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 are Lady Vestey's Stowell Park and Carole Bamford’s Daylesford House. Nearby are her farm and culinary emporium, Daylesford Organic. We also visit Prince Charles' innovative sustainable practices at Highgrove. In West Sussex, we visit the expansive walled gardens and glass houses at West Dean, romantic Parham 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.