A summer day out to a wonderful garden and historic house
near Haywards Heath West Sussex
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Visit Borde Hill Gardens during their Rose Weeks Celebrations
And a guided tour of Borde Hill House
Borde Hill is a stunningly beautiful and botanically rich heritage Garden, set within over 200 acres of traditional parkland. It captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate ‘living garden rooms’, fine woodland, parkland, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald.
The Garden was created in the early 1900s with plants gathered by the great plant collectors from their travels to the Himalayas, China, Burma, Tasmania and the Andes – a legacy which today’s visitors continue to experience and enjoy. Listed as Grade II* importance by English Heritage on its register of Parks and Gardens, Borde Hill contains the best private collection of champion trees in Britain and one of the most comprehensive collections of trees and shrubs in the world. In 1999 the Garden won the South East Tourism Board’s prestigious ‘Attraction of the Year’ award, and in 2004 it won the HHA/Christies Garden of the Year.
We will be visiting during the garden’s Rose Weeks Celebrations and will be able to admire the beauty of the Rose Garden at its peak; a real feast for the senses with 750 David Austin rose plants and 100 varieties filling the air with a glorious fragrance.
The Rose Garden contains the most valued and popular roses developed by David Austin, including Gertrude Jekyll, Winchester Cathedral and Graham Thomas. It also contains the most popular roses sold in the last 12 months in the UK including Olivia Rose Austin, Lady Emma Hamilton and Darcy Bussell. Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, says “Jay Robin’s Rose Garden is undoubtedly the main highlight of the summer displays, with the sight and fragrance of over 750 David Austin roses being something to behold.”
Our visit will be further enhanced with an exclusive 45 minute guided tour of the principle ground floor rooms of the impressive Grade II listed Elizabethan Mansion house. Delve into its history dating from 1590 and gain an insight into the lives and ancestors of the current owners, Mr and Mrs Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke. [House tours are only offered to group bookings.]
Lunch options are the Gardeners’s Retreat Cafe and Cafe Elvira, both offering tasty lunches, snacks etc. We can also visitThe Green Tree Gallery, specialising in arts and crafts and a well-stocked Gift shop and plant nursery.
We aim to arrive at the garden around 11.45am to have free time to explore and find lunch. Our house tours are booked for 1.30pm and 2.30pm. More free time after the tours and then we will depart around 5pm
Excursion Price: £52.50
Price includes: coach travel throughout; coffee and biscuits en-route, entrance to Borde Hill Gardens and guided tour of house, coach driver’s gratuity, courier services
COACH BOARDING POINTS
8.00am Sandwich Railway Station
8.08am Sholden Church
8.12am Deal Fire Station Bus Stop
8.15am Deal South Street
8.20am Walmer – opposite butcher’s shop
8.40am Dover – St Paul’s Catholic Church, Maison Dieu Rd
9.00am Folkestone outside Bus Station
9.05am Folkestone bus stop opposite Trinity Church
9.10am Seabrook bus stop opposite Fountain Pub
9.15am Hythe Red Lion Square bus stop
9.45am Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone [coffee stop]