Visiting Cotswold Gardens
Covering an area of 790 square miles in the South-West region of England, The Cotswolds is the nation’ largest officially designated “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. The Cotswold region is formed by six English counties: Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Bath & North East Somerset.
A popular destination among both the English themselves and visitors from all over the world, the area are renowned for its stunning countryside, water meadows, ancient limestone villages, beech woods, river valleys and historic towns.
The gardens of the Cotswolds are a treat to the senses, offering an array of inspiring sights and smells. Explore the grand designs attached to the many stately homes in the area, or enjoy the secret delights offered by more modest homes. Many stately homes and gardens are open to visitors year round.
Hidcote Manor Cotswold Gardens
This world-famous garden features a collection of smaller gardens, each with a unique theme. Hidcote Manor Garden is considered to be one of the most influential and inventive gardens of the 20th century. Hidcote Manor is located near Chipping Campden and the village of Hidcote Bartrim. The garden, which was created by American horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston, features magnificent vistas, narrow maze-like pathways, secret gardens and outdoor “rooms”.
Kiftsgate Court Garden
Located opposite to Hidcote Manor Garden, Kiftsgate Court Garden is a delight for the senses. Kiftsgate Court is a series of interconnected gardens, each with its own design and character reflecting gardening throughout the 20th century. The garden was created in the 1920s by the grandmother of the current owner, Anne Chambers. It is the home of the famous Kiftsgate climbing rose. The original gardens surrounding the house are planted according to colour themes and separated by yew hedges. Kiftsgate Court is one of the hidden treasures of The Cotswolds.
Bourton House Garden
Bourton House is an award-winning three-acre garden surrounding an 18th century house and 16th century tithe barn. The stunning garden offers creative topiary, herbaceous borders and a shade house. Don’t miss this rare, unusual and exotic garden, widely considered a plantsman’s dream. Bourton House is located near Moreton-in-Marsh, in the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill.
Mill Dene Garden
Mill Dene Garden is set on 2.5 acres of Cotswold countryside. The water-mill garden is located in the village of Blockley, not far from Chipping Campden. Mill Dene features winding paths through a rose walk, a mill-pool, a stream, a grotto and a fantasy fruit garden with spectacular views of the hills.
The Cotswolds is of the most unspoiled and “typically English” regions of England. Prepare to fall in love with the magnificent castles, rolling hillsides, and stately homes of this picturesque region, where time is said to have stood still for over 300 years.