Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Gardens of Southern England (9 days)

Abercrombie & Kent United Kingdom & Ireland

Bath, United Kingdom To Southampton, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 21 Aug 2018


Day 1
Bath, United Kingdom
The Royal Crescent Dinner

London - Bath


On arrival in London you are met and transferred to your elegant hotel, situated at the very centre of Bath's beautiful Royal Crescent. This afternoon is at leisure to relax after your journey. Alternatively you may wish to join an introductory walking tour of Bath, including a visit to the famous Roman Baths, before meeting your fellow travellers for welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel's award-winning restaurant.

Day 2
Tetbury, United Kingdom
The Royal Crescent Breakfast

The Cotswolds, Manor Gardens and Afternoon Tea


A wonderful day spent in the Cotswold Hills, regarded as one of the most quintessentially English parts of the country. See the famous villages built out of the honey-coloured limestone that is so characteristic of the region, and perhaps shop for antiques in the renowned galleries of Stow-on-the-Wold. There is free time for lunch in Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the most picturesque of the Cotswold villages.

This afternoon continue to one of England's great gardens, Hidcote Manor. This masterpiece consists of a series of outdoor 'rooms', each separated by walls and hedges of many different species and created by the horticulturist Lawrence Johnston.

Your final destination is Cerney House, where you are greeted by the head gardener. The secret garden of Cerney House, set high above the lovely Churn Valley with a view composed of lawn, wildflower meadow and mature trees, is the perfect example of a cottage garden. Wander past one of the largest aspen poplars in the country, herbacious borders and the extensive herb garden, before enjoying afternoon tea. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 3
Wells, United Kingdom
The Royal Crescent Breakfast

Private Visit to Iford Manor and Beautiful Wells Cathedral


This morning you depart for nearby Iford Manor where you are privileged to be welcomed exclusively by a member of the family who now owns the property. The Manor was home to the Edwardian architect and landscape gardener Harold Peto until 1933 and the award-winning Italianate garden is famous for its tranquillity and beauty. Enjoy the pools, sculptures, terraces, naturalised lilies and magnificent rural views as the head gardener takes you on a guided tour, followed by morning coffee.

Later continue to Wells to visit the famous cathedral and enjoy lunch at leisure. The return journey to Bath will take you through the Cheddar Gorge, a narrow, winding ravine with limestone rocks rising almost vertically on either side to a height of 400 feet. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure in Bath. This evening is at your leisure.

Day 4
Padstow, United Kingdom
Hotel Tresanton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lunch in Prideaux Place and a Private Visit to Lancarffe Manor


Set off early this morning for Cornwall, where you are to be the lunch guests of the Prideaux-Brune family in their enchanting Elizabethan home, Prideaux Place. Set in the oldest deer park in England, dating back to the 4th century, the house is also famous for its 16th century plasterwork ceiling in the Great Chamber depicting the Apocryphal story of Susannah and the Elders. Enjoy lunch in the dining room and time to wander the gardens at leisure, before continuing to the town of Bodmin.


Here enjoy a private visit of Lancarffe Manor with the owner Mr Richard Gilbert. This early manor house is set deep in a wooded valley with stunning gardens and an excellent collection of paintings. Later check into Tresanton, one of the West Country's most famous hotels, situated at the edge of the unspoilt village of St Mawes with stunning views across the sea.

Dinner this evening is à la carte in the hotel.

Day 5
Mevagissey, United Kingdom
Hotel Tresanton Breakfast, Lunch

The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan


Today visit two of Cornwall's most famous gardens. Begin the day with a guided tour of the world-famous Eden Project which has transformed an abandoned china clay quarry into the world's largest greenhouse housing thousands of plants from around the world. Lunch will be taken at the Eden Project.


After lunch visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan. In their heyday, the estate gardens at Heligan were one of the glories of Cornwall with a number of farms, quarries, woods, a flour mill, a sawmill, a brewery, productive orchards and kitchen gardens. Yet with the outbreak of the First World War more than half the staff was to perish in battle and although the Tremayne family returned after the war they eventually moved on and rented the property to friends. Decades of neglect had consigned these beautiful gardens to the history books, until the present owners began the daunting task of restoring Heligan to its former glory. As the gardens have remained unaltered since the Victorian era, they provide a fascinating insight into estate life at the end of the 19th-century.

Returning to Tresanton, dinner is at leisure this evening.

Day 6
Hugh Town, United Kingdom
Hotel Tresanton Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

St Ives & Tate Gallery


Travel to the North coast and the delightful artists’ town of St. Ives. St. Ives itself sits on a sweeping sandy beach with far reaching views. The traditional Cornish architecture of tiny cottages whose gardens brim with flowers and trailing lobelia are what attracted artists here originally. Throughout the 20th-century many artists have sought to express their ideas through the essential elements of painting and sculpture: line, shape, scale mass, colour and texture. Artists in St Ives were at the forefront of this movement in Britain, and established a focus for modern art in the area. The Tate Gallery is a regional outpost of the world famous Tate Gallery and Tate Modern exhibitions in London and displays fine pieces from the St. Ives movement.

Your day then continues along the remote landscape of the Penwith Peninsula which among its highlights include Lands End, the most westerly point on mainland Britain. Also not to be missed are the Merry Maidens, a Bronze Age stone circle of 19 stone girls turned to stone for dancing on Sunday.

Day 7
New Milton, United Kingdom
Chewton Glen Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A Private Visit to Ugbrooke House


Head to Devon this morning to Ugbrooke House, home to the Clifford family for over 300 years. Enjoy a tour of the house and gardens in the company of Lord and Lady Clifford, your hosts for lunch. Ugbrooke Park was designed by Capability Brown and offers tempting glimpses of distant Dartmoor. The Estate is situated in the gentle valley of the Ug brook which falls through a series of picturesque lakes. The gardens stretch down to the lakeside unveiling delightful views at every turn. The parkland contains groups of fine mature trees, including Sessile, Red and Luccombe Oak, Giant Redwoods and magnificent English tree species.


Continue this afternoon to New Milton on the south coast where you check into your luxurious spa hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel's excellent facilities which include a magnificent swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room and saunas, fully equipped exercise room, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course, croquet lawn and state of the art spa. Dinner will be in the hotels superb restaurant.

Day 8
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
Chewton Glen Breakfast, Dinner

A Private Visit of Breamore House and Exbury Gardens


Your first destination this morning is Breamore House, a Tudor Manor overlooking the Avon valley and housing an impressive collection of period furniture and 17th and 18th-century Dutch paintings. Enjoy a private visit before continuing to the heart of the New Forest, 150 square miles of woodland and wilderness heath awarded special protection by William the Conquerer more than nine centuries ago and in many ways unchanged since that time.

This afternoon visit Exbury Gardens, most famous for their wonderful displays of azaleas and rhododendrons. Enjoy a guided tour with the head gardener and a ride on the new steam train, before returning to your hotel for farewell drinks and dinner this evening, bringing this enchanting tour to a close

Day 9
Southampton, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Depart England

Transfer to London this morning for your final arrangements prior to your departure flight; for guests departing on a transatlantic crossing, Southampton is located close to Chewton Glen Hotel.

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A 9-day itinerary showcasing the highlights of Southern England and especially the region's beautiful gardens.

Please note: Clients should be made aware that there is a certain amount of walking involved in this itinerary. All of the gardens visited will require walking and there is no transport on the island of Tresco. Walking should never be strenuous, but comfortable shoes are essential and clients with walking difficulties may find their participation limited.

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By: klnews

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

We especially liked the wonderful service when we arrived in our cities. Guides were fantastic too
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Wonderful Experience

By: Janice

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2015

Abercrombie & Kent made arrangement for us to have drivers for July 5th, 6th and 7th and to return us to Dublin on the 8th. Although the drivers said they were not from A&K, they had been hired by them and took us to the preplanned sites and tours that we had agreed on. In addition, they (one on the 5th and 6th, another one on the 7th and 8th) included many sites and historical tours of the cities which we visited. Both were excellent drivers and expert guides! They were not, apparently, aware of the agreed to contract with A&K and we did have to pay for admission to all the tours that required fees, but we felt we got so much more from their experience that the cost was well worth what we paid.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Shepard
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Excellent guides

By: ScottSh

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2015

Each of our guides in different parts of Greece provided an amazing and insightful experience.
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excellent guides and hotels

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

The hotels and France were fine, the guides and drivers excellent and historical explantions excpeptional. We appreciated that our excellent guides took us off the beaten tourist path and to places extraordinary and special. these fellows were wonderful and friendly and knowledgeable. terrific
Travel Advisor:  Aline Coleman

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By: Shelley

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Our family loved our trip to London! We were well taken care of by Peter and Vanessa. They were warm and welcoming to us in addition to being very knowledgable about everything London. Our Guardian Angel checked in on us several times and it was nice to have a contact in London in case an emergency arose. Thank you for helping to execute a wonderful, memorable trip!


By: person

Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2017

We went on the A&K trip to Croatia, not GB & Ireland. It was wonderful
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