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The Chelsea Flower Show Homestay 2018 (First Day Member’s Tickets)

The Chelsea Flower Show Homestay 2018 (First Day Member’s Tickets)

Chelsea Tour members 2017
Colourful display in the pavilion

Make 2018 a year to remember by joining Russ Yates, the former Gardening Advisor to The British Embassy in Japan, as your guide and driver for Homestay England's 2018 Chelsea Flower Show Homestay. Russ looks forward to passing on his gardening knowledge to you. Having many years experience of escorting travellers to The Chelsea Flower Show and around England, Russ has a wealth of information to share with you.

Stunning show gardens
Taking time out at the Show.

This special homestay package is designed for English garden lovers. Combine an unforgettable, accompanied visit on the sought after First Members' Day to the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, with a friendly gardening homestay, in a traditional, pretty, English, stone village in the south Lincolnshire countryside.

Planting perfection
Rose display in the Pavilion

Enjoy an unforgettable Cotswolds gardens experience, during your homestay, visiting the two most famous gardens of this area of outstanding beauty, Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court.

Spring at Hidcote Manor
Beautiful spring border in the Cotswolds.

The maximum small tour group size of 3 guests, guarantees you a personal and relaxing way of exploring this unique opportunity. It also offers the flexibility of time, to allow you the freedom that larger tour groups do not offer.

Enjoying the Show gardens
Outside the Great Pavilion

Travel by train down to London for a day to remember. Spend time at the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show and see all the latest products, plants and show gardens designed by the top garden designers.

Floral toothpaste in a shop window
Wildlife shop display in Chelsea in Bloom

After the Show visit vibrant Chelsea in Bloom which is an unforgettable event for flower lovers. Do not miss Sloane Square at it's most beautiful, during this annual array of colour and fragrance. In the evening you will return to your comfortable home stay cottage for a delicious farewell fish & chips supper.

Enjoy meeting garden owners
Beautiful private garden

You will homestay at the relaxing countryside home belonging to Russ and his wife Patricia, set in the pretty English village of Skillington in south Lincolnshire, close to the borders of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and quaint Rutland. Enjoy delicious, healthy home cooked food, using locally and organically grown produce. Make the most of the special opportunity of visiting a private English garden in which you can drink tea and chat with the owners.

Barnsdale Gardens in the spring
The magnificent Chatsworth House

Visit Barnsdale Gardens which offers a wealth of ideas for garden design, as it consists of 37 small gardens. Compare this with the grandeur of the breathtaking Chatsworth House and Garden. This palatial house and garden is considered by many to be the finest in England, which is the reason it is used as a setting in many televised period dramas and movies.

The C17th Baroque House
English bluebells flowering at Belton

Belton House and Garden has been a firm favourite with the English Royal Family over the years. This beautiful country house with it's formal gardens and wonderful parkland can be enjoyed at your leisure. Depending on the weather Belton's bluebells may be out for you to enjoy.

Chelsea fun.
Happy visitors to Chelsea

This Chelsea Flower Show Homestay Tour with a delightful Cotswolds Gardens visit offers you a unique English gardening experience. Do not miss this rare opportunity to enjoy the expertise of a professional English garden designer in his own home and garden and to make a lasting friendship with England, her people and gardens.

Date of Chelsea Flower Show Homestay:
17th May - 23rd May 2018

Summary of homestay:

Small personal group (Maximum 3 people)
Former Gardening Advisor to the British Embassy Japan as driver/guide.
All day tickets to The Chelsea Flower Show First Member's Day on Tues 22nd May.
Experience the creative business floral extravaganza of Chelsea in Bloom.
A Cotswolds Gardens visit.
Enjoy countryside living in your friendly village homestay accommodation.
Private bedroom.
Delicious home cooked food.
Visit to a local pub.
All meals and refreshments.
Beautiful gardens and grand country houses.
Access to private gardens where you have the opportunity to talk with the owners.

Chelsea Flower Show Homestay
Price (per person): £1499.00
7 Day Example Schedule:

Thurs 17th May (p.m.) Arrival at your homestay accommodation
Arrival and welcome to your home stay accommodation in the heart of the beautiful English countryside.

Fri 18th May Private Garden (a.m.)
Enjoy a private garden visit. After looking around the beautiful garden chat with the owners over tea and cake in their English garden.

Belton House and Garden (p.m.)
After the tasty afternoon tea explore this fine 17th century country house which displays a stunning array of decorations, paintings and furniture. It has been a favourite place of England's royal family over the centuries. Enjoy the formal gardens, which in the 19th century were restored to their former George II glory.

Sat 19th May (a.m.) Relax in your Homestay Garden .
Relax in your homestay accommodation and beautiful surrounding countryside or enjoy watching the Royal Wedding television coverage. Enjoy a delicious homemade traditional afternoon tea before visiting Barnsdale.

Barnsdale Gardens (p.m.)
Visit Barnsdale garden which was created during the production of BBC Gardener's World programme on national television over 17 years. This garden for all seasons is made up of 37 small individual gardens of various styles so is abundant with new ideas for the gardening enthusiast.

Sun 20th May (All day) Chatsworth House & Garden
Visit the spectacular Chatsworth House, known as the 'Palace of the Peak.' Chatsworth is a stately home with immense beauty and has one of Europe's leading art collections. It is a popular location for filming period dramas and feature films.
Enjoy the magnificent garden which has been designed over the centuries by Britain's leading garden designers and is a wonderful example of an English landscape garden designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. A visit to the gift shops is a good opportunity to buy high quality presents.

Mon 21st May (All day) Cotswolds Gardens Special
Take your time to investigate Hidcote Manor Garden, designed in the Arts and Crafts style. It is a floral treat which reveals delightful gardening surprises as you navigate it. It is one of England's most influential gardens and is ripe with ideas if you are a keen gardener. After a picnic lunch soak up the charm of the world renowned Kiftsgate Court Garden and enjoy it's soft and feminine design inspired by three generations of lady gardeners.

Tues 22nd May (All day) The Chelsea Flower Show
A visit to The Chelsea Flower Show is a must for anyone interested in gardening. The Chelsea Flower Show is the number one gardening show in the world where the best in horticulture and design are on show, so there is something for everyone. Marvel at the show gardens, floral marquees and companies selling their horticultural goods. Take a walk around Chelsea in Bloom. After a great day in London travel to your homestay accommodation in Skillington with lasting memories of a wonderful experience.

Wed 23rd May (a.m.) Departure from your homestay accommodation.

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