Gardens This lovely Cotswold garden commands spectacular views across the deer park to extensive woodland. Enjoy the fine topiary (some designed by Edwin Lutyens), a walled garden, herbaceous borders, fine specimen trees and a newly planted parterre.
Miserden GL6 7Ja Tel 01285 821303 www.misardenpark.co.uk
26 Mill dene
An unusual garden created over many years by the owner, in the magical setting of a Cotswolds millpond. In the two and half- acre garden there is a stream with a grotto, a cricket lawn with a tiny pavilion and herb garden. Listed in the Sunday Telegraph’s ‘10 Best Herb Gardens’ list.
Blockley GL56 9HU Tel 01386 700457 www.milldenegarden.co.uk
27 Rodmarton Manor Painswick Rococo
Garden Designed in the 1740s as a flamboyant pleasure garden, this hidden valley is now the country’s only surviving complete rococo garden. Enjoy beautifully-framed views and fanciful garden buildings. Lose yourself in the maze and enjoy the delicious homemade food in the café.
Painswick GL6 6TH Tel 01452 813204 www.rococogarden.org.uk
and Gardens Spectacular Arts and Crafts house with a beautiful garden designed originally as a series of outdoor rooms. The large garden complements the house and contains many areas of great beauty and character including the magnificent herbaceous borders, topiary, roses, alpines and kitchen garden. Throughout the garden there are plenty of places to sit and admire the view.
Rodmarton GL7 6PF Tel 01285 841442 www.rodmarton-manor.co.uk
Rousham is one of the gardens from the first phase of English landscape design that have escaped alteration ensuring you can see many features just as you would have in the 18th century. One of Monty Don’s favourites, the gardens are dotted with classical features including temples, statues and ponds as well as a pretty walled garden.
Rousham OX25 4QX Tel 01869 347110 www.rousham.org
Restored in 1968, the gardens include canals and Irish yews in the south garden which are evocative of Moghul paradise gardens. The gardens are home to many tender climbing plants, a little Indian style pavilion and oriental water garden, where many rare plants can be seen.
Moreton–in-Marsh GL56 9aW Tel 01386 700444 www.sezincote.co.uk
Woodland, wildlife, wonderful views, a sculpture trail and a landscape of rich history are waiting to be discovered on walks around Lodge Park and the Sherborne Estate. Wonderful for snowdrops, Sherborne is a working estate and has an abundance of wildlife, from fallow and roe deer to badgers and foxes.
Sherborne GL54 3PP Tel 01451 844130 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
Museum in the Park
Stratford Park, location of the Museum in the Park, is made up of 56 acres including grassy lawns, play areas, a lake, woodland and arboretum. A new walled garden project is currently underway to reopen a secret garden to provide enjoyment and learning opportunities.
Stroud GL5 4aF Tel 01453 763394 www.museuminthepark.org.uk
The house has a wonderful quirky and eclectic character. The surrounding garden and estate provide space to play and contemplate, with beautiful views over the Cotswold escarpment and as far as the Mendips. Play a game of croquet or spot the resident peacocks.
Ozleworth GL12 7PZ Tel 01793 817666 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
29 Owlpen Manor
The garden at Owlpen is an unusually complete survival of an early formal garden on a manorial scale. The manor house and Stuart gardens are open in the summer months for exclusive group tours by prior arrangement.
Near Uley GL11 5BZ Tel 01453 860261 www.owlpen.com/home
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