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Nice day out

September 6, 2012

Nice weather, picnic in the car boot and two National Trust properties. Total cost, apart from petrol: zero.

Hidcote

Some flowers

was hard to find and you’ll find yourself complaining about the state of surrounding roads. Watch out for the main drive in and out if you have to move over for another vehicle because the road edges could break a car’s suspension!

However, when you’re there, you’ll forgive all that for the entrancing variety of gardens, quite unlike any other Country House gardens we’ve ever seen in their informality and surprises. Keep looking out for unusual sculptures, scattered throughout the garden ‘rooms’. The Estate cottages are a miniature 19th century picturesque village. Do visit.

Buscot House and gardens

was much easier to find and more typical of Country Houses of that era. No expense spared in sculpting the landscape surrounding the House or in furnishing the House itself. The very first room on the tour has, if I remember correctly, two Rembrandts and every room seems to have priceless artwork. Here is a link to all the works of art currently housed there. Astounding. It has the expected walled garden, stream leading to a lake, woodland walks, fountains and so on but also some surprises for you to come across.

Being National Trust, each has a shop, plant sales section and café.

As normal, more photos on Flickr.

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