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Long Barn – Kent Tour 16

After a year which we could not have anticipated and which we will largely want to forget, I hope that you have a very happy New Year and one which is far less complicated and uncertain than the last.

The coronavirus will, I fear, impact on our tours in 2021. We have had to re-schedule almost all our English tours to this summer and we are, for this year, abandoning coach travel altogether, so that we will ask you to travel between the gardens in your own car. There will be no late Spring tours to Italy, as we wait to see how the vaccine will ameliorate conditions in both the UK and Europe. I hope that in September we will be able to run the tour to Dublin and central Ireland that was also postponed. If the four days in Rome in October are feasible, then we will also offer this tour again.

In 2021, the majority of the tours in the United Kingdom are those held over from last year, with a number of additional new tours.  We have a mixture of new gardens, gardens we have not been to for far too long and two days repeated from 2019 as we were unable to offer places to everyone who wanted one.

We have two new days in Derbyshire, which include a visit to the interior of Renishaw Hall. Also, a private visit to Minterne in Dorset in late Spring, a visit to two wonderful gardens in Devon, one designed by Dan Pearson, which I have long wanted to see (we are also, I hope, visiting his reworking of Miss Jekyll’s garden at Folly Farm) and a chance to see Maurice Foster’s legendary garden in Kent. We return to Serge Hill for another chance to see Stuart-Smith gardens, to Cranbourne Manor and St Giles House in Dorset and I hope we will have another opportunity to see Lord Rothschild’s garden at Eythrope. 

The new tours include an additional day in Dorset on Monday 21st June and a second day in Devon, thus forming two sets of back-to-back days or a four-day tour in the South-West. We have a tour to Worcestershire and four consecutive days in Mid and East Lothian and the Scottish Borders in July. Having thought that I had previously found all the good gardens in that part of Scotland, I am delighted to have discovered six more utterly wonderful ones. As ever we try to ensure that you have a happy variety of contrasting gardens on each day.

A great many people opted to keep their places on the tours they had booked in 2020 and they will, of course, have first refusal on these tours, all of which, with the exception of the two days in Derbyshire, are on the same day as they were to have been in 2020.  Places on many tours are therefore limited.

We very much hope to see you over the year. James & Karin Bolton

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Tours Abroad in 2021

Houses and Gardens around Dublin and Central Ireland
If you would like further information about our tours to Ireland or Rome in the autumn please do not hesitate to contact James or Karin at the address below.

Monday 6th – Friday 10th September
Monday 13th – Friday 17th September

Palaces, Galleries and Churches of Rome
October – Date to be confirmed

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Day Tours 2021

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