Castles in the Garden of England

Kent is known as the Garden of England for its abundant flower meadows, orchards and hop fields. Come with us on this stunning tour around the county, taking in blooms galore as well as a selection of wonderfully preserved castles and houses, each offering a glimpse of times past.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Leeds Castle
We visit Leeds Castle today, the “loveliest castle in the world”. We discover the beautiful castle rooms and explore the lovely grounds, riverside woodland garden and Mediterranean terrace garden, from where we can enjoy beautiful views over the serene lake & parkland. Other attractions include bird of prey displays, a maze and grotto, the Dog Collar Museum, Elsie the land train and the Black Swan Ferry (seasonal) (small charges apply for the train/ferry).

Day 3 Ightham Mote (NT) & Scotney Castle (NT)
Today we have a chance to view beautiful meadows at Ightham Mote, a romantic 14th century moated manor house, garden and estate with a charming courtyard, orchard and extensive grounds where carpets of flowers blossom during the summer months. After lunch we make our way to moated Scotney Castle. We relax in the picturesque garden with its glorious backdrop of a fairytale castle, venture into the beautiful grounds and discover the delights of its Victorian country mansion house with all its secrets and stories. Please note, a timed ticket will be required to visit the house - these are available from reception on the day of your visit and cannot be pre booked.

Day 4 Emmetts Garden (NT), Penshurst Place & Bluebell Railway
We begin this morning with a visit to Emmetts Garden, which showcases an amazing variety of flowering plants and exotic trees, with sweeping views of the Kent countryside. (This visit will depend on Bluebell Railway timetables.) After a short journey we find ourselves at Penshurst Place where we discover its fascinating interior and beautiful formal grounds. We can have free time for lunch here before making our way to the Bluebell Railway for a steam train journey between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, winding through the peaceful Sussex countryside.

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

Marriott Tudor Park Hotel & Country Club

AAAA Free Onsite Coach Parking
This purpose-built 4 star hotel is located in beautiful Kent countryside on the outskirts of Maidstone, and is excellent for touring the surrounding areas of Kent. The open-plan restaurant is located to the rear of the hotel with views over the golf course. The hotel has plenty of areas in which to relax, with seating around the large reception, as well as a mixture of comfortable seating in the large, modern bar and separate lounge. In addition there is a terrace adjacent to the hotel gardens. Leisure facilities include a sauna, indoor swimming pool, steam room and gym.
Marriott Tudor Park Hotel & Country Club
Maidstone, Kent
4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £314pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £110

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Leeds Castle
• Entrance to Ightham Mote
• Entrance to Scotney Castle
• Entrance to Emmetts Garden
• Entrance to Penshurst Place
• One way journey on the Bluebell Railway: Sheffield Park – East Grinstead
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£314 for 5 days

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