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The Newt in Somerset
© Jason Ingram

West Country Kitchen Gardens reader holiday with Gardens Illustrated

Published: March 30, 2020 at 4:53 pm

From plot to plate, our four-day reader holiday uncovers some of the South West’s most exciting potagers and chefs’ gardens

This reader holiday has been cancelled due to government COVID-19 guidance.

West country kitchen gardens reader holiday 23-26 September 2020

With the call to grow your own becoming ever louder, our tour offers help, inspiration and expertise on how to grow the finest kitchen garden produce throughout the year. We visit a contrasting selection of the very best examples of kitchen gardens in the South West: we are taken from the plot to the plate at both The Pig at Combe and at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s organic smallholding at River Cottage; at South Wood Farm we see Arne Maynard’s design for a productive potager and we glimpse true estate gardening at Edmondsham House, while also visiting the unusual 18th-century ‘serpentine’ wall of the kitchen garden at Deans Court.

Best ever dahlia collection

As well as organic gardening, we also consider the no-dig approach, as espoused by Charles Dowding at his own impressively productive garden and come bang up to date with a visit to recently opened boutique hotel The Newt with its decorative kitchen garden. The tour is based at the Georgian Summer Lodge Hotel in the Dorset village of Evershot and surrounded by rolling hills, with a small kitchen garden of its own and where guests will be warmly welcomed.

Tour host: Sarah Wain

Sarah Wain

Along with husband Jim Buckland, Sarah is the inspirational force behind the restoration of the Kitchen Garden at West Dean, Sussex, where they perfected the growing of both fruit and vegetable crops.

South Wood Farm: Arne Maynard Garden
South Wood Farm: Arne Maynard Garden © Jason Ingram

Booking details

Price per person, based on two people sharing is £2,595 (a single supplement of £300 is levied by the hotel).

The price includes: three nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation at Summer Lodge; three dinners with wine; plus three lunches, and transport from Bristol Parkway Railway Station or Summer Lodge. The price does not include extras or travel insurance.

Please note that hotels used by Boxwood Tours are invariably hotels of character featuring a variety of rooms and styles. For more information or to book please contact Boxwood Tours, 1 West Street, Buckingham HK18 1HL.
Tel +44 (0)1341 429286. Email


This tour has been arranged exclusively for readers of Gardens Illustrated by Boxwood Tours Quality Garden Holidays, a specialist garden tour company set up in 1990.
Please note that itineraries may be subject to change for reasons beyond Gardens Illustrated’s control.


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