In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet features a variety of locally sourced eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown, tomatoes, mushrooms, make-your-own muesli, cereals, pastries, toast, milk, juices, tea, coffee, water.
At the hotel, we’ll gather for a multi-media lecture by our Study Leader presenting a brief history of English gardens. We’ll then set out on foot for a field trip to Canterbury Cathedral, including a special opening exclusively for our Road Scholar group of the Dean's Garden. We’ll learn about the history of this secret part of the Cathedral precincts (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) from one of the gardeners, then venture into one of the earliest Gothic buildings in England to explore at our own pace, perhaps paying homage at the shrine of Thomas Becket, who was murdered in the Cathedral in 1170.
In central Canterbury.
After lunch we’ll board a motorcoach and head for the ancient town of Sandwich, one of the original Cinque Ports (a medieval confederation of five ports in south-eastern England). Situated behind the town walls is a manor house known as The Salutation, home to 3.5 acres of glorious gardens reclaimed from floods and neglect. Originally a pub and market garden, it was transformed from 1911-12 by the noted architect Sir Edward Lutyens with input from legendary English garden expert Gertrude Jekyll. The property and its gardens went through periods of great success, terrible neglect, and natural disaster. We will meet members of the current team of gardeners who restored the framework of the Lutyens design, and explore the eclectic mix of plants and garden “rooms” to appreciate the fusion of old and new ideas.
At The Salutation, we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water and one glass of wine included; other beverages available for purchase. The Salutation’s chefs take great pride in making full use of all the vegetables, fruits and herbs grown in the kitchen garden, many of which are unusual heritage varieties.
We'll return to the hotel by motorcoach after dinner, and the remainder of the evening is at leisure.