Hampton Court Palace
Long Barn, Kent
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show & the Gardens of Kent
Sunday 1st July – Saturday 7th July 2018
- Private visits and garden tours at Great Dixter, Sissinghurst and Long Barn
- Prestigious first members-only day at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
- One year membership of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
- Meet the head gardeners at Godinton House and Pashley Manor
- Explore the architectural gem of Royal Tunbridge Wells
- RHS Wisley and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Our tour starts at the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel at Heathrow Airport from which we will be departing mid morning. Our first visit will be The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew for an introductory talk, lunch (independent) and visit. Kew Botanic Gardens cover more than 320 acres of landscapes and gardens, and is recognised as a World Heritage Site. For clients already staying in London, you may wish to rendezvous with us at Kew Gardens and give the driver your luggage to take to the hotel.
After our visit to Kew, we check into the 4-star Mitre Hampton Court Hotel, situated on the banks of the River Thames and immediately opposite Hampton Court Palace. Dinner at the hotel (included).
Monday 2nd July
Today 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. Part of the garden is always at its best. We enjoy a guided tour 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 then return to our hotel for dinner (included).
Tuesday 3rd July
Tuesday is the prestigious first members-only day of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, a highlight every time this world class show is in our itinerary. Enjoy a leisurely stroll across to the Palace and Flower Show where you will see magnificent floral displays, extraordinary show gardens, garden tools and products, a host of garden structures and artefacts. There will be time to explore Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s majestic Royal Palace. Don’t miss the state apartments, Tudor kitchen, formal gardens, and grounds.
On leaving the flower show, we make our way to Kent and check into the The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells for four nights. Dinner in the hotel (included).
Wednesday 4th July
Our first visit today is a private ‘pre-opening’ tour 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. We will have lunch (included) in a typical Kentish pub.
In the afternoon we explore Godinton House and Gardens, a superb ancient estate with splendid formal gardens. Both the Jacobean house and gardens have been lovingly restored. We enjoy a guided garden tour with the delightful head gardener. We return to Royal Tunbridge Wells for an evening at leisure.
Thursday 5th July
Our day begins with a private visit to Great Comp, an enormous achievement by two people who had retired in 1957 from a busy London life. This is an informal garden against a background of deciduous woodland with an apron of lawn. The gardens are now cared for by curator, William Dyson, the UK’s leading Salvia expert.
We continue to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. Here we have time for lunch and to marvel at this double-moated castle and its garden, with a 35 acre lake, fountains, and magnificent original Roman and Italian Renaissance statuary. Dinner in the hotel (included).
Friday 6th July
We start the day with a private ‘pre-opening’ guided tour of 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”.
We continue onto Pashley Manor, an immaculate garden with emphasis on colour and form around a Tudor house with 18th century additions. After free time for lunch we enjoy an introductory talk and time to explore the gardens. Dinner in the hotel (included).
Saturday 7th July
We check out of our hotel and before leaving Kent, we enjoy a particularly special, exclusive visit to the beautiful private gardens at Long Barn, the first home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson – where they ‘served their gardening apprenticeship’.
We then make two coach drop-offs; the first in central London and the second at Heathrow Airport. We can advise on departure planning.
Our HotelsOur 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.
Overlooking the River Thames, and built around the same time as Hampton Court Palace, this delightful 4-star hotel is both comfortable and charming. All rooms have their own individual style and the riverside bar and restaurant give spectacular views over the river. Commissioned by Charles II, the hotel was built in 1665, and has welcomed guests throughout the centuries, with King Charles first using the hotel to house the many guests who could not be accommodated at the Palace. In 1993, the hotel was remodelled into its current layout, where the hotel still provides its guests with richly decorated, traditional, yet stylish, rooms.
Situated in 14 acres of picturesque grounds on the edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells, The Spa is a family run Hotel offering 70 well appointed and individually styled bedrooms.
Originally built in 1766 as a country mansion, the hotel first opened its doors as ‘The Bishops Down Spa Hotel’, named after the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, in 1880. The hotel is surrounded by glorious gardens and parkland and includes an indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, gym and floodlit tennis court plus a 2 AA rosette restaurant.
|Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room)||Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)|
|£2,600 (GBP)||£370 (GBP)|
PRICES INCLUDE: Accommodation at 4-star hotel with en-suite facilities based on twin/double room share; buffet breakfast daily; lunch and/or dinner daily (see itinerary); admissions to gardens and prestigious member’s only day at RHS Hampton Court 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 or meeting us at Kew Gardens 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.
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