Explore England’s most amazing Stately Homes and enjoy rural country idyll with ARNE & CARLOS 4th – 10th june 2020
Welcome to our exclusive tour to some of the most beautiful homes and gardens of England! Visit the lovely gardens of Kent – also called the Garden of England – and the beautiful Cotswolds, which includes a visit to Highgrove Gardens, the residence of HRH Prince Charles. Loose your heart in some of the most romantic gardens in the world – in landscapes that will sweep you off your feet…
ARNE & CARLOS will accompany us on this tour where we will visit famous gardens like Highgrove and Sissinghurst. During our tour we will stay at elegant traditional manor houses with style and history. In early June the English gardens will be lush and colourful – at their very best. ARNE & CARLOS are not only designers of knit wear, they are also passionate gardeners, and they have an English style garden at their home in Norway. They will have many interesting facts to share with us during the tour, a tour which will be a true inspiration to all garden lovers! During the tour join a mystery knitalong with ARNE & CARLOS, designed by them – and the bus travel around the English countryside will be even more interesting with a mystery knitting project on the go!
- The Highgrove Gardens tour and lunch – HRH Prince Charles’ residence
- Sissinghurst – famous garden in Kent created by Vita Sackville-West
- The Cotswolds – with its quintessentially charming English Villages
- Vineyard Visit – tasting of English Sparkling Wines (ESW)
- Afternoon High Tea
- Accommodation in elegant mansion style hotels
- Exquisite dining is included throughout the tour
- ARNE & CARLOS mystery knitalong
The group will meet in London Heathrow and from here there will be a bus transfer to our lovely hotel in Kent, the Brandshatch Place & Spa.
Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa dates back to 1806, when it was built by the Duke of Norfolk as a country home. He later gave the house to one of his gentlemen friends in the locality and Brandshatch Place remained a prestigious private residence until 1977.
Kent – the Garden of England
Stunning castles, glorious gardens and stately homes – Kent is a treasure trove of historic attractions and scented sites, all waiting to be explored.
Once a separate kingdom and England’s oldest county, Kent boosts a compelling collection of architecture and estates. From the spectacular Canterbury Cathedral to charming medieval streets walked by Churchill and Charles Dickens, everywhere you go you can discover a new unique story. The Garden of England is aptly named, boasting exquisite sanctuaries to delight the senses and help you recharge your batteries.
In Kent we will visit the famous Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens – the world renowed gardens here were created by writer and poet Vita Sackwille-West and her husband Harold Wilson. Hever Castle & Gardens, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is another attractive garden we will be able to enjoy in Kent. Before we head north towards The Cotswolds, we will pay a visit to Chartwell House, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill, famous for its lovely rose garden. The Churchill family loved Chartwell. It was a home and a place that truly inspired Sir Winston. The house is still much as it was when the family lived here – pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this influential family. The studio is home to the largest single collection of Churchill’s paintings.
The Cotswolds region is a delightful tangle of roads undulating gracefully between ancient hedgerows and tiny gardens, fairytale villages with evocative stone churches, honey-colored mansions, thatched cottages and farms. Not surprisingly it was designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” already in 1966. A delightful mix of English traditions, amazing gardens, delicious food and relaxing village living. Visiting the Cotswolds is like entering a time capsule, but only on the surface. In The Cotswolds our home will be the indulgent 15th century estate Ellenborough Park. Steeped in history this hotel will be a perfect backdrop for the exploration of the glorious gardens of The Cotswolds.
A highlight of the tour is the visit to Highgrove Gardens, the estate of the most famous inhabitant of this region, HRH Prince Charles. Highgrove is his private residence and where the prince spends most of his time and devotes his energy to develop the gardens around the house, cultivate organic vegetables and paint his watercolours. We are privileged to be given a tour of the gardens, and we will also enjoy lunch here in the Highgrove Café.
All the gardens we will visit on the tour, have been carefully selected by ARNE&CARLOS who have travelled extensively around England, visiting the country’s most beautiful and unique gardens – now for all of you to enjoy together with garden enthusiasts ARNE&CARLOS! We look forward to welcome you to this amazing tour – and to the limitations for groups at Highgrove, we only have a limited number of places on this tour, so please make your reservation soon to avoid disappointment.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch D=Dinner
DAY 1 – THURSDAY 4th JUNE: LONDON – FAWKHAM, KENT (D)
Meet your group at London Airport Heathrow in the afternoon. On arrival you will be met by your private coach, tourleader and ARNE&CARLOS and travel to Kent. The journey will take approximately 1,5 to 2 hrs depending on traffic, through the charming landscape of southern England. Check in at the lovely manor hotel Brandshatch Place, a Georgian redbrick house offering elegant proportions nestled at the end of a long tree-lined drive and surrounded by its own 12 acres of parkland and gardens.
Delicious dinner to be served in the hotel restaurant. After dinner we gather in the hotel lounge for the knitalong.
DAY 2 – FRIDAY 5th JUNE: SISSINGHURST AND HEVER CASTLE & GARDENS (B,L,D)
After enjoying a full English breakfast, we will meet our bus and the first garden to visit will be Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens, which was created in the 1930’s by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. This is the most visited garden in England and we will be taken on a guided tour. The garden features a series of areas each with a distinct theme and separated by yew hedges and ancient walls and had a profund influence on the development of English gardens. We will enjoy lunch here in the garden, in their café The Granary.
In the afternoon we continue to Hever Castle which is largely known for its lovely gardens with a winding yew maze, topiary and pristine lake. Hever Castle was the home of the famed Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. He later gave the castle to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, after they divorced. The castle also has an impressive collection of Tudor portraits including a rare image of King Henry VIII as a young man.
Dinner to be enjoyed in the awarded hotel restaurant this evening.
DAY 3 – SATURDAY 6th JUNE: KENT – THE COTSWOLDS (B/D)
We check out from Brandshatch Place after breakfast, and continue our tour towards The Cotswolds. Today there will be plenty of time to catch up with your knitting! Before we leave Kent, we will pay a visit to Sir Winston Churchill’s magnificent home, Chartwell House. The Churchill family loved Chartwell. It was a home and a place that truly inspired Sir Winston. The house is still much as it was when the family lived here – pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of this influential family. The studio is home to the largest single collection of Churchill’s paintings. We will see the desk where he wrote his many famous speeches and Nobel prize-winning books. A stroll around the house discovering its many treasures, will help create an intimate insight of Churchill and his family.
Continuing our tour towards The Cotswolds, we will not only have lunch enroute, we will also pay a visit to Upperton Vineyards and Winery, where we will enjoy a private vineyard tour and taste some of their delicious sparkling wines. The vineyard owner, Mr Andy Rogers, will guide us through the set up, management and ethos of the vineyard. We will learn about the sparkling wine process while enjoying a tasting of two Upperton sparkling wines, on their terrace with the backdrop of the gorgeous South Downs.
After a pleasant drive through the English countryside, we arrive in the beautiful Cotswolds, at our lovely hotel for the next four nights, Ellenborough Park.
Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 4 – SUNDAY 7th JUNE: HIGHGROVE GARDENS AND MISERDEN GARDENS (B/L/D)
After enjoying a full English breakfast, we will board the coach and the first visit will be Highgrove Royal Gardens. This is the private residence of HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. It is renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative gardens in England, and from the minute we enter this royal property, we will get a sense of anticipation of things to come. The Prince believes passionately in the advantages of organic farming and has transformed the farm into a completely organic, sustainable form of farming system. At Highgrove we will have lunch in their café, where food is made using organic ingredients from the garden.
After the visit to Highrove we will continue to Miserden Gardens.
Garden writer Anna Pavord picks this among her top 10 favorite gardens to visit in the world! This lovely, timeless garden has spectacular views over a deer park and the rolling landscape of The Cotswolds beyond. It was designed in the 17th Century and still retains a unique sense of peace and calm. There are extensive hedges, and a wide variety of roses, clematis, shrubs and herbaceous plants. An ancient mulberry tree believed to have been planted in 1620. This is a hidden gem in the heart of The Cotswolds with a soothing atmosphere. Miserden was also the winner of the Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award in 2018.
Back at our hotel, there will be time for cocktails in the bar, before we meet for dinner.
DAY 5 – MONDAY 8th JUNE: HIDCOTE MANOR AND SNOWSHILL MANOR GARDENS (B/D)
After breakfast we have a forty minute drive to Hidcote Manor Gardens. This is a famous Arts and Crafts-inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswold hills, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. Experience the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It is a perfect place for gardening inspiration!
Today we will visit Chipping Camden, also called the jewel of the Cotswold, and you will have the opportunity to explore this traditional village at your own leisure and maybe enjoy a good pub lunch and a pint in one of the many good old pubs to be found there. This quaint town is known for its signature yellow brick houses – many hundred years old. The village has ancient churches, glorious gardens, stately homes, country pubs and friendly locals. A very picturesque place with lots of photo opportunities!
In the afternoon we continue to Snowshill Manor, which dates back to the 16th century. Snowshill Manor is a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures collected over a life time by Charles Wade. Every great manor house has an equally great garden attached and Snowshill is no exception. Pitted as outdoor rooms, the garden provides an extention of former owner Charles Wade’s modest living quarters in The Priest’s House and the manor itself. Comprising two acres, it includes formal lawns, colourful borders and water features – with plenty of benches to sit down and take a moment. In 1951 the manor became a National Trust property.
Split into a number of ‘rooms’, the garden includes Armillary Court, home to the sphere on top of a stone pillar; The Jolly Roger, a small building which Wade used as his summer house; Well Court, home to the 24-hour garden clock; a cow-byre, dovecote and kitchen garden.
The seasonal changes in the garden are spectacular. Come in the springtime and you’ll see the beautiful blossom and a sea of daffodils in the orchard. The summer sees the wildlife emerge – the bees, butterflies and birds going about their business.
After a full and inspiring day we have a short drive back to Ellenborough Park with time to have a drink and relax before our dinner in the hotel restaurant.
DAY 6 – TUESDAY 9th JUNE: WESTONBIRT – THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM (B/D)
Today we will have a lazy morning and enjoy the hotel and maybe relax with some knitting, before we are picked up by our coach and taken to Westonbirt. The National Arboretum, bursting with over 600 acres of trees originating from all over the world. Everyone will be amazed by the stunning surroundings. The landscape was laid out aesthetically rather than in a botanical order, meaning Westonbirt is one of the most beautiful and diverse tree gardens anywhere in the world.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a traditional English Afternoon tea at a manor house. This is a rather indulgent and enjoyable affair, and you may not require lunch today….
The rest of the day can be enjoyed at your own leisure in the hotel, before we all meet for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY 10th JUNE: WATERPERRY GARDENS – LONDON (B/L)
Our time in the Cotswolds is nearly over, and it is time to start our short journey back to London Heathrow. We will check out of our hotel after breakfast. Enroute to Heathrow we will make a stop in Waterperry Gardens just a stone’s throw from Oxford. Waterperry Gardens dates back to the 1930s when Miss Beatrix Havergal established her “School of Horticulture for Ladies” here. We will explore the 8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, there is a rose garden, water lily ponds and a fragrant herb garden, a quality Garden Gift Shop, Gallery, Museum and a Tea Shop for those last minute gifts or souvenirs.
At Waterperry we will enjoy a relaxed lunch before it is time to travel to the airport with fond memories of lovely England and her stunning gardens. Arrival at Heathrow Airport approximately 1500 hrs.
Price per person in a double room, based on 2 people sharing: NOK 27,900.00 (approximately USD 3.050,-)
Single room supplement: NOK 8,000.00 (approximately USD 875,-)
Included in the price:
- 6 nights in selected hotels including full English breakfast
- 6 dinners at acclaimed hotel restaurants
- 3 lunches
- 1 Afternoon Tea at a manor house
- 1 Vineyard visit with sparkling wine tasting
- All entrances fees and guided tours at the nine gardens we visit on the tour
- All transportation
- Tour leader from Reisecompaniet (Githa Kristensen)
- Knitalong with ARNE & CARLOS
Not included in the price:
- Travel insurance
- International air-tickets. We will be glad to help you arrange international flights to/from London, and we can also arrange stop-over package in London before/after your journey.
We reserve the right to slightly alter the itineraries and prices in the event of unforeseen conditions beyond our control, i.e. changes in prices or currency.
Price is based on a minimum of 25 participants.
ARNE & CARLOS
Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrisson are highly regarded textile artists, designers and authors. They are best known for their arts and craft books and their unique and colourful designs, highly influenced by Norwegian culture and traditions. Their creative base and home is a disused railway station in the mountainous region of Valdres, 170 km north of Oslo, Norway. In this idyllic setting, with dense forests and placid lakes, they find plenty of inspiration. Their artistic name and brand “ARNE & CARLOS” was established in 2002. Their first book, “Christmas balls”, published in 2010,with designs and patterns for 55 knitted Christmas balls, was an immediate success! It went on to become a bestseller in both Norway, Europe, Asia and the US. To this date they have published 9 books, which have been translated into 14 different languages, enjoyed by people all over the world.
ARNE & CARLOS’ works are on permanent displays in several museums in Norway, Denmark and South Korea. They have collaborated with many prestigious international brands, including the high-end Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons, and they also work closely with yarn producers Rowan, Schachenmayr og Regia. They absorb the rich traditions of Scandinavian arts and crafts while adding their own personal inspirations.
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