Join the broadcaster and writer for a memorable tour of some of England’s finest gardens

Britain is a nation of garden lovers, with an astonishing number of publicly accessible gardens dotted around. Whether or not you can tell your alliums from your echinaceas, this is a wonderful itinerary taking in some of the most idyllic gardens in the country. It will focus on a fertile spot in the South West of England, home to a remarkable array of garden designs. These will include the restored Knightshayes, magnificent Hestercombe, the vast, beautiful grounds of Dunster Castle and the extraordinarily romantic Cothay Manor, widely considered to be among Britain's greatest gardens. Making this trip even more special will be the presence of the hugely knowledgeable and enthusiastic Jules Hudson. A writer and broadcaster, well known for his appearances on TV's Countryfile and Escape To The Country, he is the perfect guest to set the scene for your travels.

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Jules Hudson
Broadcaster and gardens expert

A versatile writer and broadcaster, Jules is known to millions as the presenter on the BBC's Escape to the Country, as well as from his frequent appearances on Countryfile. A keen countryman and craftsman, Jules spends his spare time renovating his period home and garden in Herefordshire, ably assisted by his partner Tania, their new baby boy Jack, and Labradors Teddy and Iolo. His new book, Walled Gardens, has just been published.

There is nothing as thrilling as that moment you open the door of a walled kitchen garden and step inside. It’s like crossing a magical threshold, a chance to leave behind all that is burdensome with the world outside.

Jules Hudson

Price includes

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star The Castle in Taunton
  • Welcome reception
  • Private three-course dinner with wine
  • Free signed copy of Jules's book, 'Walled Gardens'
  • Private visit at Hestercombe and dinner
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary
  • Tour manager throughout


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  1. Day
    Check in to Taunton
    Taunton, United Kingdom

    Check in to your hotel for the duration of this superb trip, the delightful, historic Castle Hotel in Taunton. This evening you will enjoy a welcome talk and dinner with wine with Jules Hudson, the broadcaster and writer.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Taunton, United Kingdom

    This morning we will go to Knightshayes Court with time allowed for lunch. This is a wonderfully restored garden, and the walled garden is one of Jules's favourites. Return to hotel to freshen up an afternoon transfer to Hestercombe Gardens for a guided visit and private dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    Dunster Castle
    Taunton, United Kingdom

    In the morning you will visit Dunster Castle, a National Trust property with huge gardens and views out over the Bristol Chanel. The final garden visit today will be Cothay Manor Gardens, a delightfully romantic garden in Somerset that has featured in many lists of the great gardens of Britain. You will then head back to the hotel for farewell afternoon tea. The tour is scheduled to finish at about 5.30pm.

    Meals - Breakfast

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