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La Seigneurie Gardens
La Seigneurie Gardens

The island of Guernsey, just 20 miles off the coast of France, flourishes in the warmth of summer and is home to some wonderful gardens. On our first day here we visit the Guernsey Millennium Tapestry which provides a colourful introduction to the island’s history, followed by Castle Cornet where a profusion of plants nestles within the ancient walls, a large town garden with good planting in St. Peter Port as well as a small private garden.

Further highlights on Guernsey include Saumarez Park and the Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum, the workshop of a local jewellers and Candie Gardens, a Victorian gem with sweeping views over St Peter Port.

We then cross to the tranquil, traffic-free island of Sark, where we tour the wonderful garden of La Seigneurie and wildflower meadows. This unforgettable trip also offers the chance to enjoy the clear night skies that this unspoilt island has to offer, before we return home.

Our Tour Manager is local horticulturalist Malcolm Cleal, who will meet us on arrival.

What's included?

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Ferry crossings

Led by...

Malcolm Cleal

Malcolm Cleal Tour Manager

A welcome new recruit to the Brightwater ranks, Malcolm Cleal was previously the Manager of Guernsey’s Parks and Gardens and has a vast horticultural and historical knowledge of the island’s parks, gardens, coastal and cliff areas.

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Today's Price
£1,495

Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £295

Tour highlights:

  • An interesting range of private gardens in Guernsey
  • 1000 years of history at the Millennium Tapestry
  • Local jewellery
  • The Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum
  • Scenic boat trip to Sark and a night on the island

Tour details

Dates 16 June 2022 - 20 June 2022
Duration 5 days
Cost
Today's Price
£1,495
Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £295 Balance due by 24 March 2022
Tour code BPGY220616
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16 June 2022: Itinerary

We depart from London Gatwick today on our direct flight to Guernsey (flights and connections from regional airports and/or are overnight accommodation at Gatwick available on request). On arrival we are met by our local guide who will escort us to our coach for the transfer the Guernsey Millennium Tapestry, a project that involved the whole community. It illustrates 1000 years of local history in ten panels of embroidered canvas work, each panel covering one century. The original aim of the project was to provide a lasting reminder of the Millennium celebrations, involve the whole community and encourage people to look more deeply into the Island’s history.

We continue to Castle Cornet, which guards the approaches to St Peter Port’s harbour. Contained within its walls is a profusion of plants both ancient and modern, most of them found in four period gardens from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. 

Following a visit to a private garden, we continue with a visit to Grange Court, a large town garden in St Peter Port which has a gorgeous rose garden, folly, cactus vinery and mixed borders set around rolling lawns, all immaculately maintained. It was the winner of the 2008 Island Garden Competition for the best perennial garden.

We end the day at our comfortable 3-star accommodation at La Barbarie Hotel in St Peter Port. The lovely rural location and award-winning restaurant make this one of Guernsey’s best hotels for relaxing short breaks.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: La Barbarie Hotel, Guernsey

After breakfast, we travel to the Victorian walled garden at Saumarez Park. Work to restore the walled garden is still in progress, but it is already producing well, yielding crops in varieties appropriate to the Victorian era. The garden has also gained several first prizes in the Northern Agricultural & Horticultural Society's annual show held in the park.

Within the park is the National Trust of Guernsey’s Folk and Costume Museum, where we will enjoy a guided tour. The museum illustrates the history of the people of Guernsey over the last 250 years through their costumes.

We then visit the private gardens of La Haye du Puits. This is a very old estate with extensive formal gardens. We continue to Bruce Russell & Son, a wonderful workshop and showroom where they craft traditional silverware, gold, and platinum jewellery. During the last century, they have been commissioned to design and craft spectacular jewellery for royalty and heads of state.

We conclude today at Candie Gardens, which have given pleasure to many since they were left to the people of Guernsey in 1887.  The gently sloping upper lawn affords the visitor a panoramic view over St Peter Port and the neighbouring islands beyond. The Lower Gardens provide a rare example of a late 19th century Public Flower Garden as originally laid out, while the heated glasshouses date to the end of the 18th century, making them the oldest in the British Isles.

We return to our hotel, where dinner will be served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: La Barbarie Hotel, Guernsey

This morning, following breakfast, we visit the private garden of Forest Lodge, a medium sized garden which contains a wide variety of more unusual and tender, plants and shrubs.

We continue with a visit to a Fresia Nursery, where we will see the various stages of growing these exotic blooms, which are one of Guernsey’s principal exports. Nearby is Oatlands Village, home to a variety of unique attractions, in the form of historic brick kilns, thatched barns, craft and embroidery shops, a jeweller’s and a chocolatier.

In the afternoon we enjoy a scenic guided coach tour of the island, stopping off at points of interest along the way.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: La Barbarie Hotel, Guernsey

Following breakfast, we transfer to the harbour at St Peter’s Port and depart by boat for the neighbouring island of Sark. More than twice the size of Herm at 2 square miles in area, Sark also bans motor vehicles and on arrival at the port we will be taken up the hill to the centre of the island by horse and cart.

We continue to the gardens of La Seigneurie, which were created on land bought by Seigneur Le Pelley in 1835. The Walled Garden is aligned with the Church Le Pelley built in 1820 and the central arches framed a view of the tower, a scene now obscured by the new Island Hall. The high walls give protection from the wind and, together with the mild micro-climate, allow many tender and half-hardy plants to thrive. The more unusual specimens are labelled, such as the Australian Bottlebrush and New Zealand Tea Tree. Probably the oldest surviving feature of the original layout is the formal rose garden edged with box hedging. Other features include a Victorian glasshouse on the north wall which shelters some long-established vines; a productive vegetable garden which helps supply the café, and adjacent sensory and wildflower gardens.

We then continue to the luxurious Stocks Hotel, where overnight accommodation has been arranged and where dinner is served in the evening. After dinner, if weather conditions allow, we can enjoy the clear and starry night skies for which Sark is renowned.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Stocks Hotel, Sark

After breakfast this morning we return by ferry to St Peter Port where we have some free time for shopping in. Guernsey’s capital has been a busy entrepôt since Roman times and the Channel Islands’ premier port, graced by the wealth of ship builders, privateers and merchant adventurers. Georgian and Regency styles were enriched by an influx of French emigrés, including Victor Hugo, whose influences included Parisian-style urinoirs! Today the town is a captivating blend of styles, framed by a tumble of terraces and tiered gardens and criss-crossed by worn steps and hidden alleys. There is an excellent range of shops, and the Old Quarter is the place to find antiques.

We enjoy a final visit to another private garden before we transfer to the airport in time to check in for our homeward flight.

Meals include: Breakfast

16 June 2022: Additional Info

16 June 2022: Accommodation

Situated in the quiet, green valley of St Martin, La Barbarie Hotel overlooks Saints Bay. With a swimming pool, restaurant and stylish rooms, there is also free parking and free Wi-Fi.

The bright and airy rooms at La Barbarie Hotel have modern en suite bathrooms and tea and coffee facilities. All rooms have a TV and ironing facilities, and some have cosy seating areas.

The Barbarie Restaurant serves a creative British menu, featuring fresh local seafood and vegetarian options. Light lunches and bar snacks are also available.

La Barbarie Hotel features a charming guest lounge with exposed beams and open log fires. There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool, a large sun terrace and pretty flower gardens.

With direct access to the rugged cliffs and coves of South Guernsey, La Barbarie boasts a peaceful location just half a mile from Mouilpied. Guernsey Airport can be reached in 10 minutes’ drive. 

This 16th-century luxury hotel is located on the peaceful island of Sark, offering individually decorated rooms with elegant furnishings. Guests can enjoy acres of landscaped grounds and a heated swimming pool.

All of the rooms at Stocks Hotel feature solid oak furniture, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Guests can make use of tea/coffee facilities, hairdryers, and ironing facilities.

Meals are served in the elegant main restaurant, offering fine dining made from fresh, locally sourced produce. Guests can relax at the Poolside Bistro, with outdoor dining in beautiful surroundings. The Smugglers Bar provides a range of drinks and single malt whiskies amongst historic oak beams.

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