The Exedera

Set in a hidden Cotswold valley, Painswick Rococo Garden is home to one of the best snowdrop displays in Gloucestershire. It was originally the garden of Painswick House which was built in 1735 for Charles Hyett. He died in 1738 and it was his son Benjamin who created the garden in the Rococo style, which was the height of fashion at that time. Rococo gardens incorporated a mix of the formal garden style, mixed with natural landscapes and decorated with ornate follies, temples and other structures. A Rococo garden symbolised decadence and pleasure, a place where the aristocracy could show off and entertain their guests. The Rococo style did not last long and few gardens from the period survived intact.
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Croft Castle, Herefordshire

Croft Castle is located at Yarpole, near Leominster in Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border. It is owned by the National Trust, although members of the Croft family still have apartments there. For this reason we were not permitted to take photographs of the interior of the house, which I was disappointed about, since it does help to remind us of a particular place and whether we would like to return.
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