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Gardens in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire

Private visit to the gardens at Badminton House
Urchfont Manor, Iford Manor, Hazelbury Manor, The Courts,
Charlton Down House, Seend Manor, Old Rectory Doynton
Staying at The Bailbrook House Hotel Bath
13 – 16 June 2022 (3 nights)

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This tour is a wonderful opportunity to visit private gardens near Bath that are very rarely open and  it is a privilege that some very generous owners have agreed to share them with us – the following descriptions really do not begin to do them justice.  The four star Bailbrook House Hotel, part of the Handpicked hotel group, is a Georgian country mansion with bedroom annex, set is its own landscape grounds on the outskirts of the city with easy access and parking.  The gardens visits will include:

Badminton House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort, have gardens that combine formality and structure with a wonderful sense of openness.  They were originally laid out in the 1980’s by Russell Page and Francois Goffinet but over the years have been further developed by the Duke and Duchess who share a great interest in the planting and structure of the garden.  There is a great variety of plants to view with glorious displays of roses and herbaceous perennials.  An archway, running the full width of the garden, is covered with roses, clematis, wisteria and laburnum.  The Walled Garden, a short stroll from the house through the park, is home to the Badminton House kitchen garden, providing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the main house.

Charlton Down House near Tetbury is an extensive country house garden within an equestrian estate.  Formal terraces, perennial borders, walled topiary garden, cut flower garden and a large glasshouse.  Old Rectory Doynton has diversity of modern and traditional elements, fused to create an atmospheric series of garden rooms. The gardens provide a diverse range of scenery including a landscaped kitchen garden with canal, vegetable plots, fruit cages and tree house.   The restoration of Urchfont Manor gardens has resulted in an exceptional creation that unites the formal with the informal in a modern garden whilst still acknowledging its past.  Maze-like beech,  spiral garden, cloud box, lime allée, rose garden, reflective pool and an extensive kitchen garden with herb and passion flower arch – all very special.  Hazelbury Manor - eight acres of landscaped Edwardian gardens with a large variety plants, yew hedges, topiary, laburnum tunnel and pleached lime avenue.   Seend Manor - these spectacular gardens within the extensive grounds were designed by Julian and Isabel Bannerman.  The gardens are divided into four separate quadrants that correspond to specific geographical locations where the owners have lived.

Iford Manor. Harold Peto's enchanting terraced garden with classical Italian landscaping that includes colonnades, terraces, cloisters and statues, in a quintessentially English setting with wonderful views over the valley.  The Courts is one of Wiltshire’s best-kept secret, relatively unknown but a small and stunning garden, an English garden at its best, interesting plants and imaginative use of colour, topiary and water.

Monday 13 June:  Check into the Bailbrook House Hotel before dining with fellow guests in the evening.

Tuesday 14 June:  Morning visits to Old Rectory Doynton before continuing to Charlton Down House.  A stop will be made in Tetbury to independently purchase lunch in the many cafes/pubs. (Refreshments is served morning and afternoon).  Afternoon tour of the private gardens and walled garden at Badminton House with refreshments in the Old Hall.

Wednesday 15 June: Morning visit to Urchfont Manor, and then to Seend Manor - late lunch in The Barge Inn Seend, next to the Kennet and Avon Canal, before continuing for the afternoon garden visit to Hazelbury Manor

Thursday 16 June:  Check out of the hotel before an early private visit to Iford Manor and then on the return journey to Bath a visit to The Courts garden at Holt before dropping at hotel and Bath Station at 2 pm.  Refreshments can be purchased both at Iford and The Courts.  You can independently follow with your car if preferred.

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.

Tour Price includes:

3 nights’ accommodation, dinner and breakfast.

All garden entries, tours, refreshments and one lunch

Coaching and Heritage Touring representative.


Tour price:  £715 per person
Single supplement:  £40 per night (£120)
Non-refundable deposit:  £175

Parking at the hotel
Nearest station Bath (2 miles)

Bailbrook House Hotel

Hotel website:

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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