Top UK hotels with glorious gardens

Hotels around the UK with glorious gardens

Britain is bulging with fabulous hotels - but finding one with a glorious garden to match is trickier - which is annoying at this time of year, when we all want to spend as much time as we can outside.

So we've put together a list of some of the most glorious hotel gardens around the UK.

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Whether you're a fan of waterfalls and grottos or gorgeous flower beds and spectacular herb gardens, there's something for everyone.

Top of our bucket list is Norfolk's Congham Hall Hotel, famous for its herb garden, while in the In the Scottish Highlands, the Boath House, with its spectacularly large garden, orchard and wildflower meadows beckons.

Take a look at the slideshow below to see the full top ten that we've put together and let us know in the comments below which your favourite is.

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Top UK hotels with glorious gardens

Hotel Endsleigh can be found on the banks of the River Tamar in Devon and has a fantastic 108-acre estate featuring woodlands, streams, waterfalls, grottos and trees from around the world. Designed over 200 years ago, the gardens are open to the public for a £5 entry fee as well as for free to hotel guests.

Tylney Hall Hotel is home to 66 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland. From the Italian and Dutch Gardens to the tranquil Water Gardens, there are plenty of picturesque spots to enjoy. The hotel produces handy maps with walking routes to follow and its team of gardeners and estate managers are often on hand for a chat. On Sunday 7 May, Tylney Hall is opening its doors to non-guests for its Garden Appreciation Day.

Located in the Ashdown Forest, aka the 100 Acre Wood from Winnie The Pooh, Ashdown Park Hotel has beautiful gardens, a landscaped golf course, lakes, forest and woodland trails to explore, with plenty of local wildlife to keep an eye out for. The hotel is dog friendly so you can enjoy long walks around the estate with them too!

One of Berkshire’s sparkling gems, Cliveden House is nestled in 376 acres of National Trust parkland which guests can enjoy as part of their stay. There’s a tranquil water garden, magnificent formal gardens, a fitness trail, woodland walks, riverside rambles and a children’s play area. The gardens are also home to the impressive Cliveden Maze, which is a re-creation of a maze originally designed and built in 1894 for Lord Astor, the former owner of Cliveden. 

Congham Hall Hotel in Norfolk is famous for its herb garden, where almost 400 varieties are grown. The collection includes rare medicinal herbs and many that are used in cooking which can be enjoyed in the hotel’s restaurant. The hotel also offers a garden-inspired spa treatment using herbs from the gardens, a special two-night stay gardens package with tickets to the nearby Pensthorpe Natural Park and is part of the Magnificent Seven Trail of gardens in Norfolk.

Bodysgallen Hall is surrounded by 200 acres of parkland and gardens, both manicured and wild. There are many gems at Bodysgallen including a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges, a walled garden, lily pad ponds, a rockery and limestone outcrops. The head gardener and his team offer guided tours throughout the year. There is one tour a month in April, May and June, costing £34.50 per person including a two-course lunch.

In its 55 acres of parkland, woodland and meadows sits Cowley Manor’s beautiful Grade II listed garden. The gardens have several natural springs, which have been used to create water features including a chain of lakes which are home to swans, ducks, brown trout and crayfish, which feature on the hotel’s menus. Visit in the summer months and you can make the most of the gardens with a hamper of food, comfy beanbags and blankets supplied by the hotel.

Gidleigh Park’combines traditional English gardens full of flowers and herbs with wildflower meadows, ancient woodland and water gardens. Visit early in May and you’ll experience the seven-acre bluebell woodland. The hotel’s estate manager can take you on a guided tour of the gardens with the monthly Gardens Tour and Lunch running in April, June and July for £77.50 per person and on 16th May the tour will be a bluebell woodland special.

Luton Hoo Hotel boasts a 1,000-acre estate including parks, woodland, lakes, nature trails, landscaped gardens and an 18-hole golf course. Its gardens were landscaped by famous architect Capability Brown. The hotel makes the most of its outdoor areas with a weekly courtyard BBQ in the summer and an open air cinema in August, as well as a National Garden Scheme open day for visitors to go and take a look around.

Found in the Highlands of Scotland, The Boath House in Nairn is known for its gardens and the local wildlife found there. The hotel’s 22 acres of lawns, wildflower meadows and streams are home to swans, wild geese and ducks. The hotel encourages wildlife and they also have an orchard, vegetable pottage, herb parterres, greenhousing and herbaceous borders.


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