GARDENS OF THE WELSH BORDERS
Herefordshire & the Welsh Marches
The mountains and moorlands straddling the borders of England and Wales are carved up by wooded river valleys, verdant farmlands, and a surprisingly rich vein of outstanding private gardens. The tour is based at Gliffaes Country House, a small luxury hotel on the banks of the River Usk, surrounded by beautiful, mature grounds, where you can expect excellent food. This tour is also a wonderful opportunity to meet some key designers and garden writers on their home patch and to explore an array of exceptional gardens.
Day 1: Monday 10th July
Arrange your own flights to the tour start at London Heathrow airport for a 10:00 start. Boxwood are able by request to help you to arrange pre and/or post tour accommodation. We then travel west by a small coach to High Glanau Manor, one of the finest and best-preserved Arts & Crafts houses and gardens in Wales. Hilary & Helena Gerrish will welcome us to their home and garden with a special invitation to a delicious lunch. We next visit Veddw House created by garden writer Anne Wareham and her husband Charles Hawes a garden photographer. On a sheltered slope of the Wye Valley this contemporary flower & meadow garden is a delight. We then check in at Gliffaes Country House for a warm welcome with time to settle in before an evening meal together.
Day 2: Tuesday 11th July
We start the day with a special visit to The Laskett, a fascinating formal garden created by Sir Roy Strong, former Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum and his late wife Julia Oman, and encoded with the story of their lives. After lunch in a local inn, we travel to Brockhampton Cottage, a memorable private garden made by innovative designer Tom Stuart Smith for Peter Clay, owner of the online garden shop, Crocus. Return to Gliffaes to dine together.
Day 3: Wednesday 12th July
Driving up the borders, we visit Ashley Farm, home of Roger & Jackie Pietroni, to see the abundant garden surrounding their 16th century farmhouse. Not far away is Bryansground, a fine country garden created by David Wheeler, owner and editor of the British garden journal, HORTUS, and Simon Dorrell, artist and garden designer, where we are invited to lunch. We then tour Rhodds Farm with owner & designer Cary Goode, a beautiful garden with well-planted mixed borders and a striking, red-hot, double herbaceous border leading to woodland and wonderful views. Return to Gliffaes to dine together.
Day 4: Thursday 13th July
We start the day at Allt-y-Bela to see view work of designer Arne Maynard on his home patch, before visiting Llanover House, home of Elizabeth Murray. We are invited to lunch on the terrace before discovering the garden she is passionately developing. In the afternoon, we travel up into the hills to anthropologist Jeremy Swift, and editor, Camilla Swift’s garden. The Pant starts simply around the house as a series of terraces with Persian and Italian influences flowing out to the ‘wild woods’. Next door lives Stephen Anderton, Garden Correspondent for The Times and you are invited also to see his new garden before returning to Gliffaes to dine together.
Day 5: Friday 14th July
This morning we are planning a special visit to Highgrove*, the home of HRH Prince of Charles. Created with imagination and passion by the Prince over the last 35 years, the series of interlinked organic gardens reflect his deep commitment to sustainability, as well as a natural artistic ability. An important haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna, these gardens sit in succinct harmony with nature. This evening we stay at Great Fosters Hotel.
Day 6: Saturday 15th July
Return to the London Heathrow airport or privately transfer into London to extend your stay. Please do contact the Boxwood office if you need help with these arrangements
The price includes:
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for 4 nights at Gliffaes Country House Hotel,
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for 1 night Great Fosters Hotel
Meals as stated in the itinerary: 5 lunches and 5 evening meals;
Entry to all gardens listed itinerary with guided tours wherever possible;
*Please note that the visit to Highgrove can only be confirmed February 2017; if proves not to be possible, we will organise a visit to an alternative memorable garden and notify you accordingly.
Coaching throughout the tour.
Tour Leader: The tour will be accompanied throughout by Dr Sophieke Piebenga