4 days

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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, 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.

NB: there is no single room supplement for the first 10 rooms. Thereafter a supplement of £120.00 will apply

Tour highlights:

  • 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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  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
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  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing


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Colin Crosbie

Tour Manager

Colin Crosbie was the Head Gardener to Her Majesty The Queen Mother in Windsor prior to taking up the position of Curator at RHS Garden Wisley. His extensive horticultural knowledge and experience coupled with his good humour have established him as one of Brightwater’s most popular guides.

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Water feature in Alnwick Castle gardens
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  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Train travel
  • All visits as outlined in the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
July 23 2021 BNBG210723 July 23 2021 (Friday) July 26 2021 (Monday) Colin Crosbie $1,185
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$135 $0 Book Now
August 22 2021 BNBG210822 August 22 2021 (Sunday) August 25 2021 (Wednesday) $1,145
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