Join a summer sojourn to the Cotswolds and visit seven beautiful gardens in full bloom

Spend four days in June 2023 visiting some of England's finest gardens, including that of King Charles III at his beloved Highgrove House.

You'll be joined by Gardeners' World presenter Christmas Walkden who'll host an exclusive Q&A about her fascinating career and accompany you on a wonderful tour of Hidcote Manor, where you'll have time to admire the 'rooms' that comprise this collection of beautiful gardens.

From a comfortable and central base 15 minutes from Cheltenham, you'll also visit Cerne House, Rodmarton Manor, Kiftsgate Court, Batsford Arboretum, and Sezincote, on a comprehensive discovery of splendid Cotswolds gardens.

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Price includes

  • Join an exclusive talk, Q&A and tour with Christine Walkden
  • Tour Highgrove House**
  • Take excursions to Rodmarton Manor, Hidcote Manor, Sezincote, Kiftsgate Court, Cerney and Batsford Arboretum
  • Spend three nights at the Holiday Inn Gloucester-Cheltenham
  • Enjoy three breakfasts and three dinners

Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jun 23, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 26, 2023
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£895*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £195. Deposit £125 (non-refundable). Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **Subject to successful application. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays (ATOL 4498).

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Visit to Cerney House
    Cerney House, United Kingdom

    We depart from our pick-ups points in London, Reading, Swindon and Bristol and head for our first visit, Cerney House Gardens. The centre of the garden space is a Victorian walled garden with a working kitchen garden, a herb garden, woodland and a wildflower bank. A pair of wrought iron gates in an acorn design wide grass paths and herbaceous borders leading to a Victorian gazebo. One of the most popular areas is the Knot Garden, with old roses trailing on a trellis and a laburnum arch leading to a scented garden along with four quince trees. The main borders at Cerney House are themed in a yellow colour in the centre, with gravelled paths lined by hyssop and lavender leading to the walls where old roses and climbing plants thrive. A guided tour and refreshments are included here.

    We continue to our comfortable hotel in the Cotswolds. All rooms have private facilities. Dinner is served in the evening.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Hidcote and Rodmarton Manor
    Hidcote Manor, United Kingdom

    This morning, we will enjoy a visit to the house and gardens of Rodmarton Manor, between Tetbury and Cirencester. This is an 'Arts and Crafts' house with a fine eight-acre garden comprising a series of 'outdoor rooms' each with its own distinctive character. The architect Ernest Barnsley started Rodmarton in 1909 and it became a shrine to the Cotswolds crafts movement. The grey gabled house has an intricate garden of lively atmosphere, formal in spirit but with a cottage-garden feel to it. The eight-acre Cotswold garden was originally designed as a series of outdoor rooms and is still the same today, which each part of the garden having different characters ranging from alpines in troughs, bigger plants in the rockery, lawns, a large kitchen garden and white borders, to the magnificent herbaceous borders which are constantly being re-planted and improved. There are superb vistas throughout and plenty of places to sit and admire the surroundings.

    This afternoon we continue to Hidcote Manor, near Chipping Campden. Although among the best known gardens in Britain, Hidcote Manor still has the power to startle. It was begun before World War I by an American, Major Lawrence Johnston, who devised a type of garden that many think of as quintessentially English. It is a garden built up of separate rooms, each connected to the rest but often with blazing contrasts, laid out in a disciplined setting. Everywhere something enticing is glimpsed through an opening, across a pool or framed by a gate.

    Exclusive event: Hidcote Manor - We will be joined here by gardener, horticulturalist and broadcaster Christine Walkden, who will accompany us as we tour the garden.

    We return to our hotel where dinner is served in the evening. Afterwards Christine Walkden will give us a talk on her experiences as a gardener and presenter and host a Question & Answer session.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Highgrove and Kiftsgate Court
    Highgrove House, United Kingdom

    After breakfast this morning we will transfer to Highgrove, the country home of King Charles III. This will be a rare opportunity to see these fascinating gardens which of course are cultivated using wholly organic methods. Since buying the property in 1980 the King sought the advice of a friend, Lady Salisbury, who was an experienced organic gardener well-known for her work at Cranbourne and at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. She and the King laid out parts of the garden with scented plants: wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine, holboellia, lillies and thyme were chosen to surround the house. On the advice of Miriam Rothschild, another gardening expert, the King created an experimental wild flower meadow which already boasts around 32 different varieties of endangered native plants including ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle, common spotted orchid, meadow crane's bill and ragged robin. Every year the King takes on a new project to take his garden in new directions, such as his walled kitchen garden or the arboretum. Vegetable varieties loved by the King are grown such as Charlotte potatoes and Happil strawberries, leeks, spring cabbage, brussel sprouts and carrots. A wide variety of apples are grown from trees next to the Orchard Room, along with others gathered from the Walled Garden, including Formosa Nonpareil, Golden Knot, Cornish Aromatic and Lady's Delight.

    In the afternoon you will visit Kiftsgate Court, located in the heart of Chipping Campden, with stunning views over the Vale of Evesham. The house is surrounded by enclosed gardens that have an exquisite selection of flora and fauna, including the well-known rambling rose R. filipes 'Kiftsgate'.

    We return to the hotel in time for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Batsford Arboretum and Sezincote
    Batsford Arboretum, United Kingdom

    This morning after breakfast we check out of the hotel. Our first visit today is to Batsford Arboretum and Nursery, which contains over 1500 trees with species from all over the world. The collections cover a wide range of plants particularly from the Far East with a good collection of Acer (Maples), Bamboo, Magnolias, Prunus, Quercus (Oaks) and Sorbus. The landscaping includes rockeries, streams and waterfalls, a lake, statues and a hermits cave. Lunch is available here (not included)

    Our final visit is to the house and gardens of Sezincote, a unique Indian-style house with an eastern 'Hindu' garden. The project was inspired by Humphry Repton and led to his 1808 book Designs for the Pavilion at Brighton. Repton favoured the style partly for its novelty and partly because neither the Grecian nor the Gothic styles, then popular, were associated with palaces. Sezincote has a temple with a figure of the goddess Souriya, a bronze serpent, Brahmin bulls, a mushroom-shaped fountain, a conservatory with minarets and an unusual curved orangery. Graham Stuart Thomas advised on the planting design. Thomas Daniell, famous as a painter of Indian scenery, designed the Indian Bridge and the Indian Temple. Repton is associated with the project but the only evidence for his professional involvement is some mention of Sezincote in his writing and a sketch for the South Garden. A guided tour of the house in included followed by time to explore the gardens.

    Following our visit we will return to our original pick-up points with arrival due in the early evening.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Gloucester - Cheltenham, an IHG hotel

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom

A smart, modern hotel less than 15 minutes' drive from Cheltenham, with top-of-the-line conference facilities, a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and more.

The hotel is just off the M5 and about an hour's drive from both Bristol International Airport (BRS) and Birmingham Airport (BHX). The hotel is pet friendly, has on-site parking with electric charging points, a heated indoor pool and a health and fitness centre. Enjoy a comfortable night with a choice of pillows and tea and coffee making facilities in every room.

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Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jun 23, 2023
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 26, 2023
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£895*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £195. Deposit £125 (non-refundable). Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **Subject to successful application. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays (ATOL 4498).

Call now to book 01334260143
Quote ref: BW HIGHGROVE WALKDEN