Meet Rachel De Thame In The Cotswolds

5 nights starting from

  • Talk and dinner hosted by Rachel de Thame and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall

  • Visit award-winning gardens at Bourton House, in the company of Rachel

  • Visit Miserden House, HHA Garden of the Year 2018

  • Daylesford Organic Farm Shop with market garden tour with head gardener

  • Eastleach House Garden with talk and Q&A with the owner

  • 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 Rachel’s company, as she joins us for an afternoon and evening. 

“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!”

Rachel de Thame

Available Departures


08 - June - 2020 £ 1095.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Jurys Inn, Cheltenham 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: Rodmarton Manor. Eastleach House
We start the tour exploring the gardens of three fascinating private homes. 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 head to Eastleach House for a welcome talk and Q&A with the owner, as well as visit the superb gardens. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Sezincote and Hidcote Manor and Upton Wold
Sezincote is a unique historic home, evoking the Indian Raj, where its creator once lived.  We will enjoy a private tour with the head gardener. We move on to arguably the most famous garden of the area, Hidcote, where a welcome talk by the head gardener will share its rich history. Then, it’s on to Upton Wold for a tour of this private garden that has been literally carved out of the limestone. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Whichford Pottery, Daylesford Organic Farm Shop and Rockliffe Gardens
A varied day in store today as we head first to the unique Whichford Pottery, where we will discover how the finest garden pots are made on our guided tour of the workshops and charming pottery courtyard. Then to Daylesford’s organic farm shop for time to browse and an informative tour of its impressive organic market garden with head gardener, Jez Taylor. Finally, we visit Rockcliffe Garden, where we will enjoy a private tour with either the owner or head gardener. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Batsford Arboretum and Bourton House
Our first visit of the day is to Batsford Arboretum, a 56-acre arboretum and garden centre, and home to the country’s largest collection of  trees and shrubs.  At Bourton House we are joined by Rachel de Thame – who lives in the Cotswolds, knows the garden well and will share with the group why it’s such an inspiration for her. We will also enjoy a delicious cream tea!  In the evening, the group will hear from Rachel on the role of gardening in our health and wellbeing, as she shares her experiences “In Conversation with Lucy and David, ” as well as dinner with wine.

Day 6: Miserden Estate and Painswick Rococo Garden
On our final day, 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.  Return to the hotel for about 1700.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a very busy itinerary visiting some sizeable gardens and involving a considerable amount of  walking with little or no access to assistance. Please bear this in mind when booking this tour.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.


  • Five nights half-board at the 4-star Jurys Inn, Cheltenham Hall hotel based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Two receptions with Prosecco followed by pre-dinner talks from David Hurrion and Rachel de Thame and dinners with wine
  • Rachel de Thame joins the tour on 12th June
  • BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Editor Lucy Hall joins the tour 12th June
  • Lunches at Rodmarton Manor and Painswick area
  • Cream tea at Bourton House
  • Full touring itinerary in coach with entrance fees to public and private gardens,  talks and guided tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Associate Editor David Hurrion throughout as tour leader


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities


The Jurys Inn Cheltenham
Located in the Cotswolds, close to the historic town of Cheltenham, and set within its own landscaped gardens, the four-star Jurys Inn Cheltenham Hotel offers a restaurant, lounge bar, indoor pool and health club. Bedrooms are en-suite with bath/shower, TV, wifi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Jurys Inn Cheltenham Website

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