We are pleased to announce our 12th annual holiday - this year to Suffolk Dates: Sunday 19 June to Wednesday 22 June 2022
As our base, we will be staying for 3 nights at the 3* Best Western Priory Hotel, Mildenhall Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 6EH.
Holiday cost includes
Entrance to 9 gardens
Three nights’ bed and breakfast at 3 star Best Western Priory Hotel, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 6EH
Dinner at hotel on days one and two
Dinner at Helmingham Hall on day three
Lunches on days 2 and 3 of the holiday.
Refreshments at most gardens not serving lunch
Coach travel by Laguna Travel
Pick up and drop off at Colehill or Ringwood
NB: You will need to bring a packed lunch on day one, and buy lunch on day 4. Day 1 After a comfort break at the services, our first stop is Snares Hill Cottage, Essex, a quirky 1.5 acre garden with a natural swimming pool, herb garden and Shepherds Hut. The owner also has a classic vehicle display. You can eat your packed lunch in the garden if you wish. Refreshments will be served. We then drive to Wyken Hall Gardens. The gardens here nestle around the old Manor House. The herb and knot gardens lead to the rose garden and there is also a beech maze and an orchard. There is also a short walk to their vineyards. Tea and scones will be available. We shall then proceed to the hotel.
Day 2 We start with a visit to The Priory, Stoke by Nayland. The owner has been gardening here for 40 years and there are 9 acres of woodland, lakes and lawns to explore with a superb fully stocked Victorian greenhouse. Refreshments will be served. A short drive takes us to Polstead Mill, a garden which has been developed since 2002. It has a wildflower meadow, a large productive kitchen garden, a mill pond and herbaceous borders. It is featured in The Secret Gardens of East Anglia. We will be having a light lunch here. We then proceed to The Moat House, Little Saxham. It is set in a 2 acre partially moated site and has been developed in the last 20 years. There is a small arboretum with rose and clematis borders and a new parterre. Refreshments will be served, then we return a short distance to the hotel.
Day 3 We start at Fullers Mill, a 7 acre garden on the River Lark, owned and managed by the charity Perennial. It combines light woodland, unusual shrubs, marginal plants and walks over bridges and along the streams with views across the lake. Refreshments will be served. We then drive to Nutshells, Stowupland, a tearoom where we will have a sandwich lunch. Close by is Columbine Hall, our next stop. It is a historic moated house with a walled garden, bog garden and vegetable garden. It has featured in Gardens Illustrated, The English Garden and Country Living magazines. Refreshments will be served. Our final visit today is to Helmingham Hall, owned by the Tollemache family for hundreds of years. Features are a knot garden, apple tree walk, a stunning walled kitchen garden and a parterre with hybrid musk roses, all surrounding the moated hall and deer park. We will arrive just as the general public are leaving, so we have plenty of time to explore before and after our early dinner here in the Coach House Tea Rooms in the courtyard.
Day 4 We shall spend several hours at RHS Hyde Hall, in Essex, with its iconic dry garden. Other features here include an Australia and New Zealand garden, a rope rose walk and a Queen Mother’s garden. You are free to purchase your own lunch or refreshments here. We shall then make our way home, stopping en route for a comfort break.
Prices HPS Dorset Group Members (per person): Double/twin rooms £395.00 Single rooms £440.00
Non-Dorset Group Members (per person): Double/twin rooms £415.00 Single rooms £460.00
The Booking Form, together with the Terms and Conditions of Booking, may be accessed by clicking on the button below. You then need to print and complete it, then post/deliver it to Debbie Steel, 7 Ebor Close, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8LZ with your cheque for the deposit of £70 per head after 4th Jan 2022.