18 May 2017
Hidcote Manor Garden
Tucked up in a valley on the Northern Cotswold Escarpment above the village of Mickleton is one of the most quintessential English Gardens. Major Johnston was elected a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1904 three years before he came to Hidcote. Using his knowledge he transformed a small farm into a series of Garden rooms. A burbling spring stream weaves through and there are two formal pools and a small wall fountain. A stunning and influential garden created mainly in the Summer months when the Major was away from his French Villa.
Snowshill Manor and Garden
If you have preteens or teenagers and are dragging them round the Cotswolds take them to Snowshill… If you have done some research, don’t tell them anything about it and enjoy watching them gradually engage. The chap who owned Snowshill was a magpie and hoarder mixed with an interest in the bizarre and the weird. It is truly fascinating and will get all the family chatting about what they see. No spoilers here!
I think the gardens here are my favourite, they are tended mostly by volunteers who are passionate and a bit brave. With a sunken pool and wall fountains it has the best ideas to transfer to your own garden. The village pub is worth a visit too!
Be prepared to be blown away, Sezincote House is stunning as it is unexpected. Again another jewel tucked into the Cotswold countryside. Colonel John Cockerell bought the estate in 1795 on his return from Bengal. After his death in 1798, his youngest brother, Charles Cockerell, inherited the property who then "employed another brother, Samuel Pepys Cockerell, to build him a house in the Indian manner." Samuel Pepys Cockerell worked as a Surveyor for the East India Company but never travelled to India. The design was a reimagining from engravings and illustrations from others, which is incredible.
Sezincote is credited with influencing the design of the Brighton pavilion after a visit by The Prince Regent in 1807.
The garden, which was designed with the help of Humphrey Repton, is blessed by a series of spring-fed pools, connected by gurgling water which eventually tumbles into the Island Pool in the valley bottom, before joining the River Evenlode below. A wonderful, magical house and garden to visit.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Practically opposite Hidcote Garden this garden is also the opposite side of the garden coin. Where Hidcote was designed and created by men, Kiftsgate was designed and created by three women. Does that make a difference? Visit the two and decide! But away from feminist semantics, and back to water features... the water garden is a master class in how to introduce formality into a garden space. Well worth the visit and possible argument in the car home.
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