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Gardens of the Cotswolds
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Gardens of the Cotswolds

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The spectacular scenery and beautiful gardens of the rural Cotswolds await you on this fantastic holiday with Garden Expert Frances MacDonald. 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. This tour is based near the elegant spa town of Cheltenham and includes public and private gardens.


Frances MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide, escorts this tour. Frances will be on hand at all times to assist you with any query you may have.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
The flight time is approximately1 hour 20 minutes. 
Food & Drink
The Cotswolds offers excellent choice when it comes to food. Its gastropubs, restaurants and tea rooms, as well as the farmers market movement, are raising awareness of local delicacies such as Old Spot pork, Blaisdon Red plums, trout, Tewkesbury mustard, Gloucester sausages and over 100 varieties of cheese. In the traditional pubs, you’ll find locally produced English ales and ciders.
Average Prices for Region
  • Cup of coffee: £2.30
  • Glass of wine: £6.00
  • A typical beer £4.00
  • Soft drink: £1.10
  • Bottled water: £0.90
  • Set menu lunch: £15.00
  • Set menu dinner: £20.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Your walking stick (if you use one)
  • Sun cream
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat 
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Hidcote: The Garden and Lawrence Johnston by Graham S. Pearson

A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope

William Morris: and the Arts and Crafts Home by Pamela Todd

Holiday highlights

Hidcote Manor Garden and Kiftsgate Court Gardens 
These two gardens, side by side, are among the most famous in England and are renowned amongst gardeners.
Cheltenham
The elegant spa town of Cheltenham was designed as a health and leisure resort for wealthy visitors of the 18th & 19th centuries. Regency town houses, with intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, line the historic leafy Promenade, squares and terraces.  Notable visitor attractions include the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, the Pittville Pump Room and the Holst Birthplace Museum.

Afternoon Tea in the Cotswolds
The tradition was said to have been created back in the 1800s, when Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, became hungry between meals and ordered her servants to serve tea and cakes at exactly 5pm each day. Today, afternoon tea is still very much enjoyed throughout the Cotswolds. The most popular is a “cream tea” consisting of scones, jam and cream, served with a pot of tea.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
The flight time is approximately1 hour 20 minutes. 
Food & Drink
The Cotswolds offers excellent choice when it comes to food. Its gastropubs, restaurants and tea rooms, as well as the farmers market movement, are raising awareness of local delicacies such as Old Spot pork, Blaisdon Red plums, trout, Tewkesbury mustard, Gloucester sausages and over 100 varieties of cheese. In the traditional pubs, you’ll find locally produced English ales and ciders.
Average Prices for Region
  • Cup of coffee: £2.30
  • Glass of wine: £6.00
  • A typical beer £4.00
  • Soft drink: £1.10
  • Bottled water: £0.90
  • Set menu lunch: £15.00
  • Set menu dinner: £20.00
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Your walking stick (if you use one)
  • Sun cream
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat 
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Hidcote: The Garden and Lawrence Johnston by Graham S. Pearson

A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope

William Morris: and the Arts and Crafts Home by Pamela Todd

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to England & Stockton Bury Gardens

Full Day

Travel to England

Upon arrival in Birmingham, you will travel 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 café is organized by her sister. Lunch on arrival (included) before exploring the garden. Transfer to your hotel near Cheltenham where a welcome meal has been arranged this evening.

Day 2 - Broadway, Hidcote Manor Gardens and Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Morning

Broadway, Hidcote Manor Gardens

This morning 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.

Afternoon

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

In the afternoon, you 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.

Day 3 - Cheltenham & Bourton House Garden

Morning

Cheltenham

After breakfast you 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. 

Afternoon

Bourton House Garden

This afternoon you 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 your hotel this evening.

Day 4 - Meadow Farm Garden & Nursery, Coughton Court and Return Home

Morning

Meadow Farm Garden & Nursery

On your final day you 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.

Afternoon

Coughton Court & Return Home

This afternoon you will 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 your return flight to Dublin

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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Cheltenham Chase Hotel 4

Located between the spa town of Cheltenham and Gloucester, in Gloucestershire, the Cheltenham Chase offers well equipped rooms, leisure facilities and is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.... read more read more read more

Located between the spa town of Cheltenham and Gloucester, in Gloucestershire, the Cheltenham Chase offers well equipped rooms, leisure facilities and is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.

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Cheltenham Chase Hotel
Shurdington Road,
Brockworth,
Gloucestershire GL3 4PB
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