I thought I would take a peek at the snowdrops at Cerney House Gardens, near Cirencester, in Gloucestershire this week – they have been flowering for weeks now and guessed they wouldn’t be around too much longer.
Tag: garden review
Easton Walled Gardens are set in a beautiful valley in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside, just south of Grantham. The 12 acres of gardens were abandoned in 1951 when Easton Hall house was demolished and they gradually became overgrown.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, in Dorset which, because of a localised micro-climate, are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.
On the edge of a secluded valley, deep in the Dorset countryside, is Mapperton House, a Jacobean manor house, and home to the Earl and Countess of Sandwich.
The house itself is only open for a few weeks during the summer, but the gardens are open from the beginning of March to the end of October and were the reason for our visit.
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!
Visited the Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury today. This really is a beautiful place that has been lovingly created by the present owners. There are many different areas from the formal, shown here, to herbaceous borders and informal wooded areas.
Hampton Court Castle in Herefordshire is a 15th century castellated manor house, set in over a thousand acres of parkland, pasture and woodlands. Hampton Court Castle predates Hampton Court Palace by about 80 years. The original manor house was built in 1427 by Sir Rowland Lenthall at the time of his marriage to Margaret Fitzalan a cousin of King Henry IV. In the early 19th century the estate was purchased by Richard Arkwright, son of the man whose inventions were a catalyst for the Industrial Revolution, also called Richard. The Castle was largely remodelled in the 1830s and 1840s, but the Arkwrights lived at Hampton Court until 1912.