England: Highgrove and Autumn Tints of the Cotswolds

England: Highgrove and Autumn Tints of the Cotswolds


What finer place could there be to visit in the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” than the timeless English landscape of the Cotswolds.  


The highlight of this short break is a guided tour of the gardens of Highgrove, the country home of His Majesty The King. This will be a rare opportunity to see these fascinating gardens which of course are cultivated using wholly organic methods. After our visit we will enjoy a delightful lunch, making this a truly memorable, once in a lifetime visit. 


As we walk through Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, we will see the first tints of autumn colour, as the leaves adorning over 15,000 trees from all around the world begin to turn. The Treetop Walkway lends a unique perspective to this impressive collection of woody wonders. 


There are more sylvan delights to enjoy at Batsford Arboretum, which contains over 1500 trees with species from all over the world, including Maples, Bamboo, Magnolias, Oaks and Sorbus. The landscaping includes rockeries, streams and waterfalls, a lake, statues and a hermit’s cave. 


Elsewhere we visit Sezincote Garden with its incongruous yet romantic echoes of a Moghul Indian palace; Snowshill Manor, where an Arts & Crafts garden surrounds a house stuffed full of curiosities, and the unique Painswick Rococo Gardens. All will be taking on autumnal shades or filled with fruit and vegetables that have ripened to perfection over the summer.


4 Days


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What to Expect

  • Autumn leaf colour at Westonbirt and Batsford arboreta 
  • In the footsteps of the King and Queen at Highgrove 
  • Evocative and unusual gardens at Sezincote 
  • Rococo style at Painswick 

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