Hampton Court Flower Show & Cotswolds Garden Tour
27th June – 6th July 2018
includes a stay in Hampton Court Palace
Includes HRH Prince Charles’ garden Highgrove, Highclere Castle – Downton Abbey Staying in Hampton Court Palace, visiting the finest gardens of the Cotswolds.
Only 6 places max
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 2018 when His Royal Highness’ diary is decided. This visit will therefore be confirmed subject to tickets being available.
Wednesday 27th June
Arrive in London to be met by your driver and guide, Alan Foster. Travel a short distance to Savill Garden, one of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens where you can relax after your journey.
After exploring Savill Garden, we drive to the Cotswolds. Winchcombe, in the county of Gloucestershire is an ancient Saxon town, ideally placed to venture in all directions during our tours. Your comfortable accommodation is in part of a 15th Century inn with excellent restaurants and pubs nearby.
Thursday 28th June
We will tour some of the delightful Cotswold villages. The area is a designated AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with approximately 600 square miles of rural landscape. As we travel through the winding lanes the honey-coloured limestone cottages with their thatched roofs and the countryside that has been by and large unchanged through the centuries gives a sense of travelling back in time.
There will be time to visit Sudeley Castle and Garden on the outskirts of Winchcombe. Now owned by the Dent Brocklehurst family, Sudeley was once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. She survived him and is buried in the chapel at Sudeley.
Friday 29th June
Today we will visit Highgrove, near Tetbury. HRH The Prince of Wales has spent over 30 years transforming the grounds of his estate using organic, sustainable methods. This is a beautiful and fascinating garden and the knowledgeable and friendly guides give a fascinating insight into the inspiration behind the design and planting within this continually evolving garden.
There will a chance to explore Tetbury, a small town filled with independent shops and intriguing buildings and usually decorated with stunning hanging baskets at this time of year.
Saturday 30th June
Two superb gardens await us today. We will drive though the village of Mickleton to Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court. The two gardens are very close in distance yet different regarding design and planting.
Hidcote Manor Garden, designed by the American, Lawrence Johnson is a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ and is world famous. Johnson gave great attention to sourcing plants from all around the world that would bring colour, texture and perfume to the garden. Pioneering in its day, the ideas here have been adapted and repeated by others over the decades.
Kiftsgate Court, in contrast has been developed by three generations of women gardeners. It is on an escarpment against a stunning backdrop of open countryside. Heather Muir in the 1920’s was a great friend of Lawrence Johnson, Diany Binny during the 1950’s was responsible for opening the garden to the public and Ann Chambers has added the water garden and continued the family tradition of searching for new and interesting plants to complement the original planting schemes. The Kiftsgate Rose should be in full bloom when we visit and is a stunning sight.
Sunday 1st July
Today we go to Highclere Castle, now known by many as ‘Downton Abbey’. The castle sits in a 5,000 acre estate in the county of Hampshire. The castle is now the home of The 8th Earl and Countess of Caernarvon. The park is designed by Capability Brown and there is much to interest everyone 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 the First World War.
Monday 2nd July
We will leave Winchcombe to travel to Hampton Court Palace, visiting RHS Wisley on our way. Wisley is the showpiece garden of The Royal Horticultural Society. There is much here to interest the serious horticulturist and ‘hobby’ gardener alike. There are plant collections, a stunning rockery garden and many innovative ideas on show here.
We continue on to Hampton Court Palace. Our home for the next 4 nights will be The Georgian House which is a stone’s throw from the Tudor kitchens, stunning gardens and Royal Apartments – a special experience.
Tuesday 3rd July
The day will be spent in the county of Kent, described by some as the garden of England. We will visit two delightful gardens, Sissinghurst and Hever Castle.
Sissinghurst, the garden of Vita Sackville West, surrounds a 16th Century tower. Vita was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and the prolific garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll. The white garden here has become famours for its style of planting.
Hever Castle has 700 years of history and award winning gardens for you to enjoy. It was once the childhood home of Ann Boleyn. The Tudor period of English history will captivate you as you wander through the gardens along ancient pathways.
This day is an opportunity to experience the history at Hampton Court at your own pace. There are stunning gardens beside the River Thames to explore. You will discover the country’s longest herbaceous border and also the oldest grape vine. The Great Vine is the largest and oldest in the world. You can also make your way through the grand apartments within the palace.
Thursday 5th July
Stroll across the grounds of Hampton Court to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. This is the largest of all the shows in the RHS calendar. There will be show gardens, a floral marquee, exhibitors, plant sales, demonstrations, and more!
Friday 6th July
Private transport to your departing flight or extend your stay.
- All entrances to gardens listed in the itinerary
- Transport and guidance throughout your stay
- 5 nights accommodation in Winchcombe and 4 nights at Hampton Court Palace
- Breakfast Menu: Your choice of full English breakfast, selection of cereals, porridge, yogurts, fruit/smoked haddock, salmon etc (We cater for individual tastes, allergies and preferences – please let us know
The price of this special tour is *£2,289 per person sharing in a twin bedded room.
The accommodation in Hampton Court Palace provides private bathroom that due to the ancient property cannot be ensuite. Explanation of this would be discussed and has never proved to be a problem for our guests. Single rooms are limited but do not carry a single supplement
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