Cotswold Gardens Tour departing Wednesday 6 June 2018 and returning Sunday 10 June 2018
The BGA Committee are once again organising a 5 day break exploring some of the most beautiful gardens in the Cotswolds. This area that has some glorious, honey-coloured towns and villages makes the Cotswolds the perfect place to stay, spoilt with an abundance of excellent stately homes to visit and gardens to explore, all looking as if they have strayed into the 21st century from another era. Your 4-night stay will be at the 3 star Grosvenor Hotel,occupying a great location in Stratford-upon-Avon. It is a Grade II Listed Georgian hotel just a 5-10 minute walk away from the High Street and historic Shakespearean attractions. Each elegant room offers flat-screen satellite TV, tea and coffee facilities and 24-hour room service. Each modern private bathroom has a bath and shower.
COST PER PERSON £420 or £450 for non NT Members
Optional travel insurance is available at approximately £16
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Executive coach with WC, reclining seats etc.,
- 4 nights Dinner, B & B at the Grosvenor Hotel
- Sharing a twin/double room with en-suite facilities
- A small number of single rooms are available on a first come basis
- Entry to National Trust’s Upton House, Hidcote &
- Snowshill Manor & Gardens
- Admission to Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Boughton House, Sezincote House & Waterperry Gardens
- VAT @ 20% on accommodation part only
YOUR PROVISIONAL TOUR ITINERARY
Morning departure from Bidborough for your journey north towards the Cotswolds with a stop on route, before arriving for an afternoon entry to Upton House (NT), the country home of Lord & Lady Bearsted. At an agreed time you will re-join your tour coach for the short journey to Stratford upon Avon & your hotel for the following 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast.
Depart after breakfast for a morning visit to Hidcote Gardens (NT) which offer sweeping views across the Vale of Evesham. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a visit to Kiftsgate Court Gardens, the stunning creation of 3 generations of woman gardeners magnificently situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment with views towards the Malvern Hills.
Depart for a morning visit to Boughton House Garden, an award-winning three-acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House. In the afternoon, you will visit stunning Sezincote House, with its house, garden and orangery forming an exotic Indian fantasy.
Depart after breakfast for a morning visit to Snowshill Manor and Gardens (NT) to explore the treasures collected by one man with an eye for the unusual. Be intrigued by the story of Charles Wade, be amazed by his huge and varied collection from around the world and relax in the peaceful hillside garden. At an agreed time, you will depart for an afternoon visit to one of the Cotswold’s charming villages with the chance of free time and maybe enjoy a cream tea, before returning to your hotel for dinner.
Depart from your hotel to commence your journey home, calling first at Waterperry Gardens (NT), home to one of the country’s most beautiful purely herbaceous borders, rose gardens, spectacular white and lavender wisteria arch, water lily canal, alpine garden and riverside walk. At an agreed time, you will continue back to Bidborough arriving late afternoon.
Interested in going?
Members should register their interest by contacting Glenys McDonald the Club Secretary, via the “Contact Us” page, giving your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and room preference (Double, Twin or Single). Note the type of rooms are limited, but we will try to accommodate your preference.