Hampton Court Castle
Hampton Court Castle

Rural Herefordshire boasts some of Britain’s best gardens and most influential horticulturalists, from the royal gardens of Hampton Court Castle to Sir Roy Strong’s The Laskett.

The rolling hills of Herefordshire are home to some truly stunning gardens, none more so than Westonbury Mill Water Gardens. Be transported into a world of inspiration and wonder as you wander through the maze of paths, under leaves of Gunnera and over the lily-pond on the Monet Bridge. Whether it’s the romance of climbers, the sweet scent of rose beds or the openness of a wildflower meadow, you are sure be captured by the essence and beauty of this hide-away garden.

Further highlights include Sir Roy Strong’s 'uniquely autobiographical' garden of sentiments and memories, The Laskett, in the parish of Much Birch. The garden was created not long after the marriage of Sir Roy and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman in 1973. Among the many interesting sights in this lovingly designed garden are a rosemary bush that belonged to Julia’s nanny, and an area dedicated to the couple's cats.

At Stockton Bury, a four-acre plantsman’s garden full of unusual plants, we are privileged to have a workshop, tour and talk with the gardener.

And of course, no trip to Herefordshire would be complete without paying a visit to the award-winning gardens at Hampton Court Castle. They were only completed a few years ago, but the hard work has paid off — they are one of the most ambitious garden creations of our time, featuring a walled kitchen garden, a scenic Magnolia Walk, a thousand-strong yew maze and an intriguingly named shrub 'The Bride'...

What's included?

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

Today's Price

Deposit: $150 Single supplement: $225

Tour highlights:

  • Breathtaking views over Herefordshire countryside at The Old Rectory
  • Walled garden at Misarden Park
  • Workshop, tour and talk with the gardener at Stockton Bury
  • Stately gardens at Hampton Court Castle

Tour details

Dates August 2 2020 - August 5 2020
Duration 4 days
Today's Price
Deposit: $150 Single supplement: $225 Balance due by May 10 2020
Activity Level
Tour code BHER200802

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
London 0800 2000
Reading 0915 1845
Swindon 1030 1730
Bristol 1200 1600

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

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August 2 2020: Itinerary

We depart by coach stopping en route for lunch (not included) at Pengethley Garden Centre. We continue to our first visit - Sir Roy Strong’s Garden The Laskett. The garden was created not long after Sir Roy and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman married in 1973. They created a garden of sentiment; memories of people, places and events. There is a Rosemary bush that belonged to Julia’s nanny and an area dedicated to their cats. The garden was very much divided into "his" and "hers" areas with Julia taking care of the kitchen garden and Roy with the architectural elements and the formal enclosures.

Following our visit, we continue our journey into Herefordshire and to our comfortable hotel, the Brooks Country House. Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Brooks Country House Hotel, Ross on Wye

We begin today with a visit to the private garden of The Old Rectory at Thruxton. With breathtaking views over Herefordshire countryside, this constantly changing plantsman's garden is stocked with unusual perennials and roses, together with woodland borders, a gazebo, a vegetable parterre, a glasshouse and a natural pond.

In the afternoon we continue to Westonbury Mill Water Garden. Entering the main part of the garden over the Mill Pool you come to the Bog Garden, rich in water-loving plants. Paths cross the bog allowing a good view of individual plants. From the Bog Garden you may wander in any of several directions, visiting the Big Pond flanked by giant irises and rushes, the Cairn Garden, where boardwalks take you over a maze of small channels and luxuriant growth, or the Lily Pond and the blue `Monet' Bridge. The garden is home to a number of delightful follies, hand-built by the owner, including a unique, water-powered Giant Cuckoo Clock!

Dinner is served back at our hotel in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Brooks Country House Hotel, Ross on Wye

Today, we begin by travelling to the gardens at Hampton Court Castle, a 15th century castle surrounded by 1000 acres of stunning parkland, pasture and woodlands with the River Lugg running alongside. The gardens were only recently completed and are one of the most ambitious garden creations of our time. Original Victorian garden walls enclose stunning new flower gardens divided by canals, island pavilions and pleached avenues. The kitchen garden is an ornamental garden of fruit and vegetables, supplying produce to the Orangery Restaurant for its seasonal menu. There is a maze of a thousand yews with a Gothic tower at its centre - climb to the top for a panoramic view of the gardens or descend underground to a tunnel that leads to a waterfall in the sunken garden. Beautiful herbaceous borders stretch out from a one hundred and fifty-year-old wisteria tunnel that leads to vast lawns and ancient trees beside the castle. Beyond the lawns are riverside and woodland walks.

Our second visit today takes us to Stockton Bury Gardens at Kimbolton. It’s here, after lunch, that we really get down to business with a garden tour, workshop and talk with the gardener. A true plantsman’s garden, this four-acre site is divided into different areas by brick and stone walls and yew hedges. Thoughtfully laid out and beautifully cared for, it contains a wealth of unusual clematis, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants. Many of the more unusual plants are for sale and are well-labelled, a good size and reasonably priced – the perfect souvenir!

We return to our hotel where dinner is served in the evening.

All meals included

Hotel: Brooks Country House Hotel, Ross on Wye

Our final visit will be to Misarden Park, near Stroud. Originally designed in the 17th century, the gardens were redeveloped in the 20th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens in his famous Edwardian style. Herbaceous borders, topiary, shrubs, grass terraces and the newly planted rill and lavender-and-hebe parterre are all contained within a walled garden. The manor house’s elevated position allows for scenic views over the five golden valleys of Stroud.

After lunch (not included), we will return to our original departure points where we expect to arrive late afternoon/early evening – your driver will be able to confirm a more precise time en‐route.

Meals include: Breakfast

August 2 2020: Additional Info

August 2 2020: Accommodation

In 18 acres of beautiful countryside in the Wye Valley, this hotel offers free WiFi and en-suite rooms.

Brooks Country House is only 10 minutes' drive from the M50 and the A40. Peaceful and quiet, but with a convenient location, the manor is a great base from which to explore the region's natural beauty and its historical houses, museums and beautiful gardens.

Rich in traditional character, the Georgian manor house boasts many beautiful period features, including historic wooden beams.

The en-suite rooms are individually furnished, many with fine antiques. All rooms have a TV, telephone, and tea and coffee making facilities.

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