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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Travel Guide to Highgrove. How To Visit Prince Charles's Stunning Gardens

November 22, 2020 0


  Ultimate Nature Travel at Highgrove!


Gardens have long been the places of inspiration among artists due to its natural canvass of a gorgeous blooms, poetic environment and a dramatic scenery of nature.


Today, not only artists are drawn to the magic and serenity of a garden trip but also travelers who love nature and blooms. 


Travelers began appreciating the beauty of a peaceful and amazing world through an exciting garden trip.


The world has so much to give when it comes to nature. It's never short of the things that amaze us. Including stunning gardens. 


One of these beautiful destinations of blooms and greenery that we should be putting in our travel bucket list is the royal Highgrove. Yeah, that's Prince Charles's private estate!


Highgrove Travel

Highgrove estate is a private property of His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England. 


It has been His Royal Highness country residence since 1981, and his most favorite among his residences. It's in Highgrove where he could be most of himself: a passionate environmentalist.

Wildflower meadows 


Highgrove has the most charming atmosphere of nature. Scenic and sustainable. Well tended, and royally cultivated with special consideration to the environment.


Its sweeping view of nature, greenery and spectacular gardens made it an ideal place to visit for nature lovers and environmental advocates. It is a perfect model of sustainability and clean energy, powered by solar panels and heated by wood chip boiler. 


It offers a haven of relaxation, a peaceful escape, the best retreat for a tired mind and body. Its walled gardens provide a scenic sanctuary during heavy days to de-stress.

A book about Highgrove 
The Prince and Princess of Wales and their two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry at Highgrove in 1986


The estate is a great study to learn about taking care of our environment. Prince Charles is a climate change advocate, a devoted environmentalist and nature conservationist. It has long been his crusade to preserve a healthy planet.


It's no surprise Highgrove runs according to his environmental principles: all organic, pesticide-free and has a waste disposal system that filtered and recycled wastes so that none will go to the landfills. 

Prince Charles is a keen gardener and passionate about organic farming 
The King of all "plantitos"


This is an ultimate royal nature adventure to one of the most stunning sustainable estates in the world.


Great nature destination


Highgrove is a perfect destination for nature lovers and environmental advocates and those who adored modern gardening and greenery. 

Sundial garden at Highgrove 


It has beautiful, artistic gardens personally cultivated and supervised by Prince Charles (he cultivated most of the species), an organic tea room where fresh organic meals and desserts are served, and souvenir shops.

Wildflower meadows 


Travelers will also see the childhood playground of Prince William and Prince Harry called the Stumpery where a tree house was built in 1987.

Treehouse at Stumpery in Highgrove 
       Stumpery. Childhood playground of           Prince William and Prince Harry


A trip to Highgrove offers a glimpse of who is Prince Charles in private: a passionate conservationist whose concerns towards nature transformed Highgrove into one of the most jaw-dropping country homes with fairytale gardens in the world. Innovative, gorgeous, elegant, dreamy and awe-inspiring!  

Mosaic fountain 


Guests will be able to see his countryside home, a three-storey Georgian mansion with kitchen walled garden, nine bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Georgian mansion of Highgrove 


The mansion was renovated into a neo-classical architecture with a semi-wilderness corner where a treehouse built for the young Prince William and Prince Harry stood.


The Royal Highgrove


Let's get to know this elegant royal country home of the Prince of Wales and see why travelers need to make this one of an ultimate travel goals. The massive opulent gardens which are unique in the world. The details of the tour how to get there. 

Sundial garden 


Prince Charles purchased this property in 1980, shortly before he started dating Lady Diana Spencer. Since 1980, it has become his country residence. Over the years, he developed Highgrove into one of the most sustainable country estates in the world. 

Prince Charles at Highgrove 


He loves country living and has been known to personally cultivate plants and bed of flowers in the estate with the help of known gardeners in England. 


By the time he married Diana in 1981, Highgrove undergone a massive renovation and Diana integrated her personal touch on the Georgian mansion by hiring her favorite interior designer.

Diana, Princess of Wales at Highgrove 


Prince Charles, a known nature conservationist, wanted to make Highgrove his personal homage to the environment. So he cultivated a home farm that's purely organic, planted vegetables, wildflower meadows and modern gardens.

Prince Charles is a passionate gardener 


Highgrove welcomes visitors when the Prince of Wales is not in residence. Guided tour packages are available to plan and book a visit to Highgrove.


Highgrove Garden Tour


Highgrove is open to the public for a visit on a guided tour. However, for the rest of 2020 due to the pandemic, the property is close. Its operation will resume in 2021 starting Springtime until Autumn. 

Lily pool garden 


Here's how the guided tours at Highgrove are arranged for tourists. All tour packages will bring guests to the massive Royal Gardens at Highgrove, Stumpery, Thyme walk, Organic Tea Room, and Royal Souvenir Shops.

English Cottage gardens 

1. Individual Garden Tour

Explore the Royal Gardens at Highgrove through one of Prince Charles's expert garden tour guides. Tour includes a visit to the elegant English cottage gardens of the Prince of Wales, intimate insight into Prince Charles's life and his passion about gardening and the environment. Tour price starts at £27.50

Highgrove at springtime


2. Champagne  Tea Tour

Limited to an intimate group, this package is guided by one of His Royal Highness's expert guides around Highgrove. One way of exploring the Royal Gardens at Highgrove. 

The sites to be visited are Stumpery, a greenery corner where the treehouse built for Prince William and Prince Harry stood, Chelsea Flower Show carpet gardens. Tour package starts at £79.95.


3. Private Tour

Private garden tour package is for guests who want an exclusive group tour for a special event or celebration. 

This is booked via the Highgrove events team with exclusive arrangement. Price starts at £450.00


4. Group Garden Tour

This tour package has two groups: A group of 26 and a group of 52. The price for a group garden tour of 26 persons starts at £400. 

While a group of 52 has a fixed rate of £2,181.40 with a free two-course delicious lunch consisting of organic meals freshly prepared from His Royal Highness's Home Farm. It is served at the orchard tea room before the tour begins.


Other Areas To Visit


Orchard Tea Room - a dining area on the Highgrove estate. It is where guests can enjoy a selection of fabulous organic meals and desserts prepared by the High Royal Highness's estate chef. Apart from Tea, drinks like wine and champagne are also available. 

Orchard Tea Room at Highgrove

The dining room is surrounded by original paintings of the Prince of Wales. Meals and refreshments at the Orchard Tea Room are prepared from the finest local ingredients and products from Prince Charles's Home Farm, organic and fresh.


For details about Orchard Tea Room, check here


Estate Souvenir's Shop - The shop offers an extensive collection of artisan products, home and gardening tools and garden ware, selection of Prince Charles's artworks and selections of pieces exclusively designed for Highgrove.


Sustainability is the framework of Highgrove, all products are environmental-friendly and organic. The shop also sells organic food and preserves. Highgrove Estate has online shop.


How To Get There?


Highgrove is located in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England. There's no public transport going to Highgrove estate. For details how to go to Highgrove from England, check Direction going to Highgrove

Aerial view of Highgrove 


Plan a Visit 


Highgrove offers guided tour packages and will reopen its doors to travelers next year, 2021, starting Spring. 


The onslaught of coronavirus continues to devastate almost all nations in the world, everything is not yet back to normal and travel restrictions are still put in place. 


Best Time To Visit Highgrove 


To make the most of your Highgrove visit. Book a trip at Springtime - April to May, and Autumn season - September to October. It's where Highgrove gardens are at its loveliest and most gorgeous due to the brilliant colors of blooms that highlight the season. 


Bookings at Highgrove will be announced at its website (check below link).

READ RELATED STORY: Prince Charles at Highgrove, and see the beautiful gardens 

For more information about visiting Highgrove, visit its official website: Highgrove Gardens

Thursday, December 30, 2010

EUROPEAN TRAVEL PROMO!

December 30, 2010 0
A European tour promo extravaganza!

Here's a major promo offered by Trafalgar travel for European travel packages comes spring or winter get away. When you book your spring or winter European vacation with Trafalgar by January 31, 2011, you will save up to $300 per couple, that is $150 per person for a $1,325 tour package. There's also a last minute deal package offered by Trafalgar which is really a huge saving on the part of travelers. Their "Real Britain" package is only $1,050.00 on advance booking!

REAL BRITAIN Escapade
The vibrant city of London at night. Image from www.tudorcoachhire.com
The breathtaking site of the English Lake district

Boasting a charming and splendid history, gorgeous beaches and tranquil countryside, plus the lively cities of London and Edinburgh, Great Britain is one place everybody should not miss. For great countryside adventure, Cornwall, Grasmere, Berkshire, Cotswold, Aberdeen, Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, Gloucestershire among others, offer a tremendous experience of serenity, peace of mind and relaxation. The vivid green environment is a perfect scenery to behold. The country will treat each traveler for its ancient palaces and castles, medieval architecture, imposing buildings and department stores. Plus a sight seeing of the world's number one university, Cambridge, which is just less than three hours travel from London.
 The picturesque Edinburgh city in Scotland. Image from www.xplorebritain.com

BRECON, WALES - DECEMBER 24: Sheep in front of the snow covered Black Mountains on December 24, 2010 in Brecon, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
A snow covered Black mountain in Wales
Get a chance to travel to William Shakespeare's hometown to Stratford-upon-Avon or at Grasmere near Lake District, home to poet William Wordsworth. The Northern part of England offers a stunning sceneries of ornamental gardens, national parks and Lakes. Beaches in Britain are terrific choices for a relaxing adventure. Some of the world's finest beaches are located in Scotland with its pristine seaside, ivory sand and crystal green water, nothing beats Scottish beaches.

PRESTWICK, SCOTLAND - MARCH 22:  A general view of the beaches in Prestwick, Scotland, 22 March 2005. A survey conducted by Beachwatch in September of last year, monitored 46 beaches in Scotland and a total of 250 in the UK. The main source of litter (33.4%) was from beach visitors. This was followed by sewage-related debris (26.1%), fishing debris (9.9%) and shipping (2.3%).  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
a Scottish beach
Traveling to Great Britain for pleasure, fun, adventure and discoveries (or even research which is my real purpose) is one great opportunity of a lifetime!





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