Gardens of Kent and Dixter

6 days departing Sunday 30th August 2015

An escorted tour of glorious gardens, houses and castles. Staying at Coniston Hotel, Best Western, Sittingbourne in the beautiful coastal county of Kent. Originally built as a private residence in 1880, the building has been transformed into a stylish modern hotel.

DAY 1 – SUNDAY
Morning departure form Pembrokeshire by luxury air conditioned coach with enhanced leg room to ensure extra comfort. Pickup along the way. Arriving at Sittingbourne late afternoon.

DAY 2 – MONDAY
Morning visit to Penhurst Place and Gardens, a magnificent ancestral home of Viscount DeL’Isle set amidst tranquil Tudor Gardens and parkland. Medieval Barons Hall with lovely State Rooms.

Afternoon onto Hever Castle and Gardens, once the home of Anne Boleyn. The castle has an impressive collection of furniture and paintings. Award winning gardens include Italian, Rose and Tudor with a Yew maze.

DAY 3 – TUESDAY
Morning visit to the National Trust property Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, considered by many as one of the finest in the country. A 20th Century creation of two English aristocrats, Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West. Afternoon to Great Dixter Gardens in Sussex, birthplace and home of gardening writer, the late Christopher Lloyd. A garden of exciting combinations of meadows, ponds, topiary and the famous long border and exotic garden.

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY
Morning visit to Leeds Castle in Kent. It has been said by many “the loveliest castle in the world”. Afternoon to Yalding Organic Garden. This 5 acre garden is a southern offshoot of the Henry Doubleday Research Associations Gardens at Ryton in Warwickshire. It is laid out in a series of attractive demonstration gardens, all cultivated entirely organically.

DAY 5 – THURSDAY
Morning visit to the Secret Gardens of Sandwich. After lying neglected for 25 years, the Secret Gardens have undergone a remarkable transformation in the last four years. Now restored to its original beauty. One of the finest gardens in Kent today. Afternoon visit to the Brogdale Horticultural Trust. Brogdale’s 150 acres provide a fascinating living museum of fruit. National collections of cherries and apples.

DAY 6 – FRIDAY
Home to Wales via National Trust Chartwell House and Gardens. Home to Sir Winston Churchill who lived here until his death in 1965. Terrace and Walled Garden, Golden Rose Garden. Wonderful views. PICKUP POINTS: Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Tenby, Kilgetty, Carmarthen, Swansea, Cardiff.

PRICES

  • NT Members: £430 sharing a twin room
  • Non Members: £450 sharing a twin room
  • S/S: £75 per person
Price includes all coach travel (extra leg room coach), hotel (half board), admissions and services of a professional garden tour host throughout.
NB. You need to arrange your own travel insurance on payment of the balance.