English Garden Tour

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Join our small group Garden Tour and enjoy a slice of that well-loved Englishness which has been so beautifully expressed in the gardens of the United Kingdom: with a focus on a joyous display of spring colours! Walk through rhododendron and azalea plantations, photograph the sun lighting up bluebells in the woods, gaze up at magnificent magnolias and other flowering trees and mature shrubs in our gardens. Gardening is a way of life for the English and we have chosen some of the best and most representative gardens and historic houses for you to enjoy.

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All about the English Garden Tour.

TRIP OVERVIEW
2019 Tour Dates: 25 May – 1 June 2019


PICK UP: Hilton Hotel, Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport
DROP OF: Heathrow airport

How many kinds of sweet flowers grow in an English country garden?

Join us for a week visiting some of England finest private and public gardens. Enjoy a slice of that well-loved Englishness which has been so beautifully expressed in their gardens – a joyous display of spring colours:
rhododendrons, azaleas, bluebells, magnolias and other flowering trees and shrubs in the gardens. We have chosen some of the best and most representative gardens and historic houses of England.

Before or after the tour you might plan to extend your visit and spend time in London with a trip to the theatre. Why not include a day at the Chelsea flower show, floral wonderland for the public to with imaginative garden designs exhibited at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea?

We begin in Southwest London where you can enjoy a nice long walk in Richmond Park and around the extensive Gardens at Kew where George III and other Princes and Princesses of Wales has left their mark – more recently also the Greenhouse built by the late Princess Diana.

Visit Hampton Court Palace and its majestically laid out formal gardens. What an insight into the lives of our royal families of the past (Henry VIII, William III of Orange and George II).

We then continue to the Heart of England where we stay in a village not far from the ruins of Kenilworth Castle – favourite residence of Queen Elisabeth I. From here we visit the famous Cotswold gardens of Hidcote and Kiftsgate and a number of historical homes and gardens now belonging to the National Trust.

This is a very enriching tour which everyone can enjoy – passionate gardeners, people who love historic houses and monuments and people who enjoy gentle walking and being outdoors.

Chelsea Garden Show dates: 20 – 24 May 2019 (information only – not included in this tour)
“The world’s most prestigious flower show that inspires millions and leads the way in innovative garden design.”
It used to be called the Great Spring Flower Show and if you are a gardener or lover of plants go at least once! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is still viewed as the most important event in the horticultural calendar and is as popular as ever.

For information and tickets visit www.rhs.org.uk

**** TIPS: Why not extend your trip and take the opportunity to explore another destination like cooking in Tuscany for example? Our tour dates can be found here. We would be delighted to offer you a discount on your second tour in the same year!

We look forward to hosting you.

NOTE: Tours based in England are charged in local currency (GBP £). All the other conversions are approximate.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Your wallet? You won’t need it! Except for postcards and souvenirs we’ll take care of everything

  • 2 experienced guides 24/7
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary
  • Wine, water & coffee with meals
  • All accommodations
  • All gratuities for hotel porters and waiters
  • Minibus transport from start to finish
  • Entrance fees to gardens, museums, events and parks as listed on itinerary
  • Local specialist guiding fees
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Flights
  • Transfer to the meeting point
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Single room accommodations
  • 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Minibar
  1. Day 1 Arrival - RHS Wisley Gardens

    We meet at Hilton Hotel, Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport.

    30 min drive brings us to the beautiful RHS Wisley Garden, – flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society – one of the world’s great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration.

    Wisley Garden is a group of large and diverse gardens covering 240 acres. In addition to numerous formal and informal decorative gardens, several glasshouses and an extensive arboretum, it includes small scale ”model gardens” which are intended to show visitors what they can achieve in their own gardens, and a trials field where new cultivars are assessed.

    Wisley Garden was founded by the English businessmen George Ferguson Wilson in 1878. He established the ”Oakwood Experimental Garden” on part of the site with the vision to successfully grow difficult plants from parts of the world such as Asia and Japan.

    After the afternoon surrounded by flowers and Nature, we head to our hotel to get ready for our special welcome dinner.

  2. Day 2 Hampton Court Palace & Gardens

    After a nutritious English style breakfast, we take a boat on the Thames to visit Hampton Court Palace and its majestically laid out formal gardens.

    Restored by Queen Elisabeth II after the fire of 1986, it is a real insight into the lives of British royal families of the past.

    Building of the palace began in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. In the following century, King William III ordered to rebuild and expand the Palace with the intention to rival Versailles, destroying much of the Tudor palace. Work ceased in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, between Tudor and Baroque even if a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and a symmetrical, if vague, balancing of successive low wings. 

    The last monarch to reside in the palace was King George II.

    Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens include 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens and 750 acres of parkland, all set within a loop of the River Thames.

    The gardens are home to the world’s oldest puzzle maze, a record-breaking grape vine – the largest in the world as of 2005-, 3 National Plant Collections, over 1 million flowering bulbs in the Wilderness and a huge variety of wildlife, including the descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd.

  3. Day 3 Royal Botanic Gardens

    Today we visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, house of ”the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”* .

    It’s a magical garden at any time of year with extensive landscaping, monuments, glasshouses and plant collections built up over centuries under the influence of master gardeners and enthusiastic Princes and Princesses of Wales.

    Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park in Middlesex, England, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens.

    Royal Botanic Gardens is a World Heritage Site.

  4. Day 4 Hidcote & Kiftsgate, Cotswolds Gardens

    Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ separated by walls or hedges with outstanding herbaceous borders are always full of surprises.

    Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It’s the perfect place if you’re in need of inspiration and relax for your mind.

    Find a quiet spot and sit on one of the ornate benches and watch green woodpeckers search for their lunch or listen to the calls from the buzzards circling overhead.

    The perfect match with Hidcote Garden is Kiftsgate Court Garden, the result of three generations of women gardeners. Its founder, Heather Muir, was a close friend of Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote and she was helped and inspired by his work. She later decided that the garden would develop organically, rather than planning everything on paper, giving the garden a distinctly feminine feel, almost in direct contrast to the more masculine lines being employed by Johnston at Hidcote.

    Kiftsgate Court Garden is a beautiful stroll to end our day with upper gardens planted to give harmonious colour schemes and sheltered lower gardens providing a home for plants from warmer climes and an atmosphere of the Mediterranean.

  5. Day 5 Baddesley Clinton - Packwood House

    Baddesley Clinton was built by Henry Ferrers, a lawyer, diarist and antiquarian, in the late 1500s and it remained the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years.

    The house was a sanctuary not only for the Ferrers family, but also for persecuted Catholics who were hidden from priest hunters in its secret hiding places during the 1590s.

    A beautiful walk through the Arden countryside, taking in the Stratford-upon-Avon canal brings us to another historical estate: ”A house to dream of, a garden to dream in.”

    This is what a visitor in 1920 said about Packwood House. Homely and welcoming, in Packwood House salvaged objects and exotic pieces come together in a Jacobean meets Edwardian style.

    The house was originally built in the 16th century, yet its interiors were extensively restored between the First and Second World Wars to create a fascinating 20th-century evocation of domestic Tudor architecture.

    Packwood House contains a fine collection of 16th-century textiles and furniture, and the gardens have renowned herbaceous borders and a famous collection of yews.

  6. Day 6 Charlecote Park - Coughton Court

    Another fantastic day exploring historical houses and gardens.

    Overlooking the river Avon on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford, Charlecote Park has been part of this corner of rural Warwickshire for centuries. Still the Lucy family home after 900 years, you can explore the vision of the Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, the formidable Mary Elizabeth, who extended their home and filled it with treasures from their European travels.

    Stroll through the gardens that Mary Elizabeth loved so dearly, from the formal parterre to the shady woodland garden with rare plants and borders full of colourful herbaceous planting.

    We head then to Coughton Court, home of the Throckmorton family who have lived at Coughton since 1409. Coughton Court is still very much a family home with an intimate feel and the family still manage the stunning award-winning gardens which they have created. There is something for everyone to enjoy throughout the seasons and highlights include the roses in the walled garden, the herbaceous borders, ferns around the lake and the plentiful vegetable garden, orchard and bog garden.

     

  7. Day 7 Kenilworth Castle, Elisabethan gardens & private garden

    Our last day we visit Kenilworth, Caroline hometown, and its medieval castle. Kenilworth Castle has been described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as ”the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form and quality of workmanship”.

    Walk in the footsteps of the great Tudor queen through the garden and imagine the opulence and splendour of Elizabethan Kenilworth. Lost to the world for almost 400 years, this beautifully recreated Elizabethan Garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity, full of colour and fragrant walkways.

  8. Day 8 Departure

    Departure from our hotel at 9.00 to travel to Heathrow airport (approx 2 hour drive).

    If you wish we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements. Feel free to contact us to have a chat.

    We look forward to hear about your dream holiday!

Baddesley Clinton at sunset. You will enjoy magical atmosphere!

On our English Garden tour you will live the authentic "British life-style"

Outdoor picnic

We will bring you to taste traditional specials in quality local restaurants.

Accommodations are an important point of your overall holiday experience. One of our first thought is to find and choose the best hotel and b&b solutions, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you comfortably settled in a space that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.

When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms and wherever possible, we arrange for stays close to the places you most dream of seeing like historically iconic, coveted high-design or supremely located at the edge of a wilderness.

Take a closer look at some of the properties we have chosen for your next Caspin Journeys holiday!

English Garden TourSome of the dream hotels you will find on this tour
Billesley Manor Hotel
Kew Gardens House

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Once you have chosen your tour, click on the Book Now button. It will redirect you to our online booking form. We will personally send you a payment request by email just for the deposit, usually 25% of the total tour price.

Feel free to decide the best payment method for your needs! We accept credit and debit cards, PayPal and bank transfer.

When it will be time to pay the rest, we will send you another email with the other payment request. We will assist you through all the steps and we will available to answer to all your questions.  our booking system allows you to choice if pay the full amount or only a deposit .

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EURO payments:

  • Account: Caspin Journeys Limited, 65 Randall Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 1JX, United Kingdom
  • Account no. 5701887
  • IBAN: NL37INGB0005701887
  • BIC/SWIFT: INGBNL2A
  • ING Bank NV, Postbus 98000, 6800 MA Arnhem, The Netherlands

GBP payments:

  • Account: Caspin Journeys Ltd, 65 Randall Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 1JX, United Kingdom
  • Account no. 91437267, Sort code 40-26-04
  • IBAN GB54HBUK40260491437267
  • BIC / SWIFT: HBUKGB4104W
  • HSBC Bank Plc, 46 the Square Kenilworth, CV8 1EA

For any questions don’t hesitate to call us 1-800 -9081980. We would be happy to assist you with your booking!

We recommend you fly to London Heathrow airport.

Pick up for this tour is from Hilton Hotel, Terminal 5 Heathrow airport.

Drop off is Heathrow airport.

If you plan on arriving a few days early and will not be flying in on pick up day, contact us and we can work together to arrange a more convenient pick up location for you.

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