Osborne House and the Isle of Wight
Date: Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th August 2017 (3 Days, 2 nights)
Early Bird Discount if you Book NOW
Price: Prices £427.50 per person
(including Early Bird Booking Discount + 10% Coolings Family Discount)
Early bird discount valid until 23/12/2016. Price after Early Bird from £575
Leaving Coolings we will make our way to our first venue of the trip, the world famous and award winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. Sir Harold was a renowned plantsman and nurseryman whose business interests still run today as a specialist wholesale nursery and a chain of garden centres.
In 1977 Sir Harold left the Gardens under the sole trusteeship of Hampshire County Council. It is now run as a charity under the remit of horticulture, conservation, education and recreation. Among its outstanding features are the splendour of the seasonal planting displays set in 180 acres.
From here we go on to catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight and then on to our hotel, the four star Lakeside Park Hotel and Spa, where we will enjoy our evening meal at the luxurious hotel restaurant.
After a leisurely breakfast, we leave for Osborne House.
Osborne House was built between 1845 and 1851 to provide Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with a private family home. It was built in the Italianate style in order to fit its setting on an island whose temperate climate and panoramic views over the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.
The 19th-century gardens and estate eventually covered more than 2,000 acres (800 hectares) but now extends to a more modest 354 acres (143 hectares) and includes formal terraces with statuary, a walled garden and extensive parkland.
Afterwards we will return to the coach for a tour of the island and stop in Shanklin for a while to have dinner at your leisure before returning to our hotel for the night.
We begin the day with a return to the mainland by ferry and then proceed to the less well known garden of .
This elegant country manor and tranquil garden sit so harmoniously within the landscape that one cannot exist without the other.
The house was lovingly rebuilt by its last owner, Ralph Dutton, after a catastrophic fire in 1960. Enjoy the beautifully proportioned rooms which house his exquisite collection of ceramics and art, each window offering undisturbed views to the tranquil countryside beyond.
Beautifully manicured lawns lead the eye down avenues of sculptured topiary, past borders full of the heady scent of roses, to breathtaking views across the South Downs
Finally, we take our leave for a relaxing return to Coolings.
You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite our online booking system provider. This email is only confirmation. Your tickets will be sent to you within 28 days before you depart for your holiday.
Trip Specific Information:
1. It is recommended you have adequate travel insurance to cover the duration of the trip
This trip will depart at 8:30am from Coolings Garden Centre, we suggest you arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for parking. Within our car park there will be a designated area for you to park. Please follow the signage on the day.
The trip will return at approximately 5pm, but please be aware this time is approximate and can be subject to change dependant on traffic and circumstances beyond our control.
Coolings always use the finest quality coaches and all but the very smallest vehicles are fitted with toilets and we also aim to stop roughly every 90 minutes to stretch your legs and refresh ourselves.
A member of the Coolings team will be present throughout your excursion to assist you and be on hand should you have any questions or concerns.
You can make full payment for this holiday (per person) at the time of booking or take advantage of a deferred payment period (see below)
Deposit / Deferred Payment
If you wish to defer payment for some of this holiday (per person) you may do so.
A third of the ticket price (per person) is due as deposit to confirm your booking. A further third, 2nd payment (per person) is due by 23rd December 2016. The final third, 3rd payment is due by 13th June 2017.
A full payment schedule will be sent to you after booking confirmation has been received. If you have any questions concerning our deferred payment process please contact us on tel: 01959 532269.
Am I only able to now book online for events / excursions with Coolings?
Our online ticket system is by far the easiest way for the majority of our customers to make a booking. However we are still happy to receive phone booking at Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 (payment can be made preferably by credit / debit card over the phone / cheque in the post).
Alternatively you may still visit Coolings Garden Centre in person and make a booking at our customer service desk located in the main shop. If making a booking in person at Coolings you can pay by credit / debit card, cheque or cash.
If paying by cheque for any event / excursion this is only available up until 10 days prior to the event / excursion taking place. If you are booking less than 10 days prior to the event payment must be made by one of the alternative methods.
I am have a Coolings Family Card, can I use it?
Coolings Family can be used for this excursion. To use your card please enter your card number into the 'Enter Promotional Code' box when selecting your tickets. This is the full 11 digit cardholder number.
What if I have some specific requirements that are not listed here?
Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on email@example.com to discuss your requirements and as always we will do our best to accomodate them.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
You may transfer your ticket to someone else, but we must receive confirmation of this 48 hours before the event / excursion. For some holidays you may not be able to transfer your booking with less than 7 days notice.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes a printed ticket must be brought to the event. Although our ticket provider 'Eventbrite' does offer electronic tickets mobile reception at Coolings is often limited so this may mean you are unable to recall your ticket on site. We do hold a record of all attendees to any event / excursion/ holiday, but if you do not have your ticket this will cause you some delays.
What if I wish to cancel?
Refunds on Events and one day Excursions can only be offered 14 days before the event/excursion.
Refunds on holidays (trips of more than one day) can be offered under the following terms.
Figures expressed as % below relate to the full amount you were to pay for the holiday.
84 days or more before departure Coolings will retain 10%
83-57 days before departure Coolings will retain 30%
56-31 days before departure Coolings will retain 50%
30 days or less before departure Coolings will retain 100%
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Tickets may be transferred with 48 hours notice or 7 days for some holidays but on the day of an event / excursion/ holidays ticket attendee/s should match our registration details.