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Now that the weather is warmer, what better way to spend a day than in a perfectly manicured garden that you haven't had to tend to? We are very lucky to have some hotels near some of the best gardens in the UK, and we'd love to share our favorites with you.

Helmsley Walled Garden, North Yorkshire

Helmsley Walled Garden

Photo by Collin Dilcock

Helmsley Walled Garden is a five-acre working garden under the walls of Helmsley Castle. Built in the 18th century, this stunning garden features extensive flower borders as well as greenhouses and fruit trees.

What we Best Loved - the garden is run as a charity that aims to help anyone with a disability benefit from the restorative qualities of gardening and they run weekly horticultural therapy sessions.

Hotels near Helmsley Walled Garden - the Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa, and The Black Swan Hotel, both in Helmsley and just a short walk from the garden.

Threave Estate, Dumfries and Galloway

Threave Estate

Photo by National Trust for Scotland

One of Scotland's most popular attractions, this National Trust property has hundreds of acres of beautiful landscaped gardens to explore, including a rock garden, patio garden, secret garden, water features, heathers, conifers and herbaceous perennials. There is also a wetland nature reserve.

What we Best Loved - Threave Garden is in fact a series of spectacular gardens created over the years by students of the Trust's School of Heritage Gardening.

Hotels near Threave Estate - Craigadam Hotel, and Balcary Bay Hotel, both located in Castle Douglas, which is around a 20 to 25 minute drive from the Gardens.

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

RHS Garden Wisley

This is the Royal Horticultural Society's flagship garden which stretches over 240 acres. The garden is also a venue for sculpture exhibitions, Craft Fairs and a program of diverse leisure learning courses in gardening, photography and art.

What we Best Loved - RHS Garden Wisley is home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the globe.

Hotels near RHS Garden Wisley - under an hour's drive away is Ashdown Park Hotel, an impressive mansion set in 186 acres of beautiful countryside.

Trebah Garden, Cornwall

Trebah Garden

Set in the sub-tropical climate of the Cornish coast, this "paradise" is rated among the finest gardens in the world, and is one of just five finalists in the BBC Country File Magazine Garden of the Year Award 2017. You can see 100 year-old rhododendrons, giant Gunnera, as well as champion trees and a water garden.

What we Best Loved - As well as boasting diverse plant life, there is even a secluded private beach, bliss!

Hotels near Trebah Garden - The Lugger Hotel, and The Royal Duchy Hotel are 30 minutes or less by car.

Minterne House, Dorset

Minterne House

This historic house boasts an 18th-century landscaped garden that features lakes, waterfalls, streams and rare trees. In addition to the unique collection of Himalayan Rhododendrons and Azaleas, the gardens also boast pretty features such as small lakes, waterfalls and streams.

What we Best Loved - The newest addition to the gardens is a Himalayan Hut, traditionally built to provide trekkers a safe lodging in which to rest. This hut was constructed from materials sourced entirely from Minterne Garden.

Hotels near Minterne House - Bridge House Hotel & Restaurant is just a 30 minute drive from the gardens, or treat yourself to a coastal retreat at Mortons House Hotel, 40 minutes away.


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