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Cotswold Gardens

Price £1395 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. 

2020 DATES: 21st - 27th June Guaranteed departure date. Few places still remaining. 

2021 DATES: 20th - 26th June

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


PLEASE NOTE: This is not a walking tour but rather a walk around gardens.

This tour will operate on a minimum of 6  people.

Highgrove gardens
Highgrove Gardens © Highgrove


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. This guided tour limits the walking to the gardens themselves. There are 2 optional short walks for clients whose wish to explore the wider landscape and discover wild flowers along the way.

Day 1: Sunday – Arrive in Chipping Campden.

Meet your guide 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. 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 a guided walk.

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.  

Free afternoon to explore Chipping Campden or have a guided walk back from Hidcote Gardens, 3.25 miles and discover wild flowers along the way.

Lunch and dinner is included today.

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 only is included today.

Day 4: Wednesday – Broughton Castle and Astall Manor.

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.

Asthall Manor hosts a biennial sculpture exhibition set in the magical gardens that were designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman. The house was also the home to the Mitford sisters for a short while. The extensive grounds run down to the river Windrush and its setting next door to the church makes it the perfect space for showcasing some of the best artists in the world.

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

Day 5: Thursday –  The Royal Gardens at Highgrove* 

We visit Highgrove Gardens for a guided tour of HRH Prince of Wales very own private garden. Over the last 40 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 Wildflower Meadow, The Sundial garden, The Stumpery, Cottage Garden and Thyme Walk.

*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. 

Free afternoon in Cirencester - its hard to top such a wonderful morning and lunch so we think an afternoon of relaxing and exploring this Roman town is the order of the day. You also have the option of a gentle walk along the river Coln to Bibury, 3 miles. William Morris believed this was the most beautiful village in England with the former weaver's cottages at Arlington Row taking centre stage.

Lunch is included today but not dinner.

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

Daglingworth House Garden is a delightful, classical garden with a humorous contemporary twist. Its 2 acres consists of a walled garden, temple, grotto, pools, wonderful views and much more.

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.

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 farewell dinner is included today.

Day 7: Saturday - Depart after breakfast.

Transfers will be provided to Kemble train station.

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


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


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

  • July 2017
    Libby Wilkie - USA

    The entire tour appealed to me because, basically, I am NOT a tour person! I think what appealed to me both before and after the week was the easy way it was all choreographed by you. There was no pressure. I thought the 9:30am meet up time each day was perfect. I am an early riser, but I like to have lots of time to just do whatever before the day starts, and this worked well. I liked being able to choose my hotel. That was a big plus. Again, it made it less “tour” and “group” feeling. Dinners were lovely. It was all what I had hoped for and so much more. Vivienne was a huge asset for the days she was with us and I think everyone would agree.

    wilkie garden

    Libby Wilkie's Blog
  • June 2017
    Pat Syvertsen - USA

    Our Cotswold Walks garden tour this past June was absolutely delightful. Seeing public gardens and private estates was wonderful. There were so many beautiful flowers blossoming and the arrangement of the gardens was inspiring. The weather was unusually hot, but certainly manageable.  The pace you took, with 2 or 3 gardens per day was perfect. I liked that we stayed in only 2 places, and traveled out from there. I also appreciated that we could select the accommodations ourselves from your suggestions. When I came home I headed to local nurseries to see if I could find some of the flower varieties I saw and I shared my excitement about the trip with friends and family.  Thank you so much for providing such a marvelous experience!

  • June 2017
    Kelly Purden & Paula Kelch

    Paula and I thoroughly enjoyed our Cotswold Walks Garden Tour last June!  It was a wonderfully memorable week and the weather was incredible. The accommodations were very good as was the food! The tour was well planned out and Andrew’s thoughtfulness and attention to detail was much appreciated. It was a real asset to have the opportunity to meet and talk with the garden/estate owners as well.

    We went on to a shorter but much larger tour group in the Kent/Sussex area after leaving the Cotswold's. The gardens we visited on our second tour were for the most part very beautiful, however we missed your smaller more intimate tour group as well as the presence of a gardener/tour guide (Vivien and Mel). The food and accommodations on our second tour didn't compare with the Cotswold's offerings. The cost was much less but I am not sure that we appreciated the change. 

    All in all I would recommend your style of garden tour over the other. A little less food...maybe! Broughton Castle was wonderful as was every other garden we toured. The stop at Broadway Tower was a nice touch as well. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to a most wonderful holiday in England.

    purden garden

Key Points


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.


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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