These are tailor made Garden Tours to suit your summer travel requirements for England based on the three garden tour, but also to include a visit to Prince Charles country home garden at Highgrove. Please note arrangements to visit Highgrove are at Prince Charles discretion and therefore require a minimum of eight weeks prior planning for arrangements to be made. To accommodate your time requirements and Prince Charles time requirements the below itinerary is indicative.
For this tailor made tour we can accommodate individuals, or larger groups. For larger larger groups we can also provide a language interpreter. Guests who are already in London, or arriving at London Heathrow Airport are taken in privately arranged taxis to Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Hotel in Oxfordshire. This first day of arrival is a day of relaxation with lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in Raymond Blanc’s famous restaurant at the hotel. Guests can wander around the hotel gardens which have been cultivated with herb beds, where 70 traditional and exotic varieties thrive. The two acre adjacent vegetable garden also produces over 90 types of vegetables for the restaurant. The restaurant with its home grown organic herbs and vegetables has earned two Michelin stars which it has held for a staggering 29 years.
After breakfast at 9.30am we depart the hotel with your Guide dependant on group size in a Land Rover Discovery or minibus, to visit nearby Blenheim Palace for lunch and Rousham House and Gardens.
Our first garden to visit is Rousham garden, representing the early phase of English Landscape design. Rousham remains as William Kent the Landscape Gardener left it in the eighteenth century without any alterations. This original garden has an elegance, charm and displays the delightful history of Georgian England.
After visiting the garden we depart for the Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway, where your luggage will have been delivered. The Lygon Arms Hotel is a 16th century Coaching Inn set in one of the most picturesque Cotswold villages in England. Dining in the hotel’s Great Hall with suits of armour that evening will be with your guide Michael. For relaxation and comfort the hotel also offers a luxury spa.
After breakfast in the Lygon Arms Hotel we depart at 9.30am with your Guide to nearby Kiftsgate Garden in the Cotswolds. The story of Kifsgate Garden is the story of three generations of women gardeners: Heather Muir, Diane Binny and Anne Chambers. Each in her unique way has contributed throughout almost a century to making Kifsgate one of the world’s renowed garden’s that visitors and gardeners alike have grown to know and love.
Following lunch at Kiftsgate House we depart for Hidcote garden. Hidcote garden is an Arts and Crafts garden created by the talented American Horticulturalist Major Lawrence Johnson. It is one of the best known gardens in Britain, with its linked rooms of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. It is a delight for plant lovers and for people who appreciate aesthetic charm.
Dinner in the evening is again at the Lygon Arms hotel with your Guide who will provide you with further information on gardens, heritage and the history of Britain.
After breakfast in the Lygon Arms Hotel we depart at 9.30am with your Guide for Prince Charles garden at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. Prince Charles acquired Highgrove House which dates back to the eighteenth century from the MP Maurice Macmillan, son of the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1980.
The Prince a keen gardener and passionate about environmental sustainability and heritage and has spent the last 30 years planning and designing the gardens. He has created a wild garden, a formal garden and a walled kitchen garden. He has also planted a large collection of trees which holds the national beech collection.
After visiting the gardens and a late lunch at the Orchard Restaurant at Highgrove we depart for the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath, where your luggage will have been delivered. For the enthusiastic in the late afternoon there will be a short tour of Bath which is a World Heritage status.
Your guide will then depart and dinner in the evening will be in the Royal Crescent Hotel.
After breakfast guests depart the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath in privately arranged taxis to take you to your next UK travel destination or to nearby Bristol Airport for international travel. Please note your on going travel arrangements are at your expense. We hope you enjoy your tour.