From Intimate to Grand: Spring Tour of Influential Gardens, Historic Houses and Art Collections

May 2-9, 2017
8 days | 7 nights


Trace the evolution of the English country house and garden in the Cotswolds and Somerset.

Highlights in the Cotswolds include a private tour of a medieval manor house, a beautifully preserved William Kent 18th-century landscape, and a grand Italianate garden of the early 20th century designed by Harold Peto. Moving on to the Arts and Crafts period we visit the homes, gardens, fine and decorative arts collections of William Morris and other leading figures of the movement.  

Three days in Somerset include several rarely seen contemporary private gardens and the option of a visit to Bath where the Holburne Museum will have a special exhibition dedicated to the Brueghel family dynasty. Our private tour of Hauser & Wirth’s Bruton art gallery features an exclusive viewing of their Elizabeth Frink show and the monumental outdoor sculptures that add life to the 18th-century farm compound. The day culminates in a stroll through Piet Oudolf’s contemporary perennial field.

In the Cotswolds we stay at a luxurious farmhouse spa hotel within walking distance of the village of Broadway. From there, we move to a relaxed rural country manor hotel in Somerset with comfortable amenities and delicious farm-to-table food from the walled kitchen garden.