Visit Holker Hall and see stunning Lakeland gardens with the Gardeners’ World and Gardeners’ Question Time regular, Pippa Greenwood

There are a million reasons why the Lake District is the nation's most popular national park, with its stunning landscapes, craggy mountains, coastline and, of course, the lakes. But Lakeland is also home to some of the UK's most beautiful gardens. On this excellent tour, you will see a selection of these in the company of author and former Gardeners' World presenter Pippa Greenwood. Pippa, who co-presented the show for more than 13 years and is also a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, will join you for a tour of Holker Hall, as well as giving an exclusive talk and holding a Q&A session. Pippa will also join you on your visits to John Ruskin's former home Brantwood, Windy Hall and Holehird Gardens. Plus you'll visit Sizergh Castle, Rydal Hall and Levens Hall.

Meet Pippa Greenwood

Pippa will join you over two days on visits to Brantwood Gardens, Holehird, Windy Hall and Holker Hall. She will also answer all your horticultural questions in a Q&A session.

Holker House tour

Planted by Lord George Cavendish in the late 18th century, the gardens at Holker Hall were further developed in the early 1800s with the addition of an arboretum, conservatory, balustrade terraces and a large walled kitchen garden. You'll see the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and the 22-metre-tall great Holker lime as you tour the gardens with Pippa.

Wonderful gardens

In Kendal, often referred to as the gateway to the Lake District, you'll begin your holiday with a visit to Sizergh Castle, with its glorious views over Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland hills. The medieval-style garden at Brantwood, home of the late John Ruskin, contains an extensive number of native British herbs. Near Windermere, you will discover the four-acre Windy Hall and the magnificent garden at Holehird. You'll also see the recently restored gardens at Rydal Hall and Levens Hall's world-famous topiary gardens.

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Pippa Greenwood
Presenter and author

Presenter and author Pippa Greenwood trained as a botanist at Durham University and in 1985 joined the RHS garden at Wisley, where she ran the Plant Pathology Department, answering thousands of queries from gardeners each year. After working with Alan Titchmarsh on BBC1's Daytime Live, Pippa joined Gardeners' World and was the gardening consultant for ITV's Rosemary & Thyme series. She has written a number of books, including the bestselling The New Gardener.

Price includes

  • Three nights' dinner, bed & breakfast at the three-star Crooklands Hotel near Kendal
  • Pippa Greenwood's exclusive talk and Q&A session
  • Exclusive garden visits with Pippa Greenwood
  • Visits to Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall, Brantwood, Windy Hall, Holehird Gardens, Rydal Hall, Levens Hall and Bridgemere Garden World
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager

Availability

From
Tue, Tue, May 26, 2020
To
Fri, Fri, May 29, 2020
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£745*
* Price based on two sharing. Single supplement: £120, subject to availability. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager’s discretion. Offer subject to availability. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Brightwater Holidays: Eden Park House, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4HS, Scotland.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Sizergh Castle
    Kendal, United Kingdom

    We depart by coach from our designated pick-up points and head north for the Lake District, stopping en route for refreshments. Our first visit will be to the gardens at the National Trust Sizergh Castle near Kendal. Originally built in the Middle Ages by the Strickland family, who still live here, this imposing house, at the gateway to the Lake District, stands proud in a rich and beautiful garden with a pond, a lake, an important collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden. The estate is crossed with footpaths, giving stunning views over Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland hills.

    We will then travel to our comfortable accommodation at the Crooklands Hotel near Kendal, which offers a peaceful, rural setting, good food and a convivial atmosphere. All rooms have private facilities, direct dial telephone, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Dinner will be served in the hotel in the evening.

    Accommodation - Crooklands Hotel
    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Brantwood, Windy Hall and Holehird with Pippa
    Coniston, United Kingdom

    After breakfast, we will visit the gardens at Brantwood, the home of the late John Ruskin. The gardens and the house were largely conceived by John Ruskin as a "living laboratory" for social and environmental issues, each incorporating a careful aesthetic mix of seemingly natural effects embellished by man. The "Hortus Inclusus" - a medieval-style garden, contains an extensive collection of British native herbs. Behind the house over 270 different British hardy ferns thrive beneath the tall oaks of the Linton Fern Garden. Closer to the house is the Professor's Garden - Ruskin's cottage garden experiment, which has been restored in the spirit of its creator. A selection of herbs, cottage flowers and 19th-century varieties of fruit thrive in this small plot. There is also a carefully reconstructed bee-house.

    We continue to Windy Hall, a private four-acre fell-side garden near Windermere. Features include a woodland garden with species rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and hydrangeas; a Japanese-influenced quarry garden; alpine gunneras and a wildflower meadow. There are also NCCPG collections of Filipendula and Aruncus. Look out too for some multi-horned Hebridean sheep, rare pheasants from China and Nepal as well as native birds which nest in the gardens.

    Our final visit today is to the wonderful gardens of Holehird, in a well wooded position on slopes above the eastern shore of Lake Windermere. The Lakeland Horticultural Society are responsible for the impeccable upkeep of this magnificent garden. The soil is acid and rainfall is famously high, giving excellent conditions for azaleas, ferns and rhododendrons, Himalayan poppies and maples. A fine walled garden, recently restored, gives protection to many surprisingly tender plants - callistemon, carpenteria and diascia. Holehird has National Collections of astilbes - probably the largest in the world - hydrangeas and polystichum ferns.

    Exclusive event: we are joined here by well-known gardener, horticulturalist and broadcaster Pippa Greenwood who will tour the garden with us.

    We return to the hotel in time for dinner. Afterwards Pippa Greenwood will give us a talk on her experiences as a gardener and presenter and host a Q&A session.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Holker Hall and Rydal Hall with Pippa
    Ambleside, United Kingdom

    Today following breakfast, we will visit Holker Hall where the gardens are the result of the late 18th-century planting of Lord George Cavendish. Several new features were added in the early 19th century - an arboretum, a conservatory, balustraded terraces and a large walled kitchen garden. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons in spring and early summer; later in the season magnificent blooms grace the arbours and cascade with a riot of colour. The Great Holker Lime, labelled as one of the finest and largest common limes (Tilia europaea) in Britain, measures 7-9 metres in girth, and was awarded the distinction of being one of Britain's 50 great trees in honour of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. There is a National Collection of Styracaceae and a labyrinth - one of the newest features of the garden which is set within the wildflower meadow.

    Exclusive event: we are joined here by well-known gardener, horticulturalist and broadcaster Pippa Greenwood who will tour the garden with us.

    In the afternoon we will visit Rydal Hall in Ambleside, a formal Italianate garden designed by Thomas Mawson in 1911. The 34-acre gardens have been recently restored, over a two year period, and have been returned to their former glory, with some fine herbaceous planting. An informal woodland garden leads to a 17th century viewing station/summer house and there is also a community vegetable garden, orchard and apiary.

    We will return to our hotel in time for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Levens Hall gardens and Bridgemere Garden World
    Kendal, United Kingdom

    This morning we must leave the hotel after breakfast and head for home, stopping en-route to visit Levens Hall gardens. The topiary gardens are world-famous and were created in 1694 by Monsieur Guillaume Beaumont, who had been trained under Le Nôtre at Versailles, and who laid out the gardens at Hampton Court. Under the magnificent topiary you will find colourful spring or summer bedding. There is also a rose garden, a nuttery, fine herbaceous borders and a fountain garden laid out with pleached limes in 1994 to celebrate 300 years of the gardens at Levens Hall.

    Our final visit will be to Bridgemere Garden World in Cheshire. No other garden centre has the sense of horticultural excitement that you will find at Bridgemere. It is a huge place - 25 acres in all - and there are enormous numbers of plants of every kind: it probably carries the greatest commercially available range in the country.

    We then continue south and expect to return to our original departure points mid to late evening.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Crooklands Hotel

3
Kendal, United Kingdom

Family-run hotel with over 40 years of experience

Crooklands Hotel is just four miles south of the market town of Kendal and just one mile South of the M6 Junction 36. You're welcomed into a friendly and relaxing atmosphere with delicious, locally sourced, home cooked food inspired from all corners of the globe in the Jules Restaurant. The location is peaceful and rural, with rolling hills and the winding historic Lancaster Canal nearby and both ideal for walking. Accommodation ranges from Classic to Deluxe Rooms and you can add various additional packages to make your stay even more extravagant. There is an easy access room with walk-in shower, all bedrooms are en-suite with a writing desk, colour flat screen televisions with Freeview, radio, a direct dial telephone, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and room service. The hotel has won a Gold Award from The Green Tourism board for four years in a row.

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Availability

From
Tue, Tue, May 26, 2020
To
Fri, Fri, May 29, 2020
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£745*
* Price based on two sharing. Single supplement: £120, subject to availability. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager’s discretion. Offer subject to availability. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Brightwater Holidays, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Brightwater Holidays: Eden Park House, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4HS, Scotland.
Call now to book 01334441849
Quote ref: PIPPA LAKES