5 of our favourite gardens

5 of our favourite gardens

We love love love an English country garden, and it’s the perfect time of year to rediscover how good it feels to amble your way around manicured lawns with the heady scent of summer approaching hanging in the air. So, here are five of our favourite English gardens for a wander…

1. Coleton Fishacre, Devon

Coleton Fishacre is as impressive for its sloping valley gardens as it is for its Art Deco house. The country home of the D’Oyly Carte family is surrounded by 30 acres of garden, and you can follow the gardens right down to the sea and pick up the coast path.

2. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

The Lost Gardens of Heligan surround Heligan, a historic estate owned by the local Tremayne family, and they're a bit like wandering through a fairytale. With 200 acres of gardens and woodland, you'll stumble across lily-dotted ponds, giant ferns and even the sleeping lady.

3. Bishops Palace, Somerset

There's something peaceful about the 14 acre gardens that surround the medieval Bishop's Palace, and they've slowly changed over the centuries as each new bishop set up home. Picnics are welcome, and it's a gorgeous spot to sit back and enjoy a sunny day.

4. Thomas Hardys Cottage, Dorset

Tucked in the quiet Dorchester countryside, Hardy's Cottage hides quietly behind its classic country garden. It's easy to imagine old Tom wandering the curving pathways between the rose bushes, and you'll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle.

5. The Eden Project, Cornwall

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, Cornwall’s biggest family attraction, most inspiring tale and unique live entertainment venue – it’s our Eden Project. The famous biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity anywhere in the world, and they’re surrounded by stunning gardens designed to lead the way in conservation.
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