June 10 – June 19, 2023

Led by Jerry & Amy Fritz
Jerry Fritz Garden Tours

Take this unique opportunity to travel across the pond and tour the gardening capital of the world with landscape craftsman Jerry Fritz. For many years, Jerry has visited the Cotswold region of England and studied the many beautiful private gardens located there. For this bespoke itinerary he has and his wife Amy, have hand-selected the gardens, hotels and shopping experiences included in this truly special and personalized trip. Jerry will be escorting a very limited number of guests on a personalized tour of the beautiful countryside found only in the U.K. Journey to the Cotswold region and discover why we Americans can only attempt to recreate the magnificent gardens enjoyed and cherished by the Brits.

“We are so pleased to share this experience with others, join us and discover Britain’s true gardening paradise.”

Cheers!

Jerry and Amy Fritz

Archway Chapel Garden and Chalfield Manor

Jerry Fritz is a graduate of Delaware Valley University who puts his lifelong passion for plants and design into every garden he creates.  Jerry never misses an opportunity to share his obsession with his design clients and fellow gardeners.

Amy Fritz is also a graduate of Delaware Valley University. She is the organizer and planner who meticulously researches and organizes the tours, setting up the bespoke itineraries and ensures a unique and special experience that cannot be duplicated.


This Cotswold tour is the culmination of many years exploring and researching England’s beautiful countryside and villages. Jerry and Amy are thrilled to have created a unique and personalized trip opportunity for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.


TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Personally led by landscape designer and plant expert Jerry Fritz and his wife Amy
  • Transportation from the London Heathrow Airport to hotel with stop at Rousham Gardens
  • 8 nights, deluxe four-star hotel accommodations including tax
  • Daily coach transportation including driver gratuities
  • Planned Visits Include:
    • Rousham House Garden
    • Kiftsgate Court Garden
    • Bourton House Garden
    • Rollright Stone Circle
    • Snowshill Manor & Garden
    • Barnsley House Garden
    • The Garden at Miserden
    • Rockcliffe House Garden
    • Daylesford Organic Shop
    • Burford Garden Company
    • Westwell Manor Garden
    • Cotswold Woolen Weavers
    • Hodges Barn Garden
    • Ridley’s Cheer Garden
    • Bowood House & Garden
    • Great Chalfield Manor
    • Iford Manor Estate Garden
    • The Courts Garden
  •  Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Transportation from the hotel to the London Heathrow Airport

PLANNED ITINERARY

During our journey throughout England’s pristine countryside, discover some of the world’s best gardens, from a renowned garden managed by the National Trust to several exclusive privately owned estates. Visit a Georgian house sitting amongst stunning scenery offering far reaching views across a ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. Meet the owners and head gardeners who will give us a personalized and in-depth tours with insights into the history and design of the homes and gardens in the region. Enjoy the beauty of the quintessentially British Cotswolds with its charming villages and unique shopping experiences. We will be staying in luxury boutique hotels, one set in a story-book village and the other a historic market town.

 

Saturday, June 10, 2023
Depart the U.S.

You are responsible for your own airfare. You must arrive at London Heathrow Airport no later than 10:30 AM on June 11 to be included in the group transfer. If you arrive after this, you must make your own way to the hotel at your own cost and will miss the 1st day of gardens.


Sunday, June 11, 2023
Rousham House Garden
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

RoushamWe will depart Heathrow Airport. We will be greeted by our tour manager and depart the airport and begin our garden exploration.

Our first stop will be at Rousham House and Gardens. The house, which has been continuously in the ownership of one family, was built circa 1635 and remodeled by William Kent in the 18th century in a free Gothic style. Further alterations were carried out in the 19th century. Away and unseen from the house, Kent’s garden extends past classical temples, follies and statuary representing the spirit of that era, dying gladiators, a horse being savaged by a lion, and other statues depicting similar themes. Paths lead through woods where the abundant water from the Cherwell is fully utilized: small rills lead to larger ponds and formal pools, classical statuary of Roman gods and mythological creatures are skillfully positioned to catch the eye as one progresses from a cascade to the cold bath and on to the next temple or arcade, each set in a valley or glade, a succession of picturesque tableaux.

A separate garden closer to the house evokes the spirit of the Tudor and Stuart eras of English gardening. Box-edged beds and borders of old roses and herbaceous plants are surrounded by walls of ancient red brick; here an historic circular dovecote overlooking a garden filled with magnificent blooming foxgloves still retains its doves and close by through a small gate is the parish church where generations of Cottrell-Dormers are buried.

We will continue on to our lunch stop at the Dashwood Arms, a local pub, for lunch before proceeding to our hotel in the historic market town of Moreton-in-the-Marsh. The White Hart Royal Hotel, a 17th century coaching inn that is so much more than just an elegant Cotswolds inn with rooms. Offering stunning gardens in summer, and superb seasonal menus that showcases the very best of the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and beyond. Charming rooms with plump pillows, soft sheets and comfortable mattresses ensure a good night’s sleep. Conveniently located within walking distance of several shops restaurants and pubs it makes an ideal base for our first half of the tour.

After check-in, enjoy some free time before our welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant with our group.

Accommodation: The White Hart Royal Hotel


Monday, June 12, 2023
Kiftsgate Court & Bourton House Gardens
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Kiftsgate GardenToday we will start with a visit to one of Jerry’s favorites, Kiftsgate Court Gardens. Our group will have an exclusive before-hours private tour led by the garden’s third generation owner, Anne Chambers. The garden was originally created by her grandmother, Heather Muir with help from Major Johnston of Hidcote. This exquisite garden was awarded the Christie’s Garden of the Year distinction in 2003. A woodland garden steps down the hillside to a half-moon swimming pool. Many features are typical of the Arts and Crafts period: herbaceous borders, a four-square garden, a white garden, a yellow border, a rockery, lawns and a bluebell wood. The Kiftsgate Water Garden, called the New Garden, has a bronze leaf sculpture by Simon Allison. The water garden was designed by Anne and her husband Johnny. The inspiration for stepping stones was from Geoffrey Jellicoe’s stepping stones at Sutton Place.

Following lunch in Broadway, we will make our way to Bourton House Gardens to meet the head gardener who will then provide our group with a private tour. The garden is highlighted by luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture and color combinations. Features include a topiary walk, a white garden and several spring-fed water features including a raised basket pond from the Great Exhibition of 1851, a  shade house, colorful borders with unusual tender perennials and many creatively planted pots. A raised 18th century walk provides an enticing visual link to the Cotswold landscape beyond.

On our way back to the hotel, we will stop at Rollright Stones. An ancient site located on the Oxfordshire & Warwickshire border, the complex consists of three main elements, The King’s Men stone circle, the King Stone, and the Whispering Knights. Fascinating to walk about, the site dates back from 3800 to 1800 BC. The legend around this popular monument tells the story of a failed king who was turned into a solitary stone, while his guards were turned into standing stones and arranged into a giant circle. A bit further away are the king’s knights huddled together for eternity.

Accommodation: The White Hart Royal Hotel


Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Snowshill Manor and Barnsley House Gardens
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Garden border at SnowsillThis morning we will start out by traveling to visit Snowshill Manor Gardens, a Cotswold manor house packed with treasures collected over a lifetime by Charles Wade. Inside these rooms, you can discover this eclectic collection that he restored and displayed in quirky settings. From tiny toys to Samurai armor, musical instruments to fine clocks, thousands of objects are laid out for you to see just as Mr. Wade intended. The garden is the perfect place to unwind and explore hidden vistas, quiet corners and unexpected delights including Charles Wade’s uncomplicated home, the Priest’s House. The garden at Snowshill was laid out by Wade, in collaboration with Arts and Crafts movement architect, M. H. Baillie Scott, between 1920 and 1923 as a series of well planned garden rooms seen as an extension to the house. Features include terraces, ponds and a magnificent herbaceous border of interest.

After Snowshill, we will continue on to Barnsley House Gardens.  Created by the revered garden designer Rosemary Verey, the gardens at Barnsley House are a classic example of an English country garden. With knot gardens, the laburnum walk, statues by Simon Verity and the bountiful kitchen garden growing much of the produce that you’ll find on their menus, these sublime and timeless gardens are sure to make a lasting impression.  Rosemary Verey has designed famous gardens around the world—including gardens for Prince Charles, Sir Elton John and the New York Botanical Gardens—but the gardens at Barnsley were her first creation. This private garden tour will be led by Barnsley House’s passionate and knowledgeable Head Gardener, Jennifer Danbury and will include includes lunch in The Potager restaurant.

Accommodation: The White Hart Royal Hotel


Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Miserden, Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Rockliffe Gardens
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we will travel to Miserden to begin our day. At Miserden we will have a private discussion with the Arts & Crafts garden expert and historian. The Garden at Miserden is a lovely, timeless garden, with spectacular views over the deer park and rolling Cotswold hills beyond. It was designed in the 17th Century and still retains a wonderful sense of peace and tranquility. There are extensive yew hedges, including a notable topiary yew walk influenced by Lutyens as well as some magnificent mixed borders, which contain a wide range of roses, clematis, shrubs and herbaceous plants that provide color right through from spring to autumn. An ancient mulberry tree, believed to be planted in 1620, and the rill with fountain and stone summerhouse, built to commemorate the Millennium, are two other magical features in the history of this garden which has spanned generations.

We will then travel to enjoy a visit of the award-winning Daylesford Organic Farm shop. All products are either made on the farm or sourced locally from artisan suppliers who share the same commitment to quality and sustainability. Daylesford is probably the most famous farm shop in Britain. A retail heaven of organic gorgeousness on the edge of the Cotswolds, they offer not just food and produce, but clothing, gardening equipment, homeware, yoga classes and spa treatments.  Its founder is eco-chatelaine Lady Bamford, whose husband is the “B” in digger manufacturers JCB. A working farm, Daylesford is easy to distinguish from its Cotswold neighbors. The hedges are more kept, the golden stone buildings are more immaculate, even the grass looks greener. The farm shop, with its color-coded fruit and veg, walk-in cheese room, and wet fish counter, is Selfridge’s food hall in miniature.

The organic cafe occupies a restored barn adjoining the shop, pale and tastefully rustic, in a Californian way. The walls are nubby, whitewashed brick, growing herbs sprout from zinc pails on every limed oak table, and a giant dried lavender heart hangs from the roof beams. We will enjoy lunch here in the Daylesford café.

Rockcliffe GardenNext, we will travel to Rockcliffe Garden. Rockcliffe is a private 8-acre estate garden created over the last 30 years. Rarely open to the public, we have reserved a private guided tour of the estate for our group led by either the owner or her head gardener. We will enjoy lovely rose terraces, herbaceous borders, rectangular pond with Cornus contraversa variegata stretching branches across it, lawn leading up to a ha-ha edged with huge pyramids of beech, yew-hedged rooms, canals, walled kitchen garden, greenhouses and above the kitchen garden, a path flanked by Yew birds leading up through the orchard to a stone dovecote built in 2001. We will enjoy afternoon tea here after our tour. This will be a unique opportunity to visit an actual privately owned working estate property.

After our visit, we will return to the hotel.  Dinner is on your own this evening.

Accommodation: The White Hart Royal Hotel


Thursday, June 15, 2023
Burford Garden Company, Westwell Manor and Cotswold Woollen Weavers
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 We will leave our hotel and travel to the Burford Garden Company.  Burford Garden Company is a family-run business, established nearly four decades ago by Nigel and Louise Johnson. It started life as a simple plant nursery on a derelict farm in the Cotswolds, perched above the hills in the Oxfordshire countryside. Now Burford has grown to become home to one of England’s largest and most exciting shopping destinations. One of the country’s most imaginative and inspirational product ranges for the garden and the home, all hand-picked and expertly curated. Innovative and creative retail practices have always been the norm here – winning medals at Chelsea Flower Show – and setting new standards of excellence which have made the store a much-envied market leader in its field today.

After visiting the Burford Garden Company, we will travel to the private gardens of Westwell Manor. A large and peaceful Cotswold style garden with several distinct ‘rooms’. The features include rills, a water garden, herbaceous borders, an orchard, a lavender meadow, lots of hazel and willow fencing, a vegetable garden, a moonlight garden, a clematis wall and a small rice paddy. No longer open to the public, we have arranged an exclusive visit for our group. Jerry’s good friend and fellow landscape designer, Antony Young kindly arranged the visit for us.

Upon leaving Westwell Manor, we will stop for lunch in Longford then continue on to Filkins where we will have a stop at Cotswold Woolen Weavers. A charming shop selling all manner of woolen clothes and blankets, a small museum, design studio, sculpture gallery and coffee shop, all housed in beautiful old stone buildings.

Retail therapy completed, we will travel to our new hotel in the fairy-tale village of Castle Combe and our next hotel The Manor House. A 14th century luxury hotel and golf club with the Bybrook river meandering the grounds and Italian gardens rising up behind the house, The Manor House holds a charm that cannot be forgotten on arrival up the driveway. That charm continues as you head into characterful rooms and suites, each individually designed and furnished for a luxurious relaxing night’s sleep in the country.

Accommodation:  The Manor House


Friday, June 16, 2023
Hodges Barn Garden, Ridley’s Cheer Garden
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Lion StatueToday we will enjoy an excursion to Hodges Barn Garden where we will be treated to a tour by the head gardener of the property. Hodges “Barn” is actually a very unusual dovecote that has been converted into private family home. Featuring Cotswold stone walls that host climbing and rambling roses, clematis, vines, hydrangeas and together with yew, rose and tapestry hedges that create formality around house. Mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, shrub roses, water garden, mixed shrubs and a lovely woodland garden. An Italian stone mason carved many of the balustrades and architectural pieces enhancing the formal spaces.

From there, we travel on to Ridley’s Cheer Garden which is an entrancing and secluded garden located in the heart of rural Wiltshire. The owners, Antony and Sue Young, are close, personal friends of Jerry and Amy and they are looking forward to hosting our group for a private tour led by Anton including a luncheon hosted by Sue, who is a Cordon Bleu trained chef. The extensive garden and arboretum is the result of many years of planting, over which the garden, as it is today, has evolved. Since the early 1970’s, over 4000 trees have been planted, and some new planting is undertaken every year. The garden contains a wide range of plants, shrubs and trees, including some 130 different species and cultivars of rose, with tree ramblers reaching to the very tops of some of the trees. Acers, magnolias, beech, hollies, limes and daphnes grow in a 2-acre arboretum. There is also a potager, enclosed by beech hedges and a productive kitchen garden. In midsummer, the 3-acre limestone native wildflower meadow is a sea blooming plant material, including rare wild orchids.

Your evening will be free to dine at the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant or at one of the more casual offerings.

Accommodation: The Manor House


Saturday, June 17, 2023
Bowood House and Garden, Great Chalfield Manor Garden
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

We will begin our day with a tour of Bowood House and Garden. Bowood is a listed house in Wiltshire, England, that has been owned for more than 250 years by the Fitzmaurice family. The house, with interiors by Adam, stands in extensive grounds which include a garden designed by “Capability” Brown. Bowood was laid out over 2,000 acres in the 1760s. Brown’s design encompasses a sinuous lake, with lawns sloping gently down from the house, and drifts of mature trees. Brown planted rare trees in the pleasure grounds behind the walled garden, and these were added to in the mid-19th century. The terrace gardens at the south front of the house were commissioned by the 3rd Marquess. The Upper Terrace, by Robert Smirke, was completed in 1818, and the Lower, by George Kennedy, in 1851.

Great Chalfield ManorAfter Bowood we will travel to Bradford on Avon where we will enjoy lunch.

Next, we will visit Great Chalfield Manor and Garden. The gardens were designed by Alfred Parsons RA, PRWS in 1905-1912. The gardens lead down to a spring fed moat and fish pond and water almost surrounds the property. Patsy Vigors, the current on-site caretaker and member of the donor family is a very keen gardener, and has made good progress in improving the gardens that are now worth seeing in their own right. There are some very colorful borders in many parts of the garden, and you will also notice the unusual yew topiary pavilions in the form of houses – but without windows. The orchard leading down to the lower moat is kept for wildflowers and overall, the garden has a calming romantic atmosphere. Patsy continues to work tirelessly on the beds, improving and creating new areas of interest.

Accommodation: The Manor House


Sunday, June 18, 2023
Iford Manor Garden, The Courts Garden
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Our last day of touring begins with a rarely offered private tour with the owner of Iford Manor Garden in Bradford on Avon. Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, just 15 minutes from Bath, a visit to the romantic, award-winning, Grade Iford Manor Garden is like no other. Famed Edwardian landscape designer Harold Peto designed the unique, Italianate gardens when Iford Manor was his home, from 1899 to 1933. Drawing inspiration from his travels all around the world, the garden blends Italian, Byzantine, Ancient Roman and Oriental Garden designs together with architecture and classical sculpture.

Carved statueOver the past 50 years today’s owners, the Cartwright-Hignett Family, have lovingly restored the garden and continued to develop it, including finishing the Japanese Garden, extending the woodland walks and redesigning areas of the garden as they age – over 200 new trees were planted this spring, 100 years after Peto’s original plantings. Their new Head Gardener; Steve Lannin is working closely with the family to continue the gardens journey, ensuring it can be enjoyed for generations to come. We will have the opportunity to visit the walled garden which is not open to the public.

Upon leaving Iford Manor, we will travel a short distance to The Courts Garden.  The garden has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1943 and is Grade II listed. Originally created between 1900 and 1921 Courts Garden is based on the Hidcote model, it is now freshened and superbly planted and maintained. It is a manageable seven acres of topiary, hedges, pools and plants in satisfying harmony and typical of Arts and Crafts style gardens. Divided into sections which are not rigidly defined, but tend to flow from one to another, it offers surprises as you turn the corners. The wonderfully lopsided, bulging yew topiary, eccentric box shapes, formal pool and spacious lawns set off the flowers perfectly.

We will return to our hotel in Castle Combe to freshen up before our special group farewell dinner

Accommodation: The Manor House


Monday, June 19, 2023
Depart the U.K.
Meal: Breakfast

Your flight must depart London Heathrow no earlier than 1:00 PM to be included in the group transfer.

 


 

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PRICING, DEPOSIT & PAYMENT INFORMATION

  • $ 8,999* per person double occupancy
  • Single Supplement $1,725 (please email Liza for information)
  • A NONREFUNDABLE deposit of $3000 per traveler will be required upon booking to reserve your space on the trip.
  • The final payment is due NO LATER than March 31, 2023, after which time a late fee of $100 per person may apply.

TRIP DETAILS

Complete the online booking form (a new window will open)

Email Amy Fritz at with any questions.

Contact Travel Haus:
Liza Leister, Groups Manager | | 215-723-8687 (Ask for Groups)

Please note gardens and visits are subject to change.

 

All photos courtesy of @jerryfritzgardendesign