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Summer Gardens of Dorset QQQ

Dorset, England

  • Woodland gardens at Abbotsbury
  • Stay at the centrally located Queens Hotel
  • Perhaps indulge in a spa treatment
  • The bedrooms are traditional in style
  • The hotel’s spa
  • No fly No fly
  • Half Board Half board

The Queens Hotel for Solo Travellers

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See Dorset in full bloom during visits to six exquisite gardens

In the course of three days of excursions you will visit six gardens. On these visits you will be accompanied by an experienced and qualified horticultural host who will be on hand throughout the holiday to give insights into the plants, gardens and their history. Your host will give two talks in the comfort of your hotel. Please note that there are eight steps to the Purbeck Suite where these talks are usually held.


  • Half board
  • Three excursions with six visits
  • Two talks
  • Expert gardens host and Saga Host
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage at your hotel
  • Cancellation rights.


Meyrick Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3DL


The well placed, privately-owned Queens Hotel combines a quiet location with a friendly atmosphere and excellent facilities. These include a restaurant, with many dishes created from local produce. There are nine steps and a ramp to the hotel entrance, and the leisure centre is located on the lower ground floor, which is not accessible by lift.


All 109 bedrooms are simple yet traditionally styled.

Tea coffee making facilities

Food and Drink

Look forward to dining in the hotel's restaurant, Alexanders, where you can enjoy a choice of dishes. You can also take time to relax in the hotel's Garden Lounge. 

Hotel exterior
The bedrooms are traditional in style


Your Programme

Three talks and three excursions with six visits to:

Compton Acres and Cranborne

Explore the 1920s gardens of Compton Acres which encompass five themed gardens that provide year-round interest. These include a Japanese garden, an Italian garden and a rock garden. Then 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.

Minterne House gardens and Athelhampton

The woodland gardens of Minterne House were created in the 18th century and feature a series of small lakes, waterfalls and streams surrounded by newly-planted specimen shrubs and rare trees. Contrast this Capability Brown inspired landscape with the historic walled gardens of Athelhampton House which feature an octagonal cloister garden and the Great Court which is dominated by 12 yew pyramids.

Abbotsbury and Bennetts Water Garden

Once a castle kitchen garden, over time Abbotsbury has grown to encompass 20 acres of rare and exotic plants from around the world. You can also enjoy a stunning panorama of the Jurassic Coast from a viewpoint. Continue to Bennetts Water Garden, home of the National Plant Collection of water lilies – they should be in all their glory at this time of year.

The Queens Hotel for Solo Travellers

Summer Gardens of Dorset QQQ

Dorset, England