Frogmore House and The Savill Garden

Our morning visit is to Frogmore House which has been a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years. It is no longer an occupied royal residence, but is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining. We travel on to the Savill Garden where you can enjoy a Gardener’s Lunch in the company of one of the Royal Gardens team giving you an opportunity to ask an expert anything about the Savill Garden, or your own garden whilst enjoying a buffet lunch in a private marquee on the lawns. You can then enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the garden.
(Picture of Frogmore House Phillip Craven Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)

Date

23/08/2018

Location

Frogmore House

Frogmore House and The Savill Garden

About this excursion

£93 per person

Frogmore House

Frogmore House has been a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years. The Mary Moser Room - Christopher Simon Sykes - Royal Collection Trust , © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018_previewBuilt in the 17th century, it became royal property when it was purchased for George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, in 1792.  It is no longer an occupied royal residence, but is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining.

The interests and talents of several generations of the royal family influenced Frogmore’s interior. In particular, Queen Charlotte’s passion for botany is reflected in the decoration of the house. She commissioned Mary Moser, the renowned 18th-century flower painter, to decorate one of Frogmore’s principal rooms to resemble an arbour open to the skies. The Cross Gallery, which spans the entire breadth of the building, was painted with garlands by Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte.

Frogmore was the home of Victoria, Duchess of Kent for almost 20 years, and works by her and by her daughter Queen Victoria are on display in the house. Queen Victoria often visited Frogmore during her long widowhood and would work on her papers there.  Watercolours by her daughters, the Princesses Victoria and Louise, can also be seen in the house. A visit ends in the Britannia Room, where, following the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht in 1997, The Duke of Edinburgh arranged a selection of items to reflect the interior of the much-loved vessel. The rich mahogany table that dominates the room was made for Britannia in the 1950s.

We then depart to the Savill Garden.

Picture above of The Mary Moser Room -
Christopher Simon Sykes Royal Collection Trust
© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Lunch at The Savill Garden

Here you can enjoy a Gardener’s Lunch in the company of one of the Royal Gardens team giving you a chance to raise your gardening questions with one of their expert gardening team, whilst enjoying a buffet lunch in a private marquee on the lawns.

On the day you can choose from a selection of:

Windsor Honey & Thyme Glazed Ham (NG)
Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraiche & Dill Frittata (NG)
Asparagus, Sun Blushed Tomato & Goat’s Cheese Quiche (V)
All with a selection of Seasonal Salads

Mini Victoria Sponge (V)
British Strawberry & Cream Pot (V) (NG)

 Unlimited freshly brewed filter coffee or English breakfast tea

The Savill Garden

The Savill Garden is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. Neither a botanical garden, nor a kitchen garden attached to a great house, it is a garden for the garden’s sake, enjoyed by horticulturalists and enthusiasts alike. It never fails to charm visitors who come to explore its 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and exotic woodland. The garden is designed for year-round interest and colour.

Developed under the patronage of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Savill Garden was created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill. It began as a woodland garden, with native oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees, but has since evolved by incorporating many new plants over the years.

The Savill Garden is a place of constant discovery, and of hidden, interlocking gardens, containing distinctive planting groups including areas such as Spring Wood, The Summer Wood, The Hidden Gardens, The Summer Gardens, The Glades, Autumn Wood, The Azalea Walks and The New Zealand Garden. The Savill Garden mixes native and exotic species and has bred many important garden hybrids. Each ‘garden within a garden’ has its own attractions, and the gardens are ever-changing with every season bringing new colour and interest to delight the visitor.

You will then have the afternoon to enjoy the garden.

The cost of this day includes luxury coach transport, all entry fees, your lunch and, of course, plenty of treats. 

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£93.00