Exclusively for Mail on Sunday readers, discover the secrets of English country gardens with Sarah Raven
Few things in life can compare to the joy of strolling through an English country garden in midsummer when roses, lavender and hydrangeas are put on spectacular display.
Our amazing four day journey includes visits to world class examples in Kent and Sussex and a special event with gardening expert Sarah Raven.
Ideal for anyone with a passion for gardens and gardening, this trip offers so many highlights including the shrubs and perennials of the Great Comp Garden, the famous Wisteria and the Manor House of Scotney Castle, the World Garden of Plants of Lullingstone Castle and Great Dixter’s Tropical Garden.
You will also have the opportunity to meet Sarah Raven in her own garden, Perch Hill in East Sussex, where she will give a private talk and you will enjoy a lunch made from the plot’s produce.
Water wonders: The Mail’s magnificent four-day trip on Sunday visit the gardens of Scotney Castle (pictured)
The tour gives you the opportunity to admire the colorful flowers of Sissinghurst (pictured).
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
They are accompanied by Sarah Raven
Since the publication of her first book, The Cutting Garden, Sarah Raven has been at the forefront of introducing a new way of productive gardening. She is a teacher, presenter and host of the podcast Grow, Cook, Eat, Arrange.
Another highlight will be an early bird visit to Sissinghurst, one of the finest and most admired flower gardens in the world.
reasons to book
Sarah Raven Master Class: During a private event at her own home and garden, Perch Hill, Sarah will tell the story of 25 years of transformation from a ramshackle former dairy farm into 90 acres of inspirational planting. You will then have a guided tour of the garden with the gardeners pointing out plants and features and answering your questions. Your tour is followed by a two-course lunch made with fresh produce from the garden.
Sissinghurst visit for early risers: Sissinghurst Castle is the ancestral home of Sarah’s husband, historian and broadcaster Adam Nicolson, and is known for its beautiful gardens. They were designed by Adam’s grandmother, Vita Sackville-West, and her husband, Harold Nicolson, in the 1930s. You will enjoy a special tour before Sissinghurst opens to the general public.
Magnificent Gardens: Each day of your holiday includes guided tours of beautiful gardens, from the beautiful 7 acre Great Comp Garden and historic manor house at Lullingstone Castle, one of England’s oldest family estates, to the famous English country garden of Pashley Manor and garden author Christopher Lloyd in Great Dixter.
Stylish hotel stay: Stay at a four star spa hotel throughout close to the center of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The hotel, originally built as a country house in 1766, is set in 14 scenic acres and features 70 stylish rooms, an award-winning restaurant, swimming pool, steam room and spa.
- Three nights bed and breakfast at the Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
- Three dinners at the hotel.
- Comfortable travel in the coach.
- Special talks and events with Sarah Raven.
- Two-course lunch and tour of Sarah Raven’s Gardens.
- Visits to the gardens of Lullingstone Castle, Great Comp, Scotney Castle, Pashley Manor and Great Dixter.
- Brightwater Holidays Tour Guide Services.
ROUTE: DAY 1 Arrive in Tunbridge Wells and visit Great Comp and Lullingstone Castle DAY 2 Pashley Manor and Scotney Castle DAY 3 Great Dixter and Sissinghurst DAY 4 Sarah Raven’s Garden at Perch Hill and downhill
HOW TO BOOK
The data: June 6-9, 2023. The price: From £1,295 per person* for four days.
Call 01334 260 256 and quote the reference MOS SARAH RAVEN. To learn more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/sarahraven.
Terms and Conditions: *Price is per person based on two people sharing, subject to availability. Prices and itinerary correct at time of going to press but are subject to change. Single supplement £195. Deposit required. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted and all expert-led events are subject to change. Expert(s) will not accompany you for the entire duration of the trip unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but is required for most of our international trips and should be taken out at the time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other select brands. The tour is operated by Brightwater Holidays (ATOL 4498) and is subject to their booking conditions.