Welcome to the gardens of England
Visiting gardens & country estatesOur highlight: Highgrove Manor, the private garden of Prince Charles. Highgrove brings to life the dream of an environmentally-friendly thanks to this diverse garden paradise with a unique harmony.
5 days/ 4 nights, extension day possible
- Day 1 - English Seaside Resort and exotic parkland Arrive at Gatwick in the morning. An English coach takes you to Sheffield Park - a 49 ha man-made wooded park with four lakes connected by waterfalls of various sizes. Marvel at rare trees and shrubs in idyllic tranquillity. Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon.
- Day 2 - In the footsteps of Henry VIII After breakfast, you will set off on your first day's excursion. First you will visit Hever Castle and garden, the birthplace of Anne Boleyn (executed for high treason). Anne of Cleves also lived there for a short time. She was lucky, because Henry "only" divorced her. The extensive and varied garden includes an Italian garden, a rose garden and a large lake. In the afternoon, the route takes you to Great Dixter House. This is where the passionate botanist Christopher Lloyds lived and worked, who designed and lovingly maintained this estate in a creative, experimental way. Afterwards, a stroll through the picturesque medieval streets of the harbour town of Rye is on the programme.
- Day 3 - A day in Hastings In the morning we meet in the old town of Hastings. Our English-speaking guide will introduce you to the life, architecture and history of this picture-book town by the sea. Experience "Good old England" at first hand. In the evening there is time for a visit to a typical English pub.
- Day 4 - Battle - 1066 William the Conqueror + Country Park Today you will travel by train to the listed town of Battle, where William defeated King Herold in 1066. You will enjoy traditional cream tea with scones and clotted cream in a small quaint tearoom and then visit Battle Abbey. The afternoon is dedicated to a walk in the Country Park.
- Day 5 - Garden Design Today we visit the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens - a charming green space designed in the 1930s. It consists of several small gardens divided by hedges and walls, with very natural planting. The coach then takes you to Gatwick Airport for a late afternoon flight.
CoachWe have been working successfully for decades with selected coach companies that will take you to your destination safely and in good spirits.
TrainDepending on where the journey starts, we will take you either by train or by coach to the nearest ferry port.