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Gardens and Châteaux of Normandy Calvados

Gardens and Châteaux of Normandy Calvados
A Taste of Calvados – Normandy’s ‘Côte Fleurie’
28 June (Buxted Park Hotel, nr Uckfield 1 night)
29 June – 3rd July 2020 Hotel Mercure Trouville sur Mer (4 nights)

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Start the tour on Sunday 28th June staying the night at the 4* Buxted Park Hotel. This allows for a short journey the following morning (29th June) for the 9.30 departure Newhaven to Dieppe ferry arriving 2.30 pm local time.  Depart Dieppe for Trouville with a visit en route to Château du Mesnil Geoffroy.  The formal rose gardens surrounding the chateau have numerous varieties of both ancient and new.  Continue to Trouville arriving about 6 pm.  Check into the 4 star Hotel Mercure Trouville Sur Mer located at the centre of the picturesque fishing port and seaside town, five minutes from the beach, harbour, numerous restaurants and the Casino!   Dine this evening in local restaurant.

Tuesday 30 June:  Travelling towards Bayeux the garden visits include: Jardins de Castillon-Plantbessin.  An award winning beautiful and stunning mature garden, designed and planted by the very talented owners Colette and Hubert Sainte-Beuve.  Numerous garden rooms and a very tempting nursery.  Les Jardins du Domaine Albizia is a relatively new and contemporary garden created with great passion and flair – huge plant diversity set in a succession of landscaped areas with mixed borders, Zen garden, maze and Normandy jungle to mention a few. A two course lunch with wine will be provided.   As a contrast the gardens at Château de Brecy tucked away in a hidden corner of Normandy are a superb and rare example of the great tradition of French classical gardens dating from the mid- 17th century and thought to have been designed by Francois Mansart.  The formal parterre rises from behind the Chateau into a series of differently planted terraces beautifully laid out and maintained.

Wednesday 1 July: South of Trouville. A morning visit to the extensive gardens at Pays d’Auge.  An outstanding collection of ever-evolving themed gardens, superb planting and a back drop of traditional Normandy timbered buildings.  Whilst visiting this part of Normandy it would be sacrilege not to visit Pierre Huet where five generations of the same family have produced exceptional Calvados.  Starting with a traditional Normandy lunch followed by a guided visit of the beautiful Caves de Normandie, the press and stills and of course a tasting of their products.   In the afternoon Château de Boutemont  - 16/17th century “monument historique”. The chateau built on the foundations of a medieval dwelling complete with drawbridge, moat and turrets, surrounded by parkland, with a semi-formal garden and an Italian Renaissance garden.

Thursday 2 July:  In a lighter note a visit to Château de Vendeuvre.  Flowing with water everywhere, a “garden of surprises” surrounds the house.  The interior rooms could be described as eclectic and the small museum housing the world’s largest collection of miniature furniture and silver is fascinating. A two course lunch with wine will be provided before returning to Trouville so you can have an afternoon at leisure in the town.   Walk the length of Trouville beach for a marvellous array of florid and often eccentric 19th-century houses, plenty of charming and idiosyncratic shops to browse or take the boat across the harbour to the rather more sophisticated Deauville.

Friday 3 July:  An early departure in order to include a visit to the Jardin Shamrock just a short distance from Dieppe.  Within a sheltered woodland glade Robert and Corinne Mallet grow the French National Collection of Hydrangea.  Although early in the season there should still be plenty of colour and Robert, a mine of information and charming raconteur, will give a short tour.  Catch the 12.30 ferry crossing to arrive in Newhaven at 3.30 pm – dropping at Lewis Station for 4.30 latest (half hourly service to London Victoria) and the hotel before 5 pm to collect cars – traffic and customs permitting.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 1 night Buxted Park Hotel with dinner and breakfast
  • 4 nights’ accommodation and breakfast Trouville
  • 2 dinners and 3 lunches Normandy
  • All garden entries and tours
  • Coaching/ferry crossing
  • Heritage Touring representative

Price per person: £975

Single supplement: £35 per night (£175)
(Double room for sole occupancy)

Non-refundable deposit: £175

Cars can be left at Buxted Park, nearest station Buxted


**It is possible to join the tour on Monday morning at Newhaven (8.15 am) car parking at a very reasonable price at the port – tour price would be adjusted to reflect.


Please be aware of the following:  It is a condition on booking this tour that you take out appropriate travel insurance and have a valid passport with six months still to run.  Heritage Touring reserve the right to alter the itinerary should it be necessary due to conditions beyond our control but every effort would be made to maintain the spirit of the theme.

In the light of an uncertain post-Brexit situation and possible currency fluctuations – this tour is costed on the published exchange rates on 2 Sept (1Euro/£0.91).   If the amount of any increase in our costs due to fluctuations in the exchange rates or additional Brexit taxes exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday we reserve the right to levy a surcharge.  If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us or alternatively purchase another holiday from us – you have 7 days from the date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you want to choose either option.

Hotel Mercure Trouville sur Mer

28 June: Buxted Park Hotel, nr Uckfield (1 night)
29 June – 3rd July 2020: Hotel Mercure Trouville sur Mer (4 nights)

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.