A Fruity Bouquet in Kent

Our fantastic new packaged tour of Kent takes in some of its most popular and unique attractions – we visit “the loveliest castle in the world” Leeds Castle, the beautiful and romantic Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the state-of-the-art Hush Heath Wine Estate, renowned for its sparkling wine, the vibrant city of Canterbury and the fascinating Brogdale Fruit Collections in Faversham. This is a tour that is Kentish to the core!
Day 1 Arrival

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Leeds Castle
Today, we make the very short journey from our hotel to Leeds Castle. This elegant 12th century castle rises majestically from the waters of its moat and is surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. With 900 years of history to take in, from its beginnings as a Norman stronghold to being the home of the wealthy Anglo-American heiress the Hon. Lady Baillie, the last private owner, the castle rooms reflect its medieval and tudor periods as well as its more sumptuous life as a private home with grand state rooms and elegant quarters. Other attractions include falconry displays, a maze and grotto, adventure golf, the interesting Dog Collar Museum, punting around the moat (extra charge applies), Elsie the land train and the Black Swan Ferry (small charges apply).

Day 3 Brogdale Fruit Collections & Canterbury
This morning, we discover the largest collection of fruit in the world, at Brogdale Collections, the home of the national fruit collection. This impressive fruit collection contains hundreds of varieties of fruit, from currants, soft fruits, cherries, plums, apples and pears to nuts, quince and medlars. Varieties range from 285 different varieties of cherries to 2,200 varieties of apples from all over the world and every county in Britain! Of course, before fruit comes blossom and in April the spectacular blossom display at Brogdale is like no other! On arrival, we enjoy a 45 minute private tractor trailer guided tour of the orchard collections, learning about unique varieties with interesting facts, stories and history to discover. In the afternoon, we spend time at leisure in the historic city of Canterbury, famed for its magnificent cathedral, medieval buildings and quaint tea shops.

Day 4 Sissinghurst Castle Garden (NT) & Hush Heath Wine Estate
Our day begins with a visit to the world renowned Sissinghurst Castle Garden, a refuge dedicated to beauty created by the poet and writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson. His architectural planning of the garden rooms and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings. We spend time at leisure here to explore the gardens and enjoy a spot of lunch. From here, we travel to the Hush Heath Wine Estate, Home of Balfour Wines, where we enjoy a 90 minute guided winery and tasting tour. Home to the award-winning Balfour Brut Rosé, this state-of-the-art winery and tasting room offers lovely facilities and sweeping views across the estate hidden within the beautiful Kent countryside.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

AAA+ Great Touring Location No Single Supplement for Double Rooms
This modern hotel, set within 26 acres of grounds, is positioned close to Leeds Castle. All 126 bedrooms are decorated in a classic style and there is a lift to all floors except in the Old Manor House wing. The brasserie restaurant and bar have a friendly atmosphere and there is also a lounge and sun terrace. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath, beauty salon and hairdressers as well as tennis courts and a private fishing lake. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes

Maidstone, Kent
4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £296pp
No Double for Sole Use Supplement (max 4 incl driver)

Dates available:

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Leeds Castle
• Guided private trailer tour of Brogdale Collections
• Entrance to Sissinghurst Castle Garden
• Hush Heath guided winery & tasting tour
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