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The Cotswolds - Hillier Gardening Club

1 Nightfrom £249.00 pp

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Some of the finest gardens in England are to be found nestled among the green and rolling hills of Gloucestershire. It’s our pleasure to guide you around some of the best during our tour.

Our first visit is to the fascinating Rococo Garden near Painswick. This gem was originally laid out in the early 18th century and is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The garden is recognised as the sole complete survivor from the brief Rococo period of English garden design and today the six acre garden is almost completely restored to the scene shown in the Thomas Robins painting.

Although among the best known gardens in Britain, Hidcote Manor still has the power to capture the imagination. It was built before World War I by an American, Major Lawrence Johnston, who devised a type of garden that many think of as quintessentially English. It is a garden built up of separate rooms, each connected to the rest but often with blazing contrasts, laid out in a disciplined setting. Everywhere you go something enticing can be glimpsed through an opening, across a pool or framed by a gate.

We also visit the private garden of Misarden Park. Originally designed in the 17th century, the gardens were redeveloped in the 20th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens in his famous Edwardian style. Herbaceous borders, topiary, shrubs, grass terraces and a lavenderand-hebe parterre are all contained within a walled garden. The manor house’s elevated position allows for scenic views over the five golden valleys of Stroud.
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Tour Itinerary Back to top of page

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Sunday 11 June 2017
We depart from our local pick-ups and head for our first visit, the fascinating Rococo Garden near Painswick. This gem of a garden was originally laid out in the early 18th century and is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The garden can be traced back to 1730 when George Hyett built his Georgian country home which upon his death in the 1740s, passed to his son, who transformed the hidden coombe behind the house into a flamboyant pleasure garden. The garden fell into neglect but was restored in 1884. The garden was recognised as the sole complete survivor from the brief Rococo period of English garden design and today the six acre garden is almost completely restored to the scene shown in the Thomas Robins painting.
 
In the afternoon we will enjoy a visit to visit to Misarden Park, near Stroud. Originally designed in the 17th century, the gardens were redeveloped in the 20th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens in his famous Edwardian style. Herbaceous borders, topiary, shrubs, grass terraces and the newly planted rill and lavender-and-hebe parterre are all contained within a walled garden. The manor house’s elevated position allows for scenic views over the five golden valleys of Stroud.

We continue to our comfortable hotel in the Cotswolds. All rooms have private facilities. Dinner is served in the evening.

Monday 12 June 2017
This morning, following breakfast, we visit the gardens of Hidcote Manor, near Chipping Campden. Although among the best known gardens in Britain, Hidcote Manor still has the power to startle. It was begun before World War I by an American, Major Lawrence Johnston, who devised a type of garden that many think of as quintessentially English. It is a garden built up of separate rooms, each connected to the rest but often with blazing contrasts, laid out in a disciplined setting. Everywhere something enticing is glimpsed through an opening, across a pool or framed by a gate.

Later we continue to Kiftsgate Court, which offers an admirable selection of plants and flowers, not least of which is the well-known rambling rose R. filipes ‘Kiftsgate’. The house, in a splendid setting with views to the Vale of Evesham, is surrounded by a series of enclosed gardens, whose formality is blurred by generous planting.

Following our visit we will return to our original pick-up points with arrival due in the late afternoon/early evening.

What's Included Back to top of page

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  • One nights’ dinner, bed and full breakfast at the Cotswolds Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, near Cirencester. All rooms have private facilities
  • Comfortable coaching throughout
  • Entrance to the gardens of Painswick Rococo, Misarden Park, Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate.
  • Services of a professional tour manager

Supplements Per Person Back to top of page

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  • Single room supplement      £35.00
  • Insurance 2017            £13.00 (under 65); £26.00 (65-74); £39.00 (75-90)

Departure Points Back to top of page

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                                                              Depart        Return
Hillier Garden Centre Braishfield        07.45        19.15
Hiller Garden Centre Sunningdale       09.00        18.00
Hillier Garden Centre Newbury           10.00        17.00

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.
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