Cotswold Summer Gardens and Stately Homes 2018
A Cotswold Tour of the Summer Rose Gardens and Stately Homes.
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Enjoy the tranquillity of the Cotswolds seen at its finest with roses and herbaceous borders in full blaze of colour. We explore many Stately Home treasures as we step back in time and relax in our historic surround.
A suggested Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive in London. We will pick you up at your hotel or meet you at the airport. You can choose between a visit to The Savill Garden or Windsor Castle before meeting the group and travelling to Winchcombe, Gloucestershire for your 9 night stay.
Day 2 – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your C15th home away from home, Abbot’s House.
Take the opportunity to explore Winchcombe and mingle with the locals as they do their Saturday morning shopping before enjoying a tour of the Cotswold villages and their gardens.
Day 3 – You will be delighted by the beautiful gardens hiding behind the ancient Cotswold stone houses and cottages.
Day 4 – Visit the David Austin Nurseries – famous for Roses. Here you will see a fine collection of climbers, ramblers and shrub roses at their very best – all in garden settings.
Later we will visit Wightwick Manor, the home of the Mander family and a fine beautifully preserved example of a William Morris, Arts and Crafts interior.
Day 5 – We visit the home of the naked gardeners ! Abbey garden , Malmsbury is a fabulous rose garden next to the Abbey.
We then have the privilege of visiting HRH Prince Charles’s garden at Highgrove.* The plants here are spectacular. This innovative garden is a delight and lingers long in the memory. It is a true insight into HRH’s personality. Our knowledgeable guide will enhance your stroll through the gardens with stories and information about the Prince and his ideas on conservation and the methods he has employed to make this a very special place.
*Please note that the visit to Highgrove cannot be confirmed until February 2017. In the unlikely event that we do not obtain tickets, another garden will be substituted.
Day 6 – Today we visit Sudeley Castle burial place of Henry’s last surviving wife Katherine Parr. The gardens here are surrounded by beautiful countryside – all within walking distance of Abbots House.
Later we will visit Snowshill Manor and marvel at the curious and extensive collection of Charles Paget Wade.
Day 7 – Two amazing houses and gardens await you today. Coughton Court is a Grade 1 listed Tudor Country House set in beautiful gardens including a walled garden, lake, knot garden and a bog garden. ‘Our aim has been to create a garden worthy of such an important historic house.’
We will also visit Charlecote – a Victorian home within a landscaped deer park with many walks, wildlife and also quiet corners to relax and enjoy the summer blooms and views.
Day 8 – Waddesdon Manor, the masterpiece of Ferdinand De Rothschild with one of the finest collections of 18th Century porcelain and art in Britain. Words are not enough to describe the opulence and the extensive nature of this collection.
Day 9 – Today we visit 2 of the finest gardens in England. Kiftsgate has much to delight you as you wander through the themed gardens. The Kiftsgate Rose should be in bloom and many other plants will be at their best. This garden is set sympathetically within the surrounding countryside.
Not far from Kiftsgate is Hidcote Manor, the world famous garden created by Lawrence Johnston with its garden ‘rooms’ and decorative planting that was very much influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. Stroll from ‘room’ to ‘room’ and be inspired like many others before you.
Day 10 – Depart for your airport or extend your stay.
£1,749 per person – No single supplement