2016 heralds the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. His landscape gardening changed the face of eighteenth century England as he designed country estates and mansions, moved hills and transformed flowing lakes and serpentine rivers into a magical world of green. His work has influenced many at home and abroad; both amateur gardeners and landscape designers are still inspired by his unique creations. Our special Anniversary Tour gives you the opportunity to discover for yourself the innovative gardens of Longleat House, Bowood and Blenheim Palace.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Maintaining the theme of English Country Gardens, you’ll stay in a lovely country retreat. An exceptional 4-star hotel, the Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel is a splendid Georgian Manor house. Over-looking the Kennet Valley and boasting many period features. Enjoy dinner in the elegant restaurant and maybe indulge in a game of croquet on the lawn!
- Free Internet
- Wheelchair access
- Tennis Court
- Fitness Centre with Gym
- Croquet Lawn
- Extensive Grounds
Longleat House & Garden
Longleat House is set in 900 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown designed landscape. The gardens and areas of the parkland were redesigned and modernised by ‘Capability’ Brown after 1757 where it was replaced with a fine lawn, a serpentine river, wooded hills and gravel paths meandering round a shrubbert. Our tour gives you plenty of time to explore Longleat House, widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of the Formal Gardens, Secret Garden and Pleasure Walk before enjoying a Cream Tea in the Orangery.
Blenheim Palace Park & Gardens
Blenheim Palace was one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest examples of work. Commissioned by the 4th Duke of Marlborough in 1763 he transformed Blenheim Palace’s landscaped Parkland which, although appearing quite natural, is ‘contrived to pleasing effect’. Spend some time strolling around and admiring the Formal Gardens and ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. Maybe take a Buggy Tour or one of the suggested walks. Later, catch the Miniature Train to the Pleasure Gardens and spend time in the giant Marlborough Hedge Maze, Butterfly House, ‘Blenheim Bygones’ Exhibition and the Lavender Garden.
Bowood House & Cadbury Garden Centre
Bowood’s magnificent stately home stands within one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s most beautiful parks, with gently sloping lawns stretching down to the lake and distant views to the chalk downlands. Delights within the park include the Cascade, Doric Temple and Terrace Gardens. The Bowood Gardens are one of the special glories of Bowood, encompassing almost every period of English garden design from the early Georgian period onwards. Also included is entrance to Bowood House. Later visit Cadbury Garden Centre, one of the largest in the country and the perfect place to begin turning your inspiration into reality.
- Half board
- Entrance to Longleat House
- Guided Tour of Longleat House
- Cream Tea
- Entrance to Blenheim Palace Park & Gardens
- Entrance to Bowood House & Gardens
- Stunning 4* Hotel
- An elegant restaurant with views of the grounds
Important NotesImportant Notes
Itinerary available on request
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing; a selected number of singles available with no supplement. For the latest prices and offers visit us in store, online or call our travel experts.
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