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Gardens of Northamptonshire

Coton Manor, Cottesbrooke Hall, Old Rectory Quinton, Titchmarsh House,

Boughton House, Westbrooke House, Castor House, Elton Hall

Staying at the Talbot Hotel, Oundle

20 – 23 June 2022 (3 nights) 

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A new garden tour based in the very attractive market town of Oundle near Peterborough at the historic Talbot Hotel , a 16th century coaching inn which is so much more than just a Northamptonshire Inn with rooms! There will be visits to some of the county’s most stunning gardens both on a grand scale and some more personal but with imaginative designs and excellent plant interest.  Arrive and check into the hotel on Monday 20th June before dinner in the evening.

Tuesday 21 JuneTitchmarsh House is a quintessential perfect English garden with a special collections of magnolias, iris, peonies and roses, many rare flowering trees and shrubs.  Continuing to The Old Rectory Quinton.  A beautiful contemporary three acre rectory garden created by the award-winning designer  Anoushka Feiler.  The garden is divided into various parts with elements of 18thC design from the formal structures and parterres to a distinctly 21stC twist with new planting methods and abstract installations.  There will be a picnic lunch in the garden.

In the afternoon - Boughton House  the “The English Versailles” and Northamptonshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. There will be a short tour of the ground floor of the house and then time to enjoy the historic walled garden, herbaceous border, sensory and wildlife gardens. The newly restored 18th century Grand Etang, a reflecting pool for the House with spectacular fountain.

Wednesday 22 June:  Westbrooke House Little Bowden.  The 6 acre garden, approached through a driveway of mature limes and giant redwoods, include a Victorian walled flower and kitchen garden, a lower garden, pond area, woodland paths and a meadow with a wildflower area.  Then to Coton Manor which lies in peaceful Northamptonshire countryside with beautiful views providing an ideal setting for the ten acre garden filled with climbing roses, clematis and shrubs and luxuriant borders - a plant enthusiast’s heaven!  A light lunch will be served.  Continuing on to the gardens at Cottesbrooke Hall, a magnificent Queen Anne house reputed to be the pattern for Jane Austen’s ‘Mansfield Park’. The more formal gardens surrounding the Hall are a series of individually planted ‘rooms’. There are pergolas, statues and rose borders, double herbaceous borders, pools and lily ponds and a formal parterre.

Thursday 23 June:  Check out of the hotel before garden visits to  Elton Hall  an extraordinary, romantic, part Gothic family house with stunning  gardens including beautifully planted flower borders, parterres, clipped yews and sunken garden.  Refreshments can be purchased in their café before continuing to Castor House just outside Peterborough.  A large 12 acre garden terraced and redesigned in 2010, with numerous roses, Italianate spring-fed ponds, exotic borders, stumpery, a woodland garden and orchard.  The coach will then drop at Peterborough Station for 2.30 or return to the hotel.

The Elizabethan Talbot Hotel famous for its New Street and inner courtyard facades was built with stone from Fotheringhay Castle in 1630. The staircase is believed to be that which Mary Queen of Scots famously descended en route to her execution at the castle in 1587. It has comfortable contemporary bedrooms, a good restaurant and parking.  Nearest station is Peterborough.

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.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and dinner, one lunch and one picnic lunch.
  • All garden entries and tours and refreshments where provided.
  • Heritage Touring representative and executive coaching


Tour Cost:

Price per person: £715
Single supplement: £57 per night (£170)
(double rooms sole occupancy)
Non-refundable deposit: £175 pp


Talbot Hotel:

Talbot Hotel

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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.

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