“Relax and unwind in one of the country’s great gardens and experience for yourself the fulfilment of a quiet American’s English fantasy” *- this is the invitation issued by Hidcote Manor Gardens, another charm of the stunning scenery in the Cotswolds.
The symmetrical maze of geometrically designed garden rooms, long inspired vistas and narrow paths keep you in a constant state of discovery, wanting to walk on to see what’s round the next corner. Each turn you take delivers a new discovery of unusual shrubs, ancient trees or inspiring views.
* National Trust
Negotiating the narrow country lanes of the Cotswolds, always on the lookout for pheasants and rabbits, made us quite peckish by the time it got to late afternoon. And just as we were about to open yet another packet of emergency crisps, the village of Upper Slaughter appeared in front of us with its hidden gem – The Lords of the Manor, an enchanting country hotel that excels in the quintessential ritual of afternoon tea.
Served in the finest of porcelain and silver, we chose to enjoy it on the luscious green lawn in front of the hotel and it couldn’t have been a more pleasant break from the long miles on the road.
Having devoured the full affair, we then took a gentle stroll around the lovely grounds before reluctantly setting off again.
We loved the endless selection of teas, beautiful peaceful settings and the naughty home made scones and though on the main road, this place could be easy to miss.