West Green Garden
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Glorious Gardens from Windsor to Bath
Sunday 30th June – Saturday 6th July 2019 (6 nights)
- Prestigious first, ‘Members-only’ day at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
- Windsor Castle and the Savill Garden
- Private garden visits to Upton Grey, Iford Manor, Hanham Court and Old Camps
- Private walled garden tour at Bowood House
- Visit the famous landscape garden of Stourhead
- 4 and five-star hotels in Windsor and Bath with time to explore these historic cities
- One year’s membership to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
After our morning pick-up at Heathrow Airport, we make our way to the delightful Savill Garden – one of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens, located in Windsor Great Park. A highlight is the Rose Garden which will be in full bloom.
We then make our way to our hotel, the 4-star Macdonald Windsor Hotel, located in the centre of historic Windsor. The afternoon will be spent at the magnificent Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world – also home to HRH Queen Elizabeth II. In the evening, join your Tour Director and travel companions for dinner together in the hotel (included).
Monday 1st July
We begin our day at The Manor at Upton Grey with its garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908 for Charles Holme, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. The current owner, Rosamund Wallinger spent years researching the garden’s history, then set about restoring it, and it is now considered to be the most complete and authentic Jekyll designed garden in existence.
We continue from here to West Green Garden, one of England’s finest manor house gardens, marrying traditional style with contemporary design. Created by acclaimed garden designer and Chelsea Flower Show award winner, Marylyn Abbott, we will enjoy lunch in the gorgeous garden conservatory (included) and free time in the gardens.
Your evening is at leisure in the historic city of Windsor with a chance to enjoy the wide variety of cafes and restaurants on our hotel’s doorstep.
Tuesday 2nd July
Tuesday is the prestigious first members-only day of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest flower show in the world and a highlight every time this world-class show is on our itinerary. Explore magnificent floral displays, extraordinary show gardens, garden tools and products, a host of garden structures and artefacts and entertaining live music and gardening talks. If you need a quiet moment, step into the beautiful Palace gardens adjacent. Lunch is at leisure at the show (independent).
We return to Windsor for dinner in our hotel (included).
Wednesday 3rd July
After check out from the hotel, we head west towards Bath. We make a stop at a beautiful private garden, Old Camps, near Newbury. This 8 acre private garden is full of surprises from traditional herbaceous borders through desert and prairie planting, to exuberant and exotic subtropical schemes.
In the afternoon we’re treated to lunch (included) and a private guided tour of the Walled Garden at Bowood House, home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Landsdowne, set amidst one of Britain’s finest ‘Capability Brown’ landscapes. We then take a short drive to the historic city of Bath and check into the 5-star MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel for the next three nights. Dinner in the hotel included.
Thursday 4th July
We spend the morning at a unique garden, Hanham Court. This privately owned house has award-winning gardens which were designed and developed by Julian and Isabel Bannerman over twenty years. The gardens are truly romantic and a rare treat.
Before lunch, we return to the Regency spa City of Bath where the rest of the day is spent at leisure (lunch independent). Marvel at the Georgian architecture, bathe in the natural hot spring waters of Bath Spa or discover more about Jane Austen, Bath’s most famous resident at the Jane Austen Centre. Dinner in the hotel included.
Friday 5th July
We begin the day with a private guided tour of the walled garden at Iford Manor, a Grade I Italianate garden designed by the architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto who lived here from 1899 to 1933. The Manor House is also famed for its tranquil beauty and romantic setting.
After we continue onto Stourhead – England’s finest landscape garden. We will have time for lunch (independent) before taking a guided tour of the garden. At its centrepiece is a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees.
We return to our hotel for our final nights’ dinner (included).
Saturday 6th July
We check out of the Bath Spa Hotel and make our final garden visit of the tour to Abbey House Gardens – a spectacular 5 acre garden beside the 12th century Abbey Church in the centre of medieval Malmesbury.
In the late afternoon we will make one drop-off at Heathrow Airport and one in central London where we say good-bye. We can advise on departure planning.
Note: This tour includes one year’s individual membership of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
Please read our Tour Joining and Departure Arrangements information sheet here
Our hotels are 4-star and 5-star and are selected for their high standards of comfort and service. All rooms are en-suite and offer free wi-fi access.
Just two minutes walk from Windsor Castle, this Georgian townhouse has been beautifully converted into a lovely contemporary hotel in the centre of historic Windsor. The cobbled streets around the hotel and Windsor Castle offer a delightful mix of eclectic shops and cafes.
A luxury five-star hotel located in the heart of historic Bath. This elegant Georgian mansion is situated in its own verdant parkland and offers comfortable rooms, fine dining and a luxury spa. The garden view bedrooms afford lovely views across the landscaped grounds, have stylish marble bathrooms and are a perfect place to unwind.
|Tour cost per person (sharing twin or double room)||Single Supplement (for single occupancy of a double room)|
|£2,975 (GBP)||£500 (GBP)|
PRICES INCLUDE: Accommodation at 4-star hotels with en-suite facilities based on twin/double room share; buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches and 5 dinners; admissions to gardens and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show; one year’s individual membership to the RHS; 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
- You can book through our appointed agents in the USA, Worldwide Traveler and pay in $USD
- You can ask your local travel agent to contact us and book on your behalf
- We can also offer Bespoke Tours for small groups (minimum 12). Please contact us with your requirements.
We very much look forward to welcoming you.