Visit England to enjoy fascinating Spring 2014

Posted On Apr 5, 2014

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English Gardens
Perhaps the most ‘typically English’ gardens are Capability Brown’s creations – with their expansive lawns, isolated coppices and ubiquitous water features – and a great place to check out his handiwork is Chatsworth House, where visitors have been strolling on the five-and-a-half-acre Salisbury Lawn for centuries (along with the odd resident deer). “England’s Greatest Gardener” had a hand in designing the landscape of Audley End House, too, but it’s the Organic Kitchen Garden that many visitors come here to see. You’ll find several varieties of pears, plums, peaches and nectarines grown here (albeit with some help from greenhouses), too, which are guaranteed to get your mouth watering. There is perhaps nothing more quintessentially English than Hidcote, one of Britain’s most popular gardens, located in the Cotswolds, and notable for its miles of sculptured hedges, as well as its formal outdoor “rooms”. Created in the early 20th century by the American Lawrence Johnston, it is in an area full of great gardens – including one just across the road, Kiftsgate.


For a garden with a more contemporary feel, head up north to The Alnwick Garden. Even on a warm day, it’s worth taking a raincoat here; one of the main attractions is the Grand Cascade – a tumbling mass of waterfalls that shoots out jets every half hour.

In addition, this May marks the 10th anniversary of Trentham Estate, in Staffordshire. Trentham, has always been an iconic garden, the first significant, and greatest, Italian-style garden in Britain. Transformed from a medieval monastery to a grand country estate, the formal gardens were laid out in the 1840s by Houses of Parliament architect Sir Charles Barry and the parkland and lake designed by none other than Capability Brown.

New cycling holidays: Cycle Shakespeare’s Way
On the 450th anniversary of his birth, celebrate England’s most famous playwright by cycling Shakespeare’s Way, from his hometown in Stratford Upon Avon, to the Capital where his name became immortalized. Visit the beautiful and quintessentially English towns of The Cotswolds and The Chilterns, towards Shakespeare’s Globe and the newly opened Sam Wanamaker Theatre on London’s Southbank.
Visitors will be able to re-create the Bard’s journey by booking a gentle package or an intense cycling package.

Ale & Amble in the Lake District, 5 April 2014
A seven- night holiday which combines the stunning beauty of the Lakes with essential refueling stops at some of the region’s most enticing, historic inns en route.
Highlights include the Bridge and Fish at Buttermere; characterful inns at Borrowdale, Langstrath and Scarfell and an opportunity to savour some of the finest local real ales produced by Jennings, Coniston, Keswick and Hesket Newmarket breweries; some of the best walking in Britain complemented with the perfect pint!

New Rambler’s Women’s only Week, 19 April 2014
A 7 night holiday based at Ramblers Countrywide Holidays own property Hassness House at Buttermere in the glorious Lake District. Activities include, hill walking; yoga and pilates; morning jogging; Nordic walking; aerobics and circuit training with optional rejuvenating dips in the lake !

South Downs Spa Walking, May 2014
A 5 night holiday exploring the South Downs combining the luxury of Champney’s Forest Mere Hotel. Apart from total pampering, highlights include, the stunning parkland of Haslmere; Thursley and the Devil’s Punchbowl; Frensham Ponds built 500 years ago as fish farms for the Bishop of Winchester.

Hare Farm Hideaways, Sussex
Just a stone’s throw away from The Shepard’s Hut are a thousand ewes all due for lambing season this spring. A stay in one of these huts during this special time gives a first-hand insight into how a farm gears up for such a busy time. You will see the sheep and lambs all over the fields, and what an experience to see them play right up to your hut! This year, visitors can assist the lambing team and take part in the farm’s lambing courses. From learning tupping to weaning and moving onto sheepcare, be prepared to get mucky and be fully immersed into a herder’s life for a day. You’ll watch the team help birth the lambs and might even help bottle feed an orphaned lamb. The Pig near Bath 10 March: Tucked in the folds of the Mendip Hills, a new pig restaurant near Bath will be designed in the same shabby chic style that has become signature to the chain and will feature a restaurant, walled kitchen garden, 30 bedrooms in the house and garden and spa treatment rooms.

Pig on the Beach, Dorset: May 2014
The creation of Robin Hutson, the nation’s most inspired hotelier, together with co-Director David Elton and co investor Jim Ratcliffe, The Pig-on the Beach will be located above Studland Bay, Dorset, one of the most stunning beaches in England. The beautiful 18th century Manor House, which is a National Trust property, is currently owned by Andrew and Karen Purkis and they will continue to operate the hotel until the end of November 2012.

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