12 – 17 September 2020
Upper Normandy has a wealth of remarkable gardens on the coast where the climate is mild and the soil is acid. Inland country gardens, set amongst apple orchards, rolling hills and forests, are inspirational. Of the gardens we visit, some are contemporary while others are walled potager gardens; all feature a rich variety of trees and plants arranged with great panache. They also share notably enthusiastic owners. We travel to France by Eurostar to Lille, going on to visit a fascinating private garden in Picardy before arriving in Upper Normandy.
Our hotel is charming, comfortable and well placed in the countryside near Dieppe. Le Clos Masure is an original half-timbered Norman farmhouse and has been beautifully restored by its owners who are most welcoming. It has an excellent restaurant – with table d’hôte – where we dine each evening.
The main travel is by Eurostar train, with local visits by small coach. The group will be about 16.
The climate in September is warm and mellow though showers can occur. Dew can be heavy in the gardens in the morning so sturdy shoes are recommended. Smart casual for the evening.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Wi-Fi is available in the hotel.
Some gardens are extensive, those on the coast are hilly.