Hampton Court Flower Show and gardens tour - HUK

Number of Days: 10
Destination: Great Britain
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Itinerary
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  • This tour is limited to just 6 places and therefore this tour will fill quickly.

    This exclusive small group tour commences on 26th June. You will be attending HRH Prince Charles’ Garden at Highgrove, Sissinghurst Gardens and Hever Castle in Kent and the finest gardens of the Cotswolds. The cost of this 10-day tour is only $5,699 per person share twin.

    Includes:

    • All entrances to gardens listed in the itinerary
    • Transport and guidance throughout your stay
    • 5 nights twin share accommodation in Winchcombe and 4 nights at Hampton Court Palace 
    • Daily breakfast
  • 10 DAY ITINERARY

    Tour commences London 26 June 2019 and concludes London.

    Wednesday 26th June

    Arrive in London to be met by your driver and guide, Alan Foster. Travel the short distance to Savill Garden, one of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens, where you can relax after your journey.

    After exploring Savill garden, we drive to The Cotswolds. You will be staying in Winchcombe, in the county of Gloucestershire. Winchcombe is an ancient Saxon town, which is ideally placed to venture from in all directions during our tour. Your comfortable accommodation is in a 15th Century house, with excellent restaurants and pubs nearby.

    Thursday 27th June

    We will tour the delightful Cotswold Villages in this area of AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - with approximately 700 square miles or rural landscape. As we travel through the winding lanes the honey-coloured limestone cottages with their thatched roofs and the countryside that has been largely unchanged for centuries giving us a sense of travelling back in time.

    We visit Sudeley Castle and Garden on the outskirts of Winchcombe. Now owned by the Dent Brocklehurst family, Sudeley was once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. She survived him and is buried in the Castle Chapel. The ancient yew hedges provide a stunning backdrop to the secluded gardens.

    Friday 28th June

    Today we dive on through the Cotswolds to the once home of garden designer Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House. Now an exclusive hotel, the garden remains as a testament to Mrs Verey’s knowledge, skill and talent.

    We will visit Highgrove, near Tetbury. HRH Prince Charles has spent more than 30 years transforming the grounds of his estate using organic, sustainable methods. This is a beautiful and fascinating garden. The knowledgeable and friendly guides give an insight into the inspiration behind the design and planting within this continually evolving garden. We are able to stroll through 11 of the 12 gardens within.

    There will also be a chance to explore Tetbury, a small town filled with independent shops and intriguing buildings. At this time of year, there is a stunning display of hanging baskets throughout the town.

    Saturday 29th June

    We will visit two superb gardens today. We drive through the Cotswold countryside to Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court. The two gardens are very close in distance yet very different regarding design and planting.

    Hidcote, designed by the American, Lawrence Johnson is a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ and is world famous. Johnson gave great attention to sourcing plants from all around the world to bring colour, texture and perfume to the garden. Pioneering in its day, the ideas here have been repeated and adapted by others over the decades.

    Kiftsgate, in contrast has been developed by three generations of female gardeners. It is on an escarpment and is set against a stunning backdrop of open countryside. Heather Muir was a great friend of Lawrence Johnson in the 1920s. Diany Binny was responsible for opening the garden to the public in the 1950s and Ann Chambers has added the water garden and continued the family tradition of searching for new and interesting plants to compliment the planting schemes. The Kiftsgate Rose should be in full bloom for our visit and is a stunning sight.

    Sunday 30th June

    Today we visit the Georgian City of Bath. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage site with 2000 years of history. We will visit the Roman Baths and view the glorious architecture, stepping back in time to the era of Jane Austen.

    We drive south of Bath to visit the tranquil Italianate garden of Harold Peto at Iford Manor. With statuary from the 1st and 2nd century, this a special place to visit and explore.

    Monday 1st July .

    Today we experience the full range champion roses at the home of David Austen. A magnificent flood of colour and perfume awaits us at the specialist rose production centre. We travel on the Wightwick Manor a 19thC home providing the finest example of William Morris Arts and Crafts interiors in Britain.

    Tuesday 2nd July

    Today we leave Winchcombe and travel to Ghyll Manor where we stay for 3 nights. On the way to the hotel, we stop at RHS Wisley , the showpiece garden of The Royal Horticultural Society. There is much here to interest the horticulturalist and hobby gardener alike with plant collections, a stunning rockery garden, herbaceous borders, glasshouse and brand new Welcome Building to be opened in 2019 which will house exhibitions and a new plant centre.

    Wednesday 3rd July

    We will spend the day in the county of Kent, sometimes described as The Garden of England. We will visit Sissinghurst and Hever Castle.

    Sissinhurst, the garden of Vita Sackville West surrounds a 16th Century tower. Vita was greatly influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and the prolific garden designer, Gertrude Jeykll. The white garden, famous for its style of planting, will be at its finest in July.

    Hever Castle. The childhood home of Anne Boleyn , was developed by William Waldorf Astor in the early years of the 20thC. The Italianate verandas and herbaceous borders will be at their height with the rose gardens in full bloom.

    Thursday 4th July

    We will spend the day at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. This is the largest of all the shows in the RHS calendar. You will see show gardens, a floral marquee and many exhibitors’ stands. There will also be plant sales and demonstrations. This all takes place in the spacious grounds of Hampton Court Palace on the bank of the River Thames. You will also have the opportunity to view the highlights of the Palace and visit the historic ornamental gardens.

    Friday 5th July

    Private transport to your departing flight or extend your stay.

  • Inclusions:

    • All entrances to gardens listed in the itinerary
    • Transport and guidance throughout your stay
    • 5 nights twin share accommodation in Winchcombe and 4 nights at Hampton Court Palace
    • Daily Breakfast

    Breakfast menu: Your choice of full English breakfast, selection of cereals, porridge, yogurts, fruit/smoked haddock, salmon etc (We cater for individual tastes, allergies and preferences – please let us know 

     

  • Available Dates

    • $5,699 per person

    Ref: HUK19

    26-Jun-2019 05-Jul-2019

    Based on twin share

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