Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: See the gardens of the Cotswolds – including Highgrove House – with The One Show’s Christine Walkden
Nestled amid Gloucestershire’s pretty rolling hills, the Cotswolds are home to some of Britain’s most beautiful gardens.
On this exclusive four-day tour, you will have the chance to discover them for yourself and meet Christine Walkden, The One Show’s popular resident gardening expert.
Christine will join you for a visit to the famous Arts and Crafts garden at Hidcot Manor, before giving a private talk and answering your gardening questions.
Royal favourite: The Carpet Garden at the historic estate of Highgrove House
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by Christine Walkden
Christine first grew flowers and vegetables on her allotment aged ten to sell to her teachers and neighbours. During her career, she has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and has presented Gardeners’ World, Christine’s Garden, The Great British Garden Revival and the Royal Television Society award-winning Glorious Gardens From Above. She is currently a panel member on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time and appears on The One Show.
You will also be able to explore the historic estate of Highgrove House, Prince Charles’s country home; Rodmarton Manor and its eight-acre garden; the Knot Garden at Cerney House; the spectacular Broughton Grange; Sezincote’s ‘Hindu’ garden, inspired by Humphry Repton; and Batsford Arboretum.
It’s the perfect break for anyone who loves gardening.
REASONS TO BOOK
MEET CHRISTINE WALKDEN
Knowledgeable and engaging, Christine Walkden is the perfect special guest to join you on this superb tour. Christine will give a private talk about her career as a broadcaster, author and horticulturist. You will also have the chance to ask her your own questions in a Q&A session.
EXPLORE HIDCOTE HOUSE
Christine will join you for a tour of the delightful and intricately designed Arts and Crafts-inspired gardens at Hidcote House.
TOUR HIGHGROVE HOUSE
Since buying Highgrove in 1980, Prince Charles has redeveloped the garden, taking on a new project each year. With the help of his friend Lady Salisbury, he has surrounded the house with scented wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine and thyme, and created an experimental wildflower meadow of some 32 different varieties of endangered native plants.
You will explore some of England’s finest grounds, including Batsford Arboretum
DAY ONE Cerney House. DAY TWO Highgrove House, Rodmarton Manor. DAY THREE Hidcote Manor with Christine Walkden, Broughton Grange. DAY FOUR Batsford Arboretum, Sezincote, return to pick-up point.
You will explore Broughton Grange, with gardens designed by multiple Chelsea Flower Show gold medal-winner Tom Stuart-Smith, and Rodmarton Manor’s ‘outdoor rooms’, each with its own character.
You will stay throughout this tour at the delightful four-star Oxford Witney Hotel, just a short walk from Witney’s centre. Relax in the elegant bedrooms, take a dip in the pool, or unwind in the spa.
- Three nights’ accommodation at the Oxford Witney Hotel.
- Exclusive talk, Q&A and tour of Hidcote Manor with Christine Walkden.
- Tour of Highgrove House.
- Three breakfasts and three dinners.
- Excursions to Rodmarton Manor, Hidcote Manor, Sezincote, Broughton Grange, Cerney House and Batsford Arboretum.
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: June 1 to 4, 2020. The price: From £875pp*.
Call 01334 440 115, quoting MOS Christine Walkden. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/ChristineWalkden.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Price based on two sharing. Single supplement: £195. Subject to availability. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager’s discretion. This offer is exclusive to Mail Travel and selected media partners. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays, which is ABTOT-protected. For full terms and conditions, go to mailtravel.co.uk/christinewalkden.