Thursday, 3 August 2017

September Tours: Two sold out

Just a few places left on....
Gardens Illustrated: 'Wiltshire Collection'
Led by Dr Sophie Piebenga, featuring a day in the company of garden designer & journalist, Tania Compton; staying at The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe; 18th to 21st September

Country Life: 'Gardens of the Dordogne'
Hosted by HORTUS editor, David Wheeler; led by Country Life contributor, Kirsty Fergusson; staying at Le Vieux Logis, Trémolat; 19th to 23rd September.

Early Season Tours: Some Traveller Comments
'My friend raved about his tour the previous year (to Holland) and now I know why. We saw gardens and had contacts with the gardeners that would never have been possible to us on our own and were able to ask questions and get expert answers from Sophie & Stephen...' Welsh Borders, June 2017
'We're just back from Italy and want to send many thanks to Jenny & Helen for making the tour so enjoyable. We saw some wonderful gardens and villas, ate far too much, and did plenty of laughing along the way. It was a great trip....'.  Italian Lakes, May 2017

'This was my first garden tour ever, so I have no comparisons, but it is hard to imagine how this one could have been better.....' 
Telegraph Norfolk, July 2017

'All the travelling was excellent: on time and brilliantly managed by the tour leaders. The coach driver was exceptional and could turn his vehicle on a sixpence and squeeze through the narrowest gap when required. The meals at the gardens were fabulous.....' Sicily, May 2017

Click the link to read more: Testimonials






Thursday, 13 July 2017

** Late Cancellation: Varengeville Tour with Helen Yemm **

https://www.boxwoodtours.co.uk/gardens-varengeville
Le Vasterival, Varengeville
Late Cancellation: One Room Available
There is just a small window of opportunity to book on the Telegraph goes to Varengeville garden tour hosted by Helen Yemm in September. Do contact the Boxwood office to check availability before booking as this is likely to be snapped up fast: Contact Boxwood Tours
 
Don't Miss Out!
Time moves on with September only weeks away: both the Gardens Illustrated 'Wiltshire Collection' and the Country Life 'Gardens of the Dordogne' are exceptional garden tours in the company of Hortus Editor, David Wheeler and garden designer and journalist Tania Compton, so don't miss out, get on the 'phone right now!
 
Boxwood Offer: Back-to-Back Garden Tours
The Telegraph 'Gardens of Varengeville' tour departs London St Pancras Friday 22nd September, the day after the Gardens Illustrated 'Wiltshire Collection' tour finishes. Boxwood Tours is helping travellers booking both tours with intervening transport & overnight accommodation. Do get in contact with Boxwood Tours if you think we may be able to help: Contact Boxwood Tours
 
Traveller Comments
Early season tours to date have earned exceptionally high praise from returning travellers. Click the following link: Testimonials
 
Le Vasterival, Varengeville
 
 


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Boxwood Offer: Dordogne Tour





















Dordogne Tour: Pre-Tour Accommodation
Boxwood Tours is offering overnight accommodation at Gatwick airport to help travellers on the Country Life, Gardens of the Dordogne tour to make the unavoidably early check-in time for flights the following day. This is a superb garden tour based at Le Vieux Logis, Trémolat, a former manor house with ornamental gardens and restaurant with one Michelin star and three Gault Millau 'toques' ("Grande Table").  Discerning Boxwood regular travellers have just cottoned on to the quality of this tour; there is still just time to make your booking!

Le Vieux Logis, Trémolat

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

Country Life Article by Tour Leader, Kirsty Fergusson
 Country Life Article
Click the image to read a copy of this article..........

AUTUMN TOURS; SELLING FAST
With Hortus goes the the Lothians sold out and only one room available on the Telegraph Tour to Varengeville with Helen Yemm, it may be worth getting in contact soon to secure a place on the Country Life, Gardens of the Dordogne tour, featured in the article above, or the Gardens Illustrated Wiltshire Collection, subject of the previous Boxwood News item below.

Boxwood Offer: Back-to-Back Garden Tours
The Telegraph 'Gardens of Varengeville' tour departs London St Pancras Friday 22nd September, the day after the Wiltshire Tour finishes. Boxwood Tours is helping with transport & overnight accommodation travellers booking on both tours. Do get in contact with Boxwood Tours if you think we may be able to help: Contact Boxwood Tours

Traveller Comments
Early season tours to date have earned exceptionally high praise from returning travellers. Click the following link: Testimonials
Moor Hatches, featured on the Gardens Illustrated 'Wiltshire Collection' Tour in September


















Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Private Gardens of England

Edited By Tania Compton

Tania Compton: Wiltshire Gardens Tour
Thirty-five English private gardens, thoughtfully selected by the writer and designer Tania Compton, are vividly described in the words of their owners, who bring an astonishing sense of intimacy to their own creations as well as their collaborations with some of the leading garden designers of today. From the Bannermans' romantic Cornish castle to the windswept shores of Howick in Northumberland via Jasper Conran in Somerset and Tom Stuart-Smith in Hertfordshire, an eclectic range of gardens is revealed. The traditional English garden is seen through the fresh eyes of plantswomen such as Mary-Anne Robb at Cothay Manor and Arabella Lennox-Boyd at Gresgarth Hall, alongside Hilborough House in Norfolk and Ferne Park in Dorset that recently only existed as fields. The historic landscape gardens of Boughton House and St Paul's Walden Bury are explored alongside the contemporary and conceptual at Plaz Metaxu in Devon. From the private walled garden at Petworth to the wildflower-strewn meadows of Spye Park, each garden is a testament to the thriving art of English gardening.

About Tania Compton
Writer and designer Tania Compton started gardening in her twenties in Ibiza before studying at The English Gardening School, where she met her husband the botanist Dr Jamie Compton. After ten years as Garden Editor for British House & Garden she collaborated with Andrew Lawson on Dream Gardens (Merrell, 2007). A Trustee of The Garden Museum Tania spends spare hours ruminating over 6 acres of wild and unruly meadow in Wiltshire.

Tania Compton joining the Gardens Illustrated 'Wiltshire Collection', September 2017
Tania Compton will be joining this tour on Tuesday 19th September to introduce Spilsbury and Fonthill, two gardens of her own design, plus Moor Hatches, a contemporary garden by Tom Stuart Smith.

Boxwood Offer: Back-to-Back Garden Tours
The Telegraph 'Gardens of Varengeville' tour departs London St Pancras Friday 22nd September, the day after the Wiltshire tour finishes. Boxwood Tours is helping with transport & overnight accommodation travellers booking on both tours. Do get in contact with Boxwood Tours if you think we may be able to help: Contact Boxwood Tours
 
Traveller Comments
Early season tours to date have earned exceptionally high praise from returning travellers. Click the following link: Testimonials

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Mallorca & Marrakech

Book Cover by Laurel L Russwurm
Nightingale Song
A selection of kind comments below from 'tired but happy' travellers returning from the recent Marrakech & Mallorca tours. Interestingly, Nightingale song proved an unplanned and welcome feature of both locations:

Hortus goes to Marrakech

'The garden tour was absolutely excellent....'

'David & Kirsty were the perfect host/leader for this tour: hugely knowledgeable; immensely helpful and great fun at all times.....'

'Wonderful selection (of gardens), from the delightful growing garden of Casa Botanica to Villa Oasis with Madison Cox's personal guided tour....'

'Far exceeded my expectations; many thanks to you.....'

'Hortus goes to Marrakech was a memorable experience - our first time in Morocco. What a wonderful trip. Thank you for organising it and we hope to travel again.....'

'Delighted that Boxwood was able to arrange a second tour so efficiently after the first was booked up very quickly. Also that as a single woman I was allocated a room in the  main house which was perfect!'

'Jnane Tamsna was a joy: a peaceful oasis away from the sensory overload of the city. We were made to feel so welcome & cared for. Breakfasts were lovely.... Dinner on the last evening was a triumph and so beautifully laid out in the garden in a mass of candlelight: really memorable.....'

'Very high quality & selection of gardens. Entry to and lunch at Villa Oasis a highlight.....'

Mallorca

'Thank you very much for this wonderful holiday we have had in Mallorca....'

'We had a great time, (David) and Sally are brilliant together, it was such good fun.  I do think it was one of the best tours, if not the best.....'  

'We had a wonderfully memorable time last week in Majorca.....'

'A great joy of our wonderful holiday was the constant sound of Nightingale song throughout the day. Swimming in the hotel pools I was serenaded each morning...' 

'We greatly enjoyed the tour; the group of interesting and nice people, meeting David and Sally, the fascinating gardens full of ideas, the hotels especially La Residencia, the excellent food and we have fallen in love with an island that we hadn’t visited for over 30 years......'

'We loved our week away...'

'We've had a lovely day wonderful hotel great food excellent service. The garden this morning was amazing with the nightingales singing.....'  

'We are really enjoying ourselves....tired but happy'

Read more traveller comments
: Customer Testimonials

There are still a few rooms available to book on September Tours: Late Season Tours

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

GARDENS ILLUSTRATED TOURS
We are still taking bookings for the July Gardens Illustrated Tour of Denmark, featuring an eclectic range of gardens introduced by writer David Wheeler & Denmark-based designer Greg Kobbett. Designer Tania Compton and popular tour leader Sophie Piebenga are also hosting & leading a Gardens Illustrated Wiltshire Collection tour in September; a golden time to enjoy the end of season colour and fruitfulness of English country gardens.

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