Wollerton Old Hall
Wollerton Old Hall
A Garden Lovers’ Tour of Chester, Chatsworth & the Peak District
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Sunday 16th – Saturday 22nd June 2024 (6 nights)
This delightful, new two-centre tour focuses on the beautiful gardens and scenery of Cheshire and the stunning Peak District National Park. We spend time in the historic city of Chester, explore the majestic Chatsworth House − Britain’s finest stately home, discover some fabulous private gardens and enjoy a visit to the Royal Horticultural Society’s newest garden, RHS Bridgewater.
- Tour of the Royal Horticultural Society’s newest garden RHS Bridgewater.
- Visit to Chatsworth House – Britain’s finest stately home.
- Private garden tour and lunch at Wollerton Old Hall – an absolute Sisley favourite.
- Walking tour of the historic city of Chester.
- Impressive scenery of the Peak District National Park.
- Tour of Haddon Hall, one of England’s finest examples of a medieval manor houses.
- Private tour of the gardens at Felley Priory – a 16th century house on the site of a 12th century priory.
Photo credits: ©Biddulph Old Hall; ©RHS/Bridgewater Hall; ©VisitBritain/Chatsworth.
We meet at London Euston Train Station for our mid-morning departure. We take a relaxing train journey to Crewe with lunch on the train (independent). We then meet our coach and make our way to a wonderful private garden, nestled in the Cheshire countryside, to start our tour.
We continue on to the 4-star Abode Hotel, Chester to check in and have dinner (included).
Monday 17th June
We begin our day with a visit to Arley Hall – an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style. The present garden dates from 1840 and it is believed that the double herbaceous border is one of the oldest in England. It is certainly impressive. We have time to explore the extensive gardens followed by free time for lunch (independent).
After lunch, we head to RHS Garden Bridgewater, the newest member of the RHS family of gardens where we have a guided tour. Reviving the gardens of the historic 156-acre Worsley New Hall estate represents one of the largest gardening projects in Europe this decade. Leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith was appointed to create the master plan and design the Paradise Garden within the extensive walled garden.
We return to Chester for dinner in a traditional English pub (included).
Tuesday 18th June
We begin today with a visit to one of the finest private gardens in the country, Wollerton Old Hall. It is set around a 16th century ‘hall house’ and has been developed over the last 25 years in the English Garden tradition with echoes of Arts & Crafts. We will have a light lunch (included) and a tour of the gardens with the Head Gardener. Wollerton Old Hall is an absolute Sisley favourite!
In the afternoon we head back to Chester for a walking tour of this fascinating historic city, founded on the River Dee by the Romans. Its distinctive black and white half-timbered buildings, with their unique covered walkways known as ‘the Rows’, are full of character and stories. Your evening is at leisure in Chester to enjoy dinner in one of its many eateries (independent).
Wednesday 19th June
After checking out of our hotel, we enjoy two fascinating gardens. First, we are treated to an exclusive tour and private lunch (included) at Biddulph Old Hall. This unique garden has been created in the romantic ruin of a 17th century manor house. It was home to the pre-Raphaelite artist Robert Bateman and has been lovingly restored by the current owners.
We continue next door to Biddulph Grange Gardens. These extraordinary Victorian gardens take you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, from a Chinese temple to a Himalayan glen.
In the late afternoon we travel through the Peak District National Park to check in to the 4-star Cavendish Hotel, Baslow on the Chatsworth estate. We have dinner in the hotel (included).
Thursday 20th June
This morning, we walk through the beautiful countryside to nearby Chatsworth House − home to the Duke of Devonshire and England’s finest stately home. We have a tour of the gardens which have been developed by horticultural greats including Joseph Paxton and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. We then have lunch (included) in the private Burlington Room. After lunch, we explore the wonderful interiors of the house.
Later, we take a scenic drive through the Peak District National Park and return to the hotel. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy one of the village pubs and restaurants or dine at the hotel (independent).
Friday 21st June
Today we begin with a visit to the Tudor Haddon Hall, one of England’s finest examples of a medieval manor. We will have a guided tour of the hall and gardens. Parts of the house date from the 12th century, but Arne Maynard − gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show − as garden designer, is giving the gardens a historic make-over.
We stop in the charming Peak District market town of Bakewell for lunch (independent) and shopping.
Later we visit the lovely gardens at Thornbridge Hall with its 12 acres of stylish English gardens before returning to the hotel for dinner (included).
Saturday 22nd June
We check out this morning and enjoy a private visit to Felley Priory − a 16th century house with beautiful gardens situated on the grounds of a former priory established by Augustinian monks in 1156. We have Afternoon Tea for lunch (included) in the garden before continuing onto Chesterfield Railway Station. From here we take the train to London St Pancras station, arriving late afternoon for your onward journeys.
Note: This tour can easily be combined with our Exclusive Gardens & Magnificent Roses in the Heart of England tour or the Grand Houses and Gardens of Yorkshire & the Lake District. During train travel you will be responsible for managing your own luggage on and off the train.
Our hotels are 4-star and are selected for their high standards of comfort and service. All rooms are ensuite and offer free wifi access.
Abode Hotel, Chester (3 nights)
This modern hotel is located close to the heart of the historic, walled city of Chester with its excellent restaurants, shops and handsome Cathedral. It has beautiful views over Chester Racecourse – the oldest working racecourse in England. The individually styled bedrooms are complemented by contemporary bathrooms and comfortable lounges.
The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow (3 nights)
Located in one of the Peak District’s most picturesque villages, the Cavendish Hotel at Baslow became the property of the Chatsworth estate around 1830 and in the early 1970s was rebuilt as the Cavendish Hotel. The Duchess of Devonshire selected the decor and furnishings, some of which came from Chatsworth House. NB: This hotel does not have a lift due to the historic nature of the building and some rooms are accessed via a staircase.
|Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room)||Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)|
|£4,500 (GBP)||£595 (GBP)|
- 6 nights’ accommodation at 4-star hotels with ensuite facilities.
- Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.
- Assistance with luggage at the hotels.
- All garden visits including tours with garden owners and head gardeners.
- Deluxe coach travel with professional driver.
- First-class train travel to and from London at the start and end of the tour.
- An information pack with detailed booklet about the gardens we will be visiting.
- Services of your Sisley tour director throughout.
- All tour gratuities (driver, tour director and hotels).
- Passport and/or visa fees if applicable.
- Meals not included in the tour, drinks, laundry, and telephone calls.
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