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THE TELEGRAPH - Gardens of Somerset

15 September 2021

4 days from £2,698pp

An exclusive TELEGRAPH tour hosted by HELEN YEMM and led by SOPHIE PIEBENGA to Somerset, ‘land of the summer people’, where softly rounded hills, wooded coombes and lush meadows give a good grazing throughout the year; also the land of cricket, fine ciders, famous cheeses, ‘withy’ plantations as well as gorgeous summer long gardens.
 
  • Visit the Yeo Valley Organic Garden on Holt Farm, one of only a handful of ornamental gardens that is Soil Association accredited
  • Explore East Lambrook Manor, where plantswoman Margery Fish created her cottage garden and where she also wrote her eight classic gardening books
  • A special invitation to lunch in the large and organic garden at Yews Farm with Louise and Fergus Dowding
  • Be introduced to the extraordinary walled garden, flower borders and kitchen garden at The Newt
Somerset, ‘land of the summer people’, where softly rounded hills, wooded coombes and lush meadows give a good grazing throughout the year; also the land of cricket, fine ciders, famous cheeses, ‘withy’ plantations as well as gorgeous summer long gardens.  A lot has been happening in Somerset over the past few years, Helen Yemm & Sophie Piebenga will introduce you to the riches of this special county including the exciting developments at The Newt, (formerly Hadspen House), as well as a garden designed by Piet Oudolf and view the latest developments at Iford Manor where former Sissinghurst head gardener, Troy Scott Smith is now hard at work. The tour is based at the Georgian Summer Lodge Hotel,  just across the border in Dorset, chosen for its high standards where all the bedrooms are divinely pretty and comfortable, the food is of the highest quality and the staff could not be more caring; you will be warmly welcomed.

Your Accommodation

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

★★★★
Overview
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