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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.

OUR SUPERB GARDEN TOUR PROGRAMME FOR 2018

We have enhanced our popular garden tour programme to ensure that you have the very best experience possible.

  • A dedicated horticultural tour leader and a Brookland tour leader for most tours

  • All tours commence from Winchester and/or Romsey

  • Additional pick up points in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and West Sussex and assistance and advice on joining our tours if you live outside these areas

  • Smaller groups - our tours will be limited to 28 -30 garden lovers

  • Personal service from our friendly office team

  • Scope for new destinations and some of the very best private gardens available to view

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 3/10 SEPTEMBER 2018.  THE TOUR INCLUDES PRIVATE GARDENS NOT NORMALLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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. His first tour for Brookland in 2018 will be the Spring Gardens of Cornwall tour in April, staying at the wonderful Meudon Hotel which has its own 8 acres of ravine gardens leading to a private beach.

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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LAVENHAM AND HISTORIC SUFFOLK WITH JULIAN HUMPHRYS

In the heart of Suffolk you''ll find some of Britain's prettiest villages and towns. One of these is Lavenham, built by wealthy wool merchants of Tudor times and with 320 buildings of historic interest. Discover these with our expert tour leader, historian and guide Julian Humphrys, and then explore other historic properties in Suffolk

08/07/2018  - 11/07/2018   AVAILABLE

FROM£679
Book Now : 01305 259467



THENFORD & SPECIAL GARDENS OF OXFORDSHIRE/NORTHANTS

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 series of inspirational garden rooms at Coton Manor Garden, William Kent's unspoilt landscape garden at Rousham, a stunning private garden in Banbury and much more.

07/06/2018  - 10/06/2018   AVAILABLE

FROM £ 599 per person
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INSPIRATIONAL GARDENS OF NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK

FINEST GARDENS OF NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK INCLUDING THE OLD VICARAGE AT EAST RUSTON AND SANDRINGHAM HOUSE AND GARDENS

01/07/2018  - 04/07/2018   AVAILABLE

FROM £ 599 per person
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GLORIOUS GARDENS AND AUTUMN COLOUR IN DORSET WITH ANDY MCINDOE

Autumn Colour in Dorset with Andy McIndoe Gardens of the Jurassic Coast and Thomas Hardy Country staying at the Fairwater Head Hotel, Hawkchurch *** Maximum group size 25 people: Limited single occupancy places

16/10/2018  - 19/10/2018   AVAILABLE

FROM £699
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING...

"I would just like to thank you for arranging such an enjoyable 3 day holiday with Winterslow & District Horticultural Club.

Mrs K B , Wiltshire

"Hi team, Sally and I would like to thank you for arranging a near perfect break based on Guernsey, experienced in glorious sunshine. The hotel was well chosen for location with friendly staff, clean quiet rooms and cosy restaurant serving simple well prepared locally sourced food. The mix of gardens were a delight together with subtropical Herm and rugged Sark. Gill Girard was the most informatative guide we have encounted and Andy every ready with amusing anecdotes and immense horticultural knowledge. All told a professionally planned and faultlessly operated trip. Our sincere thanks R & S

Mr RS , W Sussex

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: Prospect House, Peverell Avenue East, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3WE. Reg No 03819803

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