The Garden of England

The Garden of England

Being the most garden-loving country, Britain has a diversity of gardens that is unmatched anywhere in the world. Today, we invite you to discover Kent, also known as the Garden of England, with its imposing cathedrals and storybook castles; lush valleys and quintessential English villages; and of course Britain’s favourite gardens.

Day 1 – Welcome to Kent

Arrive at Heathrow Airport where your chauffeur will meet you and take you to nearby Cliveden House for breakfast and a stretch of the legs. Go for a stroll around its beautiful gardens before continuing to your hotel. Arrive at luxurious Gravetye Manor and the rest of the day is free to rest and relax.

Overnight at Gravetye Manor

Day 2 – Borde Hill and Gravetye Manor Gardens

After breakfast, you will visit “One of the country’s truly great gardens” – Borde Hill. Its stunning landscapes, rare plants and tranquil ‘living garden rooms’ make it a perfect spot for garden lovers. Afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy Afternoon Tea at the hotel and wander around their well-known gardens.

Overnight at Gravetye Manor

Day 3 – Hever Castle and Penshurst Place

Today you will embark on a day of pure enchantment beginning at the double-moated 13th century Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Feast your eyes upon Anne’s gowns, her embroidery, her Bible – and even the bedroom where Henry VIII slept! Then immerse yourself in its spectacular gardens and breathe in the heady fragrances of its famous roses. Just a short drive away is Penshurst Place and Gardens, a medieval masterpiece with 11 acres of magnificent gardens as old as the original house. Wander a series of spellbinding ‘rooms’ including Magnolia Garden, Grey and White Garden and Union Flag Garden before continuing to this tiny, one-street village. It is so unspoiled that its 16th – 17th century houses are frequently used as film and television locations.

Overnight at Chilston Park hotel

Day 4 – Sissinghurst and Scotney Castle

Fall in love with Sissinghurst Gardens, one of the most famous gardens in England. Marvel at the rambling roses buzzing with bees, admire the scented thyme lawns, enjoy the dreamy white-flower garden and of course, appreciate breathtaking panoramic views from the castle tower. In the afternoon, visit the romantic Scotney Castle. This ruined 14th-century moated castle is a breathtaking visual treat while the gardens accommodate the rare heather-thatched ice house. Finish your day wandering around Lamberhurst village with its interesting shops and decorative Pantiles.

Overnight at Chilston Park hotel

Day 5 – Great Dixter, Tenterden and Chapel Down Winery

Start your day with a leisurely stroll around Tenterden. A charming town where Georgian buildings share the streets with tall Victorian houses and tiny cottages, brick and stucco sit next to Kent tiles and weatherboard. Then continue to the magnificent Great Dixter, a family home of the late Christopher Lloyd who devoted his lifetime to creating one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Chapel Down winery, the leading producer of award winning English wines and beer.

Overnight at Chilston Park hotel

Day 6 – Leeds Castle and Canterbury (Chilham)

A glimpse of Leeds Castle from the beautiful Cascade Garden sets the scene for a captivating roam through 900 years of history. Explore the favorite house of Lady Baillie and lose yourself in Wood Garden; enjoy English cottage charm of the Culpeper Garden and give the spiraling yew maze a whirl. Next stop is another enchanting village – Chilham. Its narrow steep lanes climb up to emerge into the picturesque square where you will find at each end: Chilham Castle and the 15th century church of St Mary’s. Then follow the Pilgrims Way which leads to Canterbury, England’s famous cathedral city. Spend afternoon learning about the architectural gems and history of its magnificent Cathedral.

Overnight at Chilston Park hotel

Day 7 – Squerryes Court and London

The highlight of today is a visit to Kent’s hidden gem – Squerryes Court, a 17th century manor house that has been home to the Warde family since 1731 and is surrounded by 20 acres of historic gardens including a lake and a dovecote. Meet Henry or Claire Warde who will show you around the house – their home – and tell you stories about the many different characters who have lived there. Continue to London and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in central London

Day 8 – Free and Easy London

Today is a free day to enjoy London. Overnight in central London

Day 9 – Departure

Your chauffeur will take you to the airport for your return flight home