Private Gardens of the Cotswolds & The Chelsea Flower Show

19 – 25 May 2022

Nothing encapsulates old English charm like the honey-hued Cotswolds. And at Violets & Tea, we invite you to experience this charm in style. We visit beautiful iconic and private gardens before returning to our very own private, 15th Century luxury manor with award-winning, landscaped gardens. So sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of tea, or perhaps a gin, while gazing over bucolic country scenes.

And if that is not tantalising enough, we end the English garden tours with a visit to the world-renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the exclusive Members’ Only Day.

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Indulge on champagne afternoon tea at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show


Bask in the exclusivity of private gardens of the Cotswolds meeting their owners and gardeners and hearing behind-the-scenes tales of their creation


Enjoy a private tour and lunch at Barnsley House, home of the late garden designer, Rosemary Verey


Uncover Hidcote Manor, the extraordinary and pioneering garden of Major Lawrence Johnston


Watch the sun set over bucolic countryside from Temple Guiting Manor, our own private, luxury manor house with award-winning gardens

Day 1 / 19 May / Great FostersExpand

Ease into the holiday experience at a 16th Century mansion and estate in Great Fosters. Glamour clings to the walls at this historic hotel in Greater London. Secrets whisper from the Grade I listed gardens outside, especially around the beautiful Saxon moat. Slow down. Relax.

Partake in champagne afternoon tea and begin your magnificent English garden experience.   Day 2 / 20 May / Private GardensExpand

Off we go into the Cotswolds! Today we visit two private gardens featured in ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’ by Victoria Summerley. The first is an exquisite private garden with garden rooms that both contrast and complement each other. Next, an extraordinary homestead nestled within the oak trees near Moreton-in-Marsh. We are treated to guided tours at both gardens just to add to the exclusivity.

Then continue across the Cotswolds to our accommodation at the delightful Temple Guiting Manor, a 15th Century manor house recently converted into luxury accommodation. We have exclusive use of the estate, including the award-winning gardens; the perfect place to relax with a cup of tea, or something a little stronger, at the end of the day.Day 3 / 21 May / The Garden at Miserden & Private GardenExpand

First today is a sprawling historic estate which is one of our personal favourites at Violets & Tea. Miserden is a previous winner of the Historic Houses Association / Christies Garden of the Year Award and offers a  wonderful view across the Golden Valley.

Next is an exquisite private garden where bountiful spring blooms cheer the soul. This is a glorious secret garden opened up just for us.Day 4 / 22 May / Hidcote Manor & Batsford ArboretumExpand

Oh Hidcote Manor! A treasure trove of delights that continues to inspire. After an introductory talk, we stroll the grounds at our content indulging in new discoveries around every corner. 

From floral displays to majestic trees, we next visit Batsford Arboretum; a beautiful estate which was the childhood home of the famous Mitford sisters. Luscious green  scenes greet us here along with a spectacular array of flowering spring trees. Day 5 / 23 May / Private Garden & Barnsley HouseExpand

Is there anywhere more beautiful than our first garden for the day in spring? Beautiful blooms, stone pathways and clipped topiary reflect on the Coln River that runs serenely through this private English garden.   

Barnsley House is next, the personal garden of late esteemed garden designer, Rosemary Verey. Partake in a scrumptious lunch before a guided tour around this intimate and romantic gem.

Then waving farewell to the Cotswolds, it is back to London we go to our lovely five-star hotel a stone’s throw from the Chelsea Flower Show.Day 6 / 24 May / RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Members’ Only DayExpand

There is no greater flower show on earth than the Royal

There is no greater flower show on earth than the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. We will indulge all of our senses as we enjoy this annual spectacle. From the display gardens, to the vast range of plants and garden paraphernalia on show, this is an event that is sure to delight. We will spend the day roaming the show at our hearts’ content, later enjoying an ever-so-English, exquisite champagne afternoon tea.

Afterwards there is time to explore Chelsea in Bloom before dinner at our leisure.Day 7 / 25 May / FarewellsExpand

Following a private group breakfast we say our goodbyes as the tour comes to a close.

We are happy to organise transfers or advise guests on continued travel as required.

We partner with select small, luxury hotels that provide exceptional levels of service, to ensure that our customers can experience a restful, comfortable evening after a day strolling through gardens.

Many of our hotels are old English homes and estates, offering charm as well as a few quirks. We hope that you enjoy these quirks as much as we do, as we feel they are part of the English experience.May 19 – 20 / Great Fosters Hotel, EghamExpand

A beautiful, character-filled five-star hotel situated in its own stunning, moated garden. Awarded AA Hotel of the Year England for 2018-19, this Grade I listed property has been refurbished to the highest modern standards while maintaining its charming character.May 20 – 23 / Temple Guiting Manor, Temple GuitingExpand

A luxurious, private country manor house set within its own beautiful gardens exquisitely designed by Chelsea award-winning designer, Jinny Blom. Originally dating from the 15th Century, we will have exclusive use of Temple Guiting which has all the modern trimmings without losing any of its traditional charm.May 23 – 25 / Eccleston Square Hotel, LondonExpand

This boutique five-star hotel nestled in the heart of London is a home away from home with superbly personal service and modern features that add an element of fun to your stay. With access to the private Eccleston Square Gardens, this hotel provides an oasis of seclusion within central London.

Double occupancy: £4,200 per person

Twin occupancy: £4,450 per person

Single occupancy:  £4,700

Inclusions

  • 6 nights’ luxury, hand-picked accommodation
  • Luxury minibus travel with professional driver
  • Entrance to all gardens and events, as stated in itinerary
  • Guided tours of houses and gardens, as stated in itinerary
  • Services of dedicated Tour Manager for duration of tour
  • Breakfast daily, two lunches, one afternoon tea and four dinners, as stated in itinerary
  • Gratuities and porterage for all meals and hotels provided, as stated in itinerary
  • Return airport transfers (please see Terms & Conditions for details)

Exclusions

  • Flights, passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages and meals unless otherwise stated
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation
  • Additional transfers
  • Gratuities for Tour Manager
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, snacks, laundry, etc

Payment

Payment is due in two parts. The non-refundable 20% deposit secures your place on the tour and is required at the time of booking. Final payment is required at least 10 weeks before the tour commencement date. We will send you a reminder for the final payment.

We accept payment by international bank transfer and all major debit and credit cards (except American Express). There is no additional charge levied for card payments. We do not store your payment details.

You are financially protected by Protected Trust Services when you book with us.

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