Gardens of the Cotswolds
Half Board with note
- Discover the gardens of the Cotswolds on this 3-night garden holiday to England.
- Visit an array of private and public gardens, including Kiftsgate Court Garden
- Stay near the historic spa town of Cheltenham.
- Be accompanied by Frances MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide throughout the tour.
Book Your Trip From €868pp
Book Your Trip From €769pp
Your Guided Group Holiday To Cotswolds
The spectacular scenery and beautiful gardens of the rural Cotswolds await us on this fantastic garden holiday. We’ll be based near the elegant spa town of Cheltenham, ideally located to enjoy day trips to the region’s most eloquent gardens. We’ll enjoy visits to the renowned adjoining Cotswolds gardens of Kiftsgate, home to the Kiftsgate Rose and Hidcote Manor Garden, created by Laurence Johnston, the originator of the ‘garden rooms’ style. Our final stop will be Coughton Court, a National Trust site dating back to the Tudor times. Its Rose Labyrinth garden is considered to be one of the finest rose gardens in the world.
Travel to Birmingham & Stockton Bury Gardens
Visit Stockton Bury Garden
Upon arrival in Birmingham, we travel together to Stockton Bury Garden. Originally this four-acre garden was created by Raymond Treasure and Gordon Fenn and is a tribute to their vast knowledge of plants and design. Raymond's niece, Tamsin Westhorpe, previous editor of The English Garden, is now heads the garden team and the excellent cafe is organized by her sister. Lunch on arrival (included) before exploring the garden. Transfer to our hotel near Cheltenham where a welcome meal has been arranged this evening.
Hidcote Manor Gardens & Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Visit Hidcote Manor Gardens
This morning we enjoy a visit to Hidcote Manor Garden, created by Lawrence Johnson and now managed by the National Trust and is one of the best known Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain - it contains hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. There will be a short stop en route in Broadway, a delightful Cotswold village - free time for coffee.
Explore Kiftsgate Court Gardens
In the afternoon, we will visit the renowned Cotswold garden of Kiftsgate Court Gardens; the creation of three generations of women gardeners and includes a Water Garden, a White Sunk Garden and is known for its famous Kiftsgate rose. Evening free to experience one of the many restaurants in Cheltenham; Frances will advise/escort.
Cheltenham & Bourton House Garden
Explore Cheltenham at Your Own Pace
After breakfast we will travel to the beautiful historic spa town of Cheltenham, known for its impressive Regency architecture where you will be free to explore at your leisure.
Visit Bourton House Garden
This afternoon we will visit Bourton House Garden; this award-winning three-acre garden surrounds a fine 18th century Manor House. The garden features luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture and colour combinations. Imaginative topiary includes a knot garden, parterre and topiary walk and there are several spring-fed water features including a raised basket pond from the Great Exhibition of 1851. You will also find a unique Shade House, a serene White Garden and many creatively planted pots. A raised 18th century walk provides an enticing link to the Cotswold landscape beyond. An abundance of unusual, rare and exotic plants make this garden a delight for the dedicated plantsman. Dine as a group in our hotel this evening.
Meadow Farm Garden & Nursery, Coughton Court & Return Home
Discover Meadow Farm Garden & Nursery
On our final day we will set off for a morning visit to a private garden, Meadow Farm Garden & Nursery, which is laid out as a blend of formal and informal areas, and includes a natural stream, paved and seating areas, vistas and enclosed spaces, a scree bed and wide borders of herbaceous planting. Interesting plants are for sale here.
Visit Coughton Court & Return Home
This afternoon we visit Coughton Court, now National Trust but still occupied by the Throckmorton family who have lived on the estate since the early fifteenth century. This Tudor house is surrounded by a garden largely made since 1992. Christina Williams as a gift to her mother, Clare McLaren-Throckmorton, created the Rose Labyrinth garden in the magnificent grounds of this historic house in 1996. Recognised as one of the finest rose gardens in the world and situated within the Walled Garden, the Rose Labyrinth has over 200 different varieties of shrub, climbing and rambling roses which include Damasks, Albas, Teas & Noisettes, Floribundas and many old-fashioned English Roses. They grow in mixed borders with herbaceous under-planting including hardy geraniums, violets and achilleas. The breath-taking array of styles and scents make this rose garden something very special. There is also an orchard with old varieties, a courtyard with a knot garden, a walk beside the River Arrow, a bog garden and a restored water meadow. Onwards transfer to Birmingham airport for our return flight to Dublin
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
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What if there is an emergency?
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