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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW & THE GARDENS OF ENGLAND

7 – 21 MAY 2021

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ITINERARY
Come with us to an England up to its knees in spring blossom, carpets of bluebells and meadows of wildflowers. Our tour includes the cerulean Cornish Coastline. It’s a heavenly mix of gardens: Royal, public, and private with Opening Day at the spectacular Chelsea Flower Show.
DAY 1
Friday 7 May 2021
Home – London

Check-in at Qantas, Terminal 1 Sydney International Airport 3 hours prior to departure for our Qantas flight to London.

DAY 2
Saturday 8 May 2021
Iford Manor (B/D)

Arrive into London Heathrow and meet up with your Ross Tour Leader Colin Barlow and our local guide. Head directly to Bath for the next two nights. Check into our hotel, a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Bath was built by the Romans for pleasure and relaxation, and it’s been a wellbeing destination ever since.

Afternoon visit to Iford Manor, built on a terraced slope above the River Frome by Harold Peto. It’s a gem, highly structured and well planted; Italianate in style with stone loggia, statues and architectural fragments giving its nod to antiquity. Welcome dinner included this evening.

Accommodation: MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel ,Bath

DAY 3
Sunday 9 May 2021
Bishops Palace, Wells (B)

Drive through the Mendip Hills of Somerset to the medieval Cathedral City of Wells. These hills extend almost to the Bristol Channel. It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Bishop’s Palace has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. We will see the medieval palace and its gardens which are hidden within the ancient ramparts and protected by the moat. Wells Cathedral is one of the most beautiful gothic Cathedrals in England. Don’t miss Vicars’ Close, built over 650 years ago to house the Vicars Choral and continuously inhabited by their successors. It’s unique, physically connected to Wells Cathedral and the most complete example of a medieval Close in Europe.

Accommodation: MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel ,Bath

DAY 4
Monday 10 May 2021
Bath – Cornwall (B/D)

Head south today through Somerset and Devon to Cornwall, stopping in North Devon to visit RHS Garden Rosemoor in Great Torrington. This garden was handed to the RHS in 1990 and has been developed as a sophisticated series of garden spaces. There’s lots to see; formal gardens, herbaceous borders, fruit and vegetable potager, arboretum, stream and bog garden and Alpine house. But the oldest part, Lady Palmer’s house and garden is the most charming. Rosemoor hosts the National Collection of dogwoods, which should be in peak flower

This afternoon we’ll travel onto Cornwall and check into our hotel on the Cornish Coast for the next 3 nights, overlooking Carlyon Bay. Dinner included this evening.

Accommodation: Carlyon Bay Hotel, Cornwall

DAY 5
Tuesday 11 May 2021
Eden Project, Cornwall (B)

The Eden Project is first this morning with an area under glass the size of 30 football fields, growing the plants of each climatic zone in each environmentally controlled space. These biomes are the massive backdrop for exciting contemporary gardens.

The great house at Lanhydrock stands in its magnificent estate above the River Fowey with a splendid suite of gardens: formal parterres of intense colour bedding, circular perennial garden, herbaceous borders, woodland plantings of magnolias, rhododendrons and carpets of bluebells. Take time to explore the winding woodland and you will see some impressive flowering trees.

We’ll visit the beautiful seaside town of Fowey on the way back to our hotel.

Accommodation: Carlyon Bay Hotel, Cornwall

DAY 6
Wednesday 12 May 2021
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall (B/D)

A treat today as we discover The Lost Gardens of Heligan, asleep for 70 years under a blanket of ivy, bramble and rampant laurel. It’s the largest garden restoration project in Europe. Heligan, the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, became neglected during the First World War. The chance discovery of a door in the ruins led to the triumphant restoration by Sir Tim Smit (of Eden Project). We’ll see enormous tree-like rhododendrons that were part of the original Victorian pleasure garden, grown from seed collected by Sir Joseph Hooker himself (one of the great plant hunters). The Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong, in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall.

This afternoon travel onto Trewithen, another of Cornwall’s great gardens. Along with its extensive woodland, there’s a well planted formal walled garden where hopefully we will see the azure blue flowers of Ceanothus ‘Trewithen Blue’. We’ll see lovely rhododendrons in full flower. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Carlyon Bay Hotel, Cornwall

DAY 7
Thursday 13 May 2021
Cornwall to Oxford (B/D)

Travel through Devon and into Somerset to Hestercombe Garden for lunch. It’s a remarkable example of the collaboration between Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Lutyens was probably the most famous British architect since Sir Christopher Wren. His hallmarks are everywhere: iris choked rills, semi-circular steps, pergolas and his sympathetic use of local materials.

Afternoon travel to Oxford and check into the Macdonald Randolph Hotel in the city centre, for the next four nights. Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, Oxford

DAY 8
Friday 14 May 2021
Broughton Grange – Bibury (B/AT)

Broughton Grange is set overlooking a beautiful Oxfordshire valley with a long history that dates back to the 1600s. Over the past 20 years, the gardens have been transformed by Chelsea gold medal winning designer Tom Stuart-Smith and are now considered to be Britain’s most exciting contemporary gardens. The walled garden is perhaps the centrepiece of Broughton Grange gardens and has been widely acclaimed. It consists of three-terraces contrasting the structure and form of topiary with wild, luxuriant herbaceous planting, all framed by a beautiful rural backdrop. The design was conceived entirely in relation to the surrounding landscape, thus supporting superb views to distant natural features and buildings. Take a guided tour of the gardens with the head gardener. Lunch included today.

This afternoon we’ll discover the Cotswolds Village of Bibury, described by William Morris as “the most beautiful village in England”. Our hosts will open the gates to their unique private gardens.

Accommodation: Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, Oxford

DAY 9
Saturday 15 May 2021
Sudeley Castle (B/L)

With a backdrop of the Cotswold Hills, the setting of Sudeley Castle is breathtaking. The award-winning gardens have been lovingly restored and redesigned to complement the elegance and tranquillity of the castle and its ruins and to recreate the beauty of the old lost gardens. One of our favourites here is the Queens’ Garden, so named because four of England’s Queens have walked here. Afternoon walking tour through historic Oxford.

Accommodation: Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, Oxford

DAY 10
Sunday 16 May 2021
Hidcote Manor (B)

Hidcote Manor is our destination this morning, as we travel back through the rolling landscapes of the Cotswolds. We’ll discover why this Arts and Crafts garden of Lawrence Johnston, made between the two World Wars, has been so influential. We’ll lose ourselves in the ‘scratch and sniff’ series of garden rooms and learn how evergreen hedges define these garden rooms.
Next door is Kiftsgate Court Gardens, a glorious garden with spectacular views of the Malvern Hills and beyond. Three generations of women gardeners have designed, planted and sustained this garden. The upper gardens around the house are planted with harmonious colour schemes, whilst the sheltered lower gardens recreate the atmosphere of warm climate areas. A modern water garden gives an oasis of tranquillity and contrast to the exuberance of the flower gardens. Lunch is included today.

Accommodation: Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, Oxford

DAY 11
Monday 17 May 2021
Oxford to London (B/L)

We are heading to Hampshire today with lunch in the conservatory at West Green House, the home and garden of famous Aussie expat Marylyn Abbott. While the garden pays homage to its 18th-century origins, Marylyn’s sense of fun is given plenty of room to play. And her energy is unstoppable; the latest ‘Garden of the Five Bridges’ solves the problem water draining from fields beyond with a 190m serpentine windrush draining water into the lake; all with exquisite planting scheme. The potager is beautiful and productive with two soft fruit cages at its heart and roses, clematis and honeysuckle smothering the walls. There’s a classic Nymphaeum, parterre, Alice Courtyard, Green Theatre, Paradise Garden, Oriental Garden, Grotto, Doric Temple, water staircase and romantic lake garden.
Travel to London and check into the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Royal Garden Hotel Kensington, London

DAY 12
Tuesday 18 May 2021
Chelsea Flower Show Members Day (B/D)

‘Opening Day’ at the Chelsea Flower Show is reserved for VIPs and members of the Royal Horticultural Society. We have arranged tickets so that you can enjoy it without the crowds that flock on public days. Meet our favourite designers and exhibitors, enjoy multimillion-dollar show gardens, sip a Pimm’s in the shade and gasp at the flower displays in the Great Pavilion. Share the day’s highlights tonight at our farewell dinner in the hotel.

Accommodation: Royal Garden Hotel Kensington, London

DAY 13
Wednesday 19 May 2021
London – home Day (B)

The day is free for you to explore London. Transfer late afternoon to London Heathrow Airport.

Day 14
Thursday 20 May 2021
In flight (B)
Day 15
Friday 21 May 2021
Home
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.

Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
COLIN BARLOW
  • Qantas return economy group airfare & taxes Sydney / London / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 12 nights
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Iford Manor, Bishops Palace, RHS Rosemoor, Eden Project, Lanhydrock, Lost Garden of Heligan, Trewithen, Sudelely Castle, West Green House
  • Morning and afternoon tea at gardens and sightseeing attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for porters and drivers
  • Full Escorted by Colin Barlow
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share land only $9,995 per person
Single Supplement $2,595

All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.
Price is based on departure Sydney.

DISCOUNTS

Book and pay in full by 1/12/2020 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $300.00 per person off the final instalment.
Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $50.00

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