Summer Gardens of the South for solo travellers
- No fly
- Solo Travellers
- Half board
- Short breaks
Visit six gardens on this special gardens holiday
From the parterres and elegant gardens of Waddesdon Manor to the biodynamic and organic gardens of Waltham Place, there’s lots to explore on this special gardens holiday, exclusively for solo travellers. Discover the Oxford Botanic Gardens – the UK’s first botanic garden established in 1621, with its stunning arboretum, and seven glass houses accommodating plants from around the world. Take in the colours of the 200-foot long herbaceous border at Waterperry Gardens, once the home of the School of Horticulture for Ladies and learn about the Savill Garden, housed in Windsor Great Park. In addition to six visits there will be three illustrated talks from your horticultural expert host to enhance your holiday.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host Talks
- 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 garden visits
Denham Grove, Tilehouse Land, Denham, UB9 5DG
Set in 42 acres of tranquil Buckinghamshire parkland, under two miles from the village of Denham and just nine miles from Windsor, this locally rated three-star conference centre is surprisingly close to the outer reaches of West London, and is perfectly placed to explore the area being within easy reach of both the M40 and M25.
All 100 bedrooms are either on the ground or first floor. There are no lifts.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
A sample menu from Denham Grove might include roasted pork belly served with sticky red cabbage and apple fritters to crispy skin sea bass with braised leeks, saffron potatoes and sauce Vierge. Light dining options, and drinks, are available from the bar if you want a snack. There is a hot and cold breakfast buffet, you can opt for the full English, or might prefer muesili and pastries. After a delicious meal you can relax in the lounge. There is also room service if you want to order a light meal in your room.
Indoor swimming pool
Denham Grove lies in a peaceful location in 42 acres of parkland, less than two miles from the Buckinghamshire village of Denham, and close to the main road networks. Situated just outside north-west London it is ideally placed to explore the nearby gardens. Alexander Korda's Film Studios were based in the village of Denham between 1936-52, but were merged with Pinewood four miles away, and were subsequently demolished. Films such as Brief Encounter and Great Expectations were filmed in the studios here, and the village of Denham was used as a location for some of the scenes in Brief Encounter. It's lure as scenic location has more recently been utilised in episodes of Midsommer Murders. Nearby attractions include Bekonscot model village, a charmingly nostalgic creation, complete with working train, that was first opened in 1929. The mighty Windsor Castle – the oldest inhabited castle in the world – is under nine miles away.
On this four night holiday look forward to embarking on three full-day visits during which you will see the following six gardens.
Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum
The Oxford Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 and is home to some 6,000 different species of plant. The gardens are used for education, conservation and research, as well as providing a never-ending source of inspiration for gardeners! The gardens include an arboretum of some 130 acres based in a Capability Brown landscape, as well as a walled garden and glasshouses. The first glasshouses was built here 300 years ago – today there are seven, housing plants from around the world ranging from tropical jungle to alpine, cloud forest and arid.
Waterperry Gardens was originally the site of the School of Horticulture for Ladies, and today has been developed into an eight-acre garden with lots to explore. Famed for its fine 200-foot long herbaceous border, the garden is home to a series of different connected gardens ranging from knot and rose gardens to walks, a canal adorned with waterlillies, an arboretum, a cordon and pear walk and more.
This biodynamic and organic garden at Waltham Place is made up of a group of walled gardens, as well as a landscape garden, borders, and ornamental beds. Natural plantings have been employed, weeds may form part of the design, and the garden is organically maintained. Explore the naturalistic planting, kitchen gardens and woodland area of Waltham Place, which is also home to an organic farm which is also run biodynamically.
Designed in the 1930s by Eric Savill, this 35-acre plot is part of Windsor Great Park, with permission to utilise the space coming from King George V and Queen Mary. The war halted progress, and Savill's series of interconnecting gardens were not completed until the 1950s. These fine gardens and woodland have continued to develop with the Queen Elizabeth Temperate House opening in 1995, and a rose garden added in 2006. The aim is to keep both garden and plant collections contemporary.
Tour this five acre garden which will delight plantsmen. Created by Alistair and Elizabeth Macloed Matthews, Chenies Garden combines imaginative plantings in colour themes, and structural forms, in a series of compartmentalised spaces, including sunken and physic gardens, as well as a kitchen garden with two mazes. The garden is offset by the beauty of the 15th-century Chenies Manor, a brick-built Elizabethan mansion that was visited by both Henrv VIII and Elizabeth I, and which you can also visit – time permitting.
Waddesdon Manor Garden
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild built this faux French chateau between 1874 and 1885 to display his extensive art collection, and entertain. He transformed the grounds into a flamboyant example of high Victorian gardening – some 19,000 plants are utilised in the bedding displays. Walk the parterres and learn how the mass of bedding plants were transported from glasshouse to garden, visit the fountains and don't miss the aviary garden - the statue of Apollo here was originally intended for Versailles.