Our philosophy is to keep groups small and create carefully curated itineraries for individuals who enjoy independent travel. 

Tours weave in many aspects of British culture, including visits to private gardens, art collections and galleries. We're very fortunate that the owners of such remarkable homes are so generously opening their doors to us, and we look forward to sharing them with you.  

We hand-pick comfortable boutique hotels that offer a relaxing environment at the end of each day. Most provide supplemental options for those who would like to take a break from the itinerary, whether spa treatments, country walks, cooking classes or golf. Restaurants feature locally sourced, seasonal food. We take care of all the details from the moment you arrive and transport you throughout in a chauffeur-driven mini-coach.


Born in Scotland and educated in England, Katharine began a career in publishing after receiving her MA in English and Italian Literature from The University of Edinburgh. She divided her time between Italy and London before moving to Mexico for several years where she authored The Cadogan Guide to Mexico and worked for a leading travel magazine. On her return to London, she became a Managing Director for Dorling Kindersley, publishers of the DK Travel Guides. She moved to the US in 1997 with her husband, ornamental metalsmith, John Battle, and travels back to the UK regularly.

After graduating from Vassar College, Emily continued her art history studies in New York while working in a gallery specializing in 20th-century art. Drawn to the artistic legacy and landscape of Eastern Long Island, she moved there and spent several years as a gallery director and art advisor before establishing The Drawing Room in 2004 with Victoria Munroe. Their East Hampton gallery is recognized for its shows of contemporary art and 18th & 19th-century garden plans, natural history studies and architectural drawings. Emily shares a longstanding interest in the history of garden design with her husband, landscape professional Stan Stokowski.