The RHS Malvern Spring Garden Show
The RHS Malvern Spring Garden Show
Private Gardens in Worcestershire
Morton Hall, Perrycroft, Spetchley Park, White Cottage
Tour of Madresfield Court
From the Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, nr Worcester
9 – 12 May 2018 (3 nights)
Stanbrook Abbey Hotel dates back to the early 16th century, a former monastery which lives on through the original architecture built by the renowned architect Augustus Pugin. There are dramatic stone cloisters, gothic stained-glass windows and the former chapel located in the heart of this country house. This four star hotel with its unique setting and fascinating history has recently been added to the Handpicked hotel portfolio.
As connoisseurs of garden shows we feel that the Malvern Spring Garden Show is in a league of its own. With the stunning backdrop of the Malvern Hills, this spacious show ground is alive with the anticipation and expectation that true gardeners experience at the start of a horticultural year. Undoubtedly the finest and friendliest show, offering inspirational and creative ideas or equally somewhere to relax and enjoy the best the garden world can offer - from the Floral Marquee, showcasing over 100 leading special nurseries, to the specialist food and drink hall and some fantastic shopping opportunities. Thursday is the first day and special entry which is normally much quieter and only for RHS members, professionals and press.
The private garden visits include: Morton Hall, one of Worcestershire’s best kept secrets. Perched atop an escarpment with breath taking views, hidden behind a tall hedge, lies a unique garden of outstanding beauty - a garden for all seasons. Perrycroft, ten acre garden and woodland on the upper slopes of the Malvern Hills with magnificent views. Spetchley Park. A plantsman's paradise featuring many rare trees, shrubs and plants. White Cottage, a two acre garden with large herbaceous and shrub borders, island beds, stream and bog area and a spring meadow with 100's of snakes head fritillaries.
Finally Madresfield Court. You will have a guided tour of what is essentially a private home and quite different from the extravagant film set of Castle Howard; this is the real Brideshead. For generations home to the Lygon family and the Earls Beauchamp, Evelyn Waugh spent many months staying here and writing his novels in the old Nursery. Many of the characteristics of the house and family were reproduced in Brideshead Revisited. Architecturally of medieval origins with Elizabethan and Victorian additions, girdled by a deep medieval moat and with an exceptional Arts and Craft decorated chapel and surrounded by lovely landscaped gardens.
Wednesday 9 May: Check into the Stanbrook Abbey Hotel before welcome drink and dinner.
Thursday 10 May: The coach will depart promptly to ensure maximum time at the show before continuing mid-afternoon to nearby Perrycroft to visit the garden.
Friday 11 May: Special early opening to see the gardens at Spetchley Park. Late elevenses/early lunch (one course) in the Old Laundry Tearooms in the gardens. Continue to White Cottage to see the garden with refreshments. Then to nearby Morton Hall for a guided tour of these superb gardens.
Saturday 12 May: Check out of your rooms in the hotel and depart by coach or follow by car for Madresfield Court. After the visit the coach will drop at hotel or Worcester Shrub Hill station (13.45)
- 3 nights’ accommodation, dinner and breakfast at Stanbrook Abbey
- Tickets for RHS Malvern Show
- All garden entries and refreshments as stated
- Light lunch on Friday
- Coaching and Heritage Touring Representative
Price per person: £615
Single supplement: £40 (£120)
(double rooms sole occupancy)
Non-refundable deposit: £150
Hotel website: www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/stanbrookabbey
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.
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