Its that time of year; Flower Shows and Gardens
25th April 2019
Now that Spring is fully upon us, you will not fail to notice nature at its most colourful and fragrant, as gardens spectacularly come into bloom. South East England is enriched with an amazing array of houses, castles and gardens, that enjoy some of the most spectacular horticulture in the world.
This year we are excited and delighted to offer an amazing 7 day and 6 night luxury small group tour, that visits the very best of these, perfectly timed as they fully bloom.
Staying in luxury boutique hotels, touring in a luxury small coach with maximum of 18 passengers, meals included, priority entrances and expert guide, this tour is exceptional value so much included. Here are some of the highlights:
Ightham Moted Manor House
Set in Sevenoaks in Kent, we find this amazing medieval moted manor house, with spectacular garden.
Found in the stunning valley of the River Bewl in Kent, Scotney Castle enjoy gardens that are said to be, ‘a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a celebrated example of the Picturesque style’.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Sissinghurst Castle Garden in the Weald of Kent, was designed by renowned poet Vita Sackville-West. It has been designated as Grade I on Historic England’s register of historic parks and gardens and really is exceptional and a must see.
Great Dixter House and Gardens
Great Dixter is located in East Sussex and fascinatingly is a combination of a 15th century house with the addition of a structure brought from Benenden in Kent and added in 1910. Its gardens are renowned for their ‘sophisticated plantsmanship’ and are also Grade 1 listed.
Hever Castle in the village of Hever in Kent is stepped in history. In the 14th century it was acquired by the Boleyn family and was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn who later became wife of Henry VIII. It was later owned by Henry’s forth wife Anne of Cleves.
The castle also enjoys glorious gardens and original mazes and lakes.
RHS Gardens at Wisley
Next it is off to Surrey to the world famous RHS Gardens at Wisley. Created in 1878 by George Wilson, he took an 80 acre site and turned it into the spectacular gardens, now managed by the Royal Horticulture Society (RHS). Wisley is the second most visited gardens in England, one behind Kew which we will highlight in a moment.
Waddesdon Manor is a stunning house built in 1874 in the style of a classic French Château and is found in the stunning Buckinghamshire countryside. Owned by the famous Rothschild family, it was later given to the National Trust who manage it to this day and it is one of their most visited properties and won Visit England’s Visitor Attraction of the year in 2017.
The gardens are uniquely structured in part on a hill and areas of park land.
Found in the Chiltern Hills, Cliveden is an exceptional estate overlooking the River Thames. The current house was built in 1851 on the site of the previous house that was destroyed by fire.
Set in 375 acres Cliveden is rich with beautiful gardens and woodlands, where beautiful bluebells are to be found.
Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show needs little introduction, it is simply the most famous, best and stunning flower show in the world and is an absolute indulgence of beauty and fragrances.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
The gardens at Kew are the most visited in England, but Kew is much more than just gardens, it is a world leading Botanic research centre employing some 723 staff and in 2003 was made a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Found in magnificent greenhouses are some of the worlds rarest and unusual flowers and plants from all around the world and we could not recommend more highly a visit here.
If you are visiting Kew independently then here is our link for priority entrance tickets and avoid the queues.
With so much included this really is an outstanding and stunning tour that we highly recommend and again here are the details.