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Lunch and tour of the gardens at Prince Charles’ Highgrove House
Hidcote Manor Gardens – an Arts & Crafts masterpiece
The timeless tranquillity of the Gardens at Miserden
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
It is no surprise that one of England’s loveliest regions, the Cotswolds, boasts some of its loveliest gardens, some of which are explored on this scenic tour, in the company of accomplished horticulturalist, Tony Russell. Several are privately owned with the chance to meet the owners to learn about the history and inspiration behind the gardens.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel from 15.00
Welcome reception, dinner with wine and introductory talk from your horticulturalist tour guide, Tony Russell.
Day 2: Westonbirt Arboretum and Highgrove House Gardens
Our first visit is to the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt, which is home to some 2500 species of trees from around the world as well as treetop walkway to offer a bird’s eye view. We then head to Prince Charles’ Highgrove House Gardens for lunch and a tour of the magnificent gardens at Highgrove, a passion of the Prince of Wales for close to 40 years. Please note the visit to Highgrove House Gardens is limited and subject to change due to Prince Charles’ diary, which is not confirmed until February 2020.
Day 3: Hidcote Manor Garden and Kiftsgate Court
Our first visit of the day is to Hidcote, a delightful Arts & Crafts garden, run by the National Trust.One of the country’s great gardens, it was designed as a series of outdoor “rooms” by the American horticulturalist, Major Lawrence Johnston in the 1910s. Then, we are off to the glorious gardens at Kiftsgate Court, tended with loving care by three generations of lady gardeners dating back to Heather Muir in the 1930s, taken on by DIanny Binny in the 1950s and, more latterly, by Anne Chambers.
Day 4: The Gardens at Miserden and Rodmarton Manor
One of garden writer’s Anna Pavord’s ten favourite gardens, the timeless gardens at Miserden started life in the 17th century and still retain a wonderful sense of peace and tranquillity. A highlight is a mulberry tree, believed to have been planted in 1620. Our final visit is to the privately-owned garden and house at Rodmarton Manor, where will enjoy a light lunch before exploring the lovely gardens. Return to hotel for approximately 17.00.
NB: Please note access to Highgrove Gardens is limited due to Prince Charles’ diary which is not released until February 2020. Therefore, our visit and departure date for this tour may be subject to change depending on his schedule.
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.
The four-star Hilton Puckrup Hall, near Tewkesbury is set in 140 acres of grounds and boasts excellent facilities. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, swimming pool, spa and steam room.
Parking: complimentary for Travel Editions clients.
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.
Tony Russell made that garden holiday and I would certainly go on another garden holiday if he was the guide. Wales would be a good idea
Review by Anonymous who travelled 20-August-2019
A wonderful few days visiting beautiful and interesting gardens. The tour guide (Tony Russell) was excellent - pleasant personality, very knowledgable and helpful.
Review by Holland who travelled 20-August-2019
A very interesting and well organised tour. Tony Russell, was an exceptional tour manager/guide, with expert knowledge of both general plant life and of the actual six gardens visited. This made the tour one of the most interesting and informative that we have been on. We did discuss the prospect of a 'Welsh' garden tour - it might be worth further consideration!
Review by Robinson who travelled 20-August-2019
The hotel, ‘ the hilton’ was 4* but certainly not 4 * quality. The staff were very inadequate too
Review by Anonymous who travelled 20-August-2019
Great group of people, great host in Tony Russell. Wonderful choice of gardens. Very relaxed and pleasant. Lived up to expectations.
Review by Barnard who travelled 20-August-2019
We had requested either a disabled or downstairs room. In the event neither were available and Admistration should have notified us to that effect. The food at the hotel was excellent. However, the hotel needs to update certain minor features viz the heated towel rails were not working ( reason given was they are centrally controlled i.e. all rooms or none. Individual controls should be available in a good standard hotel.) and the internet required repeated logons. The disabled parking was nowhere near the hotel entrance. All of these features should be part of a Hilton hotel chain .
Review by Bate who travelled 20-August-2019
This was a very well-planned and interesting three days in the Cotswolds, made particularly special by Tony Russell's great overall knowledge and charm. It was a wonderful experience.
Review by Digby who travelled 20-August-2019
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