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English Gardens & The Chelsea Flower Show (2017)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 9 | From: $10,595
Day 1: Arrive London, England/Amberley
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your luxury castle hotel surrounded by gardens, where you are greeted by your Tour Director. Enjoy a private welcome dinner with your fellow guests at this 900-year-old castle.
Amberley Castle | Meals: D
Day 2: Storrington | Parham House
Journey to Storrington for a private tour of the 16th-century Parham House and its landscaped Pleasure Grounds. Stroll Veronica’s Maze and The Walled Garden, learning how they are organically maintained. After lunch at Parham House, visit magnificent and historic Arundel Castle.
Amberley Castle | Meals: B L
Day 3: Sissinghurst/Great Dixter | Arts & Crafts Gems
Today, enjoy a private tour of the late Christopher Lloyd’s garden at Great Dixter, conducted before opening hours. Built in the Arts & Crafts style, note how it mingles vegetables and flowers, a large orchard with pockets of wild flowers and a magnificent herbaceous border. Later, drive to Sissinghurst Castle and stroll its garden. Learn how Harold Nicolson, a diplomat and author, laid down its main lines, while his wife, Vita Sackville-West, a poet and garden writer, handled the planting. View the influential White Garden, which exemplifies Gertrude Jekyll’s idea of using color themes.
Amberley Castle | Meals: B D
Day 4: Kingston-upon-Thames | Victorian Retreat
Drive north to the quaint and charming Cotswolds area, stopping en route at Warren House, a gracious Victorian mansion dating from 1865. Adjacent to Richmond Park just outside London, the house is set on four acres of beautifully landscaped private gardens. Enjoy a guided tour of the new Veitch Heritage Garden with horticulturist and garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Also, hear historian V.K.L. Good share tales of the house and its aristocratic owners and guests. Follow with lunch at a cozy, traditional English pub. Later, toast your day with a Scenic Sundowner before dining at your hotel.
Dormy House | Meals: B L D
Day 5: The Cotswolds | Kiftsgate & Hidcote Manor
Enjoy a private visit to Kiftsgate Court Gardens and stroll the harmonious, color-schemed upper gardens. Continue to nearby Hidcote Manor — one of England’s greatest gardens and a real Arts & Crafts masterpiece — for a guided tour through a series of unique outdoor “rooms.” Nestled in the Cotswolds, a range of hills known for their beauty, the garden offers stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham. Afterward, drive to the lovely town of Chipping Campden to visit its attractive High Street, Jacobean Market Hall and impressive Church of St. James.
Dormy House | Meals: B
Day 6: Highgrove | Gardens of a Prince
Drive to Highgrove in Gloucestershire, country home of HRH The Prince of Wales, for a guided tour of his delightful gardens. Among the most innovative in the United Kingdom, the gardens are maintained using organic and sustainable methods. Continue into the historic town of Tetbury, where there is time for lunch at your leisure. Next, enjoy a private visit to Badminton, country home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. Tour the house and gardens, pausing to enjoy a traditional cream tea.
Dormy House | Meals: B D
Day 7: Blenheim Palace | Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill
Drive to Blenheim Palace, a magnificent edifice set in 2,100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Enjoy a special talk and tour focused on the life of Sir Winston Churchill, who was born here in 1874. Examine the breadth of his talent and achievement, from bricklayer to the “Greatest Briton.” After lunch, continue to London.
The Milestone Hotel, London | Meals: B L
Day 8: The Chelsea Flower Show | A World of Inspiration
Attend the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show on an exclusive, members-only day. Enjoy a four-course luncheon and an open bar, as well as morning and afternoon tea, in an exclusive Royal Horticultural Society hospitality area. Walk countless exhibits showcasing the finest examples of English gardening and some of the most avant-garde show-garden designs in the world. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, gathering in the evening for a farewell dinner.
The Milestone Hotel, London | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Depart London
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.
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