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One of the highlights of travelling virtually anywhere in Britain is taking a stroll in the local gardens. Be they small and cosy, or grand and formal, British gardens are rightly among the most varied and celebrated in the world. This week we look at some of our favourite hotels with gardens, as well as gardens nearby worth your attention.

HOTELS WITH OR NEAR GARDENS

CONGHAM HALL, NORFOLK

Congham Hall - photo

Georgian manor set in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside with spa, hot tub & locally sourced cuisine. The extensive gardens at Congham are lovely to wander around and the herb garden, with its collection of 400 varieties, is a visitor attraction in its own right. You are also perfectly placed to explore the beautiful gardens at Sandringham and Houghton Hall.

Congham Hall - photo

Stay Monday or Tuesday for two nights with Dinner B&B and receive 2 free tickets to Sandringham.

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PETWOOD HOTEL, LINCOLNSHIRE

Petwood Hotel - photo

This charming English country house set in 30 acres in Woodhall Spa, 19 miles from Lincoln, is the former home of the "Dambusters" Squadron. Petwood's fabulous Edwardian gardens are a joy to behold - original owner Lady Grace Weigall held lavish garden parties here and recently the grounds have been lovingly restored to Harold Peto's original designs. After a stroll through the gardens and woodland, enjoy afternoon tea and Pimm's on the terrace.

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3 nights for the price of 2. From £390 per couple per stay.

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THE FIVE ARROWS HOTEL, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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The Five Arrows Hotel stands at the gates of Waddesdon Manor, with tickets to the gardens included in your stay. Waddesdon has one of the most beautiful Victorian gardens in the UK. The highlight of the formal gardens is the Parterre, the magnificent display of tiers of around 11,000 different coloured plants, with the design changing twice a year.

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B&B, Dinner in the 2 AA Rosette-winning restaurant (£36 per person from the a la carte menu), a glass of Prosecco and Waddesdon Manor house entry and a Waddesdon Companion Guide from £105 per person.

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THE CASTLE HOTEL, SHROPSHIRE

Castle Hotel Shropshire - photo

Warm hospitality, real ales and great food in the beautiful South Shropshire Hills. The wonderful hotel gardens provide the most magical vantage point to view the surrounding hills. Facing south, you gaze over the top of the little town to the big hills beyond, serenaded by the tinkling waterfall in the adjoining lily ponds. There is an extensive decking area seating over 50 guests, shaded by vine-covered arbours, where food and drink can be taken in style.

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15% Midweek: Summer Dinner B&B From £74 per person per night.

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THE BLACK SWAN HOTEL, YORKSHIRE

The Black Swan Hotel - photo

Historic coaching inn turned 4-star boutique hotel with 3 AA Rosette restaurant in the heart of Helmsley, gateway to the Yorkshire Moors. Nestled snuggly behind the charming frontage of the Black Swan lies the hotel's beautiful walled gardens. These well maintained gardens have a country cottage feel about them and are the perfect spot for afternoon tea, drinks or al fresco dining.

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"Completely Ginnocent" Break: B&B, Tasting Menu Dinner and pre-dinner canapés and your choice of gin and tonic from the 'Yorkshire' gin list from £255 per couple.

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THE WORDSWORTH HOTEL & SPA, CUMBRIA

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Historic hotel in Grasmere with excellent food and a beautiful spa. The acres of gorgeous riverside gardens offer amazing views of the mountains, and Grasmere Vale is the perfect spot to relax, explore, indulge or pamper. Nearby are the stunning gardens at Brantwood House overlooking Coniston Water and Allan Bank Garden overlooking Grasmere.

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa - photo

Summer B&B, 4-course dinner, bottle of prosecco and packed lunch from £189 per room per night.

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BRIDGE HOUSE, DORSET

Bridge House - photo

Stay at Bridge House Beaminster over the summer (26th June - 31st August) and receive one complimentary ticket per person to visit Mapperton Gardens in Beaminster. These beautiful 17th century gardens are owned by the Earl & Countess of Sandwich and draw visitors from all over the globe. The gardens are also a popular film location site and have featured in 'Far From The Madding Crowd' with Carey Mulligan and 'Emma' with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Bridge House - photo

B&B from £129 per room per night.

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TEMPLE SOWERBY HOUSE, CUMBRIA

Temple Sowerby House - photo

Timeless hospitality and fantastic food in the beautiful Eden Valley on the edge of the Lake District. The two acres of traditional walled gardens are a delight to explore, including a croquet lawn, herb garden, flower boarders and fruit trees. Nearby are the five acres of celebrated gardens at Dalemian House and the National Trust's Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill.

Temple Sowerby House - photo

2 nights B&B with a 3-course dinner each night from £200 per room per night plus free tickets to Dalemain House Historic Garden and Acorn Bank Garden.

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DOWN HALL COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL, ESSEX

Down Hall Country House Hotel - photo

Nestled in 110 acres on the Hertfordshire and Essex border, Down Hall Country House Hotel is an impressive 4-star country house hotel with great food and spa. Down Hall's 110 acre estate has something to offer for everyone. Take a relaxing stroll around the manicured gardens or a refreshing walk with a map offering short, medium and long routes through the forest. Picnics are available, and you can also test your skills on the Giant Chess set or indulge in a game of old-fashioned English croquet.

Down Hall Country House Hotel - photo

Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast for £159 per couple.

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