A maximum of four guests arrive at London Heathrow Airport and take 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 Michael Wade in an air conditioned Land Rover Discovery to visit nearby Blenheim Palace for lunch and Rousham House and Gardens. Michael has had an International career in Landscape Architecture and has worked in Amsterdam, Berlin and London. He presently lives on the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, where he is a keen gardener and champion of nature and heritage conservation.
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 guests depart the Lygon Arms Hotel in privately arranged taxis to take them to their next UK travel destination.