Our Gardens Through The Summer

On Friday the 22nd June we had the pleasure of being joined by Jekka McVicar – renowned organic gardening author and broadcaster. She joined us at the hotel to host one of our popular Cotswold garden tours.

Few other country hotels in the Cotswolds boast a herb garden that could rival ours. Leading a presentation that shared insight as to how our herb garden was planted, Jekka used her knowledge to elaborate on ‘Herbs for Health’; an in-depth discussion of the concept: ‘we are what we eat’. Focusing on how herbs can support the human body and the modern-day diet, this was a fantastic opportunity to learn about how to improve health in a fun, practical way.

Talks & Tours

After the morning’s presentation of tea, coffee and cakes, Jekka and Megan Sharp, our Senior Gardener, conducted a tour of our herb garden and grounds. Guests were walked through the gorgeous orchids, daisies and wildflowers that we are proud to be home to. To complete what was a thoroughly valuable and educational morning, our award winning Head Chef, Charles Smith, cooked a three course meal using the herbs sourced from our garden. This culinary showcase offered our guests the chance to hear a brief talk that focused on all the fresh produce that could be found on their plates. 

Don’t worry if you missed out this time. We offer regular Garden Tour and Luncheon days throughout spring, summer and autumn so you still have a chance to sample the beauty of our herb garden and the fantastic food cooked by our very own Head Chef.

If you are an avid reader of publications such as Gardeners World and The Guardian, or if you’re a fan of Chelsea Flower Show you will be more than familiar with Jekka and her horticultural wisdom. She has also been a recurring Judge at The Great Pavilion for many years. It is well worth attending one of our tours to hear her talk about gardening, plants and herbs first-hand.

To attend one of our Garden Tour and Luncheon days, call us here to find out more information.

And that’s not all

In June we also hosted a lovely journalist from the Sunday Times who came to see our beautiful gardens. The feature will be published next autumn and will look at the best gardens around the UK – we’ll be featured with the likes of the Eden Project and Q-Gardens.


To experience one of our Cotswold garden tours, contact a member of the team today.