David Austin Roses
Hidcote Manor Gardens
David Austin Roses
Cotswolds Exclusive with the Royal Garden at Highgrove
Sunday 23rd June – Friday 28th June 2019 (5 nights)
- Visit to the Royal Garden at Highgrove – HRH Prince of Wales’ private garden (please see note on itinerary page)
- Exclusive ‘after hours’ visit and dinner at Hidcote Manor Gardens
- Visit to David Austin’s Rose Garden
- Private visits to Througham Court, Sezincote, Morton Hall and Upton Wold
- Lunch at Barnsley House, Rosemary Vereys garden
- Explore the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace
- Delightful 5-star country house hotel
- Superlative Cotswolds scenery
After our morning pick up at Heathrow Airport, we head north to the superb 5-star Ellenborough Park Hotel, our luxury base for this five-night tour. This comfortable and stylish country house hotel has stunning views over Cheltenham Spa, heated outdoor pool and excellent customer service.
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 travel companions for welcome drinks before sitting down together for dinner at the hotel (included).
Monday 24th 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. We return to the hotel for dinner (included).
Tuesday 25th June
We begin today with a quintessentially English garden that surrounds the historic Sudeley Castle. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre. There will be time to explore both the garden and the castle.
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 an exclusive ‘after hours’ visit to the famous 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 and then enjoy a private dinner at Hidcote (included).
Wednesday 26th June
For many, today is a highlight of the tour – a visit to the Royal Garden at Highgrove – home to HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. 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 explore Cirencester – a delightful Cotswolds market town and there will be time to enjoy its independent shops, church and Roman heritage. We return to the hotel for dinner (included).
Thursday 27th 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. Lunch at David Austin Roses is included.
In the afternoon we visit the superb garden at Morton Hall. This 8 acre historic garden has undergone an extensive make-over in recent years and is one of England’s most exciting gardens to visit. Dinner in the hotel (included).
Friday 28th 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.
In the afternoon, we make one drop off at Heathrow Airport and one in central London.
Please read our Tour Joining and Departure Arrangements information sheet here
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 hotel is 5-star and has been selected for its high standard of comfort and service. All rooms are en-suite and offer free wi-fi access.
Ellenborough Park, an ancient house dating from the 1500’s on the site of the original Cheltenham racecourse estate has been restored as an exceptional luxury 5-star country house hotel, located just 10 minutes from the Cotswolds town of Cheltenham Spa. Set within 90 acres of parkland the Hotel comprises 62 rooms & suites with an indian-themed spa and outdoor heated swimming pool. We have chosen Ellenborough Park for its wonderful service and particular attention to the comfort of its guests.
|Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room)||Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)|
|£2,950 (GBP)||£490 (GBP)|
PRICES INCLUDE: Accommodation at a 5-star hotel with en-suite facilities based on twin/double room share; buffet breakfast daily; 3 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
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We very much look forward to welcoming you.