Isle of Wight Gardens tour

Isle of Wight Gardens Tour

The mild island climate allows plants usually associated with warmer climes to thrive, giving gardens here a different look to those on the mainland. The ornate terrace gardens of Osborne House, the sheltered Mediterranean style valley garden of Mottistone and the Edwardian-inspired Princess Beatrice garden at Carisbrooke Castle all provide beauty and inspiration. Ventnor Botanical Gardens will give you a chance to take a horticultural journey around the world and see exotic and unusual species.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY

You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (Best and Better rooms from 1pm). All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea. This is the first occasion when everyone in the country house meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.

DAY 2: OSBORNE HOUSE AND CARISBROOKE

In the morning, you will visit the ornate terrace gardens of Osborne House which were renovated between 2016 and 2017 as part of a wider conservation project. You will explore around the Victorian walled garden with its espaliered fruit trees, wander through the parkland with its historic trees, many of which have been planted by Prince Albert as well as enjoying the stunning sea views. In the afternoon, you will visit the Princess Beatrice Garden at Carisbrooke Castle. The Garden is an Edwardian-inspired garden which is set within Princess Beatrice's privy gardens. The garden is celebrating 10 years of opening at Carisbrooke Castle.

DAY 3: VENTNOR BOTANICAL GARDEN AND MOTTISTONE MANOR

In the morning, you will visit Ventnor Botanic Garden which boasts an impressive collection of sub-tropical plants and trees and its planting is based on geographical regions of the world. Its unique microclimate is on average 5 degrees warmer than mainland UK. In the afternoon, you will visit Mottistone Manor and its magical gardens set within a sheltered valley. The 20th Century garden follows a Mediterranean style of planting scheme which takes advantage of the southerly location. Shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders form the surroundings to an attractive Elizabethan manor house.

DAY 4: DEPARTURE DAY

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Osborne House is where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert enjoyed private family life growing vegetables and planting trees
  • Visit the enchanting gardens at Mottistone – brightly coloured borders, beautifully scented flowers set in a sheltered valley.
  • Enjoy the charming period planting, water feature and orchard from ground level and the battlement walk at Carisbrook Castle
  • Uncover the many layers of interest at Ventnor Botanical garden with an impressive collection of over 30,000 rare and subtropical plants and trees.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • High quality full-board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable holiday leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach with PA system
  • All garden admissions costs. For Garden Tours, National Trust, English Heritage  and RHS admissions are not included.
  • Heritage gardens (please note this does not include entrance to stately homes/houses, for which there is a separate admission fee)

FRESHWATER BAY HOUSE

Holidaying on the picturesque Isle of Wight doesn’t get any better than at Freshwater Bay House. Stood atop the island’s classic white cliffs and dominating the bay that it is named after, Freshwater Bay House has a gorgeous location. As well as 43 bedrooms, there are three lounges and a friendly bar. Extensive gardens give on to the coast path, with a staircase that drops to the beach one way, while a path leads away across Tennyson Down towards the Needles in the other direction. If you’re experiencing some of the island’s plentiful sunshine (it averages around 2,000 hours a year), head to Alum Bay for coloured sands or Compton Bay for dinosaur footprints. Explore Carisbrooke Castle, stroll through Ventnor Botanic Gardens and keep an eye out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse and America Wood.

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