Gardens of Cumbria

5 Days departing Monday 25th May 2015

An escorted tour of beautiful spring Gardens, based at the 3 star Cumbria Grand Hotel in the charming Victorian resort of Grange-Over-Sands. This gracious hotel is set in 20 acres of gardens and parkland and overlooks Morecambe Bay.

Day 1 – Monday
Morning departure from Pembrokeshire by luxury air conditioned coach with enhanced leg room to ensure extra comfort. Arrive at Grange-Over-Sands late afternoon.

Day 2 – Tuesday
This morning a journey on Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway, Lakelands oldest, longest and most scenic rail. From here you can see England’s tallest mountain Scafell Pike. Afternoon visit to Muncaster Castle and Gardens, famous for its’ many acres of spectacular rhododendron, camellia and azalea collections. Plants from all over the world, including many rare and unusual trees and specimens from the Sino-Himalayan region. Visit the Owl Centre, home to one of the finest collection in the world.

Day 3 – Wednesday
Morning visit to Holehird, the Lakeland Horticultural Society Garden, panoramic views of Lake Windermere, specimen trees, rock and heather garden. Alpine House and Rhododendron Walk. Afternoon to National Trust Sizergh Castle, originally medieval with Tudor, Elizabethan and Georgian extensions. Exceptional oak panelled interiors, period furniture, silver, china, Jacobean relics and many notable portraits. The estate includes a lake, ancient woodland, formal lawns, Japanese Acers and home to one of the largest collections of ferns in Britain, as well as an award winning limestone rock garden.

Day 4 – Thursday
Morning cruise on Coniston Lake as we make our way to John Ruskin’s home, Brantwood House and Gardens. A stroll around Brantwood’s estate which offers magnificent views of Coniston Water and the Lakeland mountains beyond. There is a wealth of interest from fine and exotic rhododendron, spectacular in Spring.

Day 5 – Friday
Return home via Bridgemere Garden World, Nantwich, Cheshire, an excellent garden centre. Arriving home early evening.

PRICES

  • National Trust member: £367 per person sharing a twin room
  • Non-member: £375 per person sharing a twin room
  • Single room supplement: £40 per person
  • Includes all coach travel, 3 star hotel on a half board basis, dinner on the first evening to breakfast on the day of departure, journey on the steam railway, cruise on Coniston Lake, all admissions to gardens and the services of a professional garden tour host throughout.
  • Not included: Travel insurance. You need to arrange your own travel insurance on payment of the balance of the holiday cost.
  • Coach pickup and dropoff points: Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Steynton, Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock, Pembroke, Lamphey, Milton, Tenby, Kilgetty and Carmarthen.