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Harvest is here! It truly is the most exciting time to visit the Wine Garden of England. Explore the vineyards like never before. Unearth the breathtaking views, fabulous places to eat, and of course, taste some of the very best wine in England. With each vineyard boasting vibrant diversity, you’ll be surprised you’re even in the same county. Your Wine Garden Staycation is just a few clicks away.
Arrive at Squerryes Winery at 4pm.
Start your trip at the gateway to the Garden of England, with an afternoon at the captivating Squerryes Estate, touring the vines, learning about the 300-year-old estate and discovering what makes the North Downs such a great place to grow vines.
Why not finish your day at Squerryes by savouring an early dinner on The Terrace, celebrating “al fresco” dining whilst taking in the views of the vineyard? You’d best hurry though, last orders at 6pm!
Just a 30-minute drive will take you the charming Tunbridge Wells where Hotel du Vin will warmly welcome you for the night.
Prefer to stay in the country? The delightful rooms at The Goudhurst Inn are also a 30-minute drive from Squerryes Estate.
We recommend a quaint little wine bar called Geography, located on the high street in Tunbridge Wells. With over 30 wines by the glass including some of our producers from the Wine Garden, you're sure to find something you love. Feeling peckish? Fill up on their delicious local cheese or meat platters, or both!
Head to the stylish Hush Heath Winery for 10.30am for a tour and tasting of the spectacular vineyards, stroll through the apple orchards and find the ancient oak woodlands. Finish your experience with a tutored tasting of 6 Balfour wines, Jakes ciders or beers.
Enjoy a sharing platter at the Hush Heath winery or head to The Goudhurst Inn, a 10-minute drive away. Leave at 2pm, its just a 25-minute drive to the Chapel Down Winery.
Your next stop is Chapel Down Winery, in time for their 2.30pm Guided Tour. Explore the vineyards and winery at the UK’s leading producer, before enjoying a tasting of their award winning still and sparkling wines. You'll be blown away by how much wine this winery makes!
Finish your day by heading over to Biddenden Vineyard Cellar Door, just a 15-minute drive from Chapel Down. Open until 5pm, where you can get your supply of their fabulous wines. Did you know, Biddenden are one of the oldest commercial vineyards in the UK, established in 1969!
Fancy a little bit of luxury? Try The West House in Biddenden for dinner, if you’re feeling fancy, they’ve got 4 luxury rooms to stay the night in.
The Woolpack Inn, a 15th Century inn, situated in the picturesque Tenterden just 5 minutes from Chapel Down. Offering beautiful rooms and excellent food, you're sure to find comfort and relaxation in this fantastic pub.
Complete your tour of the Wine Garden on the enchanting Gusbourne Estate Discovery Tour. Arrive at 11am for a hosted tour of the vineyard where you will discover their splendid estate that dates back to 1410. Next, taste their delightful range of wines, including some special wines not featured in their standard tastings. Your day concludes with delicious seasonal sharing platters, perfectly paired with more of the fabulous wines from the estate.
Looking for something a little more relaxing?
We've got your relaxation staycation right here. Immerse yourself in the vineyards, get to know what makes them so special. Spend an afternoon at a down to earth tasting at Simpsons to ease you into the weekend. Discover parts unknown on the most luxury tours at Hush Heath and Gusbourne Estate.
Enjoy a Wine Tasting Experience at Simpsons' Wine Estate in the stylish Glass House Tasting Room, overlooking the state of the art winery.***
The Compasses Inn, Crundale is a fabulous country pub serving fantastic food, and as Number 6 in the Top 50 Gastro pubs, you don't just have to take our word!
Stay at The Pig Hotel in Bridge. With its individual and quaint rooms, there's something for everyone.
Spend your day at the stylish Hush Heath Estate on the Balfour Wine and Dine experience. Starting at 11am, with your own personal host for the day, you'll be greeted with a glass of their Leslie's Reserve NV sparkling wine, with an introduction to the estate. Tour the grounds and discover parts of the estate not usually open to the public. Enjoy a tutored tasting of 6 Balfour wine, discover the secrets of the winery before enjoying a seasonal 3 course meal prepared by their resident chef. Each course, expertly paired with a Balfour wine.
Hotel du vin - Tunbridge Wells
The Goudhurst Inn, Goudhurst
Gusbourne Estate Discovery Tour will take you through a fantastic day of stunning food, wine and hospitality at the magnificent estate. With a tour of the estate and a tasting of some of their special wines before enjoying their seasonal sharing platters overlooking the picturesque estate.
There's never been a better way to enjoy the Wine Garden of England, a staycation like no other, right here in England.
***Please note this experience is only available on Friday afternoons at 3.30pm. To Book, call Simpsons' directly on vineyard directly on 01227 832200
To book tours, tastings and hotels, follow the links below.
- Chapel Down
- Gusbourne Estate
- Hush Heath Estate
- Hotel du Vin
- The Goudhurst Inn
- Geography Wine Bar
- The West House
- The Compasses
- The Pig Hotel
- The Woolpack Inn