Fitness & mobility
All our tours involve getting into and out of a minibus, and you
must be able to do this independently - for safety reasons, if for
no other reason. Otherwise, on our garden tours, it is up to to you
how far and how quickly you walk; all the gardens have seats, and
you can always sit and read a book, or watch the world go by. On
other tours and, in particular, on our walking tours, a suitable
level of fitness is required, and this may vary from tour to
If you are at all concerned, as to the suitability of a particular
tour or whether, or not, your own fitness and mobility may impair
either you or the group, please discuss this with us, before
There is no upper age limit for our tours, although there is
a lower age limit of 16.
The prices we give are per person, sharing a twin or double room,
and these prices are quoted in the following four currencies:
- GBP - Pounds Sterling
- USD - US Dollars
- EUR - Euros
- SEK - Swedish Kronor
You will find the prices for each tour, on the righthand side of
the relevant tour page, under the drop-down menu, headed
The price includes the following:
- all your accommodation on the tour
- full English, Scottish or Welsh breakfast every day
- dinner each evening
- entrance to all gardens or other attractions
- all transport within the tour
- our personal service, throughout the tour
There are also occasions where we may include refreshement -
such as, morning coffee, lunch, picnic lunch and afternoon tea -
which are generally not included in the price of a tour, and this
will be clearly stated in the tour itinerary. However, this is not
to be confused with daily references in our itineraries to lunch,
where we say it to indicate that lunch will be available, and that
we have allowed time for it.
The price specifically excludes the
- dinner on the final evening and drinks with your meals
- any additional costs incurred by you at any of the gardens or
other attractions and your personal costs incurred during any free
- your personal insurance costs
- newspapers, telephone calls and similar sundry items
- the costs of any additional administration
Single Person Supplement
We charge a supplement to single people travelling with
us, to cover the cost of single-occupancy room charges levied on us
by our accommodation.
You will find the single person supplement listed below the
Bedrooms & bathrooms
Bedrooms vary in size considerably, and not only from
establishment-to-establishment, but within the same establishment,
and what may be considered 'large' in one place may be considered
'small' in another. It is all relative.
Unless we tell you otherwise, your room will be en suite -
although this may be with a bath, or with a shower, or with a bath
and a shower. If you have a particular need or preference, then
please let us know and we will endeavour to satisfy it.
Double and twin rooms
In Britain we say 'double-room' to mean one room with one bed for
two people, and 'twin-room' to mean one room with two single beds.
Please bear this in mind when booking!
We ask our hoteliers to allocate rooms on a
first-come-first-served basis - i.e. the earlier you book, the
better your room - so if the nature of your room is material to
your booking, then please discuss this with us before
WHAT TO BRING & WHAT TO WEAR
We strongly recommend that you bring a good waterproof and
windproof jacket and a pair of sturdy boots or shoes, remembering
that, even at the height of a British summer, it can be wet and
windy and, in any case, there will be gardens where it will be wet
and uneven underfoot. At the beginning and towards the end of the
tour season, you may like to consider a hat, scarf and gloves,
Otherwise, comfortable clothes, layers that you can pull on and
strip off, seem to work best for walking around the gardens,
exploring villages and getting into and out of the minibus.
Dress at dinner
On those days when we dine out, without first returning to our
hotel, our casual day dress will be fine, though a spare pair of
shoes (left in the bus for the day) won't go amiss. When we dine
in, in the hotel dining room, it is fair to say that you will feel
comfortable, dressed 'smart casual' to 'as smart as you like'! It
is also fair to say that, broadly speaking, Jeans remain firmly on
the 'casual' side of Britain's sartorial fence.
Tours with walking
There are specific requirements for tours with walking, and these
requirements may be found in the 'Specific Notes', in each tour
We must ask you to restrict your luggage to one main suitcase and
one small day bag per person, with no piece of luggage being taller
than 80cm (32in) (including wheels and handles etc) or wider than
50cm (20in), and a maximum weight of 23kg (50lb).
NB. The minibus luggage rack will NOT take bags taller than 80cm
VisitBritain, our national tourism agency, has
a page on their excellent website devoted to practical information,
historical and cultural background.
Pounds & pounds
May we remind you that we use Pounds Sterling, and not Euros or
Dollars, and that, whilst most of the places we visit do take
credit cards and bank debit cards, I recommend that you have a
little cash for those smaller places that do not take cards. There
will be opportunities to get cash from ATMs or High Street banks
during the tour.
And, although we shop for kilos of cheese, metres of timber and
litres of fuel, we still drive in miles per hour and drink pints of
beer. As a nation, we remain metrically challenged!
Weather forecasts and temperatures
We recommend the BBC website for weather forecasts - click here and
enter a place name in the Find a Forecast box - and we also
recommend the BBC Weather app to download (search BBC Weather
In Britain, most of us talk about temperatures in degrees
Centigrade, and not degrees Fahrenheit, but if you are a Fahrenheit
person, then remember that 61°F is approximately 16°C (just
transpose the numbers) and, likewise, 82°F is approximately
28°C and this, broadly speaking, is the range of British summer
Please check that your mobile phone will work in the United
Please also read ' Booking &
Paying', before booking a tour. Thank you.
Updated 21 February 2016