The Old Manor is surrounded by some of the most spectacular gardens in the UK, many of them attached to stately homes and castles. This is our selection of some of the best…..
The Courts Garden, Holt, 11 minutes
Full of variety, this charming garden shows the English country style at its best. Peaceful water gardens and herbaceous borders, with organically shaped topiary, demonstrate an imaginative use of colour and planting, creating unexpected vistas. Stroll through the arboretum with its wonderful species of trees and naturally planted spring bulbs.
Ilford Manor, The Peto Garden, Ilford, 8 minutes
The Peto Garden has been and continues to be restored with the design and planting in accordance with the vision of Harold Peto. The delightful features include the Loggia, the Great Terrace, the Casita and the largest garden building, the Cloisters where recitals and operas take place in the summer. This greatly romantic, steep Italian-style garden has wonderful views of the valley and a number of the original plants remain.
Dryham Park, Bath 15 minutes
Prior Park is a beautiful and intimate 18th century landscape garden, created by local entrepreneur and philanthropist Ralph Allen with advice from the poet Alexander Pope and Capability Brown. The garden is set in a sweeping valley with magnificent views of the City of Bath. Some of the interesting features are a Palladian bridge, three lakes and the recently restored summerhouse.
Longleat Gardens, 25 minutes
Longleat grounds and gardens were originally laid out in the mid 1700s by Capability Brown and later by Humphrey Repton who reshaped the Half Mile Pond to give it a more irregular appeal, including an island which is now home to Longleat´s resident lowland gorillas. It was during the 1900s that the most dramatic changes appeared at Longleat with the introduction of the first Safari Park outside of Africa. The gardens were also rearranged to create the floral splendour of Longcombe Drive and also numerous azaleas and rhododendrons at the entrance to the park.