A National Trust Property Hidcote Manor is, without doubt, one of the finest Gardens created in the 20th.C. Work began in 1907 when a Gertrude Winthrop purchased the 280-acre estate. The gardens took shape during the next 25 years by clipping the newly planted shelterbelts to create the intricate and architecturally pleasing "walls" for Hidcote's twenty-two garden rooms. From the initial vista by the house, running away beneath a mature cedar, through the heart of the garden to Heaven's Gate and the Cotswold escarpment beyond, this garden will enthral you with every step.
Bourton House Garden, when purchased in 1983, was in a very dilapidated state. The three-acre garden was in serious neglect. Now, without a doubt, one of the finest creations is a box-edged parterre inspired by a pattern from Chinese trellis furniture. Box is used effectively to provide low hedging, By contrast, a series of deep, herbaceous borders surrounding and raised above an immaculate lawn introduce an exciting mix of colours forms and textures to the garden. .
Kiftsgate Court Garden is famous for its Rambling Rose first named in 1951. A remarkable garden, it was created, developed and maintained by three generations of lady gardeners from the same family. Today there is a feeling of calm and tranquillity in the garden. The semi-circular plunge pool laid out on a terrace below a steep west facing bank with its woody plants and climbers. In 1972 a further pool complete with fountain was added to the centre of the sunken garden. In 1981 Extensive gardens of tender plants on the sheltered west-facing bank created a wonderful Millenium water garden and continue to maintain and enrich and indeed enhance the plantings within the original borders.
Damaged during the Civil War, the castle was allowed to fall into dereliction until it was purchased in the 19thC. by the Dent family. One of the finest, now restored, is the Queens Garden which contains an outstanding collection of old fashioned English Roses. One of the latest gardens to be added in 1995 to the landscape is an Elizabethan Knot Garden inspired from the pattern decorating a dress worn by Queen Elizabeth 1. Within and around the remains of the Tithe Barn, fragrant climbers clamber over the walls whilst extensive borders full of foliage surround its foundations creating a romantic and peaceful atmosphere.
I will collect you from your Hotel, B&B, train station within the Cotswold Area at a time to suit you. I will transport you in the luxury of my Mercedes to visit beautiful Cotswold Villages, Panoramic views, Magnificent Gardens, Manor Houses, Castles or wherever you might want to visit. After a coffee or comfort break mid-morning I will take you to have lunch in one of the many wonderful Cotswold pubs, cafe's, or Farm Shops where you will have a delicious lunch of locally grown produce. The afternoon I might take you to one of the many gardens, or one of the numerous historic houses of your choice. The day is designed exclusively for you and your family and will be at your pace. I will return you to your hotel, B&B or train station late afternoon/early evening. A typical day might last from 9.00am to approximately 6.00 pm. My aim is for you to have a memorable relaxing day in the Cotswolds to "Explore the Cotswolds"
By train, The Cotswolds are well served with quick and efficient services from London, Paddington and Marylebone. There are mainline railway stations at Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester and the South), Moreton-in-Marsh, Charlbury, Kingham and Oxford.