Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: See the magical Cotswolds with Countryfile’s Adam Henson
The tranquil rolling countryside of the Cotswolds is home to many of Britain’s most spectacular gardens. On this superb five-day tour, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the best, while enjoying unforgettable experiences among the honey-coloured stone villages and buzzing market towns.
The highlight of your tour will be a special welcome to Cotswold Farm Park from its owner, the Countryfile presenter Adam Henson. Adam was born on the 1,600-acre farm, which belonged to his father Joe, and he now runs it with his business partner Duncan.
Adam, who regularly presents his Adam’s Farm segment on Countryfile from Cotswold Farm Park and has written a number of books, will join you for a private lunch and give a talk about his conservation work and sustainable farming, as well as his role as a TV presenter.
Highlight: On The Mail on Sunday’s five-day tour of the Cotswolds, you’ll visit Grade I-listed Sudeley Castle (pictured) with its ten magnificent gardens
OUR SPECIAL GUEST
You will be joined by Adam Henson
Adam Henson is one of the UK’s best-known farmers, often presenting Countryfile from his Cotswold Farm Park. He took it over from his father Joe in 1999 and now welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year to the farm, which is home to herds of British rare breeds.
This trip will include an indulgent afternoon tea at the historic Lygon Arms Hotel in beautiful Broadway, and free time to enjoy Chipping Campden, one of the area’s most delightful market towns.
The itinerary also includes visits to Batsford Arboretum, Sezincote House and Gardens, Painswick Rococo Garden, Grade I-listed Sudeley Castle and Gardens, and Chedworth Roman Villa.
REASONS TO BOOK
Meet Adam Henson: Adam will welcome you to Cotswold Farm Park, which has been in his family for almost 60 years and holds the UK’s leading collection of rare breed animals. He will give a talk about life combining farming and TV presenting.
Join Adam for lunch: At the farm, you will enjoy a delicious private lunch with Adam in the charming setting before you have the opportunity to explore for yourself.
Explore Batsford Arboretum: Home to one of the UK’s first comprehensive bamboo collections, thanks to original wild garden creator A. B. Freeman-Mitford, Batsford’s display covers a wide range of plants from around the world, with an emphasis on the Far East. There are more than 2,850 labelled specimens, including about 1,300 different trees, such as the eye-popping Japanese maple, and shrubs and bamboos.
Afternoon tea: With its pretty high street lined with horse chestnut trees, a mixture of period houses and picturesque, honey-coloured Cotswolds stone cottages, the beautiful and historic village of Broadway is a memorable place to visit. There you’ll enjoy afternoon tea in The Lygon Arms Hotel, where both Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I stayed at different times during the English Civil War.
Explore the finest gardens: Visit several of the Cotswolds’ loveliest gardens, including Painswick Rococo Garden and Sezincote House and Gardens. Painswick Rococo Garden was laid out by Benjamin Hyett II, who owned Painswick House in the 18th Century, and was painted by artist Thomas Robins in 1748.
This painting allowed the garden to be restored in the late 1980s under the direction of Painswick’s current owner, Lord Dickinson. Known as ‘India in the Cotswolds’, Sezincote covers 3,500 acres of rolling Cotswolds countryside with a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace at its centre among a romantic landscape of temples, grottos, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.
- Four nights at a conveniently located four-star hotel with spa.
- Lunch, private talk and Q&A with Adam Henson at Cotswold Farm Park. If you already have one of Adam’s books, bring it with you so that you can ask him to sign it.
- Visits to Batsford Arboretum, Painswick Rococo Garden and Sezincote House and Gardens.
- Four breakfasts, two dinners and one lunch.
- Afternoon tea in Broadway at one of Britain’s most historic inns.
YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Arrive in the Cotswolds DAY 2 Sezincote House and Batsford Arboretum DAY 3 Cotswolds Farm Park DAY 4 Painswick Rococo Garden DAY 5 Sudeley Castle and Gardens
HOW TO BOOK
The price: From £1,095pp*. The dates: April 24-28**, May 1-5 and September 20-24, 2023.
Call 0330 828 1110 quoting reference MOS ADAM HENSON. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/adamhenson.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: * From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £275. Deposit 20 per cent. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. ** Sezincote House closed on April date, so only garden available. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Travel Editions Group Ltd, ABTA V3120.
Source: Read Full Article