Great Dixter

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

Chelsea Flower Show

Great Dixter

Chelsea Flower Show

Godinton House, Kent

Chelsea Flower Show

Great Dixter

Chelsea Flower Show

Pashley Manor

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

The Exclusive Chelsea Flower Show Tour – FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 20th – Saturday 27th May 2017

Tour highlights:

  • Private visits and garden tours at Great Dixter, Sissinghurst and Long Barn
  • Private banquet at Leeds Castle
  • Prestigious first members-only day at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
  • One year membership of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
  • Meet the head gardeners at Godinton House, Great Comp and Pashley Manor
  • Central London driven sightseeing tour
  • Architectural gems of Royal Tunbridge Wells & Rye
  • Hampton Court Palace and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
Saturday 20th May

Our tour starts at the 4-star Mitre Hampton Court Hotel, situated on the banks of the River Thames. Make your own way to the hotel or join our early morning transfer from London Heathrow airport. Our hotel is located immediately opposite Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII’s majestic Royal Palace. This is our first visit of the tour. We will have time to explore the State Apartments, Tudor kitchen, formal gardens, and grounds. This evening join your tour director and the rest of the group before sitting down together for dinner.

Sunday 21st May

This morning we enjoy a driven sight-seeing tour of London, incorporating all the key sights such as Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and the River Thames.

We stop at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew for lunch (independent) and an afternoon visit. Kew Botanic Gardens cover more than 320 acres of landscapes and gardens, and is recognised as a World Heritage Site. We return to the hotel for dinner.

Monday 22nd May

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 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 then return to our hotel for dinner.

Tuesday 23rd May

Tuesday is the prestigious first members-only day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a highlight every time this world class show is in our itinerary. You will see magnificent floral displays, extraordinary show gardens, garden tools and products, a host of garden structures and artefacts by world famous names at this classic event close to London’s fashionable shopping. On leaving the show, we make our way to Kent and check into the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel for four nights. Dinner in the hotel.

Wednesday 24th May

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.  At lunchtime, we stop in Royal Tunbridge Wells to explore this glorious Georgian Spa town.

We continue to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. 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.

Thursday 25th May

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 continue onto the ancient Cinque Port of Rye, one of the prettiest medieval towns in Britain for lunch (independent).

In the afternoon we explore Godinton House and Gardensa 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.

This evening we head to the magnificent Leeds Castle – “the loveliest castle in the world”. We’ll enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the Library before moving into the Castle’s Great Hall for a private banquet.

Friday 26th May

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.

Saturday 27th May

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.

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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.

Mitre Hampton Court Hotel

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.

The Mitre Hampton Court Hotel
Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Maidstone

A modern 4-star hotel nestled amongst the attractive villages of Kent – the Garden of England, this hotel has scenic grounds including an 18-hole PGA golf course, indoor pool & spa, spacious guest rooms and light and airy public areas.

Tudor Park Marriott 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)
£2,550 (GBP) £350 (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)
$3,900 (USD) $500 (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 the prestigious first member’s only day at Chelsea 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.

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