The Best of English Gardens

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Sample Itinerary

Depending on availability, this tour can be reserved for any dates.

For more information: Call us at 617-566-1907.

The Best of English Gardens highlights an extraordinary group of gardens in England.  These gardens have been chosen based on their creators’ artistic achievements, their plant material, and their influence on other gardeners. 

The inspiration for our tour comes from Gertrude Jekyll.  In the Introduction to Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, she writes:

…the duty we owe to our gardens and to our own bettering in our gardens is so to use the plants that they shall form beautiful pictures; and that, while delighting our eyes, they should be always training those eyes to a more exalted criticism; to a state of mind and artistic conscience…in which it becomes a point of honour to be always striving for the best.

Your hotel in London is the five star plus, Stafford, located in the heart of St. James, within steps of Mayfair, Green Park, and much more.  The hotel’s Main House was once the home of Lord and Lady Lyttelton.  Its cozy rooms reflect the elegance of Victorian London.

Day 1: The Best of English Gardens begins in London with a delightful dinner at your hotel, The Stafford. 

Day 2: You have a day trip with your private transportation, driver, and guide to the south of England to see the spectacular gardens at Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.  You return to London in the late afternoon. 

Day 3: You visit Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews, Queen’s Gallery and Garden.

 

The Stafford London by Kempinski

The Stafford London by Kempinski

 

Day 4: You travel to the countryside west of London to the Cotswolds and near Bath.  You tour the gardens of glorious Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court. 

For three nights, you stay in the stunning five star Relais and Chateaux Hotel, the Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa near Bath.
You experience the best of England’s country house living.  At the Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, you also enjoy relaxed dining at The Brasserie and fine dining in the Michelin one star, The Park Restaurant.  You can swim, horseback ride, and enjoy this beautiful 500 acre estate.

Day 5: You visit Hestercombe, with its enchanting Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian gardens and the superb landscape garden of Stourhead

Day 6: You experience the unique vision of the Prince of Wales’ gardens at Highgrove.

 

Relais and Chateaux Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa near Bath

Relais and Chateaux Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa near Bath

As Bunny Guinness wrote about Highgrove:

It is difficult to imagine the Prince of Wales without his gardens.  If you want to understand more about any person, look at their garden. It so often reflects their personality and ideals.

Day 7:  On your final day in the country, you visit the beautiful Savill Garden in Windsor’s Great Park.  You have dinner at The Stafford in the evening.

Day 8: You have many options, to stay longer in the United Kingdom, or travel to other fascinating destinations,  or return to your home city.

The price per person for the eight day tour, double occupancy includes all hotels (4 nights at the five star Stafford by Kempinski in London and 3 nights at the five star Relais and Chateaux Hotel, Lucknam Park and Spa in Bath); entrance fees, private guides, driver and private bus; seven breakfasts, and two dinners.  There also are a number of single accommodations available.

To reserve your place for The Best of English Gardens, please send a deposit of $1,000, per person, payable by check, to: Constellation Systems, Inc., 33 Pond Avenue, Suite 411, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445.

Final Payment is due 90 days before departure.

Airfare is not included.

 

Proposed Itinerary: Click on the images below to read about possible gardens and hotels.
 
 
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