Spanning three centuries of garden design, Hestercombe Gardens offers a unique combination and varied experience of the Georgian Landscape Garden designed in the 1750s, the Victorian Shrubbery, and the Edwardian Formal Gardens, early 1900s. Hestercombe Gardens are near Taunton in Somerset. Recorded on 27 May 2021 with a DJI Pocket 2 camera.
Chastleton House in Oxfordshire, was built between 1607 and 1612 by the prosperous wool merchant, Walter Jones, as an impressive statement of his wealth and power. With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoiled setting. It is in the care of the … Read more
The house and garden, originally a stage-set for summer parties, offer a glimpse into life at the turn of the 18th century. It is a William and Mary-style country house in the care of the National Trust. The wall paintings by Sir James Thornhill show the birth of Georgian society. The original formal gardens, designed … Read more
We visit a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire offering a round trip of 28 miles. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway’s main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham which used to run via Stratford-upon-Avon. It now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway … Read more
The Foggy Bottom Garden was created by Adrian Bloom after he joined the family business in 1962. He wanted to create a garden with planting for year-round colour, using primarily conifers and heathers. He was able to gradually develop a six-acre garden on the site of an empty meadow. Over 500 different conifers and 100 … Read more
The Garden Railway operates from the Dell Garden and the coach park at Bressingham Gardens in Norfolk. Its track runs alongside the perimeter of the gardens and has a gauge of 10.24 inches. Designed and built by Bressingham’s own engineering team, the line’s new locomotive was named Alan Bloom and pulls up to sixty people … Read more
The three-abreast Gallopers are Bressingham’s centerpiece. It is said to be one of the finest to be seen anywhere. Built by Savages of Kings Lynn in 1897 and owned and operated by the Thurston family of Norfolk until 1934, the Gallopers later operated at Whitley Bay and ended up in Scotland before finding a home … Read more
The Blickling Estate is near Aylsham in Norfolk. The formal garden surrounding Blickling Hall is the result of three centuries of inspired planting. When Phillip Kerr inherited the Blickling Estate in 1930, he set about commissioning the remodeling of the formal garden. Talented garden designer, Norah Lindsay replaced the intricate Victorian layout with four large … Read more
Waddesdon is famous for its carpet bedding and every spring and summer they change the design. During our visit, they were in the process of changing the beds on the Parterre and on either side of the South Fountain. In the rose garden work was going on to tidy up after the heavy rain the … Read more
The ancient ruins of Fountains Abbey have for centuries, drawn people to this inspiring place. From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited … Read more
The gardens at Beningbrough Hall are experiencing a renaissance. New planting schemes and garden rooms, designed by award-winning designer Andy Sturgeon, enhance the herbaceous borders, walled and American gardens. This National Trust property is at Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire. This video was recorded on 17 June 2021 with a DJI Pocket 2 camera.
The magnificent rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom on a beautiful sunny day in May at Castle Drogo. This National Trust property is in Drewsteignton, Devon, England. The video was recorded on 26 May 2021 with a DJI Pocket 2 camera mounted on a Flycam style stabilizer for improved Z-axis smoothing.
We walk around the award-winning gardens at Mapperton, also voted ‘Nation’s Finest Manor House’ by Country Life. This hidden Dorset gem with outstanding countryside views has much to explore. The glorious Jacobean manor overlooks a large Italianate garden, with orangery, fountains, statues, herbaceous borders, bold topiary, and grottoes. The informal lower gardens have colourful shrubs … Read more
Ashridge is one of the best places in the country to see bluebells, with many people returning each year to enjoy the dense carpet of flowers each spring, says the National Trust, who owns the property. The video was recorded on 19 May 2021 with a DJI Pocket 2 camera mounted on a Flycam style … Read more