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New! English Gardens & the Hampton Court Flower Show (2018)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 9  |  From: $8,995


Itinerary

English Gardens & the Hampton Court Flower Show

Day 1: Arrive London, England

Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your luxurious boutique accommodations in Wiltshire, a former mansion surrounded by stately gardens. Later, enjoy a private welcome dinner with your fellow guests.

Lucknam Park   |   Meals: D

Day 2: Wiltshire | Wilton House & Stourhead

Journey to Wilton House for a private, before-hours tour of the house and gardens. This charming property served as Eisenhower’s field headquarters during the preparations for D-Day. Take lunch at Wilton House, and then continue to Stourhead, one of the grandest garden complexes of Southwest England.

Lucknam Park   |   Meals: B L

Day 3: Bath | Echoes of Austen

This morning, enjoy a private tour of Bowood House, a Georgian country manor boasting gardens designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. Then, drive to Bath, the Georgian town forever immortalized in the pages of Jane Austen’s classic novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Venture beyond the town’s Georgian facades to reveal its timeworn Roman baths secluded below street level. Later, savor a gourmet dinner at your hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

Lucknam Park   |   Meals: B D

Day 4: Avebury & Tetbury | Neolithic to Victorian

Visit the small village of Avebury and its vast Neolithic henge monument, one of the world’s largest ancient stone circles. Next, stroll among the stones and gardens of Avebury Manor. Continue to the historic town of Tetbury, enjoying lunch at your leisure. This afternoon, tour Westonbirt Arboretum, a national treasure dating back to the Victorian heyday of exotic plantings.

Dormy House   |   Meals: B D

Day 5: The Cotswolds | Intimate Gardens & High Street Cafes

This morning, visit an intimate garden at Mill Dene, where the owners host a chat and morning coffee. Discover the remarkable Neo-Mughal architecture of Sezincote House as the owner himself escorts you on a private tour of the property. Afterward, drive to the lovely town of Stow-on-the-Wold to visit its attractive High Street and explore its cafes, antique stores and galleries. Later this afternoon, explore the quaint country garden of Snowshill Manor, an intimate, two-acre plot divided into several eclectic vignettes. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Dormy House   |   Meals: B L

Day 6: The Cotswolds | Retracing Royal Footsteps

Visit Upton House to discover its impressive art collection, authentic 1930s decor and vast country gardens. Continue on to the masterpiece of Hidcote Manor, home to one of England’s most unique formal gardens. Stroll these Arts and Crafts-inspired gardens, discovering a series of unique outdoor “rooms” and stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham. Next, drive to historic Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, enjoying a private tour of the castle’s priceless art collection. Trace the footsteps of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I through the castle’s elegant Queens’ Garden, pausing at the beautiful 15th-century church where Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives, still rests. This evening, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the Cotswolds.

Dormy House   |   Meals: B D

Day 7: Batsford & Waterperry | A Blossoming Canopy

This morning, visit Batsford Arboretum, a 55-acre botanical garden featuring Japanese maples, magnolias and pines. Pause for a traditional pub lunch at the Trout Inn, a location frequently featured in the long-running television series Inspector Morse. Next, tour eight acres of ornamental plantings at Waterperry Gardens, accompanied by the head gardener. Continue on to London for an evening at leisure.

The Milestone Hotel   |   Meals: B L

Day 8: The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show | A World of Inspiration

Today, attend the world-renowned RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Gain VIP access to the Royal Horticultural Society hospitality area, enjoying a four-course luncheon, open bar, and morning and afternoon teas. Walk countless exhibits showcasing 250,000 flowers and the finest specimens of English gardening, affording a bottomless well of inspiration. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, gathering in the evening for a farewell dinner.

The Milestone Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 9: Depart London

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure.

Meals: B







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