Tulips are in full bloom, cherry blossom is still lingering in gardens and parks across the country are bursting into flower. Spring has well and truly sprung!
From daffodils in the Highlands to Japanese rock gardens in Kent, properties across the UK boast a variety of gorgeous gardens that Brits can enjoy during a staycation. Here are 10 B&Bs worth visiting for the green-fingered:
Situated in Faversham, Kent, this is a privately-owned country house B&B set amid 800 acres of woodland, pasture and a fruit farm. With 10 acres of enchanting Edwardian gardens, terraces of fragrant roses, a small lake, arboretum, topiary, Japanese rock garden and water feature, it’s a garden- lovers paradise.
Guests can spend hours exploring the mature gardens and grounds of this manor house in Kingsbridge, Devon. The impressive formal parterre is quite the spectacle, and the gardens also feature fruit orchards, an ornamental pond and woodlands, with ample opportunity to spot wildlife, have a picnic, or simply admire the views!
An eight-bedroom Victorian villa surrounded by sub-tropical gardens, St Maur is located on the Isle of Wight and offers sea views across the English Channel and the freshest of produce from its own kitchen garden. Many types of palms, a tree fern, cannas, echuims, and even bananas thrive in the mild climate of the Isle of Wight.
In Gunnislake, in Cornwall’s unspoilt Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the wisteria-clad Sandhill House is surrounded by two acres of lavishly planted gardens which bloom year-round. An enchanting Spanish-style water garden and a further 11 acres of parkland pasture with breath-taking views guarantee serenity.
Llwyn Helyg is an award-winning B&B situated in Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire, the heart of the Tywi Valley. Only a few miles from the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and famous Aberglasney Gardens, this beautiful property is set in three acres of landscaped grounds with sweeping lawns, luxurious gardens, country views, stone seat and fish pond.
In countryside near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshireand surrounded by 15 acres of award-winning landscaped gardens, meadows and woodland, Pointers Guest House is a luxuriously appointed farmhouse and smallholding. The large garden features a pergola, statues, duck pond and even a resident flock of Guinea Fowl.
Originally a Georgian city gentleman´s country retreat, The Wold Cottage, located in Driffield, East Yorkshire, sits in luxury landscaped grounds where fruit and vegetables are grown and served in the B&B. The woodland surrounding the property provides a haven for wildlife, and guests can enjoy the perfectly unspoilt views that extend over its own 300-acre farmland to the Yorkshire Wolds beyond.
Located in Ambleside, Cumbria, dating back to the 1600s and once home to author Thomas de Quincey, this welcoming B&B is set in the heart of the Lake District. There are three acres of beautiful landscaped gardens for guests to explore with a vast array of plants and shrubs, a small stream running through the grounds and scenic views of the nearby Loughrigg Fell, which can also be accessed directly from the B&B.
Situated in Moray – famed for its Malt Whisky – there is always something in colour in the garden of this stylish three-room B&B, despite the challenges of the Highland climate. You can find daffodils in May, fragrant Whisky Mac roses in July, or stunning displays of autumn leaves and winter flowering shrubs.
Arrive at this 18th century East Anglian country residence in Hadleigh, Suffolk along a drive through parkland studded with ancient trees, to where the house snoozes on a hill with acres of mature gardens, orchard, croquet lawn, rose walk and pond for guests to explore and enjoy.
So these are the most beautiful B&B gardens we know of. They’ve been featured in local press, such as the South Wales Guardian and Driffields & Wolds Weekly. Now all there is for you to do, is go out and enjoy the sunshine.