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Great Gardens of North Cotswolds – 2022

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3 nights, 4 full days
Availability : Sunday 19th June 2022
Max People : 26

Single person supplement – £295

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The Cotswolds is another distinct area in the southern part of the English Midlands affected by soil type and climate, which produce some particularly unique gardens. Along with the famous ones, we will visit some other lovely and less well-known ones.

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The Cotswolds is another distinct area in the southern part of the English Midlands affected by soil type and climate, which produce some particularly unique gardens. Along with the famous ones, we will visit some other lovely and less well-known ones.

Departure & Return Location & Times

Estimated departure times: TBA

Departure Date

Sunday 19th June 2022

Price Includes

  • Luxury coach transport
  • 4* hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Entry to all named venues
  • Group Leader to smooth your way and explain each stage of the trip
What to Expect

Our aim at Pennywood Tours is to give you a relaxing and carefree time where we do all the work so you can sit back and enjoy the trip.

To this end, all tours are escorted by a group leader who will check you on board and make sure you can find your allocated seat. We’ll seat you with the person/people you are booked with but if you know of anyone else on the trip who has booked separately please let us know in advance and we’ll try to seat you all together. The coach will be a super deluxe vehicle with a toilet and is incredibly comfortable.

Our Group Leader will advise you of all the details of travel times, stops, when to return to the coach etc. so you will be in no doubt about what and when. He or she will be available for any additional questions you may have.

We will do our best to stick to our itinerary but you will understand that when there are traffic jams or adverse weather conditions, we may struggle to do everything as planned but we will let you know what information we have in these situations when we have it.

We look forward to seeing you and welcome any questions you may have by contacting us at info@pennywoodtours.com or on 01622 434 981.

Itinerary for Great Gardens of North Cotswolds

Day 1To the Cotswolds with a stop at Miserden

We journey forth and make our first stop at Miserden.
We will only visit the garden, but the original house was constructed in the 1620s with a large garden laid out at around the same time. A large area of glass houses was added in the early part of the 20th century, now used to house a plant nursery and café for visitors.
Further additions and reshaping of the garden were done by Edwin Lutyens, who contributed the five-bay Tuscan loggia. The gardens host long borders and topiaried hedges, which provide a lovely structure.
Although it’s not strictly in the Cotswolds, in the afternoon we’ll visit Westbury Court Garden, which sits on the River Severn flood plain.
Originally laid out in 1696-1705, it is a rare example of a garden which survived the subsequent trends, and was not replaced in the 18th century by a naturalistic garden landscape as popularised by Capability Brown. It is situated facing the high street of Westbury-on-Severn, extending on low-lying water meadows adjacent to the River Severn itself; the flat watery ground makes the site well suited to a Dutch-style garden, of which Westbury is the outstanding survival in Britain.
The garden’s centrepiece is a 137 metre- (449 ft-) long canal, centred on a two-storey Dutch-style red-brick pavilion at one end and a large wrought iron gate in the wall at the other end, designed to extend the vista from the pavilion out into the surrounding countryside. The main canal is flanked by yew and holly topiary in pyramids and balls. Behind the summer house is a small walled garden of cottage plants, and beyond the water garden is an orchard of fruit trees, which also contains an ancient, evergreen oak planted in the 17th century, the largest ever recorded; it is also claimed to be the oldest in England.
In the evening we retire to our accommodation at the Queens Hotel, in the spa town of Cheltenham.

Day 2Sezincote and Batsford Arboretum

We enjoy some interesting and unusual places, starting with Sezincote – billed as ‘India in the Cotswolds’! The house was the whim of Colonel John Cockerell, grandson of the diarist Samuel Pepys, who returned to England having amassed a fortune in the East India Company. John died in 1798, three years after his return, and the estate passed to his youngest brother, Charles, who had also worked for the company. He commissioned his brother, Samuel, an architect, to design and build an Indian house in the Mogul style of Rajasthan, complete with minarets, peacock-tail windows, jali-work railings and pavilions.
Once completed, Sezincote dazzled all who came. When the Prince Regent visited in 1807, an event commemorated in a Daniell painting owned by the family, he was so impressed that he went on to change his plans for the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Designed by John Nash, it echoed the exotic Indian style he had admired at Sezincote.
Neglected during the Second World War, the garden was restored in 1968 by Sir Cyril and Lady Kleinwort, who were advised by Graham Stuart Thomas. Their work includes the canals and Irish yews in the South Garden, evocative of Mogul paradise gardens; a curving conservatory, home to many tender climbing plants; a little pavilion also in Indian style, and all the exceptionally fine planting of the water garden, where many rare plants can be seen.
Moving on from India, we take a trip to Batsford Arboretum, which is beautifully set on a hillside with trees and large plants from all around the world. There is a lovely garden centre and restaurant attached.
Our final visit of the day is to Bourton House Garden. Featured on Gardeners’ World, the garden comprises luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders, with stunning plant, texture and colour combinations.
Imaginative topiary includes a knot garden, parterre and topiary walk, and there are several spring-fed water features, including a raised basket pond from the Great Exhibition of 1851.
You will also find a unique Shade House, a serene White Garden and many creatively planted pots.
A raised 18th century walk provides an enticing link to the Cotswold landscape beyond.

Days 3Kiftsgate Court and Hidcote

Even more heavenly gardens are on the agenda today. We start at Kiftsgate Court Garden, home of the Kiftsgate Rose. The gardens, famed for their roses, are the creation of three generations of women gardeners. Started by Heather Muir in the 1920s, continued by Diany Binny from 1950 and now looked after by Anne Chambers and her husband Johnny.
Up to 1920, the garden consisted of the paved formal garden, beyond which was a plain grass field with wooded banks. Mrs Muir’s first project was to make a lawn with steps leading to it from the formal paved garden. This was quickly followed by taking in what is now the Yellow Border and the Rose Border; the connecting bridge was built and the yew and copper beech hedges planted.
In 1930 the steep bank was tackled, and a summer house with steps either side down to the lower garden was built.
In making the garden at Kiftsgate there is no doubt that Heather Muir was greatly helped and inspired by her lifelong friend Major Lawrence Johnston, who created the garden next door at Hidcote Manor. However, unlike Hidcote, it was never formally planned and is considered by Keen (a garden designer) to be “a prettier, less organised place”.
In the afternoon we move on to that very garden, especially famed for its ‘rooms’: Hidcote.
Designed by Lawrence Johnson from 1910 onwards, Hidcote’s outdoor ‘rooms’ have various characters and themes, achieved by the use of box hedges, hornbeam, yew and stone walls. These rooms, such as the White Garden and Fuchsia Garden are linked, some by vistas, and furnished with topiaries. Some have ponds and fountains, and all are planted with flowers in bedding schemes. They surround the 17th century manor house, and there are a number of outhouses and a kitchen garden.
Johnston’s care in selecting the best plants is reflected in the narrow-leaved lavender, Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote, in the Penstemon Hidcote Pink and in the hybrid Hypericum Hidcote Gold, acclaimed as the finest hardy St John’s Wort, recorded be Alice Coats.

Day 4Back home via Snowshill Manor

On our final day we visit Snowshill Manor, the unconventional home of the eccentric Charles Wade, who delighted in creating a stage for his life and passions.
The garden is the perfect place to unwind and explore hidden vistas and unexpected delights, including Wolf’s Cove model village and the Priest’s House.
In the manor house are Charles Wade’s eclectic collections. He was an architect and artist who dedicated his life to collecting, having inherited his family’s sugar estates. From tiny toys to Samurai armour, and musical instruments to bicycles, thousands of objects are laid out for you to see just as Mr Wade intended.
“Let nothing perish” was Wade’s motto, and, at Snowshill, you can discover his passion for craftsmanship, colour and design, from the everyday to the extraordinary.
From here, we wind our way back to our starting points to end the tour, hopefully armed with good ideas for our own gardens!

Please note that all destinations will require walking, with steps and slopes, which may be slippery, and the need to step between the quayside and boat deck. Sensible shoes are a requirement, and you should dress for the weather.

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