Royal Frogmore House and Garden opens to the public and welcomes visitors for its annual charity.

Beautiful Royal Frogmore House
Frogmore House
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Frogmore House and Garden, a historical Royal residence situated in the Home Park of Windsor Castle, will open its gates next month as part of its annual charity garden open days.

A Royal retreat since 1792, when it was purchased by George III for his wife, Queen Charlotte, Frogmore was originally built during the 17th century. Over the years, many monarchs have enjoyed its peaceful gardens and surrounding landscape. The property is now frequently used to host the Royal Family’s private functions, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception last year.

The interior of the house is decorated with artwork and botany, reflecting the artistry of previous Royal residents, including Queen Charlotte and her daughters, the Duchess of Kent and Queen Victoria. May 2019 marks the bicentenary of the death of the flower artist Mary Moser, whom Queen Charlotte commissioned to decorate one of the rooms at Frogmore. Named in Moser’s honour, the space features a display of floral garlands reminiscent of an arbour open to the skies.

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As well as exploring the interiors, the public are invited to venture into the 35-acre gardens and explore how previous monarchs have shaped its design, which is modelled on a ‘picturesque’ landscape. As you stroll around, expect charming views of Queen Victoria’s Tea House, the white-marble Indian Kiosk and the 18th-century lake.

Each open day will raise money for a different charity: the National Garden Scheme, which funds nursing and caring charities by opening private gardens; the British Heart Foundation; and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

Frogmore House and Garden will open on 28, 29 and 30 May.

Here’s a video look inside Frogmore House

Story written by ABIGAIL HARTSHORN for Town & Country

Cycle the Vineyards tours launched for Kent vineyards and wine lovers

Drinking win in Kent UK

English – and Kentish – wine is flourishing, with record harvests and millions of bottles produced.

At the 2018 International Sommelier Awards, English and Welsh wines won more awards than Champagne for the first time. And Champagne house Taittinger has also invested in land in Kent to plant their own vines.

Despite all the accolades, English wine is still somewhat under-appreciated by Brits.

Cycle the Vineyards tours by Will Males
Cycle the Vineyards tours by Will Males

But an entrepreneur from Kent has launched Cycle The Vineyards, to be one of the first to guide small groups on tours to a selection of English vineyards – by bike.

Will Males aims to help cycling and wine lovers get to know the wines better through guided wine tastings and winery tours, as well as enjoying the scenic road biking routes of the South East.

The two-night Wine Garden of England tour stops at four vineyards that are part of the Wine Garden of England group. As well as being able to taste their wines, guests will be provided with food pairings, from platters of local produce for lunch at Hush Heath and Gusbourne Estate, to five and six course meals at Squerryes Winery in Westerham and the Swan at Chapel Down, Tenterden. As an added touch, dinner on the first night of the first tour on May 15 will welcome guests into Squerryes Court – home of the eighth generation of Wardes to live there.

Hush Heath Estate near Staplehurst is one of those involved
Hush Heath Estate near Staplehurst is one of those involved

Will, founder of Cycle The Vineyards, said: “We wanted to create something that was more hands-on for guests than your typical wine tasting, so we have worked with the vineyards to create some really exciting experiences on the tours.

“From a ‘sabrage’ masterclass at Chapel Down, to disgorging your own bottle of Gusbourne’s sparkling wine, as well as a private dinner at Squerryes curated by the head chef and their Master of Wine, our tours will be filled with unforgettable moments,” Will added.

The first two tours will run from Wednesday, May 15 to Friday, May 17 and Tuesday, June 26, to Thursday, June 28.

There will be two further two-night tours and two four-night tours running later in the summer.

Prices are from £1,250pp. To find out more go to cyclethevineyards.com

To find out about the Wine Garden of England, which celebrates Kent wines, go to winegardenofengland.co.uk

This story was written by Angela Cole acole@thekmgroup.co.uk for
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