Rich in history, mystery and charm, Britain’s collection of walled gardens are simply otherworldly. Whether they’re privately owned, or in the capable hands of the National Trust, most venues are open 7 days a week during high summer, so there’s no better time to get out there. With beautiful afternoon teas and reasonably priced entrance fees, as well as a little bit of architecture and some plant-life, the difficult task is surely choosing which one to venture to.
Once again, we’ve spread our wings across the length and breadth of the nation, to help highlight the 10 walled gardens you really do need to visit this summer . . . Take a look!
Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire
Summer 2014, and the word on most people’s lips this year, is most certainly ‘Yorkshire’. Having opened its door to the world for a few days, we all know how beautiful this green and pleasant land is. Scampston Hall is one of the finest stately homes that you’ll discover in the county, even more so with its spectacular walled garden that dates back to the 18th century. The most perfect of perfect days out!
Erddig House, Wrexham
The widely renowned Erddig House is surely one of Britain’s most prestigious. Situated on the outskirts of Wrexham, this place is definitely worth a visit if you’re passing by. With a house saturated with some of the most fascinating portraits in the land, as well as a 13.5 acre garden to explore, it’s gonna’ be hard not to.
Loseley Park, Surrey
Think of Guildford and you’ll probably think of the A31. OK, now think of Guildford again knowing that Loseley Park is there and you’ll probably think different. If you’re a fan of roses (the flower, not chocolate variety), then this is the place for you. Especially when you know that there are over 1,000 varieties planted here. Be warned, the idyllic wild-flower meadow will take your breath away.
Whether it’s architecture or literature that you’re seeking, Abbotsford, the former residence of Sir Walter Scott, will certainly meet your every expectation. Steeped in historical significance, the grounds are world famous, and so to are the walled gardens. Head to Abbotsford if you’re looking to revel in nostalgia and breathe the inspirational and poetic air of Walter Scott.
Cannington Walled Gardens, Somerset
We’ve heard it through the grapevine that Cannington walled gardens, based in the grounds of a medieval priory, is a must see attraction. Visit England have recently been raving about it, and rumour has it, the afternoon teas are to die for . . . It’s on our to do list for sure!
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
There’s much more to the Isle of wight than just its annual music festival. Did you know it’s also the home of the extremely charming and hugely magnificent Osborne House? Well, it’s actually the former residence of Queen Victoria and her family, there’s also a private beach and a Swiss cottage to discover too. Not bad, eh? So follow in the footsteps of the monarchy as you explore the tiered Italian Terrace Gardens on show. Bliss.
Capel Manor Gardens, London
How about a stunning, 30 acre oasis that’s just on the outskirts of the big smoke? Well, you must think we’re a bit mad, but Capel Manor Gardens is an exotic and exciting affair. The walled gardens are some of the best around, and the venue is also the host to a number of events across the summer months. If it’s the gardens that you’re after, then ensure that you seek out the previous Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winners . . . They’re rather fabulous!
Hare Hill, Cheshire
Heading up the northern contingent is a slice of majestic Cheshire that’s oozing marvel and grace. Hare Hill, a woodland and walled garden combination, is the home to a host of plant and tree varieties. A stones throw from the Cheshire plain, there’s no better way to spend a day in the county. Keep your eyes peeled for those pesky hares too.
Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire
Dubbed Lincolnshire’s ‘lost’ garden, Easton Walled Gardens is home to 400 years of tranquillity, peace and serenity. Having been rebuilt since they were rendered derelict in the fifties, this Lincolnshire based paradise is now stirring a lot of interest from across the UK. Just don’t forget to delve in the old kitchen and orchard whilst you’re there!
The Garden House, Devon
Colourful, magical and alluring, The Garden House lies on the fringes of the revered Dartmoor National Park. Designed, sculpted and planted in the mid-1940’s, the 8 acres of this walled garden are a cryptic affair. Lurking around the garden’s periphery are a number of treats that just have to be discovered, including a cottage garden and the famous vicarage tower.