4 nights starting from
Buffet lunch, plus talk and Q&A with Adam Frost, followed by an exclusive, private guided tour of Boughton House gardens
A talk by Nick Hamilton and visit to Barnsdale Gardens with lunch
Easton Walled Gardens with introduction from owner, Ursula Cholmeley
Guided garden tour and afternoon tea at Burghley House
BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Associate Editor, David Hurrion, as tour leader throughout the trip
A wonderful tour of England’s smallest county, Rutland, whose motto “Multum in Parvo” sums up its considerable appeal. We’ll head into the neighbouring counties of Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, too, for an exciting array of wonderful gardens – from impressive formal gardens of stately homes to private walled gardens and contemporary creations for the 21st century, most with introductory talks or tours from the owner or head gardener. You’ll be accompanied throughout by Gardeners World’s very own David Hurrion, whose knowledge and enthusiasm will illuminate and entertain in equal measure.
“I’ve lived among and around these gardens for many years, so it’s a real pleasure to be joining this exclusive trip in a region that’s so dear to me. The East of England has some of the fi nest gardens in the country, and I look forward to being a part of your holiday.” Adam Frost
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Day 1: Arrive independently at Barnsdale lodge Hotel from 15.00
Arrive. Evening welcome drink and dinner and talk from David Hurrion on how to make your best ever garden.
Day 2: Cottesbrooke Hall Gardens and Old Vicarage, Burley.
Exclusive garden tour at Cottesbrooke Hall with the Head Gardener and lunch. Cottesbrooke is a beautiful Queen Anne House dating back to 1712, set in a beautiful estate with beautiful gardens, former winners of the coveted Christies and Historic Houses Association “Garden of the Year” award. The afternoon visit is to the private garden of Sandra and Jonathan Blaza, a labour of love over the past decade or more. Sandra will be on hand to introduce you to her passion. Evening welcome drink, dinner with wine and talk from Nick Hamilton, the owner of Barnsdale Gardens, the creation of his father, beloved TV presenter, Geoff Hamilton.
Day 3: Barnsdale Gardens and Elton Hall
The creation of Geoff Hamilton, Barnsdale Gardens is a series of 38 individual gardens with a host of styles and planting schemes that offer wonderful inspiration and ideas for all visitors to take to their own gardens. Nick will be on hand to introduce you to the gardens and show you round.This afternoon we head to a magnificent country house, Elton Hall, for a tour of the private gardens with the head gardener and free time to explore the formal gardens. Dinner at the hotel
Day 4: Redlhill Lodge and Boughton Hall with Adam Frost.
Our day starts in Rutland at the contemporary private “prairie” garden at Sue Moffitt’s Redland Lodge – Sue will be on hand to introduce the garden to you. Then into Northamptonshire to Boughton House, often referred to as the English Versailles, which will open exclusively for our group, starting with a two course lunch with welcome prosecco and a glass of wine and a talk and Q&A with our guest presenter, Adam Frost, who will talk about his horticultural life and answer questions. After lunch we head out into the gardens for a tour of the gardens with the head gardener and time to see the new garden, Orpheus, designed by Kim Wilkie, a striking new landform that takes the form of an inverted pyramid. Adam will be on hand to lend his expertise to your enjoyment of this dramatic space.
Day 5: Easton Walled Garden and Burghley House & Gardens.
Our last day takes us to Ursula Cholmeley’s Easton Walled Garden where she will introduce the gardens alongside Ollie the head gardener. Famed for its sweet peas, Easton is a delight, Our final visit is to one of England’s greatest houses, Burghley, where we time will be allowed to visit the magnificent house before a guided tour of the Gardens with Head Gardener, Joe Whitehead. A fitting finale to this wonderful tour is a delicious afternoon tea before returning to the hotel at about 1730.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Barnsdale Lodge, Rutland Water
Converted from an historic farmhouse that has been in the owner's family since 1760, the three-star Barnsdale Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, excellent food and a warm, friendly welcome. All bedrooms are en-suite and individually furnished with TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and have views of the surrounding countryside or the picturesque courtyard. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant where dinner will be served each evening.
Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.
Barnsdale Lodge Website
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
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