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Tour, talk and dinner at HRH The Prince of Wales’ Highgrove, with talk and Q&A with Alan Titchmarsh, hosted by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall
Visit award-winning gardens at Bourton House
Visit Miserden House, HHA Garden of the Year 2018
Sezincote – a unique taste of India in the heart of the Cotswolds!
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 be entertained by the incomparable Alan Titchmarsh, as he joins us for the evening at Highgrove, home of TRHs the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
“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 Rachel, who’ll share her story and beliefs in the power of gardening to transform and heal. Join us for a week to remember!”
Lucy Hall Editor, BBC Gardeners World
Day 1: Arrive independently at the Hilton Puckrup Hall from 15.00.
Welcome reception, dinner with wine and introductory talk from your horticulturalist tour guide, Gardeners’ World Magazine Associate Editor, David Hurrion.
Day 2: Bourton House and Sezincote.
Today we start with 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. This afternoon 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. Again, a tour with the head gardener will inform and delight.
Day 3: Rodmarton Manor & Highgrove.
We start the day exploring the garden of Rodmarton Manor and its gardens are among the best examples of the Arts & Crafts movement in this country. After an included light lunch, we then return to the hotel to freshen up before the highlight of the tour – our visit to Highgrove. This will start with a private tour of the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, the private home of TRH 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, talk and a Q&A session with Alan Titchmarsh, beloved Gardeners World TV presenter for many years.
Day 4: Miserden Estate and Painswick Rococo Garden.
We visit Miserden Estate where we will enjoy a welcome talk about the estate, before a tour of the gardens, which won the HHA Garden of the Year 2018 award, for its ongoing revival of this historic space. Our last stop is the quirky and unique Painswick Rococo Gardens. Designed as a pleasure garden in the 1740s, it’s the UK’s only remaining rococo garden, still rich in follies and stories to explore – which will be brought to life on the group’s private guided tour. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: Rockcliffe Gardens and Upton Wold.
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. Some free time to relax and have lunch in the archetypal Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, one of the most picturesque in the Cotswolds, if not the whole of the country. Then, it’s on to Upton Wold for a tour of this private garden that has been literally carved out of the limestone. Return to the hotel for about 1700.
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.
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.
Your Guest Speaker
ALAN TITCHMARSH MBE DL
Alan is a gardener, writer, broadcaster, poet and best-selling novelist. He presented British Isles, a Natural History, Ground Force, Gardeners’ World, The Chelsea Flower Show and The Proms on BBC television and The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV. He can currently be seen in Love Your Garden and Love Your Weekend on ITV, and heard on the Saturday morning breakfast show on Classic FM. He lives in Hampshire and The Isle of Wight.
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.
Every aspect of the tour was excellent but The coach journeys were too long We saw far too much of the M5 On the Tuesday it was ridiculous entirely Rodmarten house was only 6 miles from Highgrove yet we drove the 35 miles back to the hotel to drive back down 40 miles to Highgrove making it a total of almost 4 hours on the coach in one day. And totally unnecessary - we didn’t need to change our clothes that urgently
Review by McDonagh who travelled 12-September-2021
An excellent well organised tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 12-September-2021
This was an excellent tour and to well selected gardens. The only critisism is that the group was a full coach load which meant that it was difficult to hear what the guide was saying at times unless you just happened to be close to him. This was overcome at Highgrove by dividing the group into three with a separate guide for each. This really worked well. I have only given the Accommodation a good bevause the food for dinner in the restaurant was never really hot and there was a very limited selection. Breakfasts were better.
Review by Bedford who travelled 12-September-2021
It really was a good fe days and I will look at your holidays again
Review by Gilford who travelled 12-September-2021
We had a fantastic holiday. The gardens were wonderful and David Hurrion was a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide.
Review by Eldridge who travelled 12-September-2021
Good hotel. Room servicing just adequate. Food acceptable. Good choice of gardens varied. Highgrove excellent food amazing.
Review by Bowden who travelled 12-September-2021
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