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Kiftsgate Gardens: A Hidden Gem

At Great Driving Days we're not just about the roar of engines. We like to take time to enjoy gentler pastimes too. And we know our customers do as well, which is why we created the Cotswolds Garden Tour road trip. It combines a 100-mile tour of the Cotswolds with a trip to Kiftsgate Court Gardens.

We created this road trip to add an extra dimension to the day, particularly for passengers. But it turns out the drivers welcome the break too. Perhaps because taking a break from cars reminds us why we love cars.

Kiftsgate was one of the first destinations in the Cotswolds to reopen so we took the chance in early June to pay it a visit and remind ourselves why we love it and particularly, just how great nature can be.

Three Generations of Gardeners

Kiftsgate was established in the 1920s and has been developed by three generations of women gardeners. Although influenced by the 'series of rooms' style of nearby Hidcote, Kiftsgate is much less formal and, for many visitors, this makes it much more engaging. Its relaxed ambience is helped by the fact that it remains a private garden with limited opening, so tends to be much less busy than Hidcote.

Cascades of Colour

The Gardens are famous for their roses, but there is so much more to them than that. Kiftsgate is situated on the edge of an escarpment, which provides stunning views across the Cotswolds and Vale of Evesham to Bredon Hill and, on a good day, the Malverns beyond.

The older, more formal gardens are now complemented by two more modern spaces, which provide places for quiet contemplation. Beyond them are terraces that drop beautifully but haphazardly down to a mirror pool with panoramic views of the countryside. Within the whole space there are myriad places to stop and admire the planting, the views or just contemplate nature.

A Road Trip With a Difference

The Cotswolds Garden Tour combines a 100-mile curated tour of the Cotswolds in five different classic cars with a generous break at Kiftsgate. Once COVID restrictions allow there will garden cafe will be open so that you can grab something to eat too.

The route is split into five different stages so that each driver gets around an hour driving each of the different cars. They're drawn from our fleet and include classics from Jaguars, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Ford. Every trip is accompanied by our support crew, who are on hand at each stop to explain the cars, help with map reading and even provide a spare car if things get troublesome with one of them.

The Cotswolds Garden Tour is unique to Great Driving Days and costs £229 for a driver and £120 for passengers. This includes 100 mile route, use of 5 different classic cars, fuel, insurance and entry to the Gardens. We run maximum groups of 12 people per experience. To find out more click here or call 01527 893733 or email info@greatdrivingdays.co.uk.

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