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More Great Gardens and Houses of East Anglia – 2023

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3rd July 2023
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3 nights 4 days
Availability : Monday 3rd July 2023
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Our final Great Gardens holiday this year takes us to East Anglia, home of the flatlands and distinctly drier than Cornwall and the Cotswolds, greatly affecting the types of garden. This year we also visit some famous stately homes!

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Our final Great Gardens holiday this year takes us to East Anglia, home of the flatlands and distinctly drier than Cornwall and the Cotswolds, greatly affecting the types of garden. This year we also visit some famous stately homes!

Departure Locations & Times

Garden Centres in Kent & Sussex between 7:00 and 8:00am

Garden Centres in Surrey & Hants between 6:00 and 7:00am

Departure Date

Monday 3rd July 2023

Price Includes

  • Luxury coach transport
  • 4* hotel accommodation on a 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 More Great Gardens and Houses of East Anglia

Day 1Bridge End Garden and Saffron Walden

On our journey to East Anglia, we’ll stop at Saffron Walden for refreshments in this lovely town. Whilst here we’ll visit Bridge End Garden.
Bridge End Garden was created around 1840 by Francis Gibson, a local Quaker businessman, who also built the Fry Art Gallery. Francis’s daughter, Elizabeth, married Lewis Fry of Bristol and, in 1918, the Fry family leased the garden to the local council. It has been open to the public ever since.
Over time, Bridge End Garden fell into neglect. An ambitious restoration project took place between 2003 and 2008 and it is now is listed as Grade II* by Historic England.
Geometric swirls of box and closely clipped yew form a sunken parterre in the Dutch Garden, best seen from the viewing platform or the long walks. It was re-planted to the design sketched by Gertrude Jekyll when she visited in 1912. The long border, fronted by standard wisterias, is a vibrant backdrop in summer. Terminating the long walkway above the sunken parterre is a classical Pavilion.
The Wilderness is a shady grove, designed for wandering and reflection, with trained laburnums down the centre, abundant spring flowers and a variety of Victorian shrubs planted throughout.
The formal Rose Garden is planted with Victorian varieties and is the oldest part of the garden. Though short-lived, the blooming season is a wonder to the senses!
The Walled Garden houses two reconstructed glasshouses and contains Victorian varieties of espalier and cordon-trained fruit trees, together with colourful herbaceous borders and the beehives that help to pollinate the blooms.
The hedge maze, beyond the Walled Garden, was re-planted in 1984 with over a thousand young yews. In its centre is a viewing platform with views over the maze and the countryside. The maze is surrounded by native and ornamental trees.
In the evening we’ll arrive at our home for the next two nights, the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich, a lovely traditional place to stay.

Day 2Holkham Hall, Hindringham Hall

Today, we head to two great stately homes: Holkham, which is associated with Anne Glenconner (who wrote Lady in Waiting ion 2019), and Hindringham Hall in the afternoon.
At Holkham Hall we will enjoy a private guided tour of the home and have time to enjoy the gardens.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit Hindringham Hall for another private tour, enjoy the grounds and even have tea and cake included!

Days 3The best garden in Britain?

For our final full day in East Anglia, we visit the most amazing gardens: East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden.
We’ve allowed a long time to visit this garden and to sit and relax within it because the place is simply heaven – quite possibly the most beautiful garden in the UK!
Enjoy 32 acres of garden rooms, herbaceous borders, sub-tropical gardens, box parterre, sunken rose garden, Mediterranean garden and woodland garden.
Being a private garden and designed by the owners directly (who clearly have a special talent) you can see the love and beauty that’s sometimes lacking with gardens operated by Trusts or company operators.

Day 4The Bishop’s Garden, Helmington Hall and home

We start our last day with a visit to one of Norwich’s best kept secrets: The Bishop’s Garden.
The 4-acre garden in the centre of the city is the Bishop of Norwich’s historic private garden and is full of herbaceous borders, jungle walk, woodland walk, fruit orchard etc. A hidden gem indeed!
Finally we visit Helmingham Hall, which is on our way home.
This is a moated manor house begun by John Tollemache in 1480 and has been owned by the Tollemache family ever since. We can’t visit the Grade I-listed house but we will see the park and formal gardens, which are also Grade I-listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Their website describes the gardens as: “… hard to exaggerate the effect this beautiful park, with its red deer, spectacular moated Hall in mellow patterned red brick with its famous gardens will have on the visitor. The whole combines to give an extraordinary impression of beauty and tranquillity. A classic parterre flanked by hybrid musk roses lies before a stunning walled kitchen garden with exquisite herbaceous borders and beds of vegetables interspersed by tunnels of sweet peas, runner beans and gourds. On the other side lies a herb and knot garden behind which is a rose garden of unsurpassable beauty.”

Please note that all destinations will require walking, possibly with steps and slopes, which may be slippery. Sensible shoes are a requirement, and you should dress for the weather.

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