Reduction for National Trust members
The Cotswolds are some of the country's best displays of early spring flowers, and this tour will take you to five different gardens, each of which has fabulous displays of snowdrops.
Please note that the Hotel does not have any rooms with walk-in showers.
A reasonably good degree of mobility is required in order to gain maximum enjoyment from this tour.
Reduction of £13 for National Trust Members
Travel Insurance £22pp
Day 1 - Friday
Once a taxi has collected you from home and brought you to the coach, we will drive to NEWBURY, where there is a good choice of restaurants and pubs for lunch. In the afternoon we visit WELFORD PARK. Once owned by Norman monks and then by Henry VIII, Welford is famous for its display of snowdrops in early spring. There are 5 acres alongside the River Lambourn to explore. A short drive brings us to the Doubletree Hotel where a welcome cup of tea awaits.D
Day 2 - Saturday
We visit PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDEN, where 5 million snowdrops carpet the ground. The Garden is the UK's only surviving complete rococo garden, and a visit will take you back in time to the elegance and sophistication of the early 1700s. Next, we will take a drive through the Cotswolds to visit LACOCK ABBEY, with its medieval cloisters. There are delightful displays of snowdrops and aconites.
Day 3 - Sunday
We drive through the Thames Valley, passing Cotswold villages like Burford and Chipping Norton, and reaching Stow-on-the-Wold for a lunchtime stop. This afternoon we visit COLESBOURNE PARK. The gardens here are renowned for their displays of rare snowdrops, and are considered to be one of England's finest snowdrop gardens. The collection was started in 1874 and now has around 350 different varieties.B, D
Day 4 - Monday
WATERPERRY GARDENS in Oxfordshire has around 60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens. In winter, the eight acres of gardens, originally a School of Horticulture for Ladies, have a tranquil feel, with dense white carpets throughout the garden. After time to explore, visit the gift shop, plant centre and café, we will head for home and meet the waiting taxis by the end of the afternoon.B
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL SWINDON
Located on the outskirts of the town, this modern 4-star hotel has 171 spacious guest rooms with Wi-Fi, a lift, and a spacious slit level bar/lounge that has recently been refurbished. Dinner will comprise a 3 course buffet menu and includes tea/coffee and a glass of house wine each night. A 50% bar is available between 18.00 and 21.00.
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