Gardens of the Cotswolds

3 nights starting from
£729

  • Champagne tea 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. A highlight of the tour is a visit to the gardens at Prince Charles’ beloved Highgrove House, whilst several of the other gardens are privately owned with the chance to meet the owners to learn about the history and inspiration behind them.

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16 - August - 2022 Sold Out Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

ITINERARY

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: 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 3: The Gardens at Miserden and Batsford Arboretum
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 second visit today is to Batsford Arboretum, 56-acres of garden with a wide range of plants and trees from around the world with an emphasis on the Far East. Visiting in the summer months we should be able to enjoy the beautiful wildflower areas and see some of the rarer trees including the California Nutmeg, Dawn Redwood and Maidenhair Tree. Time will be given for lunch on arrival (not included) before a visit of the impressive grounds.

Day 4: Rodmarton Manor and Highgrove House Gardens
Our first visit of the day is to the privately-owned garden and house at Rodmarton Manor, where we will have a short tour of the house before exploring the lovely gardens. We then head to Prince Charles’ Highgrove House for a tour of the magnificent gardens, a passion of the Prince of Wales for close to 40 years, with champagne tea. Please note that for security reasons, a photo ID such as driving licence or passport is required. Return to hotel for approximately 17.00/17.30.

Please note: the visit to Highgrove House Gardens to subject to confirmation of HRH Prince Charles’ diary which is not published until February 2022. In the case of the gardens being closed the tour date will be rearranged accordingly.

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.

INCLUDED

  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Hilton Puckrup Hall based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception and private dinner with wine
  • Two further dinners in the hotel restaurant
  • Champagne tea at Highgrove House Gardens
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Double for sole use supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTEL

Hilton Puckrup Hall

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.

Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here to see full details of this tour

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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Varied and interesting gardens. Tour Manager excellent. Tony really knew his stuff. Hotel catering was disappointing. Highgrove visit arrangements seemed to have gone awry as it was advertised as with lunch and we had a tea. Meaning with an 8.00am start and a 3.00pm tea we had gone over seven hours without refreshment.

Review by Hall who travelled 17-August-2021


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One of the best. Tony was an absolute professional but also extremely personable to everyone. He was the icing on the wonderful cake of glorious gardens.

Review by Telling who travelled 17-August-2021


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The Hilton Puckrup Hall's dinner quality was disappointing,, especially one evening. The day tours to the gardens were excellent, as was Tony Russell and his wealth of knowledge.. Tony and the driver could not have been more accommodating

Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-August-2021


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Tony Russell is an exceptional Tour Manager. Extremely well informed, approachable, amusing, audible at all times and skilful in handling and logistics for an exceptionally large group.

Review by Hocombe who travelled 17-August-2021


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The accommodation failures are not the fault of Travel Editions. Hilton Puckrup Hall has its own problems. Tony Russell was the star of the show.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-August-2021


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The trip and our guide Tony was very good and informative-the gardens we visited were lovely and the hotel we stayed at very comfortable-very enjoyable if toting itinerary. We had to leave early for a funeral and we’re a bit upset it was not possible to refund us the money for the last day, and we thought the group size was rather large at 42 -we were expecting about 25 so it was sometimes a bit difficult to get near enough to hear the guide, but apart from that very enjoyable

Review by Whitehead who travelled 17-August-2021


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Wonderful tour. Tony brilliant. Problem over the last evening food, but Tony sorted it for us. Have come home for a rest, we packed so much into 3 days. Fantastic. Thank you

Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-August-2021


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A brilliant holiday with a lovely selection of gardens visited. Hotel and food good, but the star of the show was our host Tony who gets 11 out of 10 for his horticultural knowlede, friendliness and sense of humor. Please organize other garden tours with Tony eg Gardens of North Wales ( his home patch. )

Review by Hartley who travelled 20-August-2019


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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