This trip is a must for all gardening enthusiasts and floral fans. Visit world-renowned gardens such as The Beth Chatto Gardens and RHS Garden Hyde Hall along with Visits to Audley End House & Gardens and Green Island Gardens. Enjoy free time in Brentwood and Southend-on-Sea along with a stop at Althorpe House which has been owned by the Spencer family for over five centuries.
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We travel to our hotel via a short stop at Althorpe House, which is the site of Princess Diana’s final resting place.
Day 2 – This morning, we take a trip to the borough of Brentwood where we have some free time. After, we travel to Audley End House & Gardens. Here, you can wander through this decadent Jacobean mansion and admire all the fascinating antiques and interior décor. The tranquil gardens provide stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside.
Day 3 – Today, there is a free day to explore the delightful seaside town of Southend-on-Sea. Southend’s Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world and has plenty of activities along with gift shops and a café. If you head back towards the town, you can’t miss the ‘Golden Mile’ of amusement arcades where you could try your luck on one of the many slot machines.
Day 4 – We begin our day at Green Island Gardens, known as ‘A Plantsman’s paradise’ and recommended in Great British Gardens 2016. Each structured garden is beautifully curated and displays a large range of unusual trees, perennials and bulbs. Our next visit of the day takes us to The Beth Chatto Gardens. This overgrown wasteland of brambles, gravel and ditches was transformed from 1960 onwards by award-winning Plantswoman, Beth Chatto OBE. Highlights include the world-renowned Gravel Garden which is never watered! There is also a Scree Garden, Water Garden, Woodland Garden and Reservoir Garden – we guarantee you’ll struggle to choose your favourite!
Day 5 – After breakfast, we travel home with a short stop at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Back in 1955, this farm house was transformed into the beautiful garden that it is today. After some free time here, we then continue our journey back home.
Westcliff Muthu Hotel ***, Westcliff-on-Sea
Dating back to 1891, this magnificent Victorian hotel is close to the seafront with spectacular views over the Thames Estuary.
4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
Free time in Brentwood & Southend-on-Sea
Admission to Althorpe House, Audley End House & Gardens, Green Island Gardens, Beth Chatto Gardens and RHS Garden Hyde Hall
SKILLS REF: LXGA
DEPARTURE DATE DAYS FROM S/SUPP
Tues 16th July 5 £489 £100