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Secrets of the ‘Garden of England’

  • Godinton House walled garden

    Godinton House walled garden
  • Ightham Mote

    Ightam Mote
5 day tour
From £346 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Discover more of the Secrets of the ‘Garden of England’ – Kent, with visits to Godinton House and Gardens, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Great Dixter House and Gardens, Ightham Mote , Bodiam Castle,  Kent & East Sussex Railway and enjoy a wine tasting at Chapel Down Winery.


Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Kent

If time permits, why not ask the Greatdays team for suggestions for a stop-off on the journey.

Day 2

Private visit to Godinton House and Gardens

An exclusive morning visit to Godinton House & Gardens, a haven of peace and tranquillity whose owners treat visitors as ‘friends and family’. Tea and biscuits is followed by a one-hour guided tour of the house that unravels its 600 years of history and reveals a collection of furniture, art, porcelain and curios. Outside, a walled garden, rose garden, Italian garden, terraced lawns and herbaceous borders combine to offer a memorable visit.


Day 3

Discover Riverhill Himalayan Gardens and Ightam Mote

A morning visit to Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. The head gardener will take you on an entertaining exploration of the grounds. In the afternoon we visit the National Trust’s Ightham Mote, a lovely 14th century medieval moated manor house surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Day 4

Steam train, Bodiam Castle, Great Dixter and a wine tasting

This morning we join the steam-hauled Kent & East Sussex Railway for a 45-minute ride from Tenterden to Bodiam. We visit Bodiam Castle, complete with drawbridge and moat. There’s free time for lunch and to visit the castle. In the afternoon we visit Great Dixter House & Gardens with an optional one-hour tour of the garden. We then stop at Chapel Down Winery for a wine tasting.

Day 5

Return home


Suggested Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in March 2018

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes ****

This hotel, located in the heart of the Garden of England, is neighbour to the majestic Leeds Castle. The hotel boasts a rambling estate of 26 acres at the centre of the beautiful Kent Countryside.

Holiday Inn Maidstone – Sevenoaks ***

Situated in a rural setting around seven miles from both Maidstone and Sevenoaks, this hotel is a great base to explore Kent. The modern hotel boasts a restaurant, lounge areas and a bar. Guests can use the leisure centre with pool, sauna, solarium and gym. Each of the 105 air conditioned bedrooms is with en-suite bathroom and features tea and coffee making facilities, TV and hairdryer. There is no lift, but the hotel is only on two floors and accessible rooms are available. The hotel provides free on site coach parking in its large car park.

Holiday Inn Ashford – North ***

A warm welcome awaits at this Kent hotel, set in a rural location around 4 miles from Ashford. The hotel is on 3 floors with an open plan lounge area and bar with coffee shop, and restaurant. If you would like to stay fit during your holiday – why not use the mini gym? Make yourself at home in one of the 92 en-suite bedrooms which all feature tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift to all floor and provides ample free coach parking.

Holiday Inn Ashford – North

Dates 5 days / 4 nights Single Supplement
2022 dates From £346.00 per person From £137.00 per person
2023 dates From £392.00 per person From £142.00 per person

Prices staying at Mercure Maidstone Great Danes and Holiday Inn Maidstone – Sevenoaks available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 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. Pictures are 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

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