Meet Rachel de Thame on our Cotswolds tour

Persian Paradise Garden at Sezincote
Cotswolds Tour - Sezincote's Paradise Garden

Join us on a bespoke tour of some of the Cotswolds' finest gardens with Rachel de Thame. Includes visits to several gardens not normally open to the public, plus informative talks by head gardeners and owners. Rachel de Thame who lives in the Cotswolds, will join the group at Bourton House. You'll also see behind the scenes at two Cotswolds institutions: Whichford Pottery and Daylesford Farm Shop & Market Garden, with plenty of opportunities to shop, too. We’ll be based in Gloucestershire’s Georgian jewel, the elegant town of Cheltenham.

8-13 June, 2020

Prices start from £1,095 per person*

What's included:

  • Five nights half-board at the four-star Jurys Inn, Cheltenham
  • Two private dinners with wine, including a welcome talk from David Hurrion and in Conversation with Rachel de Thame and Lucy Hall
  • All entry fees and garden tours
  • Lunch at Rodmarton Manor
  • Cream tea at Bourton House, where Rachel de Thame joins the tour
  • BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall, joins the tour 11-12 June
  • BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Associate Editor, David Hurrion, as tour leader throughout

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Gardeners’ World presenter, Rachel de Thame
Rachel de Thame

Garden Highlights

  • We start the tour exploring the gardens of two of the Cotswolds’ most fascinating private manor houses – which have extraordinary gardens to match. Rodmarton Manor and its gardens are among the best examples of the Arts & Crafts movement in this country, and where the gardens have received much attention from the owners in recent years. We’ll enjoy a guided tour followed by a group lunch here
  • We move onto Eastleach House visited by Carol Klein for Gardeners’ World in 2019, for a welcome talk and Q&A with the owner who has created the garden with her late husband over the past 40 years. Expect dramatic border schemes and wide views over the Cotswolds scarp
  • Next, Sezincote, a unique historic home, evoking the Indian Raj, where its creator once lived. We will enjoy a private tour with the head gardener
  • We move on to arguably the most famous garden of the area, Hidcote, where a welcome talk by the head gardener will share its rich history
  • On to Upton Wold for a tour of this private garden that has been literally carved out of the limestone, to create a plantsman’s paradise complete with an intriguing labyrinth and breathtaking views
  • We visit Rockcliffe Garden, where we will enjoy a private tour before following in the footsteps of the Mitford family to Batsford Arboretum, a 56-acre arboretum and garden centre, and home to the country’s largest collection of trees and shrubs
  • Onto one of the highlights among Cotswolds’ gardens –Bourton House, as featured on BBC Gardeners’ World in 2019, offers three acres of rich planting surrounding an elegant 18th century manor house. Here we'll be joined by Rachel de Thame – who lives in the Cotswolds, knows the garden well and will share with the group why it’s such an inspiration for her. We will also enjoy a delicious cream tea!
  • In the evening, the group will hear from Rachel on the role of gardening in our health and wellbeing, as she shares her experiences in conversation with Editor, Lucy Hall and Associate Editor, David Hurrion, followed by a private dinner with wine included
  • On our final day together, we visit Miserden Estate , winner of the HHA Garden of the Year Award 2018 and home to the longest planted border in England
  • Our last stop is the quirky and unique Painswick Rococo Gardens. Designed as a pleasure garden in the 1740s, it’s the UK’s only remaining rococo garden, still rich in follies and stories to explore – which will be brought to life on the group’s private guided tour

Also included on the tour...

  • Daylesford Oragnic Farm's impressive Market Garden for a tour from Head Gardener, Jez Taylor. Plus, time for lunch here (not included) and to browse the various food, gardening and fashion shops based here
  • For some smaller- scale inspiration, we will discover how the finest garden pots are made on our guided tour of Whichford Pottery’s workshops and charming pottery courtyard
Tour host, Associate Editor, David Hurrion
Associate Editor, David Hurrion
Bourton House
Bourton House
Hidcote Manor
Hidcote Manor
Miserden Estate
Miserden Estate
Daylesford Farm
Daylesford Farm

BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Editor, Lucy Hall says:

"I’ve known and loved the Cotswolds and its gardens for many years, and have helped to create this bespoke itinerary so you see the best this tranquil area has to offer. You’ll visit private and historic gardens, and enjoy the company of Rachel, who’ll share her story and beliefs in the power of gardening to transform and heal. Join us for a week to remember!"

Editor, Lucy Hall

Your hotel

Jury’s Inn in Cheltenham is a four-star hotel on the edge of Gloucestershire’s most famous spa town, just minutes by taxi from the railway station – making it an easy destination for car-free travel. Every room has an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, plus free tea and coffee. Enjoy on site the heated swimming pool, full gym, tennis courts, steam and sauna rooms. 

Single visitors are very welcome and the supplement is just £195pp.

Please note:

This is a busy itinerary visiting some sizeable gardens and involving a considerable amount of walking with little or no access to assistance. Please bear this in mind when booking this tour.

Terms & conditions:

Holiday organised by and subject to booking conditions of Travel Editions Tours Ltd. Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. Joining instructions sent 10-14 days prior to departure. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Single visitors welcome at a supplement of just £195pp. Insurance available: £30, up to 69 years old; £40, 70+ years old.

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