An intricate piece of garden design, drawing on the fashion for architectural gardens in the early years of the twentieth century, Hidcote's immaculately preserved Arts and Crafts style continues to earn it a place amongst the leading gardens in England. High on a plateau in the Cotswolds between Chipping Camden and Stratford-upon-Avon, near the little village of Mickleton, the site has distant views across the counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
A stunning garden, created on a steep slope in the Cotswolds between Chipping Camden and Stratford-upon-Avon, near the little village of Mickleton, the site has distant views to the south and west across the Vale of Evesham. Its gardens make clever use of the steep site, offering a satisfying combination of the traditional and the modern and combining colourful planting with sculpture in a variety of styles.
Home to the Berkeley family for more than eight hundred years, Berkeley Castle towers above the River Severn, looking out towards the Welsh border which it was built to defend, its flag flying high. Around its walls lie the gardens where nuns lived in Saxon times, where Queen Elizabeth I walked in 1574, and where Edward Jenner pioneered the smallpox vaccine in 1796. Standing on the walls, and looking out across the lawn and meadows, this magical castle tells its own story
More than just a collection of rare trees, the National Arboretum at Westonbirt has an identity and atmosphere created by its maturity and immense variety. Changing in mood with the seasons, there is always something here to delight the senses in colour, shape and beauty.
Colesbourne has been described by Country Life as ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden’ and February is the time to visit. Here, these early harbingers of Spring spread in luxurious drifts through the mature woodland, carpeting the ground, highlighted by the sunlight through the trees. Spreading across the delightful Churn valley in the Cotswolds, this magnificent snowdrop collection was begun by Henry Elwes more than century ago. When he discovered Galanthus Elwesii and brought the first snowdrops back from western Turkey in 1874, it was the beginning of a passion which continues at Colesbourne today.