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Chelsea Flower Show and private gardens.

Visit wonderful iconic gardens and attractions on your garden tour with Botanica World Discoveries.

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8 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group visiting private gardens in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. See Doc Martin’s village and dine at Rick Stein’s most famous seaside restaurant before experiencing the Chelsea Flower Show. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTCFDC8
Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: London Return
Meals included: 14

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart London to Barnstaple

Depart the London hotel at 9am to Bowood Estate owned by Lord and Lady Lansdowne and surrounded by acres of Capability Brown landscape and stunning gardens. Enjoy a tour of the house and gardens along with lunch. Continue on to the delightful village of Barnstaple set on the River Taw. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Two Nights: Barnstaple, Imperial Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 2. RHS Rosemoor Garden

Explore the RHS Rosemoor garden nestled in a Devon valley, it is a magical blend of formal and informal gardens with many highly ornamental plantings of shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs. Later, enjoy time to explore the quaint village of Barnstaple.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Port Isaac & Padstow, Rick Stein Lunch

Travel into Cornwall, the countryside location of the TV series Poldark and the quaint fishing village of Port Isaac, where the popular television series Doc Martin was filmed. Continue to Padstow, home to the famous English chef and television personality Rick Stein. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at the best of Rick’s famous
seafood restaurants.
Stay: Two Nights: St. Austell, Carlyon Bay Hotel in a seaview room
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Tregothnan & Trebah Gardens

Visit Tregothnan Garden, Cornwall’s largest private botanical garden featuring some rare ‘Red Book’ endangered trees, which are larger than any remaining in the wild. Continue to the sub-tropical paradise of Trebah Garden, set against an amazing coastal backdrop. Records of the garden date back to the Doomsday Survey of 1085.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Lost Gardens of Heligan & The Eden Project

This morning visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. Today it’s home to the gloriously restored, award-winning and internationally acclaimed botanical gardens. Next visit the unique and unforgettable biomes of the Eden Project. This top garden and eco-attraction, renowned for its innovative environmental programs, is also home to the world’s largest greenhouse. Continue to the pretty village of Tavistock in West Devon and the Bedford Hotel that exudes elegance and charisma and makes for a wonderful English experience.
Stay: Two Nights: Tavistock, Bedford Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Private Garden Visit

Visit a private garden set on 4 acres with mixed borders full of seasonal interest and unusual plants surrounding the house. Enjoy time this afternoon to explore Tavistock with its fine buildings made out of local stone and discover its interesting history.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. The Pig in Combe & London

Depart Tavistock and travel to Honiton to The Pig in Combe, a honey-coloured Elizabethan gem set in 3,500 acres of lush Devonshire countryside. Enjoy a tour of the potager garden and morning tea before we continue on to London. This evening enjoy a special dinner and lecture from Rosemary Alexander, regular judge of the Chelsea Flower Show. Rosemary was the first woman to be elected a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers. Rosemary’s lecture will be on ‘the Chelsea Flower Show Gardens’, which will give you a great insight into the exhibits you will see at the remarkable Flower Show.
Stay: London, May Fair Hotel, an historical hotel centrally located near Green Park
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Chelsea Flower Show

Enjoy a day at the famous Chelsea Flower Show, which has been delighting visitors from all over the world for more than 140 years. See its show gardens and floral exhibits, plus the latest plant and floral releases. This is the ‘mecca’ of all garden shows, and one every gardening enthusiast should attend at least once. You will be transferred back to the hotel to arrive at 3.30pm or to Heathrow airport at 5pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Tour Bowood Estate with its Capability Brown landscape
  • Explore RHS Rosemoor Garden
  • Visit famous gardens of Cornwall, Devon & Somerset
  • Dine in Rick Stein’s restaurant in Padstow
  • See Doc Martin & Poldark country
  • Hear Rosemary Alexander’s dinner lecture on the Chelsea Flower Show
  • Enjoy time at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager & Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Stay in the historic & charming villages of Barnstaple, St. Austell & Tavistock as well as London
  • 14 Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Dinners 

Additional Information

This tour can be combined with:

  • Spring Wildflowers of the Italian Lakes, Slovenia & Croatian Islands Cruise - BTILC14
  • Dublin in Bloom Flower Show - BTDUB6

 

Chelsea Flower Show

  • For over 100 years, this world-famous horticultural flower show has attracted visitors from around the world, and now it’s your turn to visit. Here, you will have the opportunity to see more than 600 exhibits, amazing garden designs, floral displays and new plant varieties as you wander the 4.5 hectare site.

 

Fitness level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

Chelsea Flower Show and private gardens.

Explore wonderful iconic gardens and attractions on your garden tour with Botanica World Discoveries.

Request quote

  • Watch video

8 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group visiting private gardens in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. See Doc Martin's village and dine at Rick Stein's most famous seaside restaurant before experiencing the Chelsea Flower Show. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTCFDC8
Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: London Return
Meals included: 14

Itinerary

Day 1. Depart London to Barnstaple

Depart the London hotel at 9am to Bowood Estate owned by Lord and Lady Lansdowne and surrounded by acres of Capability Brown landscape and stunning gardens. Enjoy a tour of the house and gardens along with lunch. Continue on to the delightful village of Barnstaple set on the River Taw. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Barnstaple, Imperial Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 2. RHS Rosemoor Garden

Explore the RHS Rosemoor garden nestled in a Devon valley, with its magical blend of formal and informal gardens with many highly ornamental plantings of shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs. Later, enjoy time to explore the quaint village of Barnstaple.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Port Isaac and Padstow, Rick Stein Lunch

Travel into Cornwall, the countryside location of the TV series Poldark and the quaint fishing village of Port Isaac, where the popular television series Doc Martin was filmed. Continue to Padstow, home to the famous English chef and television personality Rick Stein. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at the best of Rick's famous seafood restaurants.
Stay: Two Nights, St. Austell, Carlyon Bay Hotel in a seaview room
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Tregothnan and Trebah Gardens

Visit Tregothnan Garden, Cornwall's largest private botanical garden featuring some rare 'Red Book' endangered trees, which are larger than any remaining in the wild. Continue to the sub-tropical paradise of Trebah Garden, set against an amazing coastal backdrop. Records of the garden date back to the Doomsday Survey of 1085.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Project

This morning visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. Today it's home to the gloriously restored, award-winning and internationally acclaimed botanical gardens. Next visit the unique and unforgettable biomes of the Eden Project. This top garden and eco-attraction, renowned for its innovative environmental programs, is also home to the world's largest greenhouse. Continue to the pretty village of Tavistock in West Devon and the Bedford Hotel that exudes elegance and charisma and makes for a wonderful English experience.
Stay: Two Nights, Tavistock, Bedford Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Private Garden Visit

Visit a private garden set on four acres with mixed borders full of seasonal interest and unusual plants surrounding the house. Enjoy time this afternoon to explore Tavistock with its fine buildings made out of local stone and discover its interesting history.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 7. The Pig in Combe and London

Depart Tavistock and travel to Honiton to The Pig in Combe, a honey-coloured Elizabethan gem set in 3,500 acres of lush Devonshire countryside. Enjoy a tour of the potager garden and morning tea before we continue on to London. This evening enjoy a special dinner and lecture on 'the Chelsea Flower Show Gardens', which will give you a great insight into the exhibits you will see at the remarkable Flower Show.
Stay: London, St. James Court Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Chelsea Flower Show

Enjoy a full day to experience the famous Chelsea Flower Show. For over 150 years, the show has been delighting visitors from all over the world with its amazing show gardens and floral exhibits. See the latest garden designs, learn of recent plant and floral releases and take the opportunity to talk to some of the exhibitors. This is the 'mecca' of all garden shows, and one that every gardening enthusiast should attend at least once in their life. You will be transferred back to the hotel at 3.30pm or to London Heathrow airport at 5pm.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Tour Bowood Estate with its Capability Brown landscape
  • Explore RHS Rosemoor Garden
  • Visit famous gardens of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
  • Dine in Rick Stein’s restaurant in Padstow
  • See Doc Martin and Poldark country
  • Hear a dinner lecture on the Chelsea Flower Show
  • Enjoy time at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Tour Manager and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, tipping and porterage
  • Stay in the historic and charming villages of Barnstaple, St. Austell and Tavistock as well as London
  • 14 Meals - 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Dinners

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Medium – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than an hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This tour can be combined with Gardens of the Italian Lakes, Slovenia and Croatian Islands Cruise BTILC14 and Dublin in Bloom Flower Show BTDUB6
  • Group Size - 15 to 25 guests
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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