4 nights starting from
Tour and dinner at HRH The Prince of Wales’ Highgrove, hosted by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall
Garden tour, free time and lunch at Michael and Anne Heseltine’s superlative Thenford Gardens and Arboretum
Sezincote – a unique taste of India in the heart of the Cotswolds!
Hidcote Manor Gardens – an Arts & Crafts masterpiece
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Farewell afternoon tea at the renowned Lygon Arms
Accompanied throughout by BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Associate Editor, David Hurrion
Our tailor-made itinerary through the Cotswolds, famous for its rural charm, includes several gardens not normally open to the public plus informative talks by owners and head gardeners. And you’ll meet Lucy Hall, editor of Gardeners World magazine, as she joins us for the evening at Highgrove, home of HRHs the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. You’ll also visit the wonderful gardens and arboretum at Thenford, home to Sir Michael Heseltine, where a lovely lunch enhances your visit.
“I’ve known and loved the Cotswolds and its gardens for many years, and have helped to create this bespoke itinerary so you see the best this tranquil area has to offer. You’ll visit private and historic gardens, and enjoy the company of Davidl, who’ll share his knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening and plants. Join us for a week to remember!”
Lucy Hall Editor, BBC Gardeners World
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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, David Hurrion.
Day 2: Rockcliffe Gardens and Thenford Gardens & Arboretum.
Our first visit of the day is to the lovely Rockcliffe Gardens, where we will enjoy a private tour with either the owner or head gardener. Then it’s off to Thenford for an in-depth visit including lunch and guided tour. “This is the story of a big adventure, a search and an arrival. A story of experimentation, disaster and – after mistake upon mistake – success!” so wrote Anne Heseltine in the foreword to her and husband Michael’s book about Thenford. Former deputy PM Michael Heseltine and his wife, Anne purchased Thenford House and its surrounding garden in 1976, whilst adding over 400 acres of agricultural land to the horticultural and agricultural assets of Haymarket Media Group. Over the next twenty-five years their priority consisted in the restoration of 40 acres of woodland, the reclamation of the walled garden back to its former use, the dredging of the medieval fishponds and the clearance of the two-acre lake had to be cleared of 3 metres of silt and its stone retaining wall rebuilt. In order to help with the replanting programme, the Heseltines sought advice from some of the leading horticultural leaders of the time, including Lanning Roper, Sir Harold Hillier, Roy Lancaster and Keith Rushforth, work which has continued throughout the first two decades of this century. The gardens and arboretum, now spread out over seventy acres, features a collection of more than three thousand different trees and shrubs, together with extensive herbaceous borders, water gardens, an alpine trough garden, a sculpture garden, a rose garden and a rill. They are one of England’s most impressive private gardens and our afternoon here, with welcome refreshments, a guided tour with the head gardener or Rupert Heseltine, buffet 2-course lunch with wine and a signed copy of the Thenford book is sure to be the highlight of this wonderful Cotswolds tour.
Day 3: Kiftsgate Court , Chipping Campden and Hidcote Manor Garden.
Our first visit of the day is 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. Our day will also include wonderful 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. There will also some be some free time to relax in the archetypal Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, one of the most picturesque in the Cotswolds, if not the whole of the country.
Day 4: Rodmarton Manor & Highgrove.
We start the day exploring the house and garden of Rodmarton Manor – both are among the best examples of the Arts & Crafts movement in this country. After an included light lunch, we then head to Highgrove for one of the highlights of the tour. This will start with a private tour of the Highgrove gardens, the private home of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, which for over 40 years have been managed to the organic and sustainable principles that His Royal Highness has for so long championed. On your two-hour tour you will be led by one of HRH The Prince of Wales’s expert guides through these inspirational gardens, from the magical cobble-patterned Thyme Walk, with its flanks of whimsically shaped golden yew topiaries, the sensational Walled Garden, with its tunnels of apple trees, rose arbours and the magnificent Italian fountain to the serene, other worldly setting of the Stumpery. From family life on the Estate to tales of how HRH has crafted each of these amazing gardens from scratch, your tour will offer a rare glimpse into the life of the Prince of Wales and the evolution of one of the most innovative organic gardens of today. Following your garden tour, you will return to the beautiful setting of the Orchard Room and enjoy a three-course dinner with wine, hosted by Lucy Hall, the editor of Gardeners World magazine.
Day 5: Sezincote, Bourton House and farewell afternoon tea at the Lygon Arms.
This morning, we head to the unique and impressive Sezincote House and Gardens. At the heart of a traditional, family-run estate covering 3,500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside stands a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. At the centre of a thriving agricultural estate, it sits at 875 feet above sea level in the North Cotswolds and is still privately owned and remains a genuine ‘family affair’ with a brother and sister team managing the house and estate respectively. The gardens were designed with the help of Humphrey Repton, whilst Sezincote is credited with influencing the design of the Brighton pavilion after a visit by The Prince Regent in 1807. A tour with the head gardener will inform and delight. Then it’s off to the wonderful gardens at Bourton House, whose three acres of rich planting surrounds an elegant 18th century manor house. A guided tour with the head gardener will show you the highlights with free time to further explore independently and enjoy a light lunch (at own expense). Finally, as a fitting finale to a tour full of highlights, we head to the lovely town of Broadway and the historic Lygon Arms, where we will enjoy afternoon tea to end the tour.Return to hotel about 17.30.
Please note: the visit to Highgrove House Gardens to subject to final confirmation. In the case of the gardens being closed the tour date will be rearranged accordingly. Please note that for security reasons, a photo ID such as driving licence or passport is required.
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.
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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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