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England’s Glorious Gardens

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England’s Glorious Gardens

15 Days

This gorgeous programme combines London with the English countryside showcasing a heady mix of both stunning gardens, some world-renowned and requiring little introduction and others that are hidden gems.

 In London, see the sights and discover how, with over 3,000 parks and open spaces, it is one of the greenest capital cities in the world.

 Throughout, on garden paths both well and less trodden, you’ll be amazed by their diversity of character, colour and arrangement. You’ll have the opportunity to meet garden owners, head gardeners and volunteers – all with a passion for the gardens they tend.

 It is a trip that will allow you the time to smell roses and indulge your senses.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



This 15 Day Dream Escape could include the following experiences: 

  • A Pre-opening private guided tour of Kensington Palace, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

 

  • Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a spectacular ceremony involving music, marching soldiers and imposing mounted guards, where the Queen’s Guard hands over responsibility for protecting the palace to the New Guard.

 

  • A Privately guided tour of The Royal Horticultural Society’s garden RHS Wisley. Encompassing 240 acres, the garden is unmissable, offering ideas and inspiration on design, innovation and cultivation.

 

  • A guided tour of the private gardens of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

 

  • Privately guided tour of Kew Botanical Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the largest and most diverse collection of botanical species in the world

 

  • A privately guided tour of Hampton Court Palace Gardens

 

  • Explore the Cotswolds.  Gardens of interest include:

 

  • Painswick Rococo Garden – Designed in the 1740s as a flamboyant pleasure garden for holding intimate garden parties, this hidden valley is the country’s only surviving complete rococo garden.
  • Hidcote Manor Gardens – Another gardening gem. Created by an American particularly known for his strong design, it is very much another Arts and Craft “Miles of sculptured hedges showcase a bewildering number of outdoor rooms”.

 

  • Visit Blenheim Palace. a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. The superb gardens were landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, Britain’s greatest landscape gardener. They are complete with parkland and 90 acres of formal gardens including the Rose Garden, Secret Garden and Churchill Memorial Garden.

 

We would suggest the following accommodation for this special gardens programme:

An elegant London hotel, favourite of the royal family and a historic manor house in the English countryside with amazing gardens to explore.

A beautiful retreat in rural Oxfordshire and an elegant and tranquil hotel in the historic centre of Bath

 

 

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THINGS TO DO

CHARTWELL

A grand Victorian house was the home of Sir Winston Churchill home from the 1920s until the end of his life in 1965.

BLENHEIM PALACE

Blenheim Palace was given to the first Duke of Marlborough by a grateful Nation, following his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in August 1704.

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

The “V&A” Museum was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, lays claim to being the world’s greatest and largest museum of decorative art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5million objects.

SISSINGHURST CASTLE GARDENS

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens were created by writer and poet, Vita Sackville-West and her husband.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

The remarkable Gothic structure of Westminster Abbey is like a huge memorial to one of our most pious Anglo-Saxon Kings.

HIGHGROVE

Visit the private gardens of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall for a very special visit. A keen gardener himself, His Royal Highness has devoted much energy to transforming the gardens around the house since his arrival in 1980.

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW

The Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of the world’s largest plant collections. From the newly restored Temperate House to the Treetop Walkway which provides a sky-high view of the botanical gardens, it makes for a wonderful visit.

THE TOWER OF LONDON

This famed UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the early 1080s and has borne witness to many defining events in British history.

RHS GARDEN WISLEY

RHS Wisley is the home of the Royal Horticultural Society. Gifted to the Society in 1903, it has evolved over time into a world-class garden. Encompassing 240 acres, the garden is unmissable, offering ideas and inspiration on design, innovation and cultivation.

 

PLACES VISITED

LONDON

London, with its unique blend of history and culture, is constantly changing, with new landmarks, stylish restaurants and clubs opening up all the time. Recently voted as the gourmet capital of the world, London is the European capital to stay in touch with all that’s new and exciting, while enjoying its wealth of historic buildings and eclectic mix of museums and art galleries. With its unique blend of history and culture, the bustling metropolis of London has long been considered a must-see destination. The city is constantly changing, offering a wealth of historic buildings and monuments, as well as an eclectic mix of museums, art galleries and world famous attractions.

KENT

Kent, also known as the Garden of England is an idyllic, quintessentially English must-see destination to explore and discover. Located just outside of London, it is England’s oldest and most beautiful county. Visit RHS Garden Wisley, the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society. It is considered one of the great gardens in the world, and is home to some of the largest plant collections.

THE COTSWOLDS

Glorious all year round, the Cotswolds are the largest of all the 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. It is best known for representing “quintessential England”: rolling hillsides, country lanes and pretty stone villages. Perhaps the key to the Cotswolds’ irresistible and characteristic pull lies in the limestone bedrock from which so many of its towns and villages are built. It is this golden stone attributed from medieval wealth from wool merchants that makes the area equally as beautiful on an overcast afternoon or a sunny morning.

BATH

Considered one of Britain’s most beautiful cities, Bath is home to some of nation’s grandest and most graceful architecture. Sweeping crescents of gorgeous Georgian architecture co-exist harmoniously with ancient cobbled alleys and grand Roman Bathhouses, ensuring that almost every corner of the city boasts classical beauty that will stop you in your tracks.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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