Chatsworth and The Gardens & Houses of the Peak District
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Experience the top gardens of the Lake District on this garden holiday in England. Before we travel to our hotel in the market town of Kendal, we'll see the world's oldest and fantastic topiary creations at Levens Hall. Other highlights will include, the historic Dalemain House, exploring the home of the romantic poet William Wordsworth at Rydal Mount House and taking a cruise on Lake Windermere. We'll also discover the award winning Holker Hall & Gardens, which won BBC Countryfile Garden of the Year in 2016 and visit the RHS Garden of Bridgewater, one of the biggest European gardening projects. So, join us on this wonderful short holiday to see these inspiring and distinct gardens of the Lake District.
Today we meet our garden guide, Frances MacDonald, at Dublin airport for our flight to Manchester where we will transfer on arrival to Levens Hall for a garden visit. This renowned topiary garden with its rose garden and herbaceous borders surrounds a charming Elizabethan house which has been in continual family ownership since 1590.
This afternoon we will visit Cath’s Garden Plants, a traditional family run nursery within the walls of an old walled garden. Following our visit we will transfer to our hotel in Kendall.
Dine as a group this evening in our hotel.
After a leisurely breakfast we depart for a visit Dalemain House and Garden; enjoy four centuries of House Architecture, five acres of celebrated gardens, historic parkland and home-made food served in the Medieval Hall Tearoom.
Our afternoon excursion is to the beautiful Holehird Gardens which are managed and maintained by volunteers of the Lakeland Horticultural Socieity. Offering stunning views over Windermere highlights of our visit include the Walled Garden, Upper Garden and several glasshouses.
This evening is free to experience one of the many restaurants in Kendal; Frances will advise/escort.
Following breakfast we begin with a visit to Rydal Mount House and Gardens which was William Wordsworth’s home from 1813 until his death in 1850. The house dates back to the 16th century and the 5 acre garden consists of fell-side terraces, rock pools and an ancient mound. Next we will explore the tiny Dove Cottage where the Wordsworth Museum can be explored.
Enjoy some free time at leisure in Ambleside for lunch or shopping before boarding our afternoon cruise on Lake Windermere travelling from Ambleside to Bowness where we will rejoin our coach and return to our hotel for our evening meal.
This morning, following breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and travel to Holker Hall & Gardens which is magnificently situated a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and the expanse of Morcambe Bay. The estate is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into parkland, framed by the Lakeland Hills.
This afternoon we will explore the RHS Garden of Bridgewater which is one of the largest gardening projects in Europe and the fifth garden in the RHS portfolio.
Transfer to Manchester airport for our return flight to Dublin.
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