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Cotswold Gardens

Price £1365 per person  for 6 days guided garden tour package


The above price does not include your accommodation, however, we will provide a list of suggested places to stay, to suit all budgets, and can happily book these for you. 


2017 DATES18th - 24th June This is a guaranteed date and there are a few spaces left.


The details below are an outline of the gardens we will be visiting.

DURATION: 6 NIGHTS/6 DAYS

GRADE: EASY


This tour will operate on a minimum of 8 people.


Highgrove gardens
Highgrove Gardens © Highgrove


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The Cotswolds is blessed with an abundance of celebrated gardens and we invite you to join us to discover some of the best examples of 20th-century design from Hidcote to Highgrove. We also visit several traditional private English country gardens and enjoy a guided tour with the owners. A blend of wonderful gardens, fabulous local food and expert guides will help make it a magical journey through the Cotswolds.


Day 1: Sunday – Arrive in Chipping Campden.

Meet at the Cotswold House hotel at 12 noon for an informal lunch and introduction to the tour. In the afternoon we explore some of the hidden treasures that make up the unique private gardens of Chipping Campden. Each year in June, 25 or more private gardens open their doors to the public in aid of the charity 'Action Medical Research'. It is a wonderful chance to peek behind closed doors, get a glimpse of the hidden gardens and talk to the owners about their passion for gardening. 

Overnight in Chipping Campden for 3 nights. Transfers will be provided from Moreton-in-Marsh station to Chipping Campden or private transfers can be arranged from anywhere in the UK.


Lunch and dinner is included today.


Day 2: Monday  –  Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate and Campden House.

Hidcote Manor garden was designed and created by the American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston in the Arts and Crafts style and is made up of a series of individual garden rooms, each possessing a unique character. 


Kiftsgate Court garden is situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment and has wonderful vistas across the Vale of Evesham. Since Helen Muir in 1918, it has seen 3 generations of female gardeners.The borders are packed with plants and vibrant colours throughout the year as well as the famed rambling Kiftsgate rose. The tennis court was converted to a water feature in 2000 and adds to the delight and interest of this garden.  


Campden House garden set in a beautiful hidden valley with parkland and ponds is designed in the Arts and Crafts style. The private garden is set either side of the house with an elevated position above the valley. Wide borders of herbaceous plants and manicured lawn set the garden off perfectly. 

Lunch is included today but not dinner.


Day 3: Tuesday  -  Rockcliffe and Upton Wold.

Rockcliffe garden was created by the owner Emma Keswick.  While ostensibly a traditional garden of rooms with herbaceous borders and a rose terrace, Emma’s quirkiness and individuality shines through every part of the garden.  Large beech pyramids play with scale and perspective, while enormous topiary birds climb the hillside to the dovecote that sits above the vegetable garden.


Upton Wold is set in a beautiful Cotswold landscape; this hidden private garden has been created over 30 years, originally with the help of landscape architect Hal Moggridge and the late Brenda Colvin. Upton Wold has an exceptional collection of trees, shrubs and plants and also holds the national collection of Juglans (Walnuts) and Pterocarya. A garden of interest for any gardener.

Lunch and dinner is included today.


Day 4: Wednesday – Broughton Castle and Broughton Grange.

Broughton Castle is a medieval manor house later transformed into a Tudor Mansion, surrounded by a wide moat and parkland. The highly regarded one acre garden includes a walled formal garden and herbaceous borders containing old rose varieties and shrubs. We will take a guided tour of the castle and the gardens.


Broughton Grange is one of Britain's most significant private contemporary gardens. Since 1992 the 350 acres of garden have been extensively developed. Centerpiece is the walled garden designed by Chelsea gold medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith.


Overnight in Cirencester for 3 nights. Lunch and dinner is included today.


Day 5: Thursday –  Highgrove and Hodges Barn.

We visit Highgrove House gardens for a guided tour of HRH Prince of Wales very own private garden. Over the last 30 years His Royal Highness has created an extraordinary and very personal garden with the help of some of the UK’s top garden designers, including Rosemary Verey and the Bannermans.  Highlights include the magnificent meadows, the kitchen garden laid out as a Union Jack and the formal black and white garden.


There is no guarantee tickets to Highgrove garden will be available for the dates suggested and this may involve an alternative venue to be selected. 


Hodges Barn  garden and is wrapped around a 15th Century dovecote that was converted to a family home. The garden consists of Cotswold stone walls hosting rambling and climbing roses, clematis, vines, hydrangeas and together with yew, rose and tapestry hedges create formality around the house. Mixed shrubs and herbaceous borders, shrub roses, water garden, woodland garden planted with cherries, magnolia and spring bulbs.

Lunch is included today but not dinner.


Day 6: Friday –  The Coach House, Little House and Eastleach House.

The Coach House garden which has been designed and evolved over the last 28 years by its current owners. It is 1.5 acres and is a garden for year round interest with garden rooms of ril, gravel and rose, lime allee, potager and topiary.


Little House is a delightful private garden honed to perfection by the passion and endeavour of its current owners. The garden has a wonderful atmosphere and the sloping landscape allows it to form natural layers and terracing that makes it feel feel much bigger. This is a labour of love and an inspiration to us all.


Eastleach House garden has been evolving over the last 35 years from scratch to form a wonderful English country garden. Set on a wooded hilltop and with sweeping views across open parkland, the garden offers a variety of herbaceous borders, topiary, wild flower meadows and rose walk way.


Lunch and dinner is included today.


Day 7: Saturday - Depart after breakfast.

Transfers will be provided to the nearest train station.


NB - on rare occasions it may be necessary to change the sequence of the tour or the gardens we intend to visit.


PHOTOS

Click to see photos of this tour: Cotswold Gardens Guided Tour Photo Gallery


TESTIMONIAL 

To whom it may concern:

I would highly recommend that you join the guided walking tour of the Cotswold Gardens ....

...I went on a similar trip to this several years ago and I can also guarantee that the gardens are magnificent, the accommodations are luxurious, the food is delicious and the opportunities to learn are incredible. I cannot think of a better place to walk or a better guide to walk with, so I hope you decide to take a chance and go for this experience of a lifetime.  Don’t miss it!

Yours in gardening,

Hope Taft, First Lady of Ohio, 1999-2007

Inspired the Heritage Garden at the Ohio governor’s residence


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Key Points

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Local guides throughout and all entrance fees are included as well as all transfers during the tour. All lunches are included and 4 dinners but no alcoholic beverages. You will also have the services of a tour guide throughout the trip to explain the history of the area and to discover some of the other hidden gems of the Cotswolds. This tour is as much about the gardens as it is about the amazing food the Cotswolds has to offer and our choice of restaurants and pubs will be different each day to showcase the best examples.


We wish for as many clients to join our tours as possible so rather than be restrictive on the type of accommodation available we have prepared a list to suit all budgets. Local transfers will be provided at the start and end of each day. There is no single supplement charged by us. Please contact us for further details.


Walking distances are kept to a minimum where possible and will mainly include walking around individual gardens.


FLIGHTS

You are advised to purchase a flexible flight ticket in case the tour is cancelled and we need to re-schedule your dates to another tour.

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