Gardens of Cheshire
RHS Garden Bridgewater
From The Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa
10 – 13 June 2024 (3 nights)
The tour includes visits to a variety of gardens some that are very rarely open to the public and a wonderful opportunity to discover the new flagship garden for the RHS.
RHS Bridgewater is a botanical journey over 154 acres. It includes one of the largest Victorian walled gardens in the country, designed by leading landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, showcasing a variety of horticultural styles together with beautifully landscaped grounds and living plant collections. Other parts include the Chinese Streamside Garden, the Paradise Garden and more!
Stretton Old Hall – winner of NGS Nation’s Favourite Gardens is a 5 acre Cheshire countryside garden with a planting style of controlled exuberance with an emphasis upon perennials, colour, form and scale. Divided into individual gardens including stunning herbaceous borders, walled kitchen garden, wildflower meadows and breathtaking vistas in every direction.
Laskey Farm a 1½ acre garden with herbaceous and rose borders, parterre and a maze showcasing grasses and prairie style planting. Interconnected pools for wildlife and an unusual water garden which features a swimming pond. Biddulph Old Hall, once the home of the pre-Raphaelite artist Robert Bateman, Brian Vowles and the late Nigel Daly made it their mission not only to restore the Elizabethan manor house but also to recreate his romantic garden within the picturesque ruins in the grounds. A truly romantic garden with climbing roses, a Knot Garden and stunning reflecting pool. Adjacent Biddulph Grange Garden (NT) is a masterpiece of Victorian design created in the mid-19th century by James and Maria Bateman - a miniature tour of the world including a stunning China garden, Egypt and a Scottish Glen. The garden is built on the side of a valley with narrow gravel paths, ledges, and steps but plenty to view for the less adventurous!
The romantic gothic style Cholmondeley Castle overlooks 50 acres of stunning ornamental landscaped gardens a romantic Temple and Folly Water Gardens, herbaceous borders, ornamental woodland and a new rose garden. A light lunch will be included in their tea rooms. Wollerton Old Hall is a four acre stunning plantsman’s garden immaculate design around a 16th century house, formal garden with exuberantly planted borders, great emphasis on colour and form and many rare plants.
Stay for the three nights at the 4 star Handpicked Rookery Hall Hotel, near Nantwich, five miles from Crewe. This elegant Victorian mansion retaining many of its original features is set in 38 acres of picturesque parkland. A luxury hotel with an award winning restaurant, extensive spa facilities and indoor pool.
Monday 10 June: Check into Rookery Hall Hotel before joining others for dining in the evening.
Tuesday 11 June: Departing by coach for a morning visit to Laskey Farm before continuing to RHS Bridgewater. This is a very extensive garden so enough time is allowed for find lunch independently and take time to explore the many different areas before returning to the hotel.
Wednesday 12 June: Morning visit to Stretton Old Hall with refreshments. Continue to Cholmondeley Castle gardens where a light lunch will be provided and an afternoon visit to Wollerton Old Hall with late afternoon refreshments.
Thursday 13 June: Check out of the hotel to depart for Biddulph Old Hall (45 minute drive). Garden visit with refreshments. Continue to the adjacent Biddulph Grange (NT) – Garden visit and opportunity to purchase lunch. Return to Crewe Station 2 pm or hotel 2.30 pm.
- 3 nights’ accommodation, dinner and breakfast
- 1 lunch, refreshments in the gardens where stated.
- All garden entries and tours.
- Executive coaching and Heritage Touring representative
Price per person: £905
Single Supplement: £95 per night
(classic rooms for sole occupancy)
Non-refundable deposit: £175
Deduct £11 for RHS and £11 NT members.
Nearest station : Crewe
(branch line also to Nantwich)
Plenty of parking at the hotel
Rookery Hall Hotel
Main Rd, Worleston, Nantwich CW5 6DQ
Tel: 01270 610016
Tour Price includes:
3 nights’ accommodation, dinner and buffet breakfast
2 lunches with a glass of wine, refreshments in the gardens.
All garden entries and tours.
Executive coaching and Heritage Touring representative
Price per person: £649
Single Supplement: £26 per night (£78)
Non-refundable deposit: £175
Nearest station : Chepstow (3 miles)
(Newport or Bristol Parkway – 16/14 miles with more direct trains)
Plenty of parking
Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate, lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching.
You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed. We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.
We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad. Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.