Highgrove Estate, the country home of The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Gloucestershire, is now open to tours of the gardens and for champagne tea or supper afterwards. Prince Charles’s gardens are thought to be the most beautiful organic gardens in the world. Highgrove Estate, though spanning 347 acres and with its 18th-century Georgian style manor house, has a surprisingly intimate smallness to it.
The Prince is a long-time advocate of farming and horticulture, something that he is said to be instilling in his grandson, Prince George.
The tour of the garden before the champagne tea and supper will last about two hours, covering many different aspects of the differing styles of gardens that Highgrove Estate offers. From wild to formal with orchards and arbours, the gardens at Highgrove are quite the site.
The Sundial Gardens might be the most iconic view for the avid royal watcher. This is where you would have found a young Prince William and Prince Harry playing as children with its neat row of boxwood centred with a stone sundial, which was a wedding gift to The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales upon their marriage in 1981. The colour scheme you will find here is purple, blue, and pink.
His Royal Highness is said to favour a specific area of the gardens where you will find busts of men and women, including those of Deborah, the late Duchess of Devonshire, and Miriam Rothschild.
The garden tours followed by supper are going now through the end of August typically starting around 5:30 pm. The garden tours followed by champagne tea will be going through September and are typically scheduled for late morning or early afternoon.
All proceeds made will go directly to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, The Princes Trust.