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GREAT BRITISH GARDENS OF SCOTLAND & NORTHERN ENGLAND

1 – 14 JULY 2019

ITINERARY
A tour of public and private, grand and intimate, walled and wooded gardens and stately homes in Northern England and Scotland. High summer brings exuberant borders, a flourish of roses and spectacular weather for sightseeing.
DAY 1
Monday 1 July 2019
Arrive Chester (D)

Our tour commences at Chester, near Manchester, England. Check into the award-winning Hotel Chester Grosvenor in the city centre. We’ll take a gentle stroll through the old city to get our bearings in this picturesque town on the River Dee in Cheshire, in the North West of England. Discover its 1000-year-old cathedral. Chester was founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century and retains its extensive Roman walls and Roman amphitheatre. Meet your fellow travellers at our Welcome Dinner tonight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Chester Grosvenor Hotel, Cheshire

DAY 2
Tuesday 2 July 2019
Bodnant Garden (B)

A fine start to our tour this morning as we head into Wales to Bodnant in its magnificent setting with views across the valley of the River Conwy to the mountains of Snowdonia. Bodnant has one of the finest collections of plants in Britain. It’s the largest and most influential garden in Wales. Designed by Edward Milner with sweeping lawns and famous laburnum tunnel, it passed through a succession of generations to Henry Duncan, a keen plant collector and grandson of the original owner Henry Pochin. Henry was interested in hybridising, in particular, the Chinese rhododendron. A series of broad terraces are planted with a breath-taking plant display. We’ll walk through the deep herbaceous borders, in full flower at this time and down to the lowest terrace with its garden pavilion and reflective pool. Free afternoon in Chester to explore one of Britain’s prettiest towns. The city walls provide splendid views of Chester and its surroundings.

Accommodation: Chester Grosvenor Hotel, Cheshire

DAY 3
Wednesday 3 July 2019
Trentham Estate – Wedgwood (B)

We are travelling to Stoke on Trent to Trentham Gardens. Once a grand Italianate manor with Capability Brown lake, a massive Victorian parterre surrounded by parkland, the estate plunged into decline in 1870 and was abandoned in 1905. The manor was dynamited in 1911; all that remains is the porte-cochere and four lovely loggias. Finally, a ‘dream team’ of designers, Piet Oudolf and Tom Stuart-Smith were engaged in 1996 to rejuvenate the garden with an imaginative and contemporary design. This is cutting edge plantsmanship; a masterpiece!
Stoke on Trent is affectionately known as ‘The Potteries’ because of its rich industrial heritage of ceramics. ‘World of Wedgwood’ is our next stop where we can admire superb craftsmanship and learn about Josiah Wedgwood who founded Wedgwood in 1759. Travel back to Chester.

Accommodation: Chester Grosvenor Hotel, Cheshire

DAY 4
Thursday 4 July 2019
Chester to York (B/L/D)

We are heading to York with a stop at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire in the magnificent Peak District. This sumptuous manor is set on the River Derwent in a great park landscaped by Capability Brown. The Grand Cascade, built in 1700, tumbles down the hillside. It’s now fully restored along with the canal which reflects the south facade. We’ll stroll around the estate then we’ll visit the house, home to successive Dukes and Duchesses of Devonshire, all of whom have made contributions to the estate, as it passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. Travel to York this afternoon and check into the sophisticated Grand Hotel and Spa for the next three nights, located inside the mediaeval city wall, just a stone’s throw from the Minster.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel & Spa, York

DAY 5
Friday 5 July 2019
Castle Howard (B)

Castle Howard is our destination today, remember Brideshead? We’ll explore the Walled Garden once the Kitchen Garden, rose garden, cut flower garden and potager. We’ll see the famous Atlas fountain, Mausoleum, Pyramid, Temple of the Four Winds and New River Bridge with views across the rolling Howardian Hills. The afternoon is free for you to explore mediaeval York. Maybe walk along the City Wall which follows the line of the original Roman wall and evensong in York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel & Spa, York

DAY 6
Saturday 6 July 2019
York – Harrogate – York (B/MT/D)

Harrogate is the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and we are here to visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a gem of a garden… 5 stars! We’ll explore the new streamside garden and the Kitchen Garden. We’ll stroll along the flower borders, at their peak at this time and check out the woodland and the Scented Garden. It’s a short drive into Harrogate for a look at this charming Victorian spa town, which has long been associated with a particular kind of old-fashioned Englishness. Travel back to York.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel & Spa, York

DAY 7
Sunday 7 July 2019
York-Lakes District (B/D)

We are heading for The Lakes District today with a stop near Lancaster at Gresgarth Hall, the garden of Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Situated in the valley of the River Artle Beck, the character has been defined as the river cuts a dramatic swathe through the estate. It’s an overwhelmingly English garden with herbaceous planting, shrub roses, ‘Arts and Crafts’ topiary. It’s a masterpiece of design, the proportions are perfect. Colour themed flower borders, birch grove, serpentine walk, potager, pleached lime walk are all hallmarks of this talented garden designer who has been developing this garden for 40 years. Afternoon visit to Levens Hall, with its unique collection of ancient and extraordinary topiary characters sculpted from box and yew. Travel through to The Lakes District to Windermere and check into the Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel on Lake Windermere. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.

Accommodation: Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel, Lake Windermere

DAY 8
Monday 8 July 2019
Lake Windermere (B/D)

It’s a leisurely day around Lake Windermere; visit Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse “Hill Top” a time-capsule of her life and the inspiration of many of her tales. The garden is lovingly maintained, faithful to her design, with all her favourite plants. We have the afternoon free, maybe take a cruise on Lake Windermere.

Accommodation: Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel, Lake Windermere

DAY 9
Tuesday 9 July 2019
Windermere to Edinburgh (B/L)

To Scotland today and Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries. Strongly influenced by the Victorian era, the gardens have been restored in recent times to their original splendour. Stroll through the formal gardens, along the 183m Terrace Walk beside a magnificent stone balustrade that’s famous for growing tender climbing plants. Admire the restored Victorian glasshouses and the Heather Houses. Travel onto Edinburgh to our hotel for the next five nights with views to Edinburgh Castle.

Accommodation: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

DAY 10
Wednesday 10 July 2019
Edinburgh(B)

Morning visit to the contemporary sculpture park and art gallery of Jupiter Artland set within the picturesque 100-acre estate of Bonnington House. Free afternoon, maybe check out Edinburgh’s New Town a World Heritage site, the best-preserved example of Georgian architecture in the UK.

Accommodation: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

DAY 11
Thursday 11 July 2019
Drummond Castle (B/D)

We are travelling north into Perthshire today, doing a circuit of the Firth of Forth, to Crieff visiting one of Scotland’s finest gardens, Drummond Castle. The gardens are breathtaking, and the best view of them is from the terrace; it’s worth the climb! There are fountains, terraces, urns, statues and far-reaching views of the Perthshire landscape.
The garden at Kinross House is next restored in the early twentieth century. The walled garden was laid out in an Arts and Crafts manner. Axes have been defined once again; existing lines have been sharpened with major new plantings transforming the walled garden through the reintroduction of the noble craft of fruit cultivation and the creation of new contemporary parterres. Travel back to Edinburgh.

Accommodation: Kinross House, Kinross

DAY 12
Friday 12 July 2019
Edinburgh (B)

A day around Edinburgh with our first stop in the historic village of Inveresk to visit a private garden with colourful borders and a fine collection of old garden roses selected by Graham Thomas. See the redeveloped docks where Royal Yacht Britannia is now permanently moored. Discover what life was like on board the Queen’s floating royal residence. Afternoon visit to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, one of the world’s finest. It is home to a collection of wild-origin Chinese plants, a garden of Scottish heathers, Alpine garden, herbaceous borders, a 100-year-old beech hedge, the Queen Mother Memorial Garden and the magnificent glasshouses.

Accommodation: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

DAY 13
Saturday 13 July 2019
Edinburgh (B)

Two fine gardens today; Abbotsford, the home of the famous novelist, poet and historian Sir Walter Scott blends both colourful and productive formal walled gardens with Scottish Baronial architecture and woodland walks. After lunch, we’ll visit an inspiring contemporary garden that is set around a restored farm with exquisite enclosed courtyards and garden rooms with quirky garden objects. Farewell dinner this evening.

Accommodation: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

DAY 14
Sunday 14 July 2019
Depart Edinburgh (B)

Tour ends this morning after breakfast.

HOW TO BOOK

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CANCELLATIONS

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Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
COLIN BARLOW
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 13 nights
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Bodnant Gardens, Trentham Estate, World of Wedgwood, Chatsworth House, Castle Howard, RHS Harlow Carr, Gresgarth Hall, Levens Hall, Hill Top, Holehird Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle, Jupiter Artland, Drummond Castle, Kinross House, Inveresk Lodge Garden, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Yacht Britannia, Abbotsford House, Broadwoodside Garden.
  • Gratuities for porters and drivers
  • Full Escorted by Colin Barlow
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share land only $9,695 per person
Single Supplement $2,795
All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.
Price is based on departure Sydney.

DISCOUNTS

Book and pay in full by 1/2/2019 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $250.00 per person off the final installment.
Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $50.00

FLIGHTS0

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