Walled Kitchen Gardens and Locavore Cuisine in the Cotswolds and West Sussex

September 17-22, 2017
6 days | 5 nights


At the height of the harvest season, trace the history of English kitchen gardens from the 17th century to the cutting edge.  For centuries large country houses had abundant walled kitchen gardens, supplying food, herbs and flowers for the household. Today this traditional aspect of British life is experiencing a vibrant renaissance, through both the sustainable food movement and contemporary design.  

Highlights in the Cotswolds include exclusive access to Eythrope, Jacob Rothschild's impeccably restored private garden, designed by Mary Keen and celebrated in her recent book, Paradise and Plenty. Also exceptional and rarely seen gardens at the center of the Cotswolds. We also explore Prince Charles' innovative sustainable practices at Highgrove. In West Sussex, we visit the expansive walled gardens and glass houses at West Dean, a romantic medieval landscape, and an exquisite private garden created by prize-winning English designer Arne Maynard.

Throughout the tour, we dine in acclaimed organic and farm-to-table restaurants.  Our accommodations range from a restored manor house with a wonderful restaurant supplied by its productive walled kitchen garden to a chic and simple boutique inn with atmospheric fireplaces.