David Austin Roses

Anne Hathaways Cottage

Blenheim Palace

Kiftsgate Court

Hidcote Manor Gardens

David Austin Roses

Windsor Castle

Summer Gardens Tour with RHS Hampton Court Flower Show – FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 2nd July – Saturday 8th July 2017 (6 nights)

Tour highlights:

 

  • Members-only day at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
  • One year’s membership to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
  • Pre-opening visit at Sissinghurst Castle
  • David Austin Rose Garden
  • Private ‘after-hours’ dinner at Hidcote Manor
  • Private tour at Coughton Court
  • Visits to two of England’s finest castles – Windsor and Hever
  • High summer colour and scent
Anne Hathaways Cottage

 

Sunday 2nd July

Our tour starts at the charming, 4-star Hallmark Welcombe Hotel & Spa, located close to the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Make your own way to the hotel or join us for your early morning transfer from Heathrow Airport. En-route we’ll stop for lunch and independent exploration at the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace – the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. It is a monumental and historic palace with fabulous formal gardens and ‘Capability Brown’ landscape grounds stretching over 2,000 acres. This evening join your tour director and the rest of the group for welcome drinks before sitting down together for dinner.

Monday 3rd July

Today we visit the lavish rose garden of David Austin, one of the world’s leading rose breeders. See over 800 varieties, including shrub, old fashioned, climbing and species roses. Morning coffee and biscuits included.

In the afternoon we visit the beautiful Elizabethan home of the Throckmorton family since 1409, Coughton Court. We have lunch (included) on arrival in the courtyard, then enjoy a private guided tour of the gardens. The 25 acre grounds are considered some of the finest in England and have been described by the Royal Horticultural Society as ‘breathtaking’. Featuring the famous walled garden, a rose labyrinth boasting over 200 varieties of roses and a delightful courtyard garden modelled on the traditional Elizabethan knot garden design. Dinner in the hotel (included).

Tuesday 4th July

Enjoy a morning drive through Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, a typical English cottage garden of the end of the 19th century around the original thatched farm cottage family home of William Shakespeare’s wife. There is a tree garden with examples of those mentioned in Shakespeare’s works.

Afterwards we move onto the delightful Cotswolds market town of Broadway, full of independent cafés, art and antique shops, for a lunchtime stop. Then on to Kiftsgate Court, 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 end the day with a visit to Kiftsgate’s famous neighbour, Hidcote Manor Garden. Major Lawrence Johnston is claimed to have been the originator here of the ‘garden room’. We will enjoy the gardens, as very few do, after closing. We’ll be guided through the gardens by one of the knowledgeable volunteers then enjoy a private dinner at Hidcote (included).

Wednesday 5th July 

We leave our Stratford hotel and head south to the members-only day at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the Royal Horticultural Society’s largest annual flower show, in a magnificent historical setting. The Tudor Palace was built in the early 16th century by Thomas Wolsey. In the 17th century, Sir Christopher Wren added extensions and was involved in the design of a new garden of which part survives.

In contrast to its wonderful historic setting, the Hampton Court Flower Show showcases the best of new conceptual garden design and offers gardeners an opportunity to see the very best floral and plant displays at their peak in July. After the show, we continue on to the 4-star Macdonald Windsor Hotel, in the centre of historic Windsor for our last three nights of the tour. Dinner included.

Thursday 6th July

Today we take in two of the most beautiful and romantic castle gardens in England. Firstly, we head to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. It took 1,000 men and millionaire William Astor’s money four years to restore this double-moated castle and its garden, with a 35 acre lake, fountains, cascade, topiary chess set, rose garden and magnificent original Roman and Italian Renaissance statutory.

After lunch, we visit Sissinghurst Castle. Created by the internationally acclaimed novelist Vita Sackville-West amongst the ruins of an Elizabethan Manor house in the 1930’s, Sissinghurst continues to be one of the best known and inspirational gardens in the world. We are treated to a behind-the-scenes talk from Head Gardener, Troy Scott-Smith after which we’ll have the opportunity to explore the delightful gardens. We then return to Windsor. Dinner included.

Friday 7th July

Our last day of the tour takes us to Wisley Garden, the famous home of the Royal Horticultural Society. It is full of ideas, inspiration and information. There is always a part of the garden at its best. The shop offers an extensive collection of horticultural book and gifts. During the afternoon we visit the magnificent Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world – home to Her Majesty The Queen. We return to the hotel for our final night dinner (included).

Saturday 8th July

We say goodbye in Windsor where you check-out from the hotel and make your own way by train to central London, by taxi or public transport to Heathrow Airport at a time that suits your own travel. We can advise on departure planning.

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Kiftsgate CourtDavid Austin RosesHever Castle Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Sissinghurst Castle, KentAnne Hathawys CottageHampton Court Palace Flower Show RHS Wisley Kiftsgate Court

 

Our Hotels

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

Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon

This luxury country house hotel, located just outside the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, stands in 157 acres of glorious grounds featuring a beautiful Italian garden and water features. The hotel offers excellent leisure facilities including golf course, swimming pool and spa.

Hallmark Welcombe Hotel

The Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Windsor

Just opposite Windsor Castle, this Georgian townhouse has been beautifully converted into a lovely contemporary hotel in the centre of historic Windsor. The cobbled streets around the hotel and Windsor Castle offer a delightful mix of eclectic shops and cafes.

Macdonald Windsor
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 4-star hotels with en-suite facilities based on twin/double room share; buffet breakfast daily; lunch and/or dinner daily; admissions to gardens and member’s only day at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show; one year’s membership of the RHS; 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; arrival transfers are included only if you are joining the tour at Heathrow Airport on the first morning of the tour.

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.

Sissinghurst Castle, Kent Anne Hathawys Cottage Coughton CourtDavid Austin Roses

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