Friday, 21 August 2015

Glorious Gardens

Take a break at an elegant hotel set in glorious gardens

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Nidd Hall Hotel, North Yorkshire
Reputedly where Edward VIII met Wallace Simpson, this 1820s Grade II-listed building is set in 45 acres of parkland and gardens, surrounded by the dramatic Yorkshire Dales. Warner Leisure Hotels offers three nights at Nidd Hall Hotel in Harrogate from £323.72 per person – saving £155.03 – from 28 August, including breakfast and three-course dinner, daytime activities and live entertainment including big bands and swing sounds.

0330-100 9774, www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk

Bedford Lodge Hotel, Suffolk
Originally a Georgian hunting lodge, this hotel in Newmarket has an elegant lavender garden and special lavender treatments on offer in its luxury spa. The Lavender Poultice Massage, two hours for £140, features exfoliation, followed by a soothing compress infused with lavender. Overnight stay from £135 per person.

0800-652 2991, www.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk

Barnsley House, Cotswolds
Nestled in countryside near Cirencester, Barnsley House was once the family home of garden designer Rosemary Verey. The garden has a knot garden, potager and borders of magnolias, tulips and spirea. Overnight stay from £280 per room (two sharing), including full English breakfast.

0800-089 3929, www.prideofbritainhotels.com

Lewtrenchard Manor, Dartmoor
The picturesque gardens at Lewtrenchard Manor, near Okehampton, were originally designed by Walter Sarel and Gertrude Jekyll and feature streams and ponds, fountains and sculptures, sunken lawns and an avenue of beech trees. Overnight stay from £155 per room (two sharing), with full English breakfast.

0800-089 3929, www.prideofbritainhotels.com

Windlestraw, Peeblesshire
An hour south of Edinburgh, this baronial house was built in 1906 as a wedding present from a mill owner to his bride. It overlooks the River Tweed and is surrounded by hills, forests, moorland and two acres of landscaped gardens. Overnight stay at this Wolsey Lodge luxury boutique B&B from £90 per person.

01896-870636, www.wolseylodges.com

The Goring, London
Luxury Belgravia hotel The Goring has one of the largest private gardens in the capital, with pretty flower borders and a central croquet lawn. Head for the hotel’s newly opened Bollinger Secret Garden for a glass or three of fizz. Overnight stay from £450 per room (two sharing), with full English breakfast.

0800-089 3929, www.prideofbritainhotels.com

Temple of Diana, Shropshire
This fabulous orangery can be rented through Rural Retreats. Set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland on the Weston Park Estate, the temple was built for Sir Henry and Lady Bridgeman in the 1760s as a place to take tea. From £1,662 per week (sleeps six).

01386-897201, www.ruralretreats.co.uk

Contact Wendy at wendy.gomersall@lady.co.uk
Prices were correct at the time of going to press.



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