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Gardens of the Cotswolds

19 Jun — 23 Jun 2022 | Tour Director: Caroline Hannah

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Tour Director

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Caroline Hannah

has a degree in English Literature & History of Art as well as a university-accredited Garden Design Qualification

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1700 at the Hare & Hounds Hotel, Tetbury, for four nights. Welcome and introduction.

Day

2

Morning: Hidcote Manor Gardens (influential Arts & Crafts garden with linked garden ‘rooms’ of hedges, trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders).  Afternoon: Kiftsgate Court Gardens (created by three generations of women gardeners over the 20th and 21st centuries).

Day

3

Morning: Snowshill Manor & Garden (small Arts & Crafts garden and former home of eccentric collector Charles Paget Wade).  Afternoon: Painswick Rococo Garden (unique restored garden providing insights into early 18th century garden design).

Day

4

Morning: Sezincote Gardens (19th century landscape garden with Indian influences).  Afternoon: Bourton House Garden (imaginative topiary and exotic herbaceous borders) and Batsford Arboretum (wide range of plants with particular emphasis on specimens from the Far East).

Day

5

Morning: Miserden Gardens (Arts & Crafts garden in a family-run estate) and Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury (private gardens adjacent to Grade I listed house). Tour disperses approx 1430 at hotel followed by approx 1500 at Kemble Station.

Tour Dates

19 Jun — 23 Jun 2022

Days

5

Cost

£1565

Tour Code

GCOT-22

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FITNESS/PRACTICALITIES

A good level of fitness and mobility is required for this tour, as it will require significant amounts of time spent on foot outdoors, walking and standing in gardens. The terrain may be uneven, with steps, stone paths, bridges (which may be slippery when wet) and slopes (some of which are steep) to navigate. Some of the gardens are located on multiple levels, and several feature ponds, pools and streams. Handrails and benches are sometimes available but cannot be guaranteed.

TOUR DIRECTOR CAROLINE HANNAH WRITES,

“A fundamental principle in Garden Design is respect for the ‘Genius Loci’ (the sense of place and its unique properties). On this tour, we explore some of the most stunning gardens in the country.  We look at gardens that complement the unique architecture of the buildings they surround, enjoy Arts & Crafts gardens, and those that have a quiet magic and spirituality – such as Malmesbury Abbey Gardens.  We explore different planting styles, borrowed vistas, and the use of garden ‘rooms’ that actively entice and draw you in. At many of the gardens, we will have expert tours, including with Head Gardeners, who will share their in-depth plant knowledge and also provide fascinating insights into the history of the garden and how it continues to evolve. This is a tour that promises to feed all of the senses, and the soul.”

Cost of £1565 includes: accommodation based on sharing a very good twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, good twin/double room for single use supplement £100, very good twin/double room for single use supplement £220.

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