Book an "Extra Special" day for you and your friends.
Enjoy a privately guided Garden Day in Kent and East Sussex in the company of Japanese guide, Misako Rigden. With 10 years of professional gardening experience and 3 years experience as an English garden guide, Misako will show you around and tell you about the history of the gardens, their design concepts, the names of flowers and answer any questions you may have.
Travel by direct train from Central London to Staplehurst in Kent , where Misako and Jane, owner of Tours of the Realm and your personal driver for the day, will be waiting for you.
You will be driven through the picturesque Kent countryside to Sissinghurst where you will spend the morning learning about the beautiful gardens.
The garden at Sissinghurst Castle in the Weald of Kent , is owned and maintained by the National Trust. It is among the most famous gardens in England . Indeed, some garden enthusiasts regard it as the best. This internationally renowned garden was created by Vita Sackville-West, poet and writer and her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sissinghurst's garden is one of the best-loved in the whole of the United Kingdom , drawing visitors from all over the world. The garden itself is designed as a series of "rooms", each with a different character of colour and/or theme, the walls being high clipped hedges and the many pink brick paths create an intimate and romantic atmosphere.
You will be given the option of stopping for a light lunch (depending on timings and whether or not you would like to visit Rye at the end of the day) in the National Trust tearooms or at a local pub. We will then continue our drive through pretty country lanes to Great Dixter , in Northiam, East Sussex .
Great Dixter is Edwin Lutyen's romantic recreation of a medieval manor house, complete with great hall, parlour, solar and yeoman's hall. Its famous garden, created by the "Adventurous Gardener", the late Christopher Lloyd, is regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship. In the arts and crafts style, it features topiary, a long border, an orchard and a wild flower meadow. The planting is profuse, yet structured, and has featured many bold experiments of form, colour and combination. Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter is the epicentre of adventurous gardening and is a definite "must see" garden .
After exploring the gardens at Great Dixter you will have the option to visit Rye , an ancient and historic town perched on a hill overlooking the River Rother ,Romney Marsh and the English Channel . With enchanting cobbled streets, medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times, Rye is almost suspended in time and has a uniquely unhurried atmosphere. You will then have the chance to roam the fascinating antique shops and perhaps enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the quintessentially English "Cobble Tea Room".
You will then be driven to Staplehurst Station for your return trip to London .
Due to possible railway timetable changes all timings will be confirmed at time of booking.
Cost calculated on a group of 4: £99 per person
Cost calculated on a group of 3: £130 per person
Cost calculated on a group of 2: £185 per person
Cost calculated for 1 person: £350 per person
Prices include entrance into Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and Great Dixter House and Gardens. Private guide and private chauffeur driven car.
Not included are train tickets, lunch or any other refreshments required during your visit.