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Visit Prince Charles’ country home with a talk from royal expert Jennie Bond, plus tour Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace

The Cotswolds are a timeless English destination - home to some of the country's most gorgeous gardens and classic honey-stone houses. It's no wonder that keen gardener Prince Charles chose it as the location for his country retreat, the magical Highgrove House.

Since buying the property in 1980, HRH has re-developed the garden, taking on a new project every year. With the help of his friend Lady Salisbury, he has surrounded the house with scented wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine and thyme, as well as creating an experimental wildflower meadow of endangered native plants.

During your visit, you'll be joined by the BBC's former royal correspondent, Jennie Bond, who'll share insights about the Royal Family and the history of this magnificent country manor. Jennie spent 14 years reporting on the monarchy and will give a talk and take part in a Q&A session.

You'll also visit Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, now used by The Queen as her permanent residence. The State Apartments are the focal point of the castle and were modernised by Charles II, who was trying to outdo his cousin Louis XIV's palace in Versailles. Admire painted ceilings and the many works of art from the Royal Collection that line the walls as you explore the lavish interiors.

Other highlights of this wonderful four-day trip will include Henry VIII's extravagant Tudor mansion Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and a walk around the exterior of Buckingham Palace.

Meet our special guest Jennie Bond

As a royal correspondent for 14 years, broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond was at the heart of events that made headlines. She gave a personal account of her time as a royal correspondent in a documentary for Channel 5, Jennie Bond's Royals, and is the author of several books on the subject.

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Jennie Bond
Broadcaster and journalist

As a royal correspondent for 14 years, broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond was at the heart of events that made headlines. She gave a personal account of her time as a royal correspondent in a documentary for Channel 5, Jennie Bond's Royals, and is the author of several books on the subject.

I’ve reported on the royal family for 30 years, through divorces and deaths, right up to the popularity the monarchy is currently enjoying. I hope my stories will help you understand what goes on behind palace walls – and make you laugh at the adventures royal reporting entails.

Jennie Bond

Price includes

  • Explore the heavenly gardens at Highgrove House
  • Hear a talk from royal expert Jennie Bond
  • Tour the home of Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace
  • Visit Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London
  • Admire Buckingham Palace

Also included: three nights' accommodation, three breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners, transfers, services of an experienced tour manager.

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Sep 21, 2022
To
Sat, Sat, Sep 24, 2022
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£1,149*

* Price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement on request. Itinerary subject to change. Our travel partner, Travel Editions, is ABTA-bonded. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive, welcome talk from tour manager and dinner
    Wokingham, United Kingdom

    Arrive at your hotel today for an introductory talk from your tour manager ahead of your visit to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace tomorrow. After settling in to your room, dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace
    Windsor, United Kingdom

    This morning you will visit Windsor Castle. The castle enjoys the distinction of being the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Its construction was ordered by William the Conqueror, and in its original form it was a Motte and Bailey castle, but is now much changed following development by numerous monarchs since Henry I.

    This afternoon you will take a guided tour of Hampton Court Palace, which is perhaps most associated with Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Tour of Highgrove Gardens with lunch and talk/Q&A with Jennie Bond
    Highgrove House, United Kingdom

    Today you will visit Highgrove, the country home of HRH the Prince of Wales. This will be a rare opportunity to see these fascinating gardens which of course are cultivated using wholly organic methods. You will also enjoy lunch with wine on your visit to Highgrove.

    Since buying the property in 1980 His Royal Highness sought the advice of a friend, Lady Salisbury, and together they laid out parts of the garden with scented plants: wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine, holboellia, lillies and thyme were chosen to surround the house.

    On the advice of Miriam Rothschild, another gardening expert, the Prince created an experimental wild flower meadow which already boasts around 32 different varieties of endangered native plants including ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle, common spotted orchid, meadow crane's bill and ragged robin.

    Every year the Prince takes on a new project to take his garden in new directions, such as his walled kitchen garden or the arboretum. Vegetable varieties loved by the Prince are grown such as Charlotte potatoes and Happil strawberries, leeks, spring cabbage, brussel sprouts and carrots. A wide variety of apples are grown from trees next to the Orchard Room, along with others gathered from the Walled Garden, including Formosa Nonpareil, Golden Knot, Cornish Aromatic and Lady's Delight.

    You will be joined here by broadcaster Jennie, who will accompany you as you tour the garden, give a talk and hold a Q&A.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day
    4
    Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace walk (exterior) and Tower of London
    London, United Kingdom

    Today's agenda includes a guided tour around the extraordinary Gothic masterpiece, Westminster Abbey with a Blue Badge Guide. This has been the site of many Royal coronations and burials. The current church was begun in 1245 on the orders of Henry III. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned on the site, and there have been 16 Royal weddings including that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in spring 2011. Next up is a guided walk around the exterior of Buckingham Palace and the Mall before arriving at one of the world's most extraordinary buildings, the Tower of London, where you will spend the afternoon. This is another construction that was built on the orders of William the Conqueror, to keep hostile Londoners at bay. Since then some of Britain's most dramatic, surprising - and grisly - historical episodes have unfolded in its grounds.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Anne's Manor, Wokingham

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Wokingham, United Kingdom

Beautiful country house and gardens in Wokingham

Nestled in 25 acres of stunning landscaped gardens, DoubleTree is a historic countryside manor with a selection of spacious rooms and suites. Relax after a busy day exploring in the hotel's spa, boasting a 14 metre indoor pool, sauna, steam room and a range of massage and beauty treatments. Sip a cocktail with a view of the gardens at the hotel's bar and spend the evening at the Omnia restaurant sampling dishes by their award winning chef. The hotel also has tennis courts and a 24 hour fitness room.

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Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Sep 21, 2022
To
Sat, Sat, Sep 24, 2022
Duration
4 Days
Price per person
£1,149*

* Price based on two sharing. Subject to availability. Single supplement on request. Itinerary subject to change. Our travel partner, Travel Editions, is ABTA-bonded. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated.

Call now to book 02045 257 462
Quote ref: TST PALACES JENNIE BOND