If you like topiary you won’t be disappointed with a visit to Bourton House Gardens in the Cotswolds. I’m not exaggerating when I say this garden has been on my list to visit for about five years and we finally got the chance to visit while we are on holiday.
The garden itself is set over three acres and is divided into separate areas, however first stop has to be the tea room in the Tithe Barn, a beautiful stone barn at the bottom of the driveway. If you are disabled you might find it difficult to visit all areas of the garden as there are a number of steps at each side but fortunately for me I’m now a pro on my crutches so managed to get round the whole thing!
Walking up the steps you find yourself in a garden with topiary swirls, and hedge stones made from huge slabs of green privet. The garden was immaculate and led up to the White Garden. In the middle was a beautiful pond with a white heron sculptured by and all the flowers in there are white from Dahlias to Lilies, it was truly stunning. It was a little frustrating not be able to dart off here and there to take photos but quite a challenge holding a DSLR in one hand whilst trying to hop on one leg!
As you walk through the hedge you get your first sight of the beautiful Bourton House an 18th Century Manor House. With a large lawn looking out to the Cotswold countryside, the lawn is surrounded by beautiful borders. You then walk through another tall hedge to the part of the garden I was looking forward to the most – the geometric topiary ‘maze’. Unfortunately they seemed to have had a serious case of box blight which meant it had all had to be cut right back.
All in all a truly stunning garden and I will definitely pay another visit when I can walk properly and hopefully the topiary will have recovered.
See our visit to Cotehele Garden here