Anne Hathaway's Cottage
David Austin Roses
Hidcote Manor Gardens
Cotswolds Exclusive with Highgrove Garden – Sorry this tour is now fully booked
Sunday 24th June – Saturday 30th June 2018 (6 nights)
- Visit to Highgrove – HRH Prince of Wales’ private garden (please see note on itinerary page)
- Private dinner at Hidcote Manor Garden
- Visit to David Austin’s Rose Garden
- Panoramic tour of Stratford-upon-Avon -home of William Shakespeare – and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
- Private visits to Througham Court, Sezincote, Coughton Court and Upton Wold
- Lunch at Barnsley House, Rosemary Vereys garden
- Superlative Cotswolds scenery
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 25th June
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 26th June
Enjoy a morning drive through the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, home to William Shakespeare. We then make a visit to 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.
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 27th June
This morning, after checking out of our hotel, we depart for the private gardens of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Highgrove Gardens. These gardens have been created by the Prince of Wales during his thirty years of ownership and are widely regarded as some of the most inspired and innovative gardens in the UK. (Please see note regarding Highgrove below).
In the afternoon we check into our hotel, The Kings Head in the centre of Cirencester. Cirencester is a delightful Cotswolds market town and there will be time to explore its independent shops, church and Roman heritage. Dinner in the hotel (included).
Thursday 28th June
Today we explore three very different gardens, each superb in its own right. We begin with Bourton House Garden. This privately owned garden won the prestigious HHA/Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year’ Award following a twenty year transformation from wilderness into inspirational garden with stunning colour combinations and rare, unusual and exotic plants. We continue onto Sezincote – an extraordinary house displaying the finest Mogul architecture set amidst the Cotswolds Hills and surrounded by a romantic water garden. We enjoy a private guided tour of the house followed by free time to explore the gardens.
From here we continue to the private garden of Upton Wold. We’ll have lunch (included) over-looking the gardens and then be taken on a private guided tour to explore this intriguing and rewarding garden featuring a fountain garden, rose garden, fruit and vegetable gardens, meadows and ponds – not to mention the national collection of walnut trees. Your evening is at leisure in the historic town of Cirencester with a chance to sample its array of restaurants and cafes.
Friday 29th June
We begin our day with a visit to the private garden of Dr Christine Facer, Througham Court – recommended by Tim Richardson in ‘The New English Garden’. Througham Court is Christine’s own garden and is used as a personal ‘design laboratory’ to experiment with new ideas, materials and planting combinations. We will enjoy a private guided tour of the gardens with Dr Facer, followed by refreshments (included).
From here we continue onto Barnsley House for lunch (included). During Rosemary Verey’s lifetime, a tour of British gardens would not have been complete without a visit to her wonderful gardens at Barnsley House. It is now a luxury boutique hotel but the gardens have been beautifully maintained. We meet the Head Gardener who was originally employed by Mrs Verey herself. We return to Cirencester for our final night dinner (included).
Saturday 30th June
We depart Cirencester mid-morning and make two drop offs; Heathrow Airport and central London. We can advise on departure planning.
HIGHGROVE: Around February each year, the Prince of Wales’ office at Highgrove releases dates on which pre-booked visits to the gardens will be available for the period April – October. Dates are limited and dependent on the Prince’s diary. It is therefore not possible to guarantee tickets to Highgrove before these dates are released. Our itinerary may be re-ordered to accommodate the visit to Highgrove or an alternative garden will be included should tickets not be available during our tour week.
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.
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. This Grade II* listed 19th century neo-Jacobean mansion was designed by Henry Clutton (the architect behind Battle Abbey and Lille Cathedral) 150 years ago. The hotel offers excellent leisure facilities including golf course, swimming pool and spa.
The Kings Head, Cirencester
The Kings Head Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel with 45 stylish bedrooms,located in the heart of Cotswolds in the historic market town of Cirencester. The exact age of the Kings Head is not known, but it was certainly in existence as a coaching inn in the middle of the fourteenth century. The Kings Head is now listed as a building of special architectural and historical interest with strong links to the English Civil War. Happily, today it is a haven of peace and comfort.
|Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room)||Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)|
|£2,600 (GBP)||£450 (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; 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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