Staying at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Maidstone
5 DAYS | 8th April 2018
The county of Kent is often referred to as the Garden of England due to its historic houses and castles, rolling countryside and abundance of picturesque gardens. Springtime is the perfect time of year to take in the beauty of the season and enjoy a riot of colourful blooms.
Our base for the tour is in the heart of Kent and close to Leeds Castle at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Maidstone. Tudor Park offers a private 18 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool, gym and Spa. The Conical Grill offers simple, seasonal and stylish food. The bedrooms are all en-suite and have views of the beautiful grounds or courtyard and benefit from modern facilities and include flat screen TVs, and complimentary tea tray.
We depart Macclesfield in the morning calling for coffee and lunch en-route to Lullingstone Castle and World Garden. An historic manor house and estate in the village of Eynsford where we visit the house and gardens, containing unusual plants from around the globe planted in their respective continents of origin. Late afternoon we take the short journey to our hotel.
This morning we call at Royal Tunbridge Wells with time to visit the Pantiles; historically a major holiday destination for the gentry and royalty, today it remains a charming place to browse, shop, eat, drink and stroll. Early afternoon takes us to Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill and Emmetts Gardens, renowned for its marvellous spring colour each year with their English bluebells (Both NT properties members free, non-members approx. £19.50 for both).
Our first port of call today is the historic town of Rochester. There will be free time for a stroll and lunch before visiting Leeds Castle, where you will discover almost 900 years of history and be able to explore 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens.
Today we visit Sissinghurst Gardens where April sees the bluebells come into their own, with an array of colour creating a carpet of purple amongst the trees. In the afternoon, we venture to Carr Taylor Vineyard for a short tour giving a brief history of English wine followed by wine tasting, tea and cake. (Sissinghurst Gardens NT members free non-members £11.25)
After breakfast, our final visit in Kent is to Great Comp Garden, a Georgian farmhouse and garden with its collection of rare and exotic plants. Late morning we join the motorway network and head for home making a lunch and comfort stop en-route.
dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to Lullingstone Castle & Garden, Leeds Castle, Great Comp Garden and Carr Taylor Vineyard with tea and cake.
£480.00 per person sharing twin/double
£96.00 single room supplement
£26.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT