Tour Prince Charles’ country home, hear from royal expert Jennie Bond and enjoy visits to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace
The Cotswolds are home to some of the country's most gorgeous
gardens and classic honey-stone houses - so it's no wonder that
keen gardener Prince Charles chose this as the area to create a
magical country house retreat.
Since buying Highgrove House in 1980, the Prince of Wales has
re-developed the garden, taking on a new project every year. With
the help of his friend Lady Salisbury, he has surrounded the house
with scented wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine and thyme, and created
an experimental wildflower meadow of endangered native plants.
On this special four-day tour, you'll be joined by former BBC
Royal correspondent Jennie Bond, who'll share insights about the
Royal Family and the history of this magnificent country manor.
Jennie, who spent 14 years reporting on the monarchy, will give a
talk and take part in a Q&A session.
You'll also visit Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest
occupied castle in the world, which is now used by The Queen as her
permanent residence. The State Apartments are the focal point of
the castle and were modernised by Charles II, who was trying to
outdo his cousin Louis XIV's palace in Versailles. Admire painted
ceilings and the many works of art from the Royal Collection that
line the walls as you explore the lavish interiors.
Other highlights of this memorable trip include Henry VIII's
extravagant Tudor mansion Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey,
the Tower of London and a walk around the exterior of Buckingham
Meet our special guest Jennie Bond
As a royal correspondent for 14 years, broadcaster and
journalist Jennie Bond was at the heart of events that made
headlines. She gave a personal account of her time as a royal
correspondent in a documentary for Channel 5, Jennie Bond's Royals,
and is the author of several books on the subject.