The Cotswold Hills, lying between Birmingham to the North and Oxford to the South, are renowned for their picturesque honey coloured stone-built villages. Broughton Castle Here are some world-class English gardens commemorated in the names of famous flower and fruit cultivars such as Blenheim Palace, Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court. There are also the homes of famous gardeners like Beatrix Havergal at Waterperry, who ran one of the first horticultural colleges for women, and Prince Charles at Highgrove.
The tour is based at the Three Ways House Hotel in Mickleton near Chipping Campden and we shall visit most of these gardens as well as Sezingcote House with a Humphrey Repton designed garden, Bourton House and the spectacular medieval moated Broughton Castle dating from the 12C, home to Lord and Lady Saye and Sele [Fiennes]. An important aim of this tour is to visit some fascinating private gardens which are not normaly open to the public. The Three Ways Hotel is host to the famous “Pudding Club” which meets on Friday evenings there and we shall join them for dinner one night.
The Cost of this tour is £1600 which includes B&B and an evening meal. Included is transport to the gardens, garden entrance fees, and optional evening power point talks.
Flora’s small group tours typically have 5-7 of us in a comfortable 8 seater vehicle. Dr Sommerville plans and guides all tours, enthusiastically describing the plants, scenery and architecture which we encounter.
Three consecutive days [2 nights] may be selected from this tour for approximately half the price of the full tour.
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