2 nights starting from
Late opening with guided tour and dinner at RHS Rosemoor
Magical Hestercombe – with gardens designed by Gertude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens
Private lakeside gardens at Marwood Hill
Cothay Manor Gardens – selected by the Telegraph as one of their “20 best gardens in Britain”
Arlington Court – owned by the same family for 500 years
Travel Editions have teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society to offer a range of programmes featuring the RHS gardens in Devon, Surrey and Yorkshire with special packages not normally available to the public. Our tour to Rosemoor in Devon includes a private guided tour, prosecco and dinner with wine with late viewing of the garden. We’ll also visit the gardens at Arlington Court, Cothay Manor, Hestercombe and Marwood Hill for a 2-night tour packed with botanic delights, guided by David Hurrion.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the Best Western Tiverton from 15.00. Welcome reception, dinner with wine and introductory talk from your horticulturalist tour guide.
Day 2: Cothay Manor Gardens, Hestercombe Gardens and RHS Rosemoor.
Morning visit to Cothay Manor Gardens, set in twelve magical acres with the backdrop of a magnificent manor house dating back to the 15th century. In 2012 the Daily Telegraph included them in their “20 best gardens in Britain”. Spanning three centuries of design, the 50 acres of gardens at Hestercombe are comprised of the Victorian Shrubbery, the Georgian Landscape Garden and the Edwardian Formal Gardens, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Then it’s back to the hotel for a refreshing short break before heading to Rosemoor, the Royal Horticultural Gardens in Devon, where you will enjoy a guided tour with free time to explore before a welcome prosecco and three-course dinner with wine.
Day 3: Marwood Hill Gardens and Arlington Court.
Our first visit of the day is to the 20-acre private garden with three lakes at Marwood Hill, created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the 1950s with wonderful plant collections and designed very much with wildlife in mind. After time for lunch (not included) we will head to the National Trust’s Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum which has been occupied by the same family for some 500 years with lovely pleasure gardens, Victorian gardens, house and carriage collection. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour managers discretion.
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 39 passengers.
Best Western Tiverton
The three-star Best Western Tiverton is set in 2.5 acres of gardens, close to the market town of Tiverton. It is conveniently situated 10 minutes from junction 27 of the M5. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, bedrooms all have private bathroom facilities, TV, telephone, free wi-fi and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.
Best Western Tiverton Website
David started gardening as a young child and has been growing plants for more than 40 years. He has worked in gardens and nurseries, growing on a range of different soils and in different types of microclimate. His extensive knowledge and practical experience of plants, crops and growing techniques is founded on a thorough botanical and scientific training, complemented by an in-depth understanding of garden design, wildlife, geology and climatology. He also trained as a teacher and has taught a huge diversity of subjects from botany, soil science and plant identification, to propagation, garden design and crop production, and from City & Guilds through to Degree level. He is also a popular speaker with local gardening groups.
As a journalist, David has spent more than 20 years writing for and editing the nation’s crop of garden magazines, currently as Associate Editor for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. He has also written for a number of websites and appeared both as a regular contributor and an expert commentator on TV and radio. David is a popular figure in the horticultural world, well liked and respected for his knowledge by nurserymen, professional gardeners, journalists and the gardening public. He has designed, built and planted show gardens and display stands at most of the major garden shows in the UK, including the world famous Chelsea Flower Show, and is now a Designate Judge for the Royal Horticultural Society. He has also travelled to every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, to discover plants and gardens, both independently and on more than 50 trips accompanying groups of gardeners.
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.
Seemed a large coach for the very narrow Devon lanes!
Review by who travelled 26-July-2018
Three garden visits in one day is rather too much. It meant we only had an hour to see the garden at Rosemoor - my main reason for joining the trip. The coach was adequate but the seat belts were extremely uncomfortable.
Review by Harvey who travelled 26-July-2018
Review by Foreman who travelled 26-July-2018
You surpassed yourself this time! The accommodation was far more in keeping with what I have come to expect from Travel Editions (my experience on the Loire Valley trip has already been relayed to you). The only failing on the part of Best Western Tiverton was the lack of prunes at breakfast. Several people commented upon this. The choice of gardens was terrific - Rosemoor being the highlight without doubt. David was a model of calm and provided just the right amount of information and support. (He wasn't as good as Sandra about advising us about toilet facilities but she was exemplary! ) He was very patient with the needy members of the group. This was definitely one of the most successful TE tours I have taken - at every level.
Review by Walton who travelled 26-July-2018
Review by who travelled 26-July-2018
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