England: Gardens of Northumberland28th Jul 2024
The largely rural county of Northumberland is home to a range of individual and imaginative gardens, with each one giving an unusual insight into the pleasure of gardening in this most beautiful and tranquil corner of England.
Our tour begins at the gardens of Belsay Hall, which are uniquely set in the quarry that provided the stone to build the house itself. We continue with Mindrum, a large and generous garden, which was created by a natural artist with skill and verve. Colours are soft and subtle and the garden is rich in roses, scented plants, wild flowers and remarkable trees. A few years ago her son took over at Mindrum and she set about creating a new garden at Kirky Cottage, a gravel garden in cottage garden style, filled with her favourite plants from Mindrum and many others.
In Whalton, one of Northumberland’s prettiest villages, we find Manor House, a charming English country house garden with a history which features a contribution from the dream team of garden design, Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens. Newbiggin House, in the equally pretty village of Blanchland, offers us delightful old-fashioned herbaceous borders, while by way of contrast, the Alnwick Garden, whose inspiration stems from the unbridled passion of the Duchess of Northumberland, gives us a garden for the 21st century, full of innovative features and bold planting.
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What to Expect
- Visit Mindrum, a garden created with great skill and verve
- Wander Alnwick Garden, one of the world's most ambitious new gardens
- Marvel at interesting specimens at the Manor House in Whalton with contributions from Jekyll and Lutyens.
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Day by Day Itinerary
We depart mid-morning by train from London Kings Cross (regional rail connections, first-class up-grades and/or overnight accommodation in London before or after the tour available on request; £100pp reduction for no rail travel) to Newcastle, where on arrival, we will be met by our comfortable coach.
We then travel to Belsay Hall, a classical brown stone mansion, built in the 19th Century in Greek revival style to the design of its owner, Sir Charles Monck. The hall was built from rock carved from Belsay’s very own quarry, which was later transformed into an exciting and dramatic garden – creepers twist up sheer rockfaces while, thanks to its own microclimate, rare trees grow in the meadows in the ravines.
We continue to our comfortable four-star accommodation at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Durham Royal County, conveniently situated on the banks of the River Wear within walking distance of the city centre.
Dinner is served in the evening.