May and June 2025 & 2026
May and June 2025
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Jason Goodwin and Simon Tiffin set up G&T Garden Tours to  share our enthusiasm for the gardens and landscapes of Dorset and Somerset. 

Sue Gilkes perhaps best describes our approach in an article she wrote for House & Garden:

Is this the ultimate holiday for garden lovers?

To explore the stunning landscapes, fabulous food and produce of this historic and beautiful region of England, we are offering three unique English garden tours in 2025.

In May and June, with groups limited to 12 people, we will pay unforgettable visits to the grounds of grand houses, and some of the most spectacular private gardens in England’s West Country. The price of the tour includes your 6 night stay at Symondsbury Manor, an eclectic and comfortable private manor house with a distinguished history, as well as delicious teas and dinners prepared by Caroline and Clare, with help from Dorset’s best cake baker, Haley. As usual we will be lunching at a variety of our favourite restaurants in this beautiful corner of south-west England. It’s all included. 

G&T provides exclusive access to gardens that are not usually open the public. G&T also hosts incredible guest speakers, such as photographer Howard Sooley, on how to get the most from your garden photography, and cider enthusiast, James Crowden, on orchards.

No packing and unpacking, no long trips! Based for the week in a historic manor house on the Jurassic Coast, guests will enjoy splendid accommodation, excellent food – and an unforgettable horticultural experience.

Read Sophy Roberts’s in-depth account for The Financial Times of our May 2024 Earthly Paradise tour, Inside the Secret Gardens of Dorset‘. 

Booking now for 2025 and 2026

Earthly Paradise 2025: May 24th-30th

Secret Garden Tour 2025: June 9th-15th

Summer Glow 2025: June 20th-26th

Book a 2026 tour before 1st July 2025 for a 10% early bird discount:

Earthly Paradise 2026: May 22nd-28th

Summer Glow 2026: June 13th-19th

Simon and Jason also arrange bespoke tours for individuals and small groups.

Please fill in our enquiry form if you’d like to be kept informed about our English garden tours,  email us your details, or ring Simon on (+44) 7739 087056.

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The tour exceeded my expectations. The camaraderie, the food, the joie de vivre, the inside knowledge and, of course, THE GARDENS are just some of the highlights of the joyful, informative and indulgent week we spent with Simon and Jason. Kudos to G&T!
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Of course the gardens were amazing but as with all things it’s the people that take a tour and turn it into an incomparable experience. Jason and Simon are the most wonderful of hosts, warm, deeply knowledgeable, massively proud of West Dorset and very funny. Their group of friends who joined us along the way were amazing. I felt like I’d been invited into this close knit group of friends and was treated like I was one of them. The wisdom of them all will stay with me forever.
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I loved everything about the tour.

Who we are

Where we stay

What it costs


The lure of the garden is dreamlike, primarily about things just beyond our grasp.


Isabel Bannerman

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No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.


Thomas Jefferson


Chilcombe is one of my favourite places and I truly love the garden.


Sarah Raven



The real point of a garden is to increase the value of our lives.


Anna Pavord


Whenever I arrive in my garden, I Make The Tour. Is this a personal idiosyncrasy, or do all good gardeners do it?


Beverley Nichols

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Where we are



On Our Eiffel Tower Tour