The Cotswolds Exclusive with Highgrove Garden
Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd June 2017 (5 nights)
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- 5-star country house hotel
- Tour of Highgrove – H.R.H Prince of Wales’ private garden (please see note below)
- Private dinner at Hidcote Manor Garden
- Private visits to Througham Court, Sezincote, the Laskett Garden and Upton Wold
- Lunch at the Rosemary Verey garden, Barnsley House
- Superlative Cotswolds scenery
Sunday 18th June
Our tour starts at the superb 5 star Ellenborough Hotel, our luxury base for this five night tour. This comfortable and stylish country house hotel has stunning views over Cheltenham Spa, heated outdoor pool and excellent customer service. There is time in the afternoon to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Make your own way to the hotel or we can arrange a morning transfer from central London or Heathrow airport (additional cost). This evening join your tour director and the rest of the group for dinner.
Monday 19th June
Today we begin our garden visits at the privately owned Mill Dene Gardens. This quirky and playful garden makes the most of a steep sided valley around a delightful millpond and house. The charismatic owner will be giving an introductory talk about the gardens on our arrival. We stop in the charming Cotswolds town of Broadway. There will be time for lunch and exploring the superb shops, or visiting one of the town’s museums. After lunch we continue onto Kiftsgate Court Gardens, a delightfully laid out plantsman’s garden on top of a hill with magnificent views over the Vale of Evesham and a claim to the largest rose in England. Colour predominates, with roses and campanulas making a breathtaking impact everywhere in June and July.
We conclude our day with a visit to Hidcote Manor Garden where we will be treated to a private buffet dinner and access to the gardens once the crowds of the day have gone. Major Lawrence Johnston is claimed to have been the originator here of the “garden room”. It is exciting to see this first example in its original form with his skilful use of flowers, shrubs and trees.
Tuesday 20th June
This morning we visit The Laskett Garden – the iconic garden of of the historian, writer and museum Director, Sir Roy Strong, and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman. These are the largest private gardens laid out in England since 1945 and feature twenty different and contrasting ‘rooms’ including a rose garden, a knot garden, an orchard, a pleached lime avenue, parterres, herbaceous borders and the Colonnade Court.
After a stop for a country pub lunch (included), we make a private visit to the garden of Dr Christine Facer, Througham Court – recommended in the recently published ‘The New English Garden’. Througham Court is Christine’s own garden and is used as a personal ‘design laboratory’ to experiment with new ideas, materials and planting combinations. We will enjoy a private guided tour of the gardens with Dr. Facer, followed by afternoon tea (included). Dinner in the hotel.
Wednesday 21st June
This morning we depart for the private gardens of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Highgrove Gardens. These gardens have been created by the Prince of Wales during his thirty years of ownership and are widely regarded as some of the most inspired and innovative gardens in the UK. (Please see note regarding Highgrove below).
In the afternoon we will make a stop in the delightful Cotswolds market town of Cirencester where there will be free time to explore its independent shops, church and Roman heritage. Dinner in the hotel.
Thursday 22nd June
Today we explore three very different gardens, each superb in its own right. We begin with Bourton House Garden. This privately owned garden won the prestigious HHA/Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year’ Award following a twenty year transformation from wilderness into inspirational garden with stunning colour combinations and rare, unusual and exotic plants. We continue onto Sezincote – an extraordinary house displaying the finest Mogul architecture set amidst the Cotswolds Hills and surrounded by a romantic water garden. We enjoy a private guided tour of the house followed by free time to explore the gardens.
From here we continue to the private garden of Upton Wold. We’ll have lunch (included) over-looking the gardens and then be taken on a private guided tour to explore this intriguing and rewarding garden featuring a fountain garden, rose garden, fruit and vegetable gardens, meadows and ponds – not to mention the national collection of Walnut trees. Dinner in the hotel included.
Friday 23rd June
We begin our final day with a visit to Rodmarton, an Arts and Crafts house and garden at its very best. The house contains many of the original fittings and furnitures designed for it in the early twentieth century and the garden retains almost all its original features. We have a private guided tour of the house followed by free time to explore the gardens. From here we continue onto Barnsley House for lunch (included). During Rosemary Verey’s lifetime, a tour of British gardens would not have been complete without a visit to her wonderful gardens at Barnsley House. It is now a luxury boutique hotel but the gardens have been beautifully maintained. We meet the Head Gardener who was originally employed by Mrs Verey herself.
Departure transfers can be arranged from Barnsley House or return to Ellenborough Park Hotel mid-afternoon where the tour ends. We can advise and assist with departure planning.
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HIGHGROVE: Around February each year, the Prince of Wales’ office at Highgrove releases dates on which pre-booked visits to the gardens will be available for the period April – October. Dates are limited and dependent on the Prince’s diary. It is therefore not possible to guarantee tickets to Highgrove before these dates are released. Our itinerary may be re-ordered to accommodate the visit to Highgrove or an alternative garden will be included should tickets not be available during our Tour week.
TOUR PRICING: Prices are per person based on twin/double room share, with single supplements show separately. Prices are payable in £GBP. For clients travelling from USA, our tours can be booked through our travel partners and paid in $USD.
ALL COUNTRIES EXCEPT USA
(single supplement £450 GBP)
RESIDENTS OF USA
(single supplement $650 USD)
- Accommodations at a 5-star hotel with en-suite facilities
- Buffet breakfast & dinner daily
- Three lunches
- Deluxe coach travel with professional driver
- Guest speakers and guides as described in an information pack provided at the start of the tour
- Services of your Sisley tour director throughout
- Passport fess
- Beverages, laundry & telephone calls
- Lunches (where not included in the itinerary)
- Items of a personal nature
- Transport to and from the Cotswolds at the beginning and end of the tour