Susan Worner Tours

Normandy – Gardens around Dieppe & Bayeux

We arrange bespoke tour itineraries for small groups of friends or colleagues wishing to travel together to a special destination or for specialist horticultural groups. The minimum numbers are eight guests who will be accompanied by Susan or her specialist guides. We have the experience, know the good hotels or lodges and the best itineraries to offer. The itineraries below are examples of bespoke tours. Tailor-made programmes can be arranged for your personal preferences.

To know more please contact us on info@susanwornertours.com or +44 (0) 1423 326 300.

 

Normandy – Gardens around Dieppe & Bayeux

Upper Normandy has a wealth of remarkable gardens on the coast with a mild climate and acid soil. Inland country gardens amongst apple orchards, rolling hills and forests are inspirational. Some contemporary, some walled potager gardens, and all with enthusiastic owners. We venture further west to visit two exceptional gardens around Bayeux. All have a rich variety of trees and plants arranged with great panache. The two nurseries visited have excellent collections of plants. On the arrival day we include a visit to Monet’s sumptuous garden at Giverny before our journey to the hotel.

Our hotel is charming, most comfortable and well placed in the country near Dieppe. Le Clos Masure is an original Norman farmhouse and has been beautifully restored by its owners who are most welcoming. It has an excellent restaurant – table d’hôte.

The main travel is by Eurostar and TGV train, local visits by small coach.

 

Itinerary

DAY ONE

Morning departure by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Transfer to the village of Giverny for lunch followed by a visit to Monet’s inspirational garden. We head north to arrive at the Hotel Clos Masure just south of Dieppe. We enjoy an aperitif and short talk in the garden before dinner together.

DAY TWO

Our morning visit is to Chateau Miromesnil with its fabulous walled potager garden and elegant park. Guy de Maupassant was born here. We lunch in the chateau with the owner and are shown the interior. Afternoon visit to an exceptional collection of hydrangea. The owner, Robert Mallet, shows us many eye-catching unusual varieties. We return to our hotel for dinner together (each evening).

DAY THREE

Le Vasterival, the renowned garden of the late Princess Sturdza, is on the coast. A splendid, extensively planted garden, the under-planting with hydrangeas in the woodland is most rewarding. Sybil Clamargan, well-trained by the Princess, will accompany us. Lunchtime in a nearby restaurant. Afternoon visit to L’Etang du Launay, recently created gardens of Jean-Louis Dantec, with its high-pruned specimen trees leading to a lake and ponds, with extensive woodland planting beyond. It is an impressively planted garden.

DAY FOUR

We leave after breakfast for the superb contemporary garden, Le Jardin Plume, for a guided visit with the inspiring owners, Sylvie and Patrick Quibel. Well-designed from an original apple orchard, it has good structure and vibrant autumn colours. There is time to visit their tempting nursery before a picnic lunch in the garden. In the afternoon return to the coast to visit the extensive Arts & Crafts garden of Les Bois des Moutiers, created by Gertrude Jekyll around the house by Lutyens for Guillaume Mallet. An original, well-planted, period garden with woodland behind the house leading to the sea. We will be welcomed by one of the owners. Nearby is the eleventh-century church on the cliffs of Ste Marguerite with its George Braque stained glass windows – he lived and worked in the village. We return to the hotel for dinner.

DAY FIVE

We head west for the day to the Bayeux region to visit a private country garden created by two artists and much admired by Penelope Hobhouse on a recent visit. It complements their manor house. We continue into Bayeux at lunchtime. Our afternoon visit is to Chateau de Brécy, a spectacular formal garden restored by the head of the French Gardens Trust Association. Four terraces, each with its own garden, rise from the parterre behind the house up to a decorative gate on the horizon. A remarkable garden. We return to our hotel for dinner.

DAY SIX

Depart by coach through Picardy. Breaking the journey, we visit the delightful garden of Maizicourt, continuing to Lille Europe for the Eurostar train, returning to London St Pancras.

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Tour Costs

Train, Hotel and itinerary costs £1850 pp
Accommodation based on 2 people sharing
Dinner on 5 evenings and 5 lunches/picnics
Supplement – single use of double room £380

Activity Level:

Extensive gardens though fairly level.

Additional Information:

Why not stay in Paris a few days before the tour starts.
We know of a few charming small hotels.

If you are interested in finding out more information about one of our bespoke itineraries, please give us a call on 01423 326 300 or email info@susanwornertours.com. Alternatively, click here to use our general enquiry form.