There could be few finer settings than Chatsworth House for the latest addition to the RHS flower show calendar, and it has already established itself as one of the must-see events of the summer season.
Set against the classic landscape shaped by Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton, the show aims to present the best in British design and innovation. The themes of Mediterranean, jungle and woodland will be explored and interpreted by garden designers in a recreation of Joseph Paxton’s Great Conservatory. As with all RHS shows, the country’s best nurseries will be in attendance with stunning displays.
By contrast, the holiday will also include visits to some of the region’s classic gardens including Felley Priory, with its beautiful herbaceous borders, old fashioned roses and white garden; Hardwick Hall known for its woodland, an orchard and romantic rambling roses and Haddon Hall, which although an ancient residence, has had areas of the garden redesigned in the past few years.
We will also visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Set on the outskirts of Harrogate, the garden is divided by a stream into a mature woodland area which has a wide range of mature trees, rhododendrons and specimen trees and the herbaceous area where different styles of gardening can be seen. The fruit and vegetable gardens will inspire keen gardeners to try something new and the Alpine house always has interesting and beautiful plants to see.
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
11 June 2020: Itinerary
We depart from our pick-up points and travel to Hardwick Hall. The tranquil grounds house many rare and usual plants, and the herbaceous borders are a true sight to behold. We continue to Hardwick Hall, which dominates the surrounding area – a magnificent statement of the wealth and authority of its builder, Bess of Hardwick. Designed by Robert Smythson, the house is remarkable for being almost unchanged since Bess lived here, giving a rare insight into the formality of courtly life of the Elizabethan age. There are outstanding collections of 16th-century embroidery, tapestries, furniture and portraits. Walled courtyards enclose fine gardens, orchards and a herb garden, and the surrounding country park contains rare breeds of cattle and sheep. In the grounds are the remains of Hardwick Old Hall, which Bess continued to use after her new house was built.
We then check-in to our hotel and enjoy dinner.
Meals include: Dinner
Hotel: Kenwood Hall Hotel
Following breakfast, we travel to RHS Harlow Carr. The Royal Horticultural Society’s northern flagship continues to set the highest possible standards in the gardening world. Within this handsome and well-wooded site there are sections devoted to particular groups of plants, a rose garden, a bulb garden and an arboretum, along with three different kinds of rockeries. There are also displays of new cultivars in the trial gardens, which vary according to the season. A delicious cream tea at Betty’s Tea House is included, which enjoys an elevated position overlooking the beautiful grounds.
Dinner will be served back at our hotel in the evening.
All meals included
Hotel: Kenwood Hall Hotel
Today following breakfast, we enjoy a full day at RHS Chatsworth Show. Set against the classic landscape shaped by Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton, the show aims to present the best in British design and innovation. The themes of Mediterranean, jungle and woodland will be explored and interpreted by garden designers in a striking recreation of Joseph Paxton’s Great Conservatory. In the spacious grounds, there will be a wide range of Show Gardens, including a new category entitled ‘Free Form’, which will allow designers to use the breadth of their imagination and create something previously unseen. The show also brings together a selection of the finest independent companies and specialist nurseries, offering a wide-range of design-led products and quality plants.
Dinner is served in the evening.
Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Kenwood Hall Hotel
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and travel to Haddon Hall, an intensely romantic and hugely historic house set in hilly wooded countryside. The castle was built between the 12th and 17th centuries, with turrets, crenellations and tracery windows and as such has often been used as a film location. The gardens still have some of their 17th Century character, particularly on the upper level where there is a fine knot garden. Descending on a series of terraces that lead down towards the river that loops through the rural landscape below, there is a pond and fountain, an immense collection of roses and fine herbaceous borders, all set against the ancient stone walls of the castle.
We continue to our final visit, Felley Priory, often described as one of Nottinghamshire’s best kept secrets. The 19th century garden could be considered ‘new’ when compared to its 12th century house. The tranquil grounds house many rare and unusual plants, and have been carefully planted to dazzle guests throughout the year. The garden’s herbaceous borders are a true sight to behold during summer months; as are the beautiful rose, vine and clematis covered pergolas in the centre of the garden.
Following this, our final visit, we return to our original pick-up points.
Meals include: Breakfast
11 June 2020: Additional Info
11 June 2020: Accommodation
In 12 acres of 1 miles from Sheffield city centre, this 4-star hotel is within easy reach of the city's arena and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.
Kenwood Hall has free on-site parking and a well-equipped leisure club, including an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath and gym.
The hotel provides spacious rooms, all with classical décor and many with views of the lake and gardens. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Kenwood Hall is within easy reach of Sheffield's many international restaurants and its popular shopping district. The scenic landscape of the Peak District and Sheffield City Centre are both easily accessible.