Luxury Garden Tour Specialists
Violets and Tea are a boutique, luxury tour company that focuses exclusively on English gardens and flower shows. We provide luxury, tailored small group and bespoke English garden tours with a personalised feel to garden lovers from around the world.
The Violets and Tea Philosophy
The Violets and Tea philosophy is one of personal service, providing you with luxury and comfort whether you are a guest on one of our small group escorted tours or on a bespoke tour tailored specifically for you. This includes a focus on uncompromising quality and a commitment to finding those unique experiences and precious moments that you remember long after you have returned home.
Violets and Tea is owned and managed by Eliza Ford, a permanent resident in England, originally from Australia.
Eliza first became interested in gardens when she restored a historic American homestead in New England. In researching the homestead, she discovered that the garden was inspired by the original owner’s Grand Tour to Europe in the early 19th century, and in particular, English landscape gardens. On returning to the UK, Eliza decided to learn more about historic English gardens. She started to visit gardens for design inspiration and to find out more about their history and creators.
What started as a bit of research, quickly developed into a passion. Seeking new opportunities (read ‘excuses’) to visit gardens, Eliza started organising tours for visiting friends and family, so sharing her new-found interest. Being a visitor to this country herself, Eliza was able to understand what would capture the interests of her guests and could provide them with unique insight and historical information along the way.
Out of this, Violets and Tea was born.