Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire

We explore Henry Moore’s iconic sculptures in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside at the artist’s former home, studios, and sculpture gardens. Henry Spencer Moore (1898-1986) was one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century and arguably the most internationally celebrated sculptor of the period. He is renowned for his semi-abstract monumental bronzes, which … Read more

Bourton House Garden in Gloucestershire

Bourton House Garden is in Bourton on the Hill, Gloucestershire. It features luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture, and colour combinations. There is a topiary walk, a White Garden, and several spring-fed water features including a raised basket pond from the Great Exhibition of 1851. The garden is open from Tuesday … Read more

Walking around Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace is a country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Recorded on 22 July 2022 with a … Read more

Cricket St Thomas Hotel Gardens in April

This Somerset hotel’s beautiful and extensive gardens and lakes are Grade II listed. In 2010 documents from 1895 and 1919 were used to reinstate these lovely grounds to their original design. The Grotto Water Garden is particularly lovely and was designed by Kate Gould who won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for … Read more

Burrow Farm Gardens, East Devon’s Secret Garden

Burrow Farm Gardens is situated in the beautiful countryside between Axminster and Honiton. The 13-acre garden has colour throughout the year. At the time of our visit, there were spring flowers plus stunning Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Mary and John Benger moved to Burrow Farm in 1959. John built up a dairy herd while Mary started … Read more

Anglesey Abbey, a Jacobean-style house with a spectacular garden

At the age of 30, the future Lord Fairhaven began to create his first home from a run-down country house and desolate landscape. Wanting to inspire and surprise visitors, he created a spectacular garden with planting for all seasons and a cosy house in which to entertain. Life revolved around horse racing and shooting, and … Read more

A host of golden daffodils at Wimpole Estate

This is a walking tour of the grounds at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, where we enjoy the swathes of bright daffodils. There are 85 different varieties of daffodils plus many other spring flowers to be seen. Wimpole is a National Trust property. The address is Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW Recorded on 18 … Read more

A fabulous display of snowdrops at Benington Lordship Gardens

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The snowdrops are carpeted around the remains of the Norman castle keep and surrounding moat at Benington Lordship. Also in bloom are hellebores, aconites, and winter flowering shrubs, as well as the coloured stems of acers, cornus, and willow around the ponds. The gardens are opened for snowdrop viewing every year in February. Benington Lordship … Read more

Montacute House – a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture

Montacute House

With its towering walls of glass, the glow of ham stone, and surrounding garden and parkland, it is a place of beauty and wonder. This masterpiece was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone the house was a statement of wealth, ambition, and showmanship. It is a National Trust property in … Read more