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The Cotswolds, England

from £639.00 5 2

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Some of England's finest gardens await your discovery in the glorious Cotswolds…

The Cotswolds are renowned for their outstanding natural beauty and many fine gardens thrive here. Join this garden holiday and you can admire some of England’s best examples in the company of other garden enthusiasts and an experienced horticultural host. Your host will also give two illustrated talks back at the hotel, sharing their insights into the Cotswolds' unique beauty.

Your programme

Enjoy four excursions with eight visits to:

National Arboretum, Westonbirt: Discover this arboretum's historical collection of over 3,000 different tree and shrub species, many of which are endangered or rare in their native lands.

Abbey House Gardens: Explore this atmospheric five-acre garden which boasts a collection of roses, laburnum tunnel, double herbaceous borders and much more.

Sudeley Castle Gardens: Admire the magnificent old-fashioned roses interspersed with fragrant herbs and fine examples of topiary that the gardens of Sudeley Castle are famous for.

Misarden Park: Wander through the lawns, terraces and shrubberies that form a timeless oasis of peace and tranquillity around Misarden Park.

Cerney House Gardens: These gardens are home to the national collection of Tradescantia and the air is often heavy with scent and the sounds of nature.

Rodmarton Manor Gardens: This stunning period courtyard garden is divided into many 'rooms' with lovely topiary and planting. Colourful pots amongst areas of shade, are a throwback to the Arts and Crafts era of the early twentieth century when this house was built.

University of Bristol Botanic Garden: The new University Botanic Garden has a strong evolutionary theme with a sunken dell charting the evolution of plant life from green algae to the diversity of flowering plants.

Stancombe Park: This enchanting garden is divided into two parts – the upper has a row of sweet chestnuts while the other has an historic folly garden which is reached by a romantic path that descends past two small lakes.

Including...

  • Half board
  • Four excursions with eight visits
  • Two talks
  • Horticultural host and Saga representative
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage at your hotel
  • Cancellation cover
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Address

Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel Tortworth Wotton-under-Edge South Gloucestershire GL12 8HH

Introduction

Set in 30 acres of beautiful private grounds, featuring a lake and an arboretum of over 300 rare trees, the 4-star Tortworth Court Four Pillars is a magnificent, Grade II-listed Victorian mansion. It has been rated a Top Stay by previous Saga guests.

It has been tastefully extended and modernised, with elegant lounges, bars and drawing rooms. You can enjoy stunning views across the Severn Valley and dine in style in the ornate surroundings of Moreton’s Restaurant. Beauty centre treatments are at an extra charge.

Accommodation

Of the 190 bedrooms, 70 are on the ground floor. Please note that Saga’s allocation of bedrooms is situated in the Courtyard Building. This is a one-storey building at ground level, however some rooms are accessed by a flight of 12 steps.

Television
Telephone
Tea coffee making facilities

Food and Drink

The hotel has a lounge, two bars and two restaurants. Moreton’s Restaurant is in the mansion’s old library, and is still furnished with the original bookcases and a collection of porcelain. Your included meals will be served here.

There is also a traditional British à la carte restaurant in the former Orangery (at an extra cost), and the Atrium Bar serves a variety of lighter-style meals in the hotel’s 60-foot high atrium.

Tortworth exterior
Lobby

Set in 30 acres of beautiful private grounds, featuring a lake and an arboretum of over 300 rare trees, the 4-star Tortworth Court Four Pillars is a magnificent, Grade II-listed Victorian mansion. It has been rated a Top Stay by previous Saga guests.

It has been tastefully extended and modernised, with elegant lounges, bars and drawing rooms. You can enjoy stunning views across the Severn Valley and dine in style in the ornate surroundings of Moreton’s Restaurant. Beauty centre treatments are at an extra charge.

    Restaurant
    Bar
    Jacuzzi
    Sauna
    Gym
    Indoor swimming pool
    Steam room
    Beauty centre
    Lounge

The nearby bus stop will take you to local villages including Wotton-under-Edge, approximately four-and-a-half miles away. From there, public buses run to Gloucester, Bristol and Stroud.

The 100 mile long Cotswold Way also passes through Wotton-Under-Edge.

Wotton-Under-Edge

The closest town to the hotel lies close to Wotton Hill, part of the chalk escarpment known as Cotswold Edge. The region is a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty.

Wotton-Under-Edge has a number of traditional shops, places to eat and a celebrated little independent cinema

National Arboretum Westonbirt

The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different tree and shrub species, many of which are endangered or rare in their native lands, it covers some 600 acres and has been in the care of the Forestry Commission since 1956.

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Abbey House Gardens

Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury is an atmospheric five-acre spread created by Ian and Barbara Pollard. In addition to a collection of roses, the gardens also contain a laburnum tunnel, double herbaceous borders, magnificent wisteria, iris, clematis and much more – a collection thought to be larger than that of some botanical gardens.

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Sudeley Castle Gardens

Rich in history, Sudeley Castle is a medieval fortress, which houses the tomb of Katherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII. Surrounding Sudeley Castle are ten gardens, each with their own special beauty and charm. The centrepiece is the Queen's Garden, named after Katherine Parr and famous for its magnificent collection of old-fashioned roses interspersed with fragrant herbs and surrounded by yew hedges and fine examples of topiary. A knot garden was created to commemorate a visit Queen Elizabeth I made in 1592 – the design was inspired by the fabric of the Queen's dress as depicted in a painting that hangs in the Castle! The gardens are managed on organic principles, with areas of wild planting complementing the formal gardens.

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Cerney House Gardens

The gardens at Cerney House are essentially a family garden replete with old-fashioned splendour. Set amid parkland, this is a romantic step back in history. Colourful herbaceous borders and roses contrast with the more serene knot garden and walled kitchen garden. A well-established herb garden leads to flower borders and an ever-expanding arboretum. The gardens are home to the national collection of tradescantia and the air is often heavy with scent and the sounds of nature.

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Rodmarton Manor and Gardens

View the delightful gardens of the Grade I-listed Rodmarton Manor, constructed for Claud and Margaret Biddulph in an Arts and Crafts style from 1909-29, to a design by Ernest Barnsley. It's one of the last country houses to be built and furnished in the old traditional style when everything was done by hand with local stone, local timber and local craftsmen. The stunning period courtyard garden is divided into many ‘rooms’ with lovely topiary and colourful pots amongst areas of shade. This leads to superb herbaceous borders.

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University of Bristol Botanic Garden

The new University Botanic Garden has a strong evolutionary theme with a sunken dell charting the evolution of plant life from green algae to the diversity of flowering plants. Herb gardens contain a number of rare medicinal plants and the glasshouse complex houses five climate-controlled zones containing an exciting array of plants ranging from sub-tropical ferns through orchids to exotic bulbs and cacti. The Giant Amazon Water Lily flourishes in a tropical pool and the gardens are home to a variety of food and spice plants.

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Stancombe Park

Stancombe Park lies at the head of the valley below Stichcombe Hill, a famous landmark of south Gloucestershire. The park comes up to the house and is separated from the upper garden by a sweeping drive. The garden is divided into two parts – the upper, nearest the house, with its row of sweet chestnuts and the historic folly garden which is reached by a romantic path that descends past two small lakes.

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