Boasting botanical gems and colourful blooms, spend the night at a luxurious country house hotel, enjoying the fresh air, stretching your legs and feeding your soul.
1 . Gravetye Manor, West Sussex
Grade I listed Elizabethan Gravetye Manor is set in 1,000 acres of landscaped grounds, famously created by pioneering gardener and horticultural writer William Robinson, who lived here from 1884. Today, the historically influential gardens are lush with layers of blooms, well-tended by Head Gardener Tom Coward. During the summer months, the magnificent oval-walled Victorian kitchen garden provides an abundance of produce that is used by Head Chef George Blogg.
In the heart of the Cotswolds, Barnsley House was once the family home of acclaimed garden designer Rosemary Verey, who advised Prince Charles on his garden at Highgrove. Highlights of the garden, expertly maintained by Head Gardener Richard Gatenby, include a potager, knot garden, secluded pathways, statues by Simon Verity and borders of magnolias, tulips and white spirea.
Set in a secluded valley beneath the wild tors of Dartmoor, the picturesque gardens at Jacobean Lewtrenchard Manor, originally designed by Walter Sarel and Gertrude Jekyll, feature streams and ponds, fountains and sculptures, sunken lawns, a rustic dovecote, an avenue of splendid beech trees and a walled vegetable garden.
Situated above the perfectly-preserved Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, Bodysgallen Hall and Spa’s many delights include enchanting follies, a walled garden, herb parterre and a rockery. Head Gardener Robert Owen and his team are hosting several garden tours this season.
The 90 acres of gardens and parkland at Hartwell House and Spa were laid out in the 18th century by the revered English landscape architect Capability Brown. The park’s collection of pavilions and monuments, including a Gothic tower, a romantic turret and an iconic temple, are dotted amongst grand statues, canals and an ornamental bridge.
Standing high above the dramatic Ayrshire coast, Glenapp Castle is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The grounds consist of well-tended lawns and pathways, and include a wooded glen and a Gertrude Jekyll-designed Italian garden. Some of the hotel’s exotic planting dates to Victorian times.