Special Interest Breaks - Local Gardens
Stay in a luxury apartment in the Cotswolds on a Fishing, Rambling, Golf, Birdwatching Break or Local Gardens for £189 for 2 people for 3 nights.
Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds contain some of the finest gardens in Britain. They range from national icons such as Hidcote Manor and Westonbirt Arboretum to lesser known treasures such as Mill Dene and Bourton House Garden (winner of the prestigious HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year award 2006). In all the region boasts over fifty top class gardens that are regularly open to the public, many are at their very best in the autumn and winter.
Listed below are a few, which I would thoroughly recommend to those of you planning a `Garden Break' in the glorious Cotswolds.
Batsford Arboretum: 01386 701441
Batsford contains one of the largest private collections of trees in Britain and in autumn the whole place is a magical kaleidoscope of colour. It has a strong Asian influence with statues of Buddha and grazing Sika deer placed alongside streams, pools, waterfalls and a delightful Japanese Rest House.
Bourton House Garden: 01386 700754
Planted only ten years ago, this 3-acre garden is rapidly developing into one of the Cotswolds finest gardens. It is full of exciting plant and colour combinations set off by evergreen box and yew immaculately clipped into knots, parterres and spiralling topiary.
Hidcote Manor: 01386 438333
Created by American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnson in 1907, Hidcote Manor is famous the world over. It is a stunning garden comprised of a series of outdoor "rooms" each with strong, but very different design and there is a surprise around every corner. The garden was created to provide colourand interest throughout the year, including autumn.
Mill Dene: 01386 700457
Set in beautiful steep-sided Cotswold valley, these delightful gardens surround an old woollen mill, which dates back to Norman times. The mill pond and race are now incorporated into the garden and the sound of moving water provides a tranquil backdrop to your exploration of its horticultural delights which include a potager, cricket lawn and a mysterious steamy grotto.
Painswick Rococo Garden- 01452 813204
Truly, a fascinating garden at any time of year, providing the only complete example in Britain of the 18th century English garden design known as Rococo. Here you will find a wealth of intriguing follies, winding walkways and magnificent vistas, which in autumn look out across rolling Cotswold Hills clothed in beech trees the colour of burnished gold.
It was Sezincote that inspired John Betjeman to write his famous poem "Summoned by Bells". He was a regular visitor to this remarkable place, which is considered one of the most fascinating garden landscapes, not just in the Cotswolds but in the whole of Britain. Think of the architecture of the Brighton Pavillion and combine it with the gardens of the Taj Mahal and you will be getting close.
Westonbirt Arboretum: 01666 880220
Our national arboretum and probably the most famous garden for autumn colour in Britain. Here you will find 600 acres of Cotswold woodland interspersed with hundreds of Japanese maples, Persian Ironwoods and Liquidambars all resplendent in autumn colours ranging from burgundy, through pillar-box red to clear butter-yellow.
All breaks are priced at £189 for 2 people for 3 nights on a self catering basis. Our luxury apartments are 1 bedroom (sleeping 4 persons) or 2 bedroom (sleeping 6 persons). Bookings can be made direct to Stouts Hill Club Ltd. on 01453 860134.
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