Eight gardens to visit all year round with Visit Heritage
We have spent so much of this year indoors and recognise the importance of getting out and about more than ever, both mentally and physically. Thankfully many partners of our client Visit Heritage are now opening their grounds and gardens throughout the year, meaning there is no need to stay cooped up indoors as we approach the colder months.
From the home of Winston Churchill to the world's largest garden fountain, there are many properties up and down the UK that are open all year round, meaning visitors can witness the changing of the seasons and get a well needed dose of fresh air in beautiful surroundings.
SOUTH EAST Belmont House, Kent Although the main house is closed to visitors until Spring 2021, Belmont Gardens are open to visitors all year round. The well-kept gardens contain a pinetum complete with grotto, a beautiful walled ornamental garden, specimen trees and a large kitchen garden with Victorian greenhouses, all set in fourteen acres of parkland.
Chartwell, Kent Chartwell was once a home and a place that truly inspired Winston Churchill. The garden reflects Churchill's love of the landscape and nature, including the lakes he created. Highlights of the gardens include the romantic Golden Rose Avenue and Walled Garden, where produce is grown and served in the on-site cafe.
Offering a moment of peace and calm, High Beeches is truly beautiful at this time of the year as the leaves are starting to fall and the garden is ablaze with colour. The woodland and water garden have been sensitively planted to enhance the landscape, including a collection of rare trees and shrubs.
Sezincote is unique. At the heart of a traditional, family-run estate covering 3,500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside stands a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. Neglected during the Second World War, the garden was restored in 1968 and now draws in visitors throughout the year.
Stanway's beautiful architecture, furniture, parkland and village are complemented by the restored 18th century water garden and magnificent fountain. At 300ft, it is the tallest gravity fountain in the world. The Stanway Watergarden, one of the finest in England, was created in the 1720s and features a pyramid cascade, pond, waterfall and grand canal.
Temple Newsham is home to a beautiful Tudor-Jacobean mansion, working rare breed farm and 1500 acres of picturesque parkland. The 18th century Walled Garden boasts impressive national plant collections, herbaceous borders, rose beds and herbs. Visitors can wander through the formal south garden, which reflects 17th century design with beech and box hedges, trained laburnum arches and a pleached hornbeam walk.
EAST OF ENGLAND
Ickworth's Italianate garden is one of the first of its kind in the UK. Designed for privacy, space and freedom, it combines the gardens of classical Italy with an individual English touch. The pleasure grounds are the perfect place for a leisurely stroll surrounded by Mediterranean herbs, grasses and perennials.
Kentwell Gardens, Suffolk Although the main house remains closed for the time being, the gardens filled with romantic moats, extensive lawns, walled gardens and giant cedars await guests. There are over 30 acres of tranquil space, with a surprise to delight the senses around every corner.