The Garden of England

Nourish your imagination with this thought-provoking and inspiring break to the ancient county of Kent, affectionately known as the Garden of England. Discover a lesser-known land of historic seaside towns, age-old legends, picturesque vineyards and moated manors, which inspired literary luminaries such as Geoffrey Chaucer and Ian Fleming, author of James Bond. From your comfortable accommodation in an authentic 12th-century country house, several insightful excursions will lift the veil on this fascinating county. Explore the historic Cinque Ports of Rye and Hythe, discover the breathtaking Dover and Leeds castles and follow in the footsteps of a certain fictional secret agent.      You’ll also get to know historic Canterbury, the cradle of English Christianity and have the chance to celebrate Kent’s newfound wine heritage with an optional trip to a family owned vineyard. 


  • Make your own way to the Canterbury area and spend five days in historic Kent, the Garden of England
  • Discover a host of English Heritage sites, including Dover and Leeds castles
  • Experience the historic Cinque Ports of Hythe and Rye
  • Explore the idyllic St Margaret’s at Cliffe and discover how it inspired James Bond
  • Enjoy a guided orientation walk of Canterbury, birthplace of Christianity in England
  • Optional visit to Terlingham Vineyard
  • Optional lunch at the Coastguard Inn pub


  • Full day excursion to the historic Cinque Ports of Hythe and Rye
  • Visits to Dover and Leeds castles
  • A tour of St Margaret's at Cliffe
  • Guided orientation walk of Canterbury
  • Two evening meals
  • Four nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at Howfield Manor
  • The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager

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