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Brookland Travel
BROOKLAND TRAVEL
Established 1999

Brookland Travel

 
WELCOME TO BROOKLAND TRAVEL - A SPECIALIST TOUR OPERATOR FOR THE VERY BEST IN ESCORTED UK HERITAGE AND GARDEN TOURS
 

Since 1999, Brookland Travel have been specialising in unique itineraries with below average tour numbers for your maximum enjoyment.  Escorted special interest tours and holidays for individuals and custom made Group travel (clubs/organisations and associations) are available from Brookland Travel - Established in 1999.  Escorted garden tourshistory tours and cultural breaks exploring our built and natural English heritage.

Where possible we include private and lesser known properties that compliment the tour theme.  Travel with like-minded people and be accompanied by one of our specialist guides who will share their knowledge in subjects ranging from history, gardens, art, architecture and archaeology, to name just a few themes. We operate the majority of our tours with a smaller number of participants to ensure a more personal experience. Julian Humphrys. historian, author and guide escorts most of the historical Tours Through Time short breaks.

PROFESSIONAL HORTICULTURAL TOUR LEADERS

DR NOEL KINGSBURY is an internationally known gardening innovator, writer and teacher who is known especially for his promotion of naturally inspired planting. He has had over 20 books published, 4 of them in collaboration with leading Dutch designer Piet Oudolf.  In addition to putting an emphasis on plants and what tour participants can learn from the gardens that they visit, he fills in the gaps with entertaining commentary on local history and geography. 
DISCOVER SOME OF THE BEST GARDENS IN SOUTH DEVON WITH BROOKLAND TRAVEL AND NOEL KINGSBURY 1/6 SEPTEMBER 2019.  THE TOUR INCLUDES PRIVATE GARDENS NOT NORMALLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.DETAILS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

ANDY  MCINDOE.  Andy has over 40 years experience in retail and production horticulture and is a regular contributor to a number of magazines, blogs and BBC Radio.   Andy has been responsible for no less than 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and his charm, experience and  horticultural knowledge ensure his popularity with Brookland clients, having led a varied selection of our UK and European  garden tours since 2003.

"I am really delighted to be working with Brookland Travel to bring you some marvellous garden tours. Over the years I have had the pleasure of escorting Brookland travellers to some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK and Europe; some come along as keen gardeners, some just for the trip. But that is the beauty of a garden tour, you do as much or as little as you want to, after all we are on holiday. My objective is to share my love of plants and gardens with you and most of all to make sure that you have a wonderful time.

If you have any reservations about joining a garden tour please set them aside. If you are travelling alone, don’t worry, you will meet others. If you can’t walk as far as you could, don’t worry, everyone goes at their own pace. If you don’t know anything about plants that’s not a problem, I’ll tell you whatever you want to know. The great thing about a garden tour is someone else does all of the organisation – you just come along and enjoy it. No driving, no parking problems, no sorting out garden opening times and admissions. Occasionally you have to decide what to order off a menu – but that may be the most difficult decision of the day!"

We look forward to travelling with you

Andy and Ra McIndoe

www.andymcindoe.com

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DUNCAN COOMBS  (BSc Hons Botany and Master of Horticulture) has led garden tours for Brookland since 2000.   Duncan is a part-time lecturer and RHS advisor at Pershore (Warwickshire) College. To see all garden tours - click on Garden Tours Image Top Right Hand of This Page

SUE FISHER. Sue's extensive horticultural career spans over 35 years, starting with training and a decade in the garden centre and nursery trade before developing into an accomplished garden writer, designer and speaker.  Her designs have transformed numerous private gardens of all sizes, from courtyard to clifftop.  In her spare time she loves gardening where she lives in the Tamar Valley and exploring the beautiful cost and country of Devon and Cornwall on foot, boat and bike,

www.suefishergardens.co.uk

 

See the Tours Through Time page for the current heritage and historical programme.

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Gardens and Villas of the Italian Lakes with Andy McIndoe

A repeat of our popular tour to Italian Lakes, hosted by Andy McIndoe. Fine Gardens and Villas of Lake Maggiore, Lake Como and Lake Orta. 14/19 April 2019 La Palma Hotel, Stresa, Italy ****

14/04/2019  - 19/04/2019   LIMITED SPACE

FROM £1350
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GARDENS OF SOUTH WEST IRELAND WITH ANDY MCINDOE

A repeat of the unique garden programme based at our favourite family run hotel in South West Ireland. The gardens of South West Ireland are magical including one on the south west coast that is totally private, yet we have exclusive access with Andy McIndoe our expert tour leader. Andy has been advising the owners on an extensive design project. Ilnacullin has an enchanting island setting; Bantry House gardens enjoy amazing views out to the Atlantic and the gardens at Ballymaloe provide produ

28/07/2019  - 01/08/2019   LIMITED SPACE

FROM £899 plus travel to Ireland
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THENFORD & PRIVATE GARDENS OF OXFORDSHIRE/NORTHANTS WITH ANDY MCINDOE

An afternoon at the beautiful private garden of Lord and Lady Heseltine, "Thenford" is one of the highlights of this tour. This fine selection of garden visits includes Broughton Grange where we can admire Tom Stuart-Smith’s dramatic design for the centrepiece, a superb private garden near Banbury, Evenley Wood Garden and The National Herb Centre with its display gardens and extensive range of herbs and produce.

07/06/2019  - 09/06/2019   AVAILABLE

FROM £ 629 per person
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CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY GARDENS OF SOUTH DEVON

Noel Kingsbury is internationally known as a gardening innovator, writer and teacher. We are delighted that he is leading this unique 5 day garden holiday from coast to countryside in South Devon. This tour will take us around some of the best gardens in Devon and the full tour programme and joining details will be available shortly. Register your interest now as places will be limited.

01/09/2019  - 05/09/2019   AVAILABLE

FROM £TBA
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING...

"What a great success the holidays has been. Everyone seemed happy with their paperwork and communications. The hotel was good and the staff were very helpful. The coach was excellent, a new vehicle, comfortable and with air.con and the driver was superb. Julian was an excellent guide and pitched his guiding and preambles absolutely right. The venues were all good -some people preferred some places to others quite naturally but there was good variety.

National Trust Group (HD) , Wiltshire

"We are still reliving the joys of our holiday visiting the gardens of Norfolk and Suffolk. It was everything we had anticipated and more! Thank you for all the hard work you put in to making everything run like clockwork and for researching such interesting and varied gardens - including their owners. We look forward to receiving information for what is planned for next year with Brookland.

Mrs A F , Hampshire

Heritage and Garden Tours

Brookland Travel are a special interest tour operator in Dorchester, Dorset, providing garden tours, cultural holidays, English heritage short breaks and more throughout the UK and Europe.

Registered Address: 26 Middlemarsh St, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3FD. Reg No 03819803

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