Well perhaps not quite such Secret Gardens anymore now that the bibulous owners have achieved national fame on C4’s Goggle Box but they are still a great find. This is one of Monty Don’s top ten gardens where the owners have spent a small fortune restoring the dreamy Gertrude Jekyll gardens surrounding their idyllic Edwin Lutyens house.
We begin the day at 10.30am on the cliffs above Broadstairs with views far out to sea for morning coffee & a muffin all laid out and ready for you and included in your tour fee. Broadstairs was a favourite summer resort of Charles Dickens and the town maintains a cheerful air of gentility. Treat yourself to some fresh seafood and visit a classic Broadstairs Italian ice cream parlour or bring a packed lunch and a small towel for a picnic and a paddle on the sandy beach.
Our afternoon begins with a sightseeing drive via Ramsgate to the mediaeval walled town of Sandwich. At just over three acres and divided into a series of “rooms” the Secret Gardens of Sandwich make for a very satisfying visit. Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll created the softer English County Garden style as a move away from the highly formal Victorian garden.
We continue just a little further along the coast to Deal for free time for tea in what for many is the prettiest seaside town in Kent. Walk along the pier for the view back to the pretty Georgian houses that line the beach.