Posted by: marymarthatours | March 6, 2010

The Herb Garden Tour Goes to the Charming Cotswolds

I love the Cotswold area of England; it’s Charm with a capital C. And anyone traveling on the July tour of English Herb Gardens will find out just what is so lovely about this region, because we will be staying there for three nights and exploring many of its best gardens and villages. On our 2008 English Garden Tour, I challenged travelers to vote for their favorite Cotswold village. For 2010 we will have lunch and free time in the winner, Bourton on the Water.

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Bourton on the Water

So what is so charming about the Cotswolds?

  • Rolling countryside, dotted with the sheep that made this region wealthy centuries ago
  • Villages of yellow stone cottages, many with thatched roofs, and little specialty shops, pubs and tea rooms
  • Some of the best gardens in England, including ones that I have seen like: Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court, Sezincote, Oxford Botanic Garden, and the gardens at Blenheim Palace
  • The exciting university city of Oxford with the beautiful architecture of its colleges and fascinating Ashmolean Museum

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Cotswolds scenes

My list could be much longer. I want to include the highlights in the Cotswolds that we will visit on the upcoming Herb Tour. And trust me if you like herbs, you will love these spots:

  • Abbey House Garden in Malmsbury, a garden of not only herbs, but also exotic plants and herbaceous borders and roses
  • A tour of The Cotswold Perfumery in Bourton on the Water to see and smell their fragrance garden and learn how their products are produced
  • The National Herb Centre with lunch in their herb-inspired bistro
  • Sulgrave Manor, home of the National Garden of the Herb Society of England where we will tour the manor house and gardens and hopefully meet with a group from the English Herb Society
  • Snowshill Lavender Farm to wander amid the lavender fields in full bloom and enjoy learning of all the lavender products processed here
  • A visit to famous, “never omit on any garden tour”, Hidcote Manor Garden

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Hidcote Manor Garden

It’s a wonderful collection of herb and garden sites for our three days in the Cotswolds. And it will be my first visit to a number of these gardens. I can only imagine that the combination of visual and olfactory pleasures amid my beloved Cotswold scenery will have me in a serene state of bliss. And that will be topped off by our staying at my most favorite English hotel, The Three Ways in Mickelton.

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Martha at the Three Ways in Mickelton

Please note: The closing date for registration for the Herb Tour is drawing near — don’t miss the opportunity to let the M&M’s take you to the Cotswolds in person. For brochure and registration form click here.

(by Martha)

For more about the Cotswolds – www.britainexprss.com/cotswolds/index.htm

Bourton on the Water information – www.bourtoninfo.com

For more about the National Garden of the Herb Society of the UK – www.herbsociety.org.uk/gardenplan.htm

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