Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Visit the gardens at Highgrove House with former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond
The Cotswolds are home to a few of Britain’s most gorgeous gardens and classic, honey-stone houses – so it’s no wonder that keen gardener Prince Charles selected the world for a house where he could create a rustic retreat.
Since buying Highgrove House in 1980, the Prince of Wales has redeveloped the garden, taking over a recent project annually. With the assistance of his friend Lady Salisbury, he has surrounded the home with scented wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine and thyme, and has also created an experimental wildflower meadow of endangered native plants.
On this special four-day tour, you’ll be joined by former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond, who’ll share insights in regards to the Royal Family and the history of this magnificent country manor.
Magical: On The Mail on Sunday’s special four-day tour you may explore the gardens of Highgrove House (above) within the Cotswolds
You’ll visit majestic Windsor Castle (pictured), the oldest and largest occupied castle on this planet, now utilized by the Queen as her everlasting residence
MEET YOUR SPECIAL GUEST
You shall be joined by Jennie Bond
As a Royal correspondent for 14 years, broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond was at the guts of events that made headlines. She talked about her time as a Royal correspondent in a documentary for Channel 5, Jennie Bond’s Royals, and is the writer of several books on the topic.
Jennie, who spent 14 years reporting on the monarchy, will give a chat and participate in a Q&A session.
You’ll also visit Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle on this planet, now utilized by the Queen as her everlasting residence.
The State Apartments are the point of interest of the castle and were modernised by Charles II, who was attempting to outdo his cousin Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. Admire painted ceilings and the various artworks from the Royal Collection that line the partitions as you explore the lavish interiors.
Other highlights of this memorable trip will include Henry VIII’s extravagant Tudor mansion Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and a walk around the outside of Buckingham Palace.
REASONS TO BOOK
Tour the gardens of Highgrove House: Absorb the fragrant wildflower meadow at this beautiful Cotswolds property, which incorporates some 32 varieties of endangered native plants in addition to many hidden corners and peaceful spaces so that you can explore.
Hear from Jennie Bond: You’ll meet Jennie on the gardens of Highgrove House, and the Royal expert will share fascinating tales from her a few years covering the monarchy through one in every of its most turbulent periods, in addition to answering your questions.
Go inside Windsor Castle: Founded by William the Conqueror within the eleventh Century, Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle. Its ornate State Apartments are full of exquisite antique furniture and priceless artworks.
Tour Hampton Court Palace: Perhaps best known for Henry VIII’s lifetime of excess, Hampton Court Palace encompasses a maze and lavish rooms. Be careful for ghosts – the ‘screaming’ Queen Catherine Howard is rumoured to haunt its halls.
Discover grisly tales: One other of William the Conqueror’s castles – built to guard him from an rebellion – the Tower of London was for hundreds of years England’s most notorious prison. Famous inmates included Guy Fawkes and Sir Walter Raleigh.
Stay in comfort: Nestling in 25 acres of stunning landscaped gardens, DoubleTree by Hilton St Anne’s Manor, Wokingham, is a historic country manor with a 14-metre indoor pool, sauna, steam room and an award-winning chef. The hotel also has tennis courts and a 24-hour fitness room.
- Tour of Highgrove House gardens with Jennie Bond.
- Talk and Q&A with Jennie.
- Tour of Hampton Court Palace.
- Visits to Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.
- Three nights’ accommodation at DoubleTree by Hilton St Anne’s Manor, Wokingham.
- Three breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners.
- Transfers and services of an experienced tour manager.
YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Arrive, welcome talk from tour manager and dinner DAY 2 Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace DAY 3 Tour of Highgrove gardens, with lunch, talk and Q&A with Jennie Bond DAY 4 Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace walk (exterior) and Tower of London
HOW TO BOOK
The worth: From £1,149pp*. The dates: September 21 to 24, 2022.
Call 02045 792 923 quoting MOS HIGHGROVE BOND. To search out out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/highgrovebond.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Price shown based on two people sharing. Single complement applies. Subject to availability. Within the case of unexpected circumstances, expert(s) could also be substituted, and expert-led events and the general itinerary could also be subject to alter. Expert(s) is not going to join you in your full trip duration unless otherwise stated.