September 18 – 21

We will stay for 3 nights at Chilworth Manor Hotel just outside Romsey: a 3 star Great Western converted Country House set in Parkland. 

On the way down, we will visit the new Bristol Botanic gardens and Hillier’s Arboretum. Ventnor Botanic Garden is our furthest destination. On the South coast of the Isle of Wight, it has close to a Mediterranean climate and will be a day sortie in our own coach by ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne. On the way back to the ferry we shall visit  Appuldurcombe House: a baroque masterpiece maintained as a shell by English Heritage. Our day in Hampshire starts with a visit to Houghton Lodge, an 18th Century ‘cottage ornee’, but manor house size, set in 15 acres of parks and gardens. After lunch there we will visit Longstock Water Gardens voted the most enjoyable of our tour by members when visited on the CHS trip in 2001. On our return on the 21st September, we will visit Miserden near Cirencester, winner of the Historic Houses Garden of the Year in 2018, with lunch again provided. Our last visit is to Rodmarton Manor, a quintessential arts and Crafts house and garden in the Cotwolds.

Provisional costs covering coach, hotel, BB&D, ferries, garden entries, 3 lunches, gratuities etc, £430 each double or £505 single. Teas and drinks mostly not included. If you are interested, please e-mail Philip Ellis ASAP or leave a message on 01974 261464 or 07816 187015.