Explore England’s most amazing Stately Homes and enjoy rural country idyll with ARNE & CARLOS 15th – 19th August 2019
Join Norway’s favorite designer duo, ARNE & CARLOS, on a lifetime experience. You might already be familiar with these guys and their knitting and textile designs, as their success story reach far beyond their home country. They have fans all over the world, especially in North America and Japan. Their passion for traditional Scandinavian knitting motifs is well known, but they’re also passionate for beautiful gardens. In fact, it’s when they tend their own garden they get their best ideas, and find inspiration for their colorful designs.
On this tour we’ll visit unforgettable gardens and enjoy the countryside in one of southern England’s most idyllic corners; The Cotswolds. Here, we find an abundance of fine Stately Homes and Manor Houses, many of them have featured in films and costume dramas as well as having played major parts in history. Lose your heart in some of the most romantic gardens in the world, landscapes that will sweep you off your feet.
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.
Let our famous designer duo escort you to the most beautiful gardens.
One of the highlights, of course, is the visit to Highgrove Castle, the Estate of the most famous inhabitant of this region; His Royal Highness Prince Charles. This is his private paradise, where he spends most of his time and devotes his energy to transform the gardens around the house, cultivate organic vegetables and paint watercolors.
In this magnificent landscape, between the two idyllic villages of Cheltenham and Gloucester, we find the comfortable Cheltenham Chase Hotel, where we will stay during the whole tour.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch D=Dinner
DAY 1 – THURSDAY 15th AUGUST: LONDON – CHELTENHAM (D)
Meet your group at London Airport Heathrow at 1500 hrs. On arrival you’ll be met by your private coach and guide and travel to the Cotswolds region. The journey will take approximately 1,5 to 2 hrs depending on traffic, through the charming landscape of southern England En route we’ll make our first visit to a private garden. On arrival we’ll check into our modern 4-star hotel and relax before we meet for our welcome dinner. We’ll stay in the same hotel during the whole tour.
DAY 2 – FRIDAY 16th AUGUST: HIGHGROVE ROYAL GARDENS AND BROCKWORTH COURT (B/D)
After enjoying a typical English breakfast we’ll board our coach, and the first visit will be Highgrove Royal Gardens. This is the private residence of HRH Prince Charles, The Duke of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. It’s renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative gardens in England, and from the minute we enter this royal property we’ll get a sense of anticipation of things to come. The Duke believes passionately in the advantages of organic farming and has transformed the farm into a completely organic, sustainable form of farming system.
After the visit to Highrove we’ll continue our tour to Brockworth Court. This garden beautifully complements the 13th century part-timbered Manor house which it surrounds. The gardens are organic, with informal cottage-style planting areas that seamlessly blend together. There’s a natural fish pond, with a bridge leading to a small island with a thatched house. The Kitchen garden was cultivated by monks for hundreds of years. Enjoy breathtaking views over the gardens to Crickley and Coopers Hill.
In the evening we’ll meet for dinner at our Hotel Restaurant.
DAY 3 – SATURDAY 17th AUGUST: CIRENCESTER AND PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDEN (F/M)
We’ll start our day after breakfast, with a first visit to historic Cirencester, in the heart of the Cotswolds. You’ll find yourself surrounded by history in this charming market town, once affluent due to the wool trade. It’s still a thriving town with a bustling market square and cobbled streets. You’ll have a few hours free time, to visit the impressive Cathedral, browse for original gifts or souvenirs in the quaint narrow streets, or just enjoy rural life in one of the many fine eateries. Your guides can recommend places for lunch if you wish. We’ll meet in the afternoon to continue our tour to Painswick Rococo Gardens. Here, we’ll step back in time to the elegant and sophisticated 18th century. The garden was designed by Benjamin Hyett, as an English gentleman’s pleasure garden and a place for holding rather decadent garden parties. The garden is unique as it’s the country’s only complete surviving rococo garden. Since 1984 an ambitious restoration program has transformed the garden from a woodland wilderness into a stunning place to escape the busy world. The Manor, Painswick House, and the gardens are set in a hidden valley, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside, a perfect location for intimate garden parties. Enjoy beautifully-framed views or snuggle in one of the fanciful garden buildings. When we return to the hotel we’ll have some time to relax before dinner.
DAY 4 – SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST: GARDENS AT MISERDEN AND CERNEY GARDENS (B/L/D)
Our first visit of the day will be the Gardens at Miserden. 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. We’ll have lunch en route to the next garden; Cerney House Gardens, another of these secretive and well hidden treasures in the region. A 17th century house surrounded by 40 acres of gardens and parkland. The garden’s character is ‘traditional’, not following any particular style but drawing from many sources. There is a herb garden, vegetable garden, knot garden, a walled Victorian garden and greenhouse, wooden gazebo, woodland, orchard and wildflower meadows. The garden forms part of Cerney House, the private home of Sir Michael and Lady Angus and their family, built around 1660. It has featured in the Magazine “Country Living”, described as «what most people aspire to in their gardens – and few achieve». In Cerney House & Garden time has stood still, with fragrances and colours of a bygone era.
Back at our hotel we’ll meet up for dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 5 – MONDAY 19TH AUGUST: WATERPERRY GARDENS – TOUR ENDS LONDON (B/L)
Our time in the Cotswolds is nearly over, and it’s time to start our short journey back to London Heathrow. We’ll check out of our hotel after breakfast. En route we’ll 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’ll explore the 8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, there’s 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.
We’ll enjoy a relaxed lunch here before it’s 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 16,990.00 (approximately USD 1.900,-)
Single room supplement: NOK 1,600.00 (approximately USD 190,-)
Included in the price:
- 4 overnight stays in Cheltenham Chase Hotel
- Breakfast daily at the hotel
- 4 evening meals and 2 lunches
- Transport and excursions according to the above program with English speaking guide.
- Admission to Gardens at Miserden, Cerney Gardens, Cirencester, Painswick Rococo Garden, Highgrove Royal Gardens, Brockworth Court og Waterperry Gardens (or similar)
- ARNE & CARLOS will participate with talks during the tour
- Tour manager from Reisecompaniet will assist on the whole duration of the tour.
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.
Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Cheltenham UK
Cheltenham Chase Hotel****Les mer
Shurdington Rd,, Cheltenham, GL3 4PB, United Kingdom
Modern and comfortable hotel, located near Cheltenham and Gloucester, with a good location for all our adventures. Here