Kiftsgate Court

Hidcote Manor Gardens

Sezincote

Bourton House

Upton Wold

Througham Court

The Laskett

The Cotswolds Exclusive with Highgrove Garden Tour – FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd June 2017 (5 nights)

Tour highlights:

  • 5-star country house hotel
  • Tour of Highgrove – HRH Prince of Wales’ private garden (please see note on itinerary page)
  • 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
Kiftsgate Court
Sunday 18th June

Our tour starts at the superb 5-star Ellenborough Hotelour 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 refreshments (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 20th 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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Our Hotels

Our hotels are 4 or 5-star and are selected for their high standards of comfort and service. All rooms are en-suite and offer free wi-fi access.

Ellenborough Park Hotel, Cheltenham Spa

Ellenborough Park, an ancient house dating from the 1500’s on the site of the original Cheltenham racecourse estate has been restored as an exceptional luxury 5-star country house hotel, located just 10 minutes from the Cotswolds town of Cheltenham Spa. Set within 90 acres of parkland the Hotel comprises 62 rooms & suites with an indian-themed spa and outdoor heated swimming pool. We have chosen Ellenborough Park for its wonderful service and particular attention to the comfort of its guests.

Ellenborough Park Hotel
TOUR PRICES:

Prices are per person, based on twin/double room share, with single supplement shown separately. Prices are payable in £GBP.

 Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room) Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)
£2,450 (GBP) £450 (GBP)

In the USA, our tours can be booked in $USD through Worldwide Traveler (see ‘Book a Tour’)

 Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room) Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)
$3,700 (USD) $650 (USD)

PRICES INCLUDE:

Accommodation at 5-star hotel with en-suite facilities based on twin/double room share; buffet breakfast daily; lunch and/or dinner daily; admissions to gardens; deluxe coach travel with professional driver; guided tours and speakers as described in an information pack provided at the start of the tour; services of your Sisley tour director throughout; 

PRICES EXCLUDE:

Airfares; passport and/or visa fees; beverages; laundry; telephone calls; lunches and dinners (except where included in the itinerary); gratuities; souvenirs and items of a personal nature; transport to and from the Cotswolds at the beginning and end of the tour.

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