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Summer Gardens of Dorset QQQQ

Dorset, England

  • Athelhampton House
  • Compton Acres
  • Abbotsbury
  • Bennetts Water Garden
  • Minterne House gardens

Summer Gardens of Dorset

Dorset, England

Prices from
£609 per person
2 passengers
4 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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See Dorset in 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.

You will be accompanied by an expert host who will give talks and join you on all excursions.

Including...

Dinner plateAll breakfasts (B) and dinners (D)

PersonLocal expert guide

Plus...

  • Cancellation rights
  • Expert host talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Compton Acres and Cranborne
  • Minterne House gardens and Athelhampton
  • Abbotsbury and Bennetts Water Garden

Address

The Hermitage Hotel, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK BH2 5AH

Introduction

The 4-star Hermitage Hotel occupies one of the best hotel locations in Bournemouth, directly in front of the iconic pier.

Accommodation

All 76 traditional bedrooms have a flat-screen television, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Saga guests stay in standard rooms with inland views (upgrades to sea view, superior, superior sea view and suites available on request). The hotel has a lift, and some rooms are located on the ground floor.

Flat-screen television
Hairdryer
Tea coffee making facilities
Wi-Fi

Food and Drink

All meals will be served in the hotel's Hardy’s Restaurant, awarded an AA Rosette and using local and sustainable ingredients. The NEO restaurant (a la carte and at an additional charge) features a modern lounge bar serving over 40 gins and with an extensive cocktail menu.

Hermitage Hotel, Bournemouth
Hardy’s Restaurant, Hermitage Hotel
The modern lounge bar
Enjoy tea and coffee in the room

Climate

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.

Compton Acres
Compton Acres Bournemouth Dorset England United Kingdom (UK) Europe
  • 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.

Athelhampton House
Minterne House Dorchester Dorset England United Kingdom (UK) Europe Athelhampton House
  • 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.

The gardens at Abbotsbury
Abbotsbury Gardens Abbotsbury Dorset England United Kingdom (UK) Europe
  • Included on 4 nights itinerary
Summer Gardens of Dorset QQQQ

Dorset, England

from £609 per person
2 passengers
4 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required

Summer Gardens of Dorset

Dorset, England

Prices from
£609 per person
2 passengers
4 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required