Arrive London, England
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your luxurious accommodations in a former mansion surrounded by stately gardens on the edge of Bath. At 6:00 p.m., gather for a briefing and then enjoy a private welcome dinner with your fellow guests.
This morning, enjoy a private tour of Bowood House, a Georgian country manor boasting gardens designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown. Return to Bath, the Georgian town forever immortalized in the pages of Jane Austen’s classic novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Venture beyond the town’s Georgian facades to reveal its timeworn Roman baths secluded below street level.
Journey to nearby Wells, England’s smallest city. Explore the grounds of its Bishop’s Palace during a private guided tour focused on horticulture. Have lunch in Wells and then continue to Stourhead, one of the grandest garden complexes of Southwest England. Later, savor a gourmet dinner at your hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
Avebury & Tetbury
Visit the small village of Avebury and its vast Neolithic henge monument, one of the world’s largest ancient stone circles. Next, stroll among the stones and gardens of Avebury Manor. Continue to the historic town of Tetbury, enjoying lunch at your leisure. This afternoon, tour Westonbirt Arboretum, a national treasure dating back to the Victorian heyday of exotic plantings.
This morning, visit an intimate garden at Mill Dene, where the owners host a chat and morning coffee. Discover the remarkable Neo-Mughal architecture of Sezincote House as you are escorted on a private tour of the property. Afterward, drive to the lovely town of Stow-on-the-Wold to visit its attractive High Street and explore its cafes, antique stores and galleries. Later this afternoon, explore the quaint country garden of Snowshill Manor, an intimate, two-acre plot divided into several eclectic vignettes. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Visit Upton House to discover its impressive art collection, authentic 1930s decor and vast country gardens. Continue on to the masterpiece of Hidcote Manor, home to one of England’s most unique formal gardens. Stroll these Arts and Crafts-inspired gardens, discovering a series of unique outdoor “rooms” and stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham. Next, drive to historic Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, enjoying a private tour of the castle’s priceless art collection. Trace the footsteps of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I through the castle’s elegant Queens’ Garden, pausing at the beautiful 15th-century church where Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives, still rests. This evening, enjoy a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the Cotswolds.
Batsford & Waterperry
This morning, visit Batsford Arboretum, a 55-acre botanical garden featuring Japanese maples, magnolias and pines. Pause for a traditional pub lunch at the Trout Inn, a location frequently featured in the long-running television series Inspector Morse. Next, tour eight acres of ornamental plantings at Waterperry Gardens, accompanied by the head gardener. Continue on to London for an evening at leisure.
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Today, attend the world-renowned RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Gain VIP access to the Royal Horticultural Society hospitality area, enjoying a four-course luncheon, open bar, and morning and afternoon teas. Walk countless exhibits showcasing 250,000 flowers and the finest specimens of English gardening, affording a bottomless well of inspiration. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon, gathering in the evening for a farewell dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure.