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This tour takes you to some of England's finest gardens, in
Kent, Sussex and Essex, the three counties in the south-eastern
corner of England. We visit world-class, internationally-renowned
gardens, like Sissinghurst Castle and Hever Castle, in Kent; Great
Dixter in Sussex; and The Beth Chatto Gardens in Essex.
Our hotel, for all but the final evening of the tour, is in
rural Kent, on the edge of the Weald Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty and as you cross Kent you will cross the North Downs, a long
chalk escarpment which, where it meets the sea at Dover, is exposed
as the White Cliffs of Dover.
- sometimes the High Weald - is a medieval landscape of wooded,
rolling hills studded with sandstone outcrops, small,
irregular-shaped fields, scattered farmsteads and ancient
routeways. It is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and covers
parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey at the heart of South East
England. The word 'weald' is from Old English, itself from the
German word 'wall', meaning wood or woodland.
Tenterden - the Jewel of the Weald
Tenterden is one of the nicest of Kents many
historic market towns, and we will have the opportunity to explore
it, during the week. It is a 'Cinque Port' and claims to be the
birthplace of William Caxton, who in 1477 printed the first English
Ports is a historic association of maritime towns and villages
in Kent and East Sussex, dating back some 1000 years, which, until
1588, provided a fleet of ships and the men to sail them to meet
the military and transportation needs of the nation in return for
Sleeping & Eating
We spend the first four nights of the tour just outside the
traditional market town of Tenterden, at the Little
Silver Country Hotel, a traditional, homely and
friendly hotel, serving fine food, and our final night closer to
The Beth Chatto Gardens, in Essex, at a hotel yet to be
We will dine-in, at the Little Silver Country Hotel twice, on
the first and third evening, and dine out twice, at two of our
favourite establishments, the Fish Café, in Rye, on the
second evening, and at the Three Chimneys, close to
Sissinghurst, on the forth evening.
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