Last month, G and I took a jolly little road trip around Cornwall…there were only two places that were set in stone that we wanted to visit and the rest of the time it was just wherever we fancied and a few naps in-between as we were on holiday after all and napping is compulsory…the salty air works wonders for insomnia, trust me.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

So without further ado here is what we managed to visit during our road trip around Cornwall…drum roll please…

Eden Project

This was sitting on G’s bucket list for ages, apparently he saw a TV documentary on the Eden Project a number of years ago and wanted to visit.  After checking out the visitor information I worked out that entrance was £27.50 per person so I found a cheap way of visiting…my frugal tendencies are showing and I’m not sorry (find out how to do the same in the travel tip section below…I’m going to make you scroll baby, right to the end).

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

The Eden Project is a great place to visit to learn more about the environment, plants and how we all need to work together to live on this planet….I’ve really taken to gardening this year and have made sure that most of our plants feed the local bees as without bees we can’t exist…get rid of those succulents and start planting flowers folks!

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

I’m in total two minds about the Eden Project and will do a post later on due to the reasons why…but it’s amazing to see the changes from my first visit to the Eden Project so many moons ago.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Port Isaac

I’m a big fan of Doc Martin…strangely G is very similar to the Doc in personality and mannerisms, his Mum and even G agrees with this statement…his matter of fact nature does make me laugh and roll my eyes.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Visiting Port Isaac was on my bucket list and it didn’t disappoint; you will need to walk down and back up a rather large hill to get into the fishing village but it’s totally worth it.  I loved this little fishing village as it’s not as touristy as I imagined it was going to be and it wasn’t overcrowded which was a right old blessing on the day we visited.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Charlestown

I’ve never watched Poldark however Charlestown is used in filming due to its small historic port so it’s becoming a hot little tourist destination in Cornwall…plus it’s rather cute hence why we visited.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

The village is rather small however it’s a tad bit more touristy that Port Isaac with a few restaurants, an antique shop and little galleries to enjoy a spot of shopping here and there.

G sat down and watched the RNLI rescue two teenagers that managed to get stuck on the rocks during high tide while I photographed the tall ship and colourful houses…that’s how we roll in our house.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

Mevagissey

Now this was high on my list and we ventured to Mevagissey on the Sunday which was our first big mistake…second was visiting this part of the world during the British school holidays…we drove through the town and stopped further around the coast for a drink by the seaside. Hopefully we will venture back as it looked like a lovely spot to visit and I was actually looking at staying here but thankfully I booked a much quieter location.

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

^^Cornish Tight Squeezes!  The smaller the car, the better

Travel Tips for Road Trip Around Cornwall

  • When choosing where you want to visit, make sure you check out the route that is on offer as you don’t want to take tiny country roads especially if you’re a nervous driving…some of the country lanes around Cornwall are pretty hairy for the most experienced of drivers.
  • A little car is better than a huge beast of a vehicle as the roads through some villages are pretty narrow…and for parking!
  • Cornwall is a rather large county so focus on a particular area and explore that area in detail rather than spending ages sitting inside of your car.
  • We stayed at a great little B&B and the owners were super lovely and it was in a very convenient location for our travels…Cornwall is all about great hospitality so make sure you try and support local business folks while in the area.  Check out www.booking.com for all your accommodation needs in Cornwall…there is something for everyone’s budget or taste.
  • If you want to keep your accommodation costs down then I would avoid travelling through July and August as it’s school holiday time here in the UK so prices sky rocket.
  • There are a number of National Trust and Historic Houses to check out in Cornwall…why not check out this post on Which British Heritage Pass you should buy for you and your family.
  • If you are looking for a load of tips on Cornwall then I would suggest checking out Anna’a blog;  Anna’s Cornwall Directory post is a great starting point and she will point you in the direction of some right old gems.
  •  Gluten free in Cornwall is easy peasy; I had no problems anywhere which makes travelling gluten free stress free…I even found a gluten free Cornish Pasty in Port Isaac (well it was a Pasty Pie however I couldn’t eat it as it was laden with onions…onions and I aren’t friends).  Just google “Gluten Free Cornwall” and there are bajillion recommendations for you to try.
  • You can book your tickets in advance to get a cheaper entrance price into the Eden Project however if you buy the May Gardeners’ World magazine you will be able to gain 2 for 1 entry saving you a massive £27.50 at the Eden Project alone!  The magazine is only £5.99 and there a number of discounts on offer for gardens around the UK…Kew Gardens is also included in the 2 for 1 offer however not during in July and August.

Where are your favourite places to visit on your road trip around Cornwall?

England Travel Inspiration - Our Road Trip Around Cornwall visiting my bucket list destinations for fans of Doc Martin, Poldark and Garden Lovers. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall like Port Isaac and Charlestown which makes it hard to choose just a few spots to visit for a long weekend. Pop on over to read my Cornwall travel tips and a great little B&B in a nifty location for road trips.

xx

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Well, Well, Wells…I’ve finally ticked you off my UK bucket list!  Now this is going to be a pretty short post without a million photos as per the norm as it was raining St Bernards and rather fat cats on the day we went exploring Wells in Somerset.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

Years ago, G and I had ventured down to Somerset for the most random reason of picking up some dive equipment for his hobby (not mine…you ain’t getting me diving especially after G is no longer allowed to dive after suffering from the Bends at a cost of £100,000…I won’t be diving EVER but I digress)…I had the option of visiting Cheddar or Wells and picked Cheddar…while it was nice and I did gobble down a Cheddar Cheese sandwich in Cheddar (another tick off the ol’ UK bucket list) I felt a tad disappointed.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

^^The cheddar cheese sarnie at Cheddar from pre-blog and pre-gluten free days…and a load less megapixels!

G’s mum told me when we returned that I would have loved Wells so I added it onto my UK bucket list vowing to return…and finally we did as we made a pit stop on our way down to Cornwall.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

My first stop was to browse the market …for some reason I didn’t snap a photo of the market but holy moly the market is really really grand and there were loads of things I really badly wanted…I’m trying to be frugal and break my bad spending habits so I went off to visit the cathedral instead of flashing the cash…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…ironically walking underneath the Penniless Porch…I’m not penniless but this did make me giggle as I was trying to avoid shopping in the market.

Wells Cathedral operates on a donation entrance fee so even though you aren’t obliged to pay (I always do)...I’ve seen folks refuse to pay and then get that look…to be honest I’m to scared not to pay as I feel like I’m tempting fate and going to piss off God, so I pay the donation…for some reason she put me through as a concession…I have aged by about 20 years in the past few months but hey ho…I’m pretty sure God wanted me to have that additional £1.00 for not spending a penny in the market.

Anyway I have digressed again…the Cathedral has the most stunning detail on the exterior but inside it is rather simple…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…now there is nothing wrong with simple as it was rather beautiful and I just loved the simplicity and calmness to the interior…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…my photo doesn’t do the stained windows justice…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…this was my favourite spot inside the cathedral…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…and check out that ceiling…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…overall a 10/10 Cathedral!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

^^the cathedral is huge compared to the little touristy ants in front of the building

Now there was a spot I really was keen to visit and that was Vicar’s Close…probably the most photogenic spot in the whole of Wells (albeit possibly more photogenic without the car…it reminded me of the Banana Mobile at Arlington Row in Bibury!)

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…G’s mum even told me to visit due to the doors…it’s a must see and on the day we visited, G and I were the only ones there.

The cathedral with a few of the cute little homes in Vicar’s Close.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

^^Love it when you can squeeze in a chunky cathedral!

Honestly I may have taken more photos of Vicar’s Close than the rest of Wells…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…oh well…it’s not a bad spot to go snap happy!

We went off for another little wander around The Bishop’s Palace but only got as far as the Moat…those St Bernards were howling and my sensible shoes were getting drenched…I saw a groom running off to his wedding, I’m not sure if this is a good sign of things to come for his marriage?!?…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

…but alas I did find a pretty door in Wells…in the rain.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

Unfortunately the parking metre was calling our name…so we toddled off and joined the puddle jumping Olympics where we should have won a gold medal or two for our jumping skills…grabbing the car without even stopping for a slice of cake and a cuppa…we were having an off day as we always eat cake!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

Somerset, I’m not done with you yet…I picked up a few tourist brochures and realised there is so much more to offer in this county than the smallest city in the England and a Cheddar cheese sarnie…I’ll be back.  Sorry…I thought I wouldn’t rabbit on much and only had 5 or 6 photos to share!

Travel Tips for Exploring Wells, Somerset

  • There are a number of spots for parking in the city; we managed to nab a spot in the town centre for our little wander around.
  • You can catch a train from London for a day trip – check out www.thetrainline.com for more train time details and tickets.
  • There is a small entrance fee / donation to enter Wells Cathedral which helps with the upkeep for the building – adults £6pp.
  • The picturesque street in Wells is Vicar’s Close and it’s just a short skip and hop from Wells Cathedral.
  • We didn’t have a chance to visit The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens as the weather was rather pants on the day we visited…it was perfect if you were a duck!  Adult ticket price is £7.25pp.
  • If you do have a car then make sure to check out the Kilver Court Designer Outlet Village as they have a lovely Mulberry shop there to browse.
  • Fancy staying a night then why not check out booking.com for accommodation deals.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Wells, Somerset. I managed to tick off England's smallest city from my UK bucket list. Home to a beautiful cathedral and a Palace; this tiny city is a perfect day trip from London. Pop over to the blog to see my travel tips and more photos of Wells.

xx

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Le blog seems to be blooming with gardening posts lately and today isn’t any different!  A while back, G’s mum picked me up to visit a beautiful cottage in Silsoe, Bedfordshire which had an open garden as they were participating in the National Garden Scheme.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) is a charity that supports numerous nursing charities and this year they are celebrating it’s 90th anniversary.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

Having no idea on which garden we were going to visit…a little sign beckoned us in for a cuppa and cake…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…then there were squeals of delight as the property we were visited was a cute little thatched cottage…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and you know how much I love a thatched cottage!

You pay a small entrance fee and can wander around the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…the front garden was laden with roses…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…a rainbow of colours with a dash of bunting as it’s not summer without some bunting hanging in the garden…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and a vegetable garden of my dreams…seriously someone has a little bit of OCD…or maybe someone has a bit more gardening time on their hands than me!  Everything looked perfect!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

I did spot a little bit of door porn…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…their front door is super adorable! Notice the initials on the post box…the Queen’s fathers.

Popping around to the back garden, I was truly blown away…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…how gorgeous is this garden…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…there were secret gardens to explore…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…behind the fish pond.

We sat down for a cuppa and a piece of cake…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…there was a HUGE cake selection and two gluten free options which is pretty amazing and I was super thankful…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and we enjoyed a spot of people watching which was rather fun to see the variety of wannabe gardeners!  I may have had the biggest hat in the garden.

After that quick refuel, we went off to explore the summer house…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…I’m trying to convince G’s mum that we should paint her summer house in candy cane stripes (she’s not convinced as yet!)…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and the glass house for a little snoop to see how they were growing their tomatoes (I’m trying to see what way is best for growing tomatoes…every day is a school day!).

I couldn’t resist this little gardening shoefie…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…I thought it was appropriate!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

So there is a reason why there is a number of gardening posts recently on the blog; I was pretty sick in May more than most people realise or that I alluded to in my weekly diary posts…and I’m going in for another procedure next week.   When you are stuck inside for weeks on end trying to build up your strength, walking around a garden is a right little blessing…it took me two weeks of bed rest to actually be able to walk around this garden for over 30 minutes and I needed a big nap when I got home.

I’m not going to apologise for all the gardening blog posts…my blog changes with my own lifestyle and this is my life currently…I’m now a flower sniffer and I love it!

If you fancy a snoop through someones garden, then you can check out the National Garden Scheme website for gardens in your area…remember to take cash for entry and cake…and it’s all for charity hence it’s calorie free!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

xx

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While I’m not a religious person as such (I grew up in New Zealand where rugby is our main religion), I will lend my body to eat gluten free cake if a church requires a helping hand…I’m good like that you see!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

If you live in Bedfordshire, you are in for a right little treat.  For the third year in a row, St Mary’s Church in Haynes is serving up afternoon tea on Sunday to raise funds for conservation work required…they need to raise £250,000 hence there is a blooming load of cake that needs to be eaten.

Last year, we ventured down to Haynes (just off the A6 heading towards Luton from Bedford) and we made our annual pilgrimage again last Sunday…I love kooky events like this that you find happening in the Shires of England.

The church is in the prettiest part of Haynes with gorgeous little houses decorated with rambling roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

…and the church fits in perfectly with the cute surroundings.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

As I said, the church requires a lot of money as they are trying to restore the paintings around the altar which is going to cost a staggering £250,000 at the very least and the parish is rather tiny so they are looking for lots of local support!

You can see the little patch of work that has already been carried out for a cool £2,000 and the colours are just enchanting so it would be amazing to see the final product once it’s all restored.  This photo doesn’t do the colours justice!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

The build up of pollution on the painting was caused by candles used inside the church and a little bit of damp.  St Mary’s Church is keen to have the painting restored as there are only a small handful of churches in the United Kingdom that now possess these paintings as most were totally painted over.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

Once you have tackled a big slice of cake and drunk your merry way through a large pot of tea…

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

^G’s afternoon tea from 2016…all home made cakes!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

^my gluten free cake from 2017

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

…make sure you pop off to check out the knick knacks on sale…there’s even a table full of plants for all the gardeners out there…as they say, every little penny helps!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

Make sure you take in the whole church as it’s very beautiful with an interesting history…

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

…even the grounds are beautiful!

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

^G, his mum and Dizzy Izzy (she suffers from anxiety and spins round and around …she’s on medication for her anxiety, poor little dog…she’s a rescue dog with only one eye but is now a very pampered princess!)

I’m actually quite disappointed to see so many churches struggling to find funds to carry out much needed repair or conservation work…these are historical buildings that are falling apart at the seams in some cases.

It’s so important to attend events like these in your local church and it’s amazing to see what is on offer these days at local churches from events showcasing Wedding Dresses through the Decades (which I loved at G’s family village!), to Afternoon Tea and Champing inside a church that I first heard about last year.

Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Church, Haynes, Bedfordshire

  • Afternoon Tea is served every Sunday in July and August from 2.30 – 4.30pm; my advice is to get there as early as possible to nab yourself a table which are dotted around the church.
  • The church has organised a new band or musician every Sunday so you can boogie in your chair while eating cake…negative calories!
  • I was told that they are trying to have at least one gluten free cake available each week but I would take something in your bag just in case they don’t…the gluten free carrot cake was rather yummy.
  • The cost is £3 per person which includes a large slice of cake and a post of tea or coffee…there is an additional cost for more cakes or sarnies.
  • Remember it is cash only!
  • Even if you aren’t religious, it’s super important that we support our local communities to preserve our history regardless of our beliefs.
  • The post code for St Mary’s Church is MK45 3QP; easiest to get to from Bedford or Luton along the A6 and there is ample parking at the church.
  • You can read more about the history on the church’s website or check out their Facebook page for more information.

England Travel Inspiration - Afternoon Tea at St Mary's Church Haynes in Bedfordshire. Why not visit this Sunday for a pot of tea and cake to help the church raise funds for some really important conservation work...a perfect summers day out in Bedfordshire this July and August! Pop on over the blog to read more.

xx

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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.

xx

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