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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 (Batsford Arboretum on April Departure)
It is not 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.
Day 3: Hidcote Manor Garden and Kiftsgate Court (Batsford Arboretum on April Departure)
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. NB: On the April departure due to closure this visit will be replaced with a visit to Batsford Arboretum
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: 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.
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