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THE TELEGRAPH: The Dorset Collection

2nd - 5th September 2020:

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‘Far from the Madding Crowd...’, exclusive TELEGRAPH tour hosted by gardens correspondent, HELEN YEMM and led by SOPHIE PIEBENGA.

  • See the topiary-filled valley garden at Mapperton House
  • visit Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's River Cottage with a delicious lunch straight from the garden
  • Venture across the border to the edge of the Blackdown Hills in Devon to South Wood Farm
  • In the Isle of Purbeck we visit Rachel James’s coastal garden, Easington Farm
  • An afternoon visit to the very private garden of Lulworth Castle House
  • Visit The Old Rectory in the village of Litton Cheney

THE TELEGRAPH: The Dorset Collection

Take a few days in deepest Dorset in the company of Helen Yemm and Sophie Piebenga. From fossil-stacked cliffs to rolling chalk hills and rich pastures, many travellers, artists, novelists and poets have been inspired by this beautiful region. We visit exquisite, 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. We visit two private gardens designed by Arne Maynard; feast at River Cottage, the creation of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall; and meet Jake Hobson, the Japanese cloud pruning specialist. The tour is based at the Georgian Summer Lodge Hotel in the village of Evershot. This is the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset: in fact, Thomas Hardy designed the interior of the hotel’s blue drawing room. 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

In 4 acres of beautiful gardens, Summer Lodge features luxurious rooms, a leisure centre and an award-winning restaurant. With free parking and free Wi-Fi, the hotel is 15 minutes from Yeovil.