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Gardens Illustrated: New Dorset Gardens

3 July 2023

4 days from £3,500pp

On this exclusive Gardens Illustrated tour of Dorset, visit exquisite private gardens and feast at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ.
  • Stay in 5-star luxury accommodation throughout
  • Admire the outstanding setting of little-known gardens
  • Dine at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage HQ
  • Tour led by expert Keith Wiley

From fossil-stacked cliffs to rolling chalk hills and rich pastures, countless travellers, artists, novelists, and poets have been inspired by Dorset. On this holiday, we visit little-known gardens, many linked to a plethora of small manor houses; then, by digging deeper, we find links with personalities who contribute much to the greater world of gardening. The tour is based at the 5-star Georgian Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in the village of Evershot, the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex.


Please note:
The tour pick-up points are Yeovil Railway Station at 12:00 and Summer Lodge Hotel 12:30, where you will be collected by coach and taken to your first visit.

Your Accommodation

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

Intimate and special, and surrounded by beautiful countryside, our country-house hotel offers a cosseting experience in the heart of Dorset. With genuine warm service, innovative and delicious menus, a relaxing spa, a stunning indoor pool and fragrant landscaped gardens. The Summer Lodge offers a world-renowned restaurant and bar, a heated indoor pool, spa and beauty treatments, bicycles, a croquet lawn and an all-weather tennis court. We are also a 25 minutes’ drive from the Jurassic coast, providing guests with ample opportunity for outdoor pursuits. this is the quintessential luxurious escape.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Fresh flowers and fruit in room
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Summer Lodge shortbread biscuits
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Plush bathrobes with ladies and gents slippers
  • Highest quality 200 thread count Belgian linens
  • High-speed wireless internet access
  • Flat screen satellite television
  • Air-conditioning & heating
  • Electronic safe
  • 24-hour room service