Spring Treasures & the Chelsea Flower Show

19 – 25 May 2022

Immerse yourself in the finest spring gardens of them all, just as they come into bloom. This luxury English garden tour is handcrafted to celebrate the pioneers and their gardens, from the home of William Robinson to Christopher Lloyd. Cruise between London and a soporific countryside, taking in all manner of grand gardens and botanical heritage.

And if that was not enough, there is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as well, with a spot of champagne afternoon tea to celebrate your holiday.

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Experience the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the exclusive Member’s Only Day with a champagne afternoon tea

Explore Great Dixter on a private tour before it opens to the public for the day

Marvel at the stunning Sissinghurst Castle Garden, beloved the world over

Admire the details of Parham House with a private tour of the extraordinary Elizabethan manor house and walled garden

Savour a private tour with lunch at the Michelin-starred Gravetye Manor

Six nights of handpicked, boutique hotels

Day 1 / 19 May / Welcome & Royal Botanic Gardens, KewExpand

After greeting each other at The Petersham Hotel, our journey begins at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants. Enjoy a private guided tour and spend the afternoon immersing your senses in the collections, before relaxing with a welcome dinner.Day 2 / 20 May / Private GardensExpand

Meandering into Sussex we gaze upon the colours of spring at our first garden visit, a magnificent contemporary garden based on traditional Jekyll principles while employing modern ecological approaches. We enjoy a delicious lunch in the grounds with the owner.

An exquisite, romantic garden greets us next. Masses of pleached trees and creative floral bursts are mixed with sculptural elements making each new glance around the meandering pathways a surprise.

We end the day at our historic hotel replete with an award-winning spa to relax in. Perfect! Day 3 / 21 May / Great Dixter & Sissinghurst Castle GardenExpand

A ramshackle Tudor house sits in the middle of the wrap-around garden at Great Dixter. This is the childhood home of Christopher Lloyd, a man who revolutionised modern gardening. The garden’s cacophony of plants delight and inspire as we enjoy exclusive pre-opening access to the garden, followed by a private tour of the house.

A jewel amongst jewels, Sissinghurst Castle Garden is one of the most visited gardens in England. Romantic, emotive, charming; we marvel at waves of colour and jubilant planting in this beloved garden. Then it is off to a local haunt for some refined English pub grub, before returning to our hotel for the night.Day 4 / 22 May / Parham House & Leonardslee LakesExpand

Parham House jumps into life every spring; a pleasure ground of floral excess behind towering walls. An exclusive tour reveals the enchantment of both the house and garden this morning, unpeeling layers of history in this extraordinary private estate.

Afterwards, stroll the delightful gardens of Leonardslee Lakes, an unforgettable visual treat for garden lovers. Relax in the tranquility where camellias and rhododendrons bloom alongside rare and exotic trees.Day 5 / 23 May / Nymans & Gravetye ManorExpand

Royal intrigue meets gardening history in the National Trust gardens of Nymans. This Edwardian retreat of the Messel family provides a hauntingly beautiful display of ambition and aspiration complemented with enviable views across the Sussex High Weald.

Next is Gravetye Manor, considered to be the birthplace of the English cottage garden. Revel in a private tour of this glorious garden then enjoy an exquisite lunch in the Michelin-starred restaurant.

Afterwards, say goodbye to the rural south of England as we travel to our sophisticated five-star hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens, perfectly located on this peaceful street in the heart of Chelsea.Day 6 / 24 May / RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Members’ Only DayExpand

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the most famous flower show experience of them all, the Members’ Only Day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Wander the astounding show gardens, explore the plant displays, take in the curiosities, and lose your nose in all the aromas. There is only one way to do the show properly and that is with a champagne afternoon tea.

After the show, enjoy the sights of Chelsea in Bloom with an evening at your leisure in this charming neighbourhood.Day 7 / 25 May / FarewellsExpand

We say our fond farewells, for now, as the tour comes to an end after breakfast.

We are happy to assist with onward travel plans 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 / The Petersham Hotel, RichmondExpand

Perched on the hillside in Richmond overlooking the River Thames, this award-winning four-star hotel provides first class hospitality and comfort. With a view that has been captured by J. M. W. Turner, this hotel remains a classic English beauty. May 20 – 23 / Ashdown Park Hotel & Utopia Spa, East GrinsteadExpand

A unique, four-star hotel set within nearly 200 acres of landscaped parkland and woods. Discover secret gardens and wandering paths through the woods, or simply gaze over the tranquil lake from the comfort of the spa facilities. This is an elegant hotel blending English charm and modern comforts.May 23 – 25 / 11 Cadogan Gardens, ChelseaExpand

A boutique, five-star hotel marrying English sophistication with luxury. Relax in the historic drawing room or take a tipple in the stunning wood panelled bar, the choice is yours at this quintessentially English hotel situated in a quiet oasis just off the vibrant, shopping region of Chelsea.

Double / twin occupancy: £4,100 per person

Single occupancy:  £4,600


  • Six nights’ luxury four- and five-star 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, two afternoon teas and three dinners
  • Gratuities and porterage for all meals and hotels provided
  • Return airport transfers (please see our Terms & Conditions for details)


  • 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 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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