Summer Gardens of Dorset
- Bennets Water Garden
This water wonderland is home to the National Plant Collection of water lilies.
- Compton Acres and Cranbourne
Compton Acres was built in 1924 and is a wonderful example of a historic garden in the UK.
- Minterne House gardens
Inspired by Capability Brown, this enchanting 20-acre woodland park is shaped like a horseshoe.
Abbotsbury encompasses 20 acres of rare and exotic plants from around the world.
- Athelhampton House
Visit Athelhampton manor house surrounded by one of England’s greatest architectural gardens.
- No fly
- Half board
See Dorset in full bloom
In the course of three days of excursions you will visit six gardens in the company of your expert gardens host who will be on hand throughout the holiday to give insights into the plants, gardens and their history. You can also look forward to two informative talks from your host during your holiday.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Cancellation rights
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts and dinners
Excursions and visits:
- Three excursions with six visits
The Cumberland Hotel, 27 E Overcliff Dr, Bournemouth BH1 3AF
Positioned on the Bournemouth's East Cliff commanding stunning sea views of the ocean and offering superb dining and entertainment The Cumberland Hotel is the perfect spot for a relaxing break.
The hotel has 107 guest bedrooms, many with sea views, balconies and terraces. Saga guests stay in Comfort Double rooms while solo travellers will be in Comfort Singles rooms.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Breakfast and dinner will be served at the Mirabelle Restaurant, while the hotels Ventana Grand Café is an awarding winning brasserie and bar, serving cocktails, premium beers and coffee (advanced booking for dining is recommended). Afternoon tea is served in the Ventana for an extra charge.
Guests have access to activities and entertainment at the neighbouring Suncliff Hotel.
Other Hotel Information
Guests can also use the indoor pool, sauna, gym, dance studio and two squash courts located next door in the sister hotel, The Suncliff. Car parking is available at the hotel for an extra charge.
Outdoor swimming pool
Indoor swimming pool
Bournemouth is located on a coastline of outstanding natural beauty and features fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, including Langtry Manor House built by Edward VII for his mistress Lillie Langtry.
The town has many museums, perhaps the most striking of which is The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in East Cliff. Set in an unusual Victorian garden, it exhibits a fantastic display of pictures, 17th to 20th-century oil paintings, oriental treasures and furniture.
Bournemouth also has 2,000 acres of parks and gardens and you can stroll from the town centre to the seafront through the Central and Lower Gardens without crossing a single road!
The New Forest, rolling Dorset hills and stunning Jurassic Coast are also only a short distance away: There's the pretty Boscombe area with its pier, Victorian arcade, antiques market, beautiful parks and fine sandy beaches; the tranquil seafront of Southbourne that boasts a splendid sandy beach and Christchurch – five miles away – is a charming town with a magnificent 11th-century Priory Church.
The area's other attractions include the country estate of Kingston Lacy and the scenic remains of Corfe Castle.
Compton Acres and Cranborne
Admire the wonderful Elizabethan gardens set around historic Cranborne Manor near Wimborne. Only open to the public for a few days each year, these famous gardens are a real treat to explore. They boast a variety of planting themes in a range of gardens including a walled kitchen garden, herb garden and a white garden.
Then explore the 20-acre grounds of Compton Acres, a late Victorian garden built in 1924 which is now considered one of the UK's finest historic gardens. There are five themed gardens providing year-round interest: these include the beautiful Asiatic flowering shrubs decorating the Japanese garden, the water features of the Italian garden and one of the country's largest privately-owned rock gardens which has over 300 different kinds of plants on display.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Abbotsbury and Bennetts Water Garden
Beginning life as a kitchen garden for the Countess of Ilchester's castle in 1765, over time Abbotsbury has grown to encompass 20 acres of rare and exotic plants from around the world. Among its beautiful blooms are a camellia grove and collections of rhododendron and hydrangea for you to admire. You can also enjoy a stunning panorama of the Jurassic Coast from a viewpoint on the aptly-named Magnolia Avenue.
Your day continues with a visit to Bennetts Water Garden, a water wonderland that's home to the National Plant Collection of water lilies – they should be seen in all their glory at this time of year. Also admire the scene surrounding the Japanese bridge that was inspired by Monet's gardens at Giverny in France.
Included on 4 nights itinerary
Minterne House gardens and Athelhampton
The enchanting 20-acre woodland garden of Minterne House is set in a peaceful valley in the heart of Dorset. One of the former owners, Robert Digby, was an acquaintance of Capability Brown. Following the revolutionary gardener's ethos that gardens should avoid looking contrived, Robert created a horseshoe shaped park of indigenous species with a series of small lakes, waterfalls and streams in the 18th century. Today you can admire newly-planted specimen shrubs and rare trees coupled with superb views around the lake.
Contrast Digby's design with the historic walled gardens of Athelhampton House. These were created at the end of the 19th century and feature an octagonal cloister garden and the Great Court which is dominated by 12 yew pyramids – they were originally planted to simply add interest to the rose border but now provide the main focus! You can enjoy strolling through the gardens that are surrounded by natural woodland all the way down to the River Piddle.
Please note Minterne House is not open to the public and some of the garden paths are uneven and steep in places.
Included on 4 nights itinerary