurants and friendly pubs within a few yards stroll.

 

Twin-bedded room

Twin-bedded room

Abbots House – 5 nights stay

Thursday 18th May 2017

A Cotswold Tour After a traditional breakfast to your taste, we tour some of the Cotswold villages. This area is known as an AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Cotswolds is approximately 600 square miles of rural landscapes. The limestone gives the natural building material for the traditional cottages. These honey coloured stone houses are protected as listed buildings, many with thatched roofs. They give us a feeling of stepping back in time unchanged for centuries.  On our way through the villages we will pause to admire English gardens at their best. We drive through the picturesque town of Broadway where shopping is a pleasant stroll. Hunting with dogs is now banned in this country but the “Hunt” still rides chasing scents across the countryside. Two packs of English fox hounds can be seen in all their glory waiting for the chance to lead the chase. If you like dogs you may like to make a brief visit to their kennels in Broadway.

P1050798

There will also be an opportunity to visit Sudeley Castle and Garden which is on the outskirts of Winchcombe. The Castle was the home of Queen Katherine Parr, the only one of Henry VIII’s wives to survive him. Stroll around the Award winning garden which is set against the backdrop of stunning Cotswold countryside.
IMG_3177

IMG_3171

Friday 19th May 2017

Today we visit Highgrove. HRH The Prince of Wales has spent 30 years transforming the grounds of  his Gloucestershire home  into what have been acknowledged as some of the most inspired and innovative gardens in the United Kingdom. His Royal Highness’s strict adherence to organic and sustainable methods has helped create gardens which are both magical and intriguing while being environmentally sound; encouraging both plants and wildlife to thrive. Note:We are unable to confirm our visit to Highgrove, the private gardens of their royal highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall until February 2017. If it is not possible to include this visit we will substitute a visit to an alternative garden.

Saturday 20th May 2017

Two superb gardens await us today. Gems of the Cotswolds – Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate. The gardens are side by side but completely different in style and positioning. Firstly we visit Hidcote Manor, the home of its creator American Lawrence Johnson. Hidcote is a quintessential English garden, designed with a pioneering spirit in using the idea of garden “rooms”. The maple garden, white garden and fuschia garden are great examples.The house itself is charming, but the real attraction is the diverse and beautiful garden design. What fun it would be to stay and paint for several days. We drive just few yards to our next garden at Kiftsgate. www.kiftsgate.co.uk.

Sunday 21st May 2017

Today we will visit Highclere Castle, known by many as ‘Downton Abbey’. The castle sits in a 5,000 acre estate in Hampshire and is currently home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Caernarvon. The park was designed by Capability Brown and there is much to interest visitors here including the Egyptian Exhibition and the ‘Real Downton Abbey’ story of the 5th Countess, Almina who set up the hospital for wounded soldiers during World War I.

Monday 22nd May 2017

We leave Winchcombe and travel to  RHS Wisley, the showpiece garden of the RHS where there is much to delight the knowledgeable horticulturist and ‘hobby’ gardener alike. There are plant collections, a stunning rockery garden and many innovative ideas to interest you.

P1060204

We travel on to Hampton Court Palace

We will stay at Hampton Court. Our home for the remaining 4 nights our tour will be The Georgian House, a stone’s throw from the Tudor kitchens and the stunning grounds and apartments of the Royal Palace itself – a truly memorable experience.

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Today  we travel to Kent to enjoy two very different gardens. Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville West’s garden surrounds a 16th century tower. Vita was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and Gertrude Jekyll, the influential horticulturalist and garden designer. The white garden here has become world famous for its planting style.

Hever Castle has 700 years of history and award winning gardens to delight you. Once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, it captures the imagination and evokes the Tudor period of English history as you wander along garden paths its pathways.

 

Wednesday 24th May 2017

A day to explore the wonders and experience the history at Hampton Court. A leisurely day to walk in the stunning gardens alongside the river Thames and make your way through the grand apartments in the palace.

Thursday 25th May 2017

Enjoy a day at the Chelsea Flower Show – (all day ticket) followed by an Evening at the Tower of London.

Friday 26th May 2017  Private transport to your departing flight or extend your stay.


Choose to stay at Hampton Court or in a 4 star London hotel

Our first Chelsea Flower Show Tour 17th May – 26th May includes a 4 night stay in Hampton Court with 5 nights in the Cotswolds £1,990 per person – no single supplement

Our 2nd Chelsea Flower Show tour 24th May – 2nd June with a stay in a 4 star London hotel – £270 single supplement

Please read our terms and conditions before  booking any tours

Chelsea Flower Show & Cotswolds Tour

24th May – 2nd June 2017

includes a stay in a 4 star London Hotel

 

Im sorry – This tour is now full. Please look at the 2018 dates to sign up for next years tour

 

2 nights London at the Lancaster Hotel London and 7 nights in our 15th C House in the Cotswolds.

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Our second Chelsea Flower Show Tour begins! You can be picked up from the airport or from Central London to begin your tour. Choose between Savill Garden and Windsor Castle to relax before meeting the rest of the group at the hotel.

Thursday 25th May 2017

Visit the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show. You have an all day ticket to enjoy all the show has to offer. In the evening a special visit to The Tower of London is planned.

Friday 26th May 2017

On the way to Winchcombe in The Cotswolds we will go to Wisley the RHS showpiece where you will find plenty to admire and inspire you.

Saturday 27th May 2017

Enjoy a day discovering the Villages of the Cotswolds. You will travel back in time as you drive through winding lanes to see the beautiful honey coloured stone cottages and enjoy the iconic English countryside scenery.

Sunday 28th May 2017

Close to Winchcombe is the last home of Henry VIII’s wife, Katherine Parr. Sudeley Castle, nestled in the rolling countryside is a beautiful estate with gardens and extensive historical interest including the tomb of Katherine Parr within a beautiful chapel. After visiting Sudeley we travel to Lower Farm in Gloucestershire to admire the private garden of Dr and Mrs Williams.

Monday 29th May 2017

Enjoy morning coffee at Barnsley House, now a hotel but once home of Rosemary Verey. If you are lucky, you might meet Mrs Verey’s gardener who worked with her for many years and keeps the garden up to Mrs Verey’s high standards to this day.

We will then visit Highgrove, Prince Charles’ private garden which is a  labour of love and a place you will never forget. It gives us a true insight into HRH’s personality and commitment to  conservation.

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Today you will be going to Bath. You may choose to miss the Courts Garden and stay to admire the Georgian architecture and visit the Roman Baths. The choice is yours. We will all go to Iford Manor before we return to Winchcombe. Iford was designed in the Italianate style by Harold Peto.

Wednesday 31st June 2017

Two superb gardens await us today. Gems of the Cotswolds – Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate. The gardens are side by side but completely different in style and positioning. Firstly we visit Hidcote Manor, the home of its creator American Lawrence Johnson. Hidcote is a quintessential English garden, designed with a pioneering spirit in using the idea of garden “rooms”. The maple garden, white garden and fuschia garden are great examples.The house itself is charming, but the real attraction is the diverse and beautiful garden design. What fun it would be to stay and paint for several days. We drive just few yards to our next garden at Kiftsgate. www.kiftsgate.co.uk.

Thursday 1st June 2017

You will be heading to Wales to see the Brecon Beacons, Tintern Abbey and Hampton Court Castle Garden.

Friday 2nd June 2017

Depart or extend your stay.

£1910 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin bedded room – £270 single supplement

Please read our terms and conditions before  booking any tours [/box_colored]

 

+
top