In my last blog we visited the gardens of Highclere Castle, Camers, and Abbey House. Today we move on to Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Misarden Park.
First up. Hidcote Manor is referred to as the garden of “hedged rooms” and sculptured hedges. In fact, I read that the four miles of hedges require gardeners to work four days a week for seven months just to maintain them! An American horticulturist and later a naturalized British citizen, Major Lawrence Johnson, spent 40 years creating the gardens on land his mother had purchased in 1907. In 1948 he gave this estate to the National Trust. The Trust now advertises this site as an Arts and Crafts Garden.
We visited Kiftsgate Court on a rainy day. Having just come from a very dry summer in Oregon, I was thrilled to soak up the rain. With rain comes green, green, green instead of drought, drought, drought! I thoroughly enjoyed the fountains and the reflection pool, which, we were told, is a great swimming hole. The colors that popped out on the rainy day were another treat, especially the blue door leading to who knows what treasures. Your guess is as good as mine.
Misarden Park/Estate began as a 17th century manor house, including 3000 acres and most of the village of Misarden (only the pub and school are not owned by the estate). The Wills, a tobacco family, bought this estate and village in 1913 and takes pride in both “the environment and the wider community.” For example, all electrical lines are buried. They will only rent to tenants who will contribute to the maintaining of the community and the estate. We were delighted to meet a future tenant and his friends who were renovating one of the cottages and happily took us on a tour.
NEXT BLOG: Cerney House, Overbury Court, Whitcombe House, Wyndcliffe Court, Veddw (that’s Welsh, not a misspelling), and Hellens Manor gardens.
27 thoughts on “More Beautiful Gardens in the Cotswolds… by Peggy Mekemson”
There is always a place for a blue door!
Now Hidcote is special. You really did get to see some splendid gardens.
…and there are more!
More wonderful photos. I’ve always loved pictures of doors, so that blue door really captured my attention. Can’t help but wonder what’s behind it.
I was quite tempted to try to take a peek, but then I had more fun letting my imagination go!
So lovely! I lived in Buford for a summer when I was in grad school and always wanted to go back. Your photos make we want to return even more!
Thank you! Then the photos chosen were a success……..
Magnificent, aren’t they! Such care and planning went into each area.
I realized fairly quickly that this was an energy and talent far beyond my skills and patience.
What a wonderful walk you have taken us on,Peggy. Thank you so much. It lifts the spirit. That blue door image. Just stunning.
You made my day. Thank you!
Thank you so very much for sharing these just breathtaking beautiful photos. Such a good eye you have for photography!
What a nice affirmation! Thank you.
These are beautiful photos! I especially love the photo of the Long walk. A wonderful perspective wit the framing.
SSS = simply stunning and splendid… congrats & cheers! 🙂
Nature’s beauty in full flow. Thank you for sharing these and the narrative.
My pleasure! Peggy
Absolutely beautiful! I love the pictures of Jane you are including too. 🙂
Thank you! It has been fun revisiting the gardens and selecting those photos that have a memory attached!
I have to agree about the blue door. It’s simply wonderful. I’m not so taken with the sculpted hedges, I must admit. But those gardens! And the architecture, too. It looks just like England!
The architecture gets me every time. I am excited about the blog on the villages of the Cotswolds for this reason. Peggy
It is wonderful to “take the tour” again via your beautiful photos….what fun we had! Love, Big Sis
Excellent photos Peggy. When we lived in London, we did lots of weekend trips, and the Cotswolds were one our favorites. In addition to the wonderful gardens, I’m particularly fond of the Cotswold stone used in the buildings there. ~James
I, also, loved the Cotswold stone! Think I quite a few photos of that …….grin. Peggy