I’ve really become a little homebody lately and dare I say it but I’m enjoying playing around in my garden.  Sometimes you need a little inspiration and with so many beautiful British Gardens to explore, I decided a little road trip to Coton Manor Gardens in Northamptonshire was in order after seeing photos of their gorgeous gardens on Facebook.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

I love a good old classic English Garden to ramble through and the gardens at Coton Manor didn’t disappoint…as soon as I entered the gardens I was hit with the beautiful fragrance of roses and jasmine lingering in the air, a heady mix!  A group of 4 little old ladies were right behind me and they were very vocal about their delight of all the beautiful scents…they made me smile whenever I bumped into them during the day.

The gardens are a photographers dream especially during the summer months with all the rambling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…with lots of little spots to sit back and admire the gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

Years and years ago, I attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace with my family and these gardens made me think that this would be another perfect spot for an English garden party…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…just imagine enjoying a pims down by the pond at sunset with beautiful lanterns….<note to self; step away from Pinterest…step away now!>.

My favourite area at Coton Manor Gardens was the Terraces and Old Rose Garden sections of the gardens; even though I prefer bright coloured flowers myself, the beauty of pastel flowers aren’t completely lost on me…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…those roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…the honey coloured house draped in roses and clematis…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…and rose arches signalling another little not so secret garden to explore.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

The area around the water garden has stunning views over to the house…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…and another not so secret little garden with many little paths and pretty plants to get to the bottom of the garden.  As the area is rather shaded, there were a number of ferns and hostas that reminded this Kiwi of home!

Of course for my little garden adventure, I slipped on my favourite pair of gardening shoes…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…a totally sensible and practical gardening shoe if ever there was one!  Actually these Cross Strap Mules from New Look are so comfy and are on sale for only £9 now…they are part of the New Look Wide Fit Shoe collection.

I had some sweet pea envy…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…honestly why don’t my sweet peas look like this or smell as much as these ones at Coton Manor…personally I think every British Garden should have sweet peas and thankfully you can get them in some rich vibrant colours now and not just pastels.

Other than sweet peas…all beautiful english gardens should have some of these…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…yes flamingos…joking, no…but they are a fun addition to this English garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…there are four flamingos walking around the gardens and they’re super pink as they feed them the food required to make them pink…they move bloody fast as well when you’re trying to take photos of them…first world flamingo problems!

The Borders were another lovely area…and there may have been a few times when I tiptoed into the garden to smell a rose or two…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

 

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…I joined the four little ladies in the herb garden for another chat about old wives tales.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

The Acacia Border offers more beautiful and sweet smelling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…and stunning views of the house…this is what beautiful British Gardens are all about!

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

After my wander around the gardens and suffering from RSI due to taking to many photos, it was time for something to eat and drink so I popped off to the cafe…

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…and indulged in a sarnie and a cold drink.

Refuelled I took the opportunity to walk through the plants for sale and picked up a couple of pretty plants to take home with me (a great selection of healthy and reasonably priced plants on sale for our own little mini British Gardens)

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

…including a Dahlia called Miss Eileen…my dad loves dahlias and his mummy was called Eileen so that little plant was definitely coming home with me.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

I’ve visited a number of beautiful English gardens mainly by visiting National Trust (membership details for US citizens) and Historic Houses but this is one of my firm favourites.

Travel Tips for Visiting Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens

  • The Coton Manor Gardens are easily accessible from the M1 and you will need a car to visit the property.  There is a large car park directly opposite the property.  
  • Dogs aren’t allowed in the grounds of Coton Manor Gardens however they can be exercised within the car park.  
  • The entrance fee at the time of my visit was £7 and this is payable by cash only – please check out the website for the full ticket prices and opening times.  
  • There is a cafe on site and they do serve gluten free options however they are a tad pricey – a drink and a gluten free toastie cost me £8…the card machine can be a bit hit and miss so you may want to take some cash with you for lunch as well.  You can have picnic in the cafe area however not in the grounds.
  • There are a number of very healthy looking plants for sale however payment is via cash.
  • If you would like to learn more about the history of Coton Manor Gardens then this article from the FT is really interesting.
  • You can find out more about opening times, prices and the gardens themselves at the Coton Manor Gardens website.

England Travel Inspiration - Beautiful British Gardens: Coton Manor Gardens, Northamptonshire is one of the most beautiful places to visit to see a classic english country garden full of climbing roses and flowers galore. Why not plan your visit take a traditional afternoon tea in the courtyard and check out the pet flamingos in the gardens. If you love National Trust gardens then this garden is a must see on your next vacation to England. Pop over to my blog to see more photos of these magical gardens.

What are your recommendations for must see gardens to visit around the world?  I would love to hear where you favourite gardens are.

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After my morning visit to the little chocolate box village of Clare, my next pit stop was exploring Cavendish which was only a short drive away…like less than 10 minutes…barley enough time for a boogie in the car.  If you’ve seen photos of Suffolk then you’ve probably seen the iconic photo of Cavendish…the large village green, the pink cottage and the church behind.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

^^If not, now you have!

I parked in front of a house for sale…I call this omen, I may have instantly downloaded a property app to my phone and stalked the inside of the house…G later talked some sense into me about how long my commute would be to Luton…honestly he can be such a spoilsport!  A girl can dream right?!?

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

The village is rather tiny so it was an easy little wander around…enjoying the pretty little homes…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…there were some rather cuties to admire!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Pretty in Pink makes the Boys Wink!  Spot me if you can!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

I really loved this house, the owners exited the house as I was photographing their front door…caught in the act, doh!  They thought it was hilarious, I have no shame whatsoever (including when asked what was so good about their front door…I tried to explain door porn, he just didn’t get it!) and we had a chat for a bit about their home…apparently I could have it as it was a noose around their neck.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Period homes are VERY expensive to maintain…we know this fact as G’s parents house is older than New Zealand.

Spring flowers and blossoms were popping up and opening…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…windows were getting thrown open for a spring airing…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…the church was looking heavenly in the sunshine…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…and I just wandered around this chocolate box village in a trance…I love little villages like this!

I may have fallen in love with another house in Cavendish…this time it wasn’t for sale…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…drats as I love it a lot…and yes I know I say this all the time but I really do love it…I could totally see me cursing that front gate each day trying to get into the garden and then knocking my head coming into the house!

Exploring Cavendish had worked up a sweat as it was super photogenic, my finger needed a rest and a cold drink…warm spring days are a blessing…so I popped inside a little antique shop come tea room…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…where you can eat and drink yourself silly surrounded by antiques…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…there is so much to look at and you will want to buy everything…I may have walked away with a gorgeous bright yellow vase that I really love…a cheaper option than the house…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…the best bit was when he took my card for payment and used the old fashioned hand swipe machine with carbon paper for signature…I almost had kittens…only in Suffolk folks, only in Suffolk…and only in an antique shop!

Of course, I found myself a few doors to photograph…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…it wouldn’t be a road trip without a few doors tucked away safely inside my camera.

I found a bit of shade under a tree on the green and just watched village life pass me by…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…I may have taken a little shoefie as well (my stomach muscles received a work out with me leaning back with my legs stuck high into the air…this shoefie made me break a sweat!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…but totally worth it in the end!

How cute is this little village shop…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…honestly I love village life…it feels easy and everyone is so supportive.  And I just love the notice board from the Coronation…yes I’m a Royalist and I’m proud of this fact…I’ve even attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the past!

Cavendish is gorgeous…it is exactly what you would expect from a Chocolate Box Village in England…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…pretty pink cottages…check…village green…check…church…check…cute tea rooms…check…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…photogenic as hell…check…check and check again!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Cavendish…if I wrote a post of my favourite 10 Chocolate Box Villages in England…you would be on the list.

Travel Tips for Exploring Cavendish, Suffolk

  • It’s an easy drive from Bury St EdmundsLavenham or Clare and parking is a breeze, just find a spot on the road.
  • There are a few pubs dotted around the village if you are peckish or you can visit the Cavendish Antiques & Tea Rooms (unfortunately they don’t have gluten free options).
  • The Green at Cavendish would be picture perfect spot for a picnic
  • It’s pretty flat in Cavendish and there isn’t a huge amount of places to walk to so you could get away with pretty shoes…but make them comfortable!
  • Why not check out my Suffolk Weekend Itinerary if you are planning to visit this neck of the woods.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Cavendish, Another Picture Perfect Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Cavendish Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

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After falling in love with the pargetting in Saffron Walden and doing a bit of research, I decided a little road trip exploring Clare in Suffolk was in order.  It did help that someone on instagram told me to visit Clare as I would love the village…and they weren’t wrong at all!

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Suffolk as a county isn’t far from Bedfordshire so I could visit three little villages in a day starting with Clare.

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After a drive through some very narrow little country lanes where I’m pretty sure my bikini line got a trim or two…I needed a wee and a piece of cake so I found myself a little tea shop to settle into.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

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The cake wasn’t the best I’ve ever had (it was a little dense for my liking) but still very tasty; the service was sweet and the hot chocolate laden down with a million marshmallows (just the way a hot chocolate should be presented…I suffer from marshmallow rage if there isn’t enough!) and the loo were the bees knees.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Fuelled up, shoe laces tied, flowers located and shoefie taken…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…I went out in search of some pargetting and found the most famous house in Clare…aka the Custard Creme Biscuit House…

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…okay not it’s official name but it bloody well should be!  Anyone craving a Custard Creme biscuit now?  And yes that is a graveyard right in front of the house as well.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

A graveyard must mean there is a church close by….

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…there you go now!

The village is rather quaint with a number of little independent shops so you can wander around peacefully window shopping…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…or maybe do a bit of antique shopping…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…this place was amazing, there was so much I wanted to take home…I had to remind myself that I can’t fit a 3 piece lounge suite in a Fiat 500…in my mind I could…then my mind got distracted by gluten free cake which they were serving in the cafe inside the antique centre…I didn’t have a slice but it did look bloody tasty…gluten free salted caramel cake…I’m drooling as I write this!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

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You know I love a castle or ten and Clare is home to a castle…or remains of one…

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…which means you can climb to the top of it and get amazing 360 degree views of the town and surrounding countryside.

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It was at this point that I realised that I really love Suffolk a lot…the colours, the friendly locals and just how I feel totally calm while visiting Suffolk…it’s very different to the honeycomb villages of the Cotswolds which I find a tad too touristy and a bit beige.

Next stop was to take a snap of a car…you know, a little oh lala car in Clare…

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…I crossed the bridge and ended up in the Priory…

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…a peaceful little spot…

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…which you enter through a private gate and go in search of some Earls, a Duchess and a Countess or two (relatives of King Richard III and Queen Anne Neville) that are buried within the grounds.

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

I think this sign clarifies quite well who is buried within the grounds of the old priory with dates for all those history buffs out there!

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You know I can’t help myself…I took a few photos of some pretty cute little doors…

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

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…told you they were cute!

Wandering around Clare in search of the pargetting which I finally stumbled on…

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…it was very beautiful, not as much as Saffron Walden but still impressive for pargetting lovers.

There of course was a number of wobbly houses…

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…it wouldn’t be Suffolk without a wobbly house or two!

Just take a wander around Clare, it’s a magical little place that will leave you enchanted.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

I really enjoyed my day trip to Clare in Suffolk…the county is a colourful and much cheaper alternative to the Cotswolds.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Travel Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day Trip Exploring Clare, Suffolk

  • There is a car park by the castle and antique centre which you will need to pay for however you can park on the outskirts of town and walk in which is what I did and it took less than 5 minutes to walk in.
  • There are a few little tea rooms offering gluten free snacks in Clare, I visited Honey Hill Cafe which also do afternoon tea if you need an afternoon tipple.
  • If you want to walk to the top of the castle then sensible shoes are a must!
  • There is no charge for the castle or the priory and both offer lovely spots of a picnic
  • If you love pargetting as much as I do then I would highly recommend Saffron Walden for a visit as I think it’s the best spot for pargetting in England.  Nethergate Street is where you will find most of the pargetting…the Custard Creme Biscuit house is found by the church in the middle of the village.
  • If you plan to do a Road Trip to Suffolk then why not read my Chocolate Box Suffolk Villages Travel Guide that offers a complete itinerary of places to visit for a weekend or longer including Clare and Lavenham which is a must visit for Harry Potter fans.
  • Clare is apparently a village however folks do call it the smallest town in Suffolk…who really knows.  The folks are so sweet and I had a lovely chat with a few locals on my visit who stopped me and asked what bought me to Clare.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

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It feels like an age since I’ve written a gluten free afternoon review so I thought I better rattle my dags and show you a little afternoon feast from a few months ago.  Rachel and I headed into London to try the gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley…now this wasn’t my first visit (you can read my other review here from 2013…and I had visited again after this review but never blogged about it) but thought I would share my findings with you all as obviously opinions can change.

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Gluten Free Sandwiches

The sandwiches were okay…I would say that the gluten free bread was a tad thick for my liking BUT they were better than the pastry selection.  We were asked if we wanted more sarnies however we declined as Rachel and I are both sugar monsters.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Scones

No scones…now this was never an issue before when I’ve visited the Berkeley Hotel for Afternoon Tea however I think there is a problem now.

Gluten Free Pastries

Now the pastries…if you offer no scones then I expect you to blow my cotton socks off when it comes to the pastry selection and The Berkeley failed…the mini cakes were very dry to the point that Rachel and I thought they might be stale…yes stale…you can put a glaze on it however if you wanted us to like it then you shouldn’t have overcooked it!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To quote my dad – even the birds would leave those cake alone for fear of having to walk home!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

While in the past, the pastries were free flowing and constantly replenished…this is now not the case so don’t expect to try one of each pastry which is disappointing considering the lack of scones and the dad affair of the stale cakes.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

However on a happier note, it was good to see that the hotel have made more of an effort when it comes to the gluten free pastry selection and trying to align it to the regular afternoon tea…this change I am rather pleased about.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To be fair, I really was disappointed with the pastries overall especially when you couldn’t eat the mini cakes as they were so rough…we did ask if there were any additional gluten free pastries and we were provided with a couple of mini macarons which were tasty (a saving grace to the pastry selection of the afternoon tea).

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Tea

I had a lovely cup of tea however I was disappointed that they didn’t replinish with hot water during our visit…for the price of the afternoon tea, I don’t expect to be drinking luke warm tea.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Atmosphere

The tea room looks like it has had a little revamp and now can only be described as instagram worthy…while it’s very pretty, I just found it lacked a bit of soul and could be interchangeable with a few other hotel lounges in London.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Service

The service was okay, it’s definitely not up to the standards that you receive at Claridge’s Hotel which is a shame as they are part of the same group and some consistency would be fabulous…it wasn’t horrendous but I don’t expect to refill my own cup of tea.  For the price point that The Berkeley has targeted, I would expect my tea to be refreshed during the afternoon tea experience.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley – if you have cash to burn and are really wanting to try the Pret-A-Portea afternoon tea then definitely go…don’t let my review change your mind but do be weary if you’re gluten free.

For me personally, while I have recommended The Berkeley as a fun place for a gluten free afternoon tea in the past, I would no longer recommend as I thought it was overpriced for the quality that we received on the day.

G and I are off the Brown’s Hotel this coming weekend so it will be interesting to see if I still rate them as one of the best in London for gluten free afternoon teas along with Claridge’s Hotel, The Lanesborough, The Langham and the Intercontinental Park Lane.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

The afternoon tea at The Berkeley starts at £52 per person plus 12.5% service charge.  You can learn more about the afternoon tea here on their website…FYI, the new Spring / Summer afternoon tea menu is out now.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

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