Hampton Court Flower Show & Cotswolds Garden Tour 2018
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Abbots House – 5 nights stay
Thursday 28th June
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.
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.
Friday 29th June
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 30th June
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 1st July
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 2nd July
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.
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 3rd July 2018
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 4th July
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 5th July
Enjoy a day at the Chelsea Flower Show – (all day ticket) followed by an Evening at the Tower of London.
Friday 6th July Private transport to your departing flight or extend your stay.
The price of this special tour is *£2,150 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.
*This tour is discounted to £1,990 per person if signed up before January 31st 2018
Max size of group 6 – 5 places are available at present.
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