Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
Iconic English Gardens and their Designers
Sunday 23rd June – Friday 28th June 2019 (5 nights)
- Pre-opening visit and garden tour at Great Dixter
- Visit to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens
- Private gardens tour at Munstead Wood, Getrude Jekyll’s garden
- Private visits to Vann Gardens, Loseley Park and Bury Court
- Explore Chawton, Jane Austen’s home and visit the museum
- Guided tours at RHS Headquarters garden at Wisley and Nymans Gardens
- Specialist talk at Kew Gardens World Heritage Site
- Lunch and private tour at Gravetye Manor – home of William Robinson
- 5 nights in the beautiful 4-star Barnett Hill Hotel
After our morning pick up at Heathrow Airport, we head to The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew for a specialist talk from one of the horticultural team. There will be time for lunch (independent) and exploration of the gardens and glasshouses. Kew Botanic Gardens cover more than 320 acres of landscapes and gardens, and is recognised as a World Heritage Site.
Then we check in to the lovely 4-star Barnett Hill Hotel, our base for the duration of the tour. This evening join your tour director and travel companions for dinner in the hotel (included).
Monday 24th June
Today we begin our day in the village of Chawton, home of Jane Austen, from where she wrote some of her most important novels. There will be time to visit her home which is now a museum and explore the village.
We then go to Bury Court Barn. The courtyard garden was created by owner John Coke in collaboration with Piet Oudolf, Dutch garden designer and a pioneer of the New Perennial movement. The contemporary garden to the front of the Barn was designed by Chelsea winner, Christopher Bradley-Hole. Lunch included.
We continue onto Gertrude Jekyll’s own garden at Munsted Wood. We will be meeting the Head Gardener for a private tour of the gardens which remain true to Jekyll’s original design from the 1880’s. We return to the hotel for dinner (included).
Tuesday 25th June
This morning we enjoy a visit to Nymans Garden, one of the most fashionable and romantic gardens of the Edwardian and interwar years, and the creation of the Messel family. The house was devastated by fire, leaving just a romantic ruin to dominate the garden. We will enjoy a guided garden tour followed by free time for refreshments and exploration.
We then head to Gravetye Manor, the enchanting home of William Robinson, author, botanist and gardener. Gravetye is considered to be amongst the most influential in English gardening history. Robinson’s ideas about naturalised plantings, allowing nature to flow into the garden were ground breaking. The house is now an independently owned hotel. We are treated to lunch in the hotel restaurant (included), followed by a guided tour of the gardens with the Head Gardener. We return to the hotel for time at leisure and dinner (included).
Wednesday 26th June
We start the day with a private ‘pre-opening’ guided tour of of Great Dixter House and Garden, a cottage garden on a grand scale. In 1910 the English architect Edwin Lutyens restored the house and designed the gardens. The well-known gardening writer and lecturer Christopher Lloyd who further developed the garden until his passing in 2006, liked to tease the followers of garden fashion with bold experimentation. The gardens are now superbly curated by internationally renowned gardener, Fergus Garrett.
We continue to Sissinghurst Castle, a romantic garden created around a slender brick-built castle tower – this is always one of our most enjoyed visits. Its designer Vita Sackville-West’s own words describe the garden: “Profusion, even extravagance and exuberance within the confines of the utmost linear severity”. There will be free time for lunch and independent exploration of these world-famous gardens.
We enjoy dinner (included) in a traditional Kent pub.
Thursday 27th June
Today we begin with a visit to the horticultural haven of Woolbeding Gardens. Development of the gardens commenced in 1973 when American garden designer Lanning Roper was appointed. Roper’s distinctive design features are evident throughout, with clear structures, elegance and restraint being the principal elements used within the layout. From 2000, Julian and Isabel Bannerman were employed to develop the Pleasure Ground area. There will be time for lunch (independent).
Afterwards, we go to Vann Garden, a beautiful private garden, that was designed, in part, by Gertrude Jekyll in the 1920’s. This quiet haven offers 5 acres of garden rooms, that surround the 16th century house.
We end the day with a private guided gardens tour of Loseley Park. This immaculate garden surrounds an Elizabethan Manor house. The rose garden with over one thousand plants will be in full bloom. Following our tour we will be treated to dinner at Loseley Park (included).
Friday 28th June
After checking out of the hotel, we visit Wisley Garden, the home of the Royal Horticultural Society. Full of ideas and information, the garden delights and inspires in any season of the year. We enjoy a guided tour of the gardens so you’ll be sure to see the very best of these impressive gardens. The shop offers as large a collection of books on gardening as anywhere in the world. We stay for lunch (independent) at Wisley.
We then make two coach drop-offs in the afternoon; the first at Heathrow Airport and the second in central London. We can advise on departure planning.
Please read our Tour Joining and Departure Arrangements information sheet here
Our country house hotel is 4-star and selected for its high standards of comfort and service. All rooms are en-suite and offer free wi-fi access.
The history of this fabulous Queen Anne-style country house dates back to 1905, when it was constructed by Frank Cook, grandson of renowned travel agent Thomas Cook as a family home. Many of Barnett Hill’s original features still remain, including the summer house, tea house and greenhouse. Today the newly refurbished hotel offers sumptuous accommodation, excellent dining and stunning grounds with the recent addition of relaxing beauty treatment rooms.
|Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room)||Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)|
|£2,750 (GBP)||£350 (GBP)|
PRICES INCLUDE: Accommodation at a 4-star hotel with en-suite facilities based on twin/double room share; buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches and 5 dinners; admissions to gardens; deluxe coach travel with professional driver; guided tours 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.
EXCHANGE RATE INFORMATION: You can get an idea of the cost of the tour in your local currency by using a currency converter. Conversion rates are based on institutional or inter-bank daily rates. Retail conversation rates include fees and will generally differ from these rates.
We are delighted you’ve decided to join a Sisley Garden Tour. There are several ways to book:
- You can book directly through Sisley Garden Tours
- You can book through our appointed agents in the USA, Worldwide Traveler and pay in $USD
- You can ask your local travel agent to contact us and book on your behalf
- We can also offer Bespoke Tours for small groups (minimum 12). Please contact us with your requirements.
We very much look forward to welcoming you.