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PAUL ZIMMERMAN: The English Rose

19 June 2022

8 days from £3,995pp

If you love the perfume of roses on an early summer’s day and have always promised yourself time to discover more of this vast and varied genus, then this is the tour for you.

  • Visit to the famous Rose garden at Mottisfont featuring the National Collection of old-fashioned roses started by Graham Stuart Thomas
  • Special early bird morning visit to Sissinghurst Castle Garden accompanied by the Head Gardener
  • Visit the private garden of Clinton Lodge
  • Visit the enchanting garden of Kiftsgate Court, home of the famous rambler, Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ 
  • Visit Hidcote Manor Gardens with time to stroll around and discover many roses throughout the famous gardens
  • A day at David Austin Roses for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour with Michael Marriott

Paul Zimmerman: The English Rose

This tour is a celebration of the rose, doyenne of the English Garden. If you love the perfume of roses on an early summer’s day and have always promised yourself time to discover more of this vast and varied genus, then this is the tour for you. We start in southern England on a gentle journey to enjoy roses in some wonderful gardens, featuring Sissinghurst, Mottisfont and Pashley Manor as well as a selection of exceptional private gardens. Then journey north to the rural county of Shropshire on the Welsh borders to visit the outstanding David Austin show garden collection as well as a ‘behind the scenes’, private view of David Austin’s own garden. Also featured are Coughton Court and Wollerton Old Hall plus a visit to Michael Marriott’s own new garden and an opportunity to meet Katherine Swift, author of The Morville Hours, a story of her garden. Don your rose-tinted specs and see gardens in a new light. Stroll from rose to rose discussing the merits of under-planting, mulching, pruning, budding, training, and indeed even the name of the rose in the company of a great rose enthusiast & expert Paul Zimmerman with guest appearances from Michael Marriott, Rosarian at David Austin Roses and Charles Quest-Riston, author of RHS Encyclopaedia of Roses (Dorling Kindersley, 2011) . The tour starts at The Winchester Wessex Hotel with one transfer organized from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports and ends in central London with the opportunity to book an additional night at the Sofitel London Heathrow but in addition, in Sussex you will stay at Ockenden Manor Hotel, a charming and tranquil Elizabethan Manor House, further north we stay at the award-winning Brockencote Hall an outstanding example of a country house hotel. Both tour hotels offer good food and hospitality with dinners with wine, bed & breakfasts all included.

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Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel


Situated in Winchester’s historic centre, Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel overlooks Winchester Cathedral. This vibrant heritage destination is renowned for its legendary Arthurian Round Table. The elegant hotel features a traditional restaurant and a 24-hour front desk.

Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa


An hour’s drive from central London, the peace and tranquillity of Ockenden Manor provides a stylish retreat. The Tudor property combines modern spa facilities with elegantly traditional accommodation.

Brockencote Hall


Renowned for its superb cuisine and excellent service, this traditional country house is set in 70 acres of tranquil parkland and dates back over 300 years. The property is part of the Eden Hotel Collection which has been awarded AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014 - 2015.