This is an extraordinary house – Indian in style, yet built of Cotswold stone and set among the Cotswold hills. It was built c1805 for the Cockerell family (a descendant of diarist Samuel Pepys’s nephew).

John Betjeman, who visited as a student, mentions Sezincote in his poem ‘Summoned by Bells’: “Down the drive, Under the early yellow leaves of oaks… the bridge, the waterfall, the Temple Pool and there they burst on us, the onion domes.”

Sezincote, Cotswolds ©Lavender Hedge

Bowood House is a huge estate where you can walk in acres of grounds filled with vast specimen trees, see a cascade, walk around a lake and visit a garden temple. If you go expecting to see flower-filled gardens you will be disappointed. It costs extra and pre-booking to view the walled garden – the reason being that this is the owners private garden and it is kept under lock and key!

Bowood House, Wiltshire

Situated on a north-facing slope of a tranquil Devon valley, accessed by narrow country lanes, the ten acres of garden is divided into different areas with a network of meandering paths and a new vista round every corner. There is a cottage-garden style garden, a romantic walled garden, rhododendron and camellia walks, a wild flower meadow, acer glade and a newly planted arboretum with its own lake. It even boasts its own 16th century ruins, summer house and thatched cottage. The wild flower meadow has stunning views across the valley to Buckland church. The house to which the garden belongs was a former Georgian vicarage which nowadays houses the tearoom and offices.
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Visited the beautiful Spetchley Park Gardens in Worcestershire today. There is such a lot to see here from magnificent specimen trees to well stocked flower borders. A full review is coming soon, but in the meantime my picture of the day is the beautiful water stork water feature.

Spetchley Park Gardens, Worcestershire

I was fortunate enough to win some tickets to go to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, courtesy of M&G Investments. It was a photo of my garden that won me the tickets! It was a fantastic day, with so much to see and photograph! I will be posting some photos I took just as soon as I can!

Agapanthus sculpture at RHS Chelsea Flower Show