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Secrets of Surrey

  • The Country Garden in Summer at RHS Garden Wisley. © RHS

    RHS Gardens Group Visits
  • Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey © VisitEngland, VisitSurrey

    Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey © VisitEngland, VisitSurrey
  • The Saloon at Polesden Lacey, nr Dorking, Surrey. The Saloon is extravagently carved and panelled, the panelling is c1700 and was removed from an Italian palazzo. Red brocade is let into the panelling (this brocade was replaced in 1960) and the large portrait is of Margaret Anderson, the Hon. Mrs Ronald Greville, DBE, and is by Herman Schmiechen.

    The Saloon at Polesden Lacey, nr Dorking, Surrey. The Saloon is extravagently carved and panelled, the panelling is c1700 and was removed from an Italian palazzo. Red brocade is let into the panelling (this brocade was replaced in 1960) and the large portrait is of Margaret Anderson, the Hon. Mrs Ronald Greville, DBE, and is by Herman Schmiechen.
  • Polesden Lacey, Surrey - Visitors in the grounds In the autumn © National Trust Images, John Millar - ONE USE ONLY

    Polesden Lacey, Surrey - Visitors in the grounds In the autumn © National Trust Images, John Millar - ONE USE ONLYPolesden Lacey, Surrey - Visitors in the grounds In the autumn © National Trust Images, John Millar - ONE USE ONLY
5 day tour
from £312 per person - minimum 25 persons

In this jam-packed tour there really is something for everyone with visits to RHS Garden Wisley, the fascinating Polesden Lacey, Denbies Wine Estate, Brooklands Museum, and historic Guildford. RHS Garden Wisley is the historic home of the RHS and houses one of the largest plant collections in the world. We recently visited Denbies Wine Estate and can not recommend the attraction highly enough. Take their covered train through the vineyard or enjoy an indoor tour of the winery – both options include a tasting! Polesden Lacey is a popular National Trust attraction and has a fascinating link to the Royal Family jewels. Also included is the Brooklands Museum, a wealth of motor racing memorabilia.


Dates

6th August, 20th August - all 2020


Suggested Itinerary by Coach

Day 1

Travel to Surrey.

Departing from your local area travel to Surrey and your suggested hotel with time to settle in before dinner.  Ask the Greatdays team for suggestions for a stop-off on the journey.

Day 2

RHS Garden Wisley.

Today we visit the RHS Garden at Wisley, the headquarters of the Royal Horticultural Society. This magnificent garden offers a beautiful and relaxing experience throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to take in the majestic beauty of The Glasshouse, the Rock Garden or the Mixed Borders. Our visit starts with a one-hour tour led by a trained guide.

Day 3

Polesden Lacey and Denbies Wine Estate.

Polesden Lacy, one of the National Trust’s most popular properties, was the home of Margaret Greville, an Edwardian society hostess. The house displays her exceptional collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain, silver and personal mementoes. In the afternoon we visit nearby Denbies Wine Estate, The vineyard was planted in 1986, and since then has become one of the largest wine producers in the UK. A train tour of the vineyards ends includes the opportunity to sample their famous English sparking wine. If your group would prefer you can opt instead for an indoor tour of the winery with a sampling at the end, or there is the option to do both the indoor and outdoor tour.

Day 4

Guildford and Brooklands Museum.

This morning we visit historic Guildford, with its quaint cobbled High Street. Stroll in the grounds of the Castle, or head to the top of the Great Tower for a 360-degree panoramic view. In the afternoon we visit Brooklands Museum, the site of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit. The museum tells the story of eight decades of engineering and technological achievements with a vast collection of motor racing memorabilia. You can also step on board a Concorde (additional supplement).

Day 5

Travel home.


Suggested hotels

DoubleTree by Hilton Woking **** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in August 2019

This contemporary hotel is located within walking distance of Woking town centre and just 28 miles from Central London. Popular tourist attractions including Legoland Windsor and Thorpe Park are close by. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the fitness centre. Bar 92 and the Wocca Grill offer contemporary cuisine and an extensive wine list.  Relax in one of the 179 inviting guest rooms with modern amenities and complimentary Wi-Fi. Accessible rooms are available and the hotel has a lift. The hotel has limited complimentary coach parking (must be pre-booked).

Holiday Inn Hotel – Guilford *** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in February 2018

A modern Guildford hotel with excellent meeting facilities and a well-equipped fitness centre Holiday Inn Guildford hotel is situated less than two miles from the centre of Guildford, Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi. Dine at the hotel’s restaurant or sample local ales at the lounge bar. Get the day off to an energetic start at the Spirit Health Club’s gym or pool. Unwind after a busy day at the sauna or steam room.

Hilton Cobham **** – Inspected by Greatdays staff in August 2019

Set within 27 acres beautiful grounds near Cobham this 4 star hotel is conveniently located just off the M25. It’s an ideal base to explore Surrey, London and the Southeast. Guests can dine in the Mediterranean Grill restaurant or enjoy a nice drink in the bar. There is an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and the LivingWell Health Club with gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Each of the comfortable en-suite rooms comes with a flat-screen TV, hairdryer, work desk and hospitality tray. This hotel has rooms adapted for disabled access, and onsite free coach parking is available.


DoubleTree by Hilton Woking

 5 day tour
6th August 2020  from £312.00 per person
20th August 2020  from £312.00 per person

Single supplement available on request

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Picture is for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk.

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