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Kirker Garden Holidays

Kirker Holidays offers a wide range of carefully-designed holidays with a focus on gardens, art, architecture, history and music, including expert guides, exclusive access and individually selected hotels. Whether you prefer to travel with a small group of like-minded companions, or on an independent tailor-made holiday, Kirker can offer the perfect solution to suit your personal requirements. Visit Make for more information, or call 020 7593 2283 to speak to an expert.

Tel: 020 7593 2283

Follow Cornwall's Spring Story for the Magnolia season

The moment Cornish magnolias flower, spring has arrived in England.

The Nare is considered by many to be Cornwall's most comfortable hotel and is the ideal location from which to visit Cornwall's Great Gardens, particularly in February/March when the early magnolias are in full bloom.

The Nare founded the Cornwall Spring Story to show that spring really does come to Cornwall first. Last year the arrival of spring was announced on 12th February. When will it be this year? Follow the progress of the magnificent Magnolia campbellii on Twitter @Gr8Gardens or at

Tel: 01872 501111

Sykes Cottages

Sykes has more than 25 years’ experience providing people with their dream cottage holidays. With thousands of self-catering properties for you to choose from, right across the UK & Ireland, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you’re after a tranquil retreat full of historic character, a rustic woodland escape, a spacious barn conversion in the countryside, or a contemporary city pad, we cater to every need. Romantic getaways, luxury breaks, dog-friendly trips – the list goes on and on, and we’re committed to bringing you the holiday that’s right for you. Whatever you’re looking for, Sykes is here to help you find your ideal home-from-home. are an award-winning holiday cottage agency with a choice of more than 3500 cottages across the UK, each set in a spectacular location and personally inspected by our experienced property managers. Whether you’re looking for a holiday by the sea, a countryside getaway or a city break, we’ve got something to suit everyone, from couples to families and large groups. Visit to browse our complete collection.

Tel: 01237 459888

Brightwater Holidays

With 25 years of heritage, Brightwater Holidays is a well-established specialist in quality, escorted garden tours. The holidays feature visits to a selection of the finest gardens in the UK and Ireland, Europe and worldwide, as well as the opportunity to see plants in their natural habitat. Itineraries have been carefully crafted and timed to ensure that gardens are looking their best, and special features of the tours include guided tours with garden owners or designers, visits to private gardens and behind the scenes visits to nurseries and even potting sheds! As well as benefiting from an experienced Brightwater tour manager, there are often specialist hosts on the tours, with familiar faces including Carol Klein, Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh.

New tours available in 2018 includes an elegant Downton Abbey & England’s Stately Homes tour; a superb new holiday featuring the gardens of Copenhagen and Zealand and a fabulous 16-day voyage to New Zealand and to the ends of the earth! Alongside the new additions are perennial favourites such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes and the Seasonal Gardens of Japan.

As well as gardening tours, Brightwater feature a handpicked range of Scottish holidays, including tours to Arran, Orkney and Shetland, the Outer Hebrides and Islay and Jura. For fans of steam they can take to the waves in the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, cross the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire, and chug across the Glenfinnan Viaduct on a Classic Scottish Steam Break. They also have a growing portfolio of interesting Archaeology holidays throughout the ancient world, escorted by suitably knowledgeable guides, as well as bespoke travel arrangements for private groups and societies. Call Brightwater Holidays 01334 657155 for details.

Tel: 01334 657155

Barbados Dream Villas

Barbados Dream Villas, renowned for luxurious, sought-after villas and apartments on the paradise island of Barbados, are supporting this years Annual World Flower Show, with an exclusive complimentary night in one of their finest properties.

The 12th Annual World Flower Show will this year be held in Barbados between the 21st and 25th June 2017. This event will showcase talents of some of the most incredible floral artists from across the world. In addition to the magnificent floral displays, there will be lectures, demonstrations and a vendors’ market and there is no one with their green fingers more on the pulse than luxury villa operator and island specialist

In support of the event, Barbados Dream Villas (part of the Worldwide Dream Villas Group) are currently offering one complimentary night at the beautiful Villa Melissa for anyone wishing to stay for the duration of the Flower Show, celebrating the creative talents of floral artists from around the globe.

Villa Melissa, an enclosed private Villa, is just moments from the beach yet has easy access to main roads. Sleeping up to 10 people in 5 bedrooms the villa enjoys the added benefit of a self-contained cottage next to the main house, making it a perfect retreat for a group of friends or extended family. A relaxing pool is surrounded by hammocks, deck chairs and palm trees with a beach service of loungers and umbrellas on-hand for the nearby beach.

Barbados has long been associated with floral beauty, often winning Gold at the UK’s Chelsea Flower Show, and is home to world-class flower attractions such as the Andromeda Gardens, Flower Forest, and Orchid World. Dedicated to matching the right property to your specific needs, with friendly staff and professional care, Worldwide Dream Villas are the perfect choice for anyone wanting to combine their floral interest with somewhere beautiful to stay.

The Old School Bed & Breakfast

Voted No.1 B&B in Europe in TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2018, our home is your escape to the North Cotswolds, oozing comfort and warmth in our converted Victorian village school. Very few school rules here! Afternoon tea and cake, locally procured breakfast ingredients, eggs from our rescue hens and ducks down yonder and enormous beds offering a good night’s sleep to set you up for another days adventure.

Tel: 01608 674 588

Hotel Endsleigh

It’s Little Wonder that the Duke of Bedford, who two centuries ago owned a third of Devon, chose this spot. Overlooking the River Tamar and beyond into Cornwall, Endsleigh, now owned by Olga Polizzi, is set in 108 acres of gardens, woodlands, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton. Designed 200 years ago this was one of Humphry Repton’s last commissions and brings together a multitude of landscaping elements for which Repton was renowned.

Immediately around the house there are formal gardens running down to the River Tamar. There is a picturesque dell with little bridges crossing streams, huge Gunnera leaves and wonderful picnic spots. Beyond the formal gardens is the arboretum which contains unusual trees from around the world, still standing in the spots marked out with bamboo canes by the Duchess. Some of the trees are national champions.

Much of the garden at Endsleigh was planted during the Victorian era and contains many of the plants and trees which fascinated the Victorian plant hunters. The giant sequoia towering above the garden at 230ft is a mere child at 150 years old. Repton’s original intention for the parterre was as a children’s playground. In the Summer months, the salvia outgrows small children to turn the whole parterre into a miniature maze.

Tel: +44 (0)1822 870000

SNO Lakes & Mountain Holidays

From the landscape gardens of Lake Garda to the stately gardens of Salzburg, SNO have some brilliantly botanical lake and mountain destinations.

Fly from a choice of UK airports and stay in your pick of boutique hotels, historic guesthouses and all-inclusive resorts.

SNO’s flight and hotel packages are completely ATOL protected.

Tel: 020 7770 6888

Hidden Valley Gardens

Hidden Valley Gardens is an intimate 3 acre award-winning cottage style garden, as well as a specialist plant nursery nestled in a secluded hidden valley in Cornwall. There are 26 identified beds and borders that are full of colour from early season to late autumn. It is a “wonderfully peaceful place to sit and dream amongst the borders/beds” (words written by ‘VisitCornwall’) set with herbaceous perennials, shrubs, grasses, and wild flower circles. There is a pond area with wildlife and bog planting, and a shady Fernery, also Japanese and Mediterranean areas and an Iris Bed. There are large collections of named and more unusual plants.

The nursery contains an extensive selection of plants mainly propagated from the gardens. Some of the plants have been grown from our own seed selections or from fern spores.

We are open 20th March to 15th October (except Tues and Weds) from 10 to 6. Entry is £5.00, which includes tea/coffee. Home-made cakes also available. Children are free. Dogs on leads are welcome. Good parking, toilets and garden resting points.

The delightful “Garden Studio” is self-catering accommodation. See website for details.

Tel: 01208873225

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