12 – 17 May 2021
Some of Britain’s finest gardens are to be found in North Yorkshire, where the countryside in springtime is radiant with new life. Our tour features a number of outstanding private gardens, along with visits to Newby Hall and Scampston Hall. An exceptional selection in terms of both design and choice of plants and trees.
We stay at the Alice Hawthorn Inn on the picturesque village green at Nun Monkton near York. Named for a famous racehorse, and renowned for its excellent cuisine and friendly atmosphere, the Inn was recently expanded with the addition of a number of rooms. The green, with its pond and free grazing cattle in the summertime, features a traditional village maypole. Before the dissolution of the monasteries, nuns of the Benedictine Order lived in the nearby Priory. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the village is just nine miles from York.
In the exceptional circumstances of the current year, we have planned the tour with careful consideration for possible social distancing requirements. The Inn is well prepared to meet the necessary hygiene standards. Our transport will be by small coach if this is within the rules, otherwise travel to and from the gardens will be by private car. We suggest you follow us in convoy formation or make your own way by using GPS.
Waterproof clothing and footwear just in case of rain and layers for the garden visits.
Casual smart for the evening.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Reasonable walking ability to enjoy the gardens is required.