I love pretty gardens and I fell in love with gardening again last year much to my delight (I’ve probably said this a million times now!).  I’m always on the look out for gardening inspiration so I popped over to explore Castle Ashby Gardens in Northamptonshire during the summer when all their gardens were bursting with colour.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

While Castle Ashby isn’t open itself, you can wander around the impressive 35 acres of gardens which are styled so you feel like you’re stepping back in time.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

My arrival at Castle Ashby was hair raising to say the least…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…SHEEP…and you know that this Kiwi is absolutely petrified on sheep…I did stop to take a photo once I realised I was safely inside the smurf mobile and they couldn’t eat me.

Parking the car, there is a long walk to the start of the gardens from the entrance however you get to set your eyes on the beautiful house in the distance…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…deciding to visit the church later on (which I then completely forgot to do!).

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I headed to my favourite spot in the whole of Castle Ashby Gardens…the Orangery.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I love an Orangery and totally want one but alas it would look rather fugly added onto a 1930’s built house in Bedford I would imagine.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

A little red breasted robin and I took a wander around the Orangery, stopping to take photos (me, not the Robin…I’m not too afraid of a cute little Robin for some reason but birds in general, yes…Castle Ashby was throwing all my fears at me in one go!).

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The Orangery is stunning with gobble hungry fish…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…water lilies…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…perky daisies…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and more perkiness…perky breasted and nippley ladies to complete the setting.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I even managed two shoefies in the Orangery!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

I was thinking of bringing my family back for a picnic in the gardens when they were over last year however we had our picnic at the National Trust Property Stowe instead…either garden is a lovely spot to visit for a picnic.  Castle Ashby has picnic tables dotted around the gardens making it very family friendly.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The Italian Gardens sit right next to the Orangery so I did a little bit of exploring of the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…the water feature reminding me of Rome

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and my daddy’s favourite flowers, Dahlias!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

Wandering around the gardens, getting lost in what at times felt like my own secret garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I stumbled across fields of wild flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…and then found the meerkats and vegetable garden…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I was more interested in their veggie plot!

Next up was the Maltese Cross garden which I was just in time to visit with its beautiful array of blue, silver  and white plants…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…it’s another gorgeous stop to explore in the gardens.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

 England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

The air was lightly scented with lavender and roses…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…how pretty is this pink rose…one day I will learn to grow roses, just not today…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…I think I’m going to kidnap their head gardener and set him lose in my garden at home!

I popped my head into the Fuchsia House…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…aren’t fuchsias having a bit of a renaissance in the gardening world!  Remember how beautiful they were at RHS Wisley in Surrey.

Honeysuckle alert!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

As I said before, there are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…look at all the picnic tables!

To really enjoy the Castle Ashby Gardens, you just need to wander and explore to soak up all the colour…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens…you don’t need to follow a map, just follow your nose and you will find a little slice of heaven.

After all that walking…the gardens are huge and you don’t realise how many steps you’ve taken…I popped into the tea rooms for a gluten free sarnie and hot chocolate…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

…the sarnie was good, the hot chocolate was a bit bland.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

While I’m not a huge fan of Instagram these days, one of my lovely instagram followers actually visited the property the following weekend after I had posted a few photos from my visit and they enjoyed the property as well.

Travel Tips for Castle Ashby Gardens

  • You can find more information about the Castle Ashby Gardens on the official website.
  • You will need a car to visit the property as it’s a little out of the way
  • Take a picnic as you can sit anywhere in the gardens to enjoy the views…I asked!
  • The Tea Rooms do have gluten free options available…just ask when you order.
  • There is a beautiful garden shop where you can purchase plants prior to leaving…the money goes back into the garden.
  • The address for Castle Ashby Gardens is Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire, NN7 1LQ
  • Kids will love this property as there are meerkats and a playground by the Tea Rooms.
  • Entrance costs £7 per person
  • I have a Gardeners World Card from the May 2017 Gardeners World magazine which means I can obtain a discount…this is now sold out online however make sure you pick up this years May issue to grab the card if you intend to visit a few gardens.  They are currently offering the next 5 issues for £5 which would include the May issue!
  • If you are visiting Northamptonshire then I would highly recommend a visit to another beautiful garden, Coton Manor Gardens.  Check out all my Northamptonshire posts here.
  • If you love to explore gardens then why not check out all my British Garden posts here.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Castle Ashby Gardens, Northamptonshire. Make sure you visit the beautiful English garden when it's bursting with colour during summer. The Orangery is like stepping back in time. If you love visiting gardens on vacation, then this beautiful destination should be on your bucket list. #castleashby #northamptonshire #england #beautifuldestinations #80pairsofshoes #traveltips #englishgardens

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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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Last Friday I was totally undecided where to visit next on my quest to visit all the counties in England…should I visit Suffolk or Northamptonshire…first world problems I know!  In the end, visiting the cute little village of Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire seemed the perfect Saturday excursion as I’ve always wanted to go on a Canal Boat Ride…and a Canal Boat Holiday for that matter.

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

Northamptonshire is pretty darn close to Bedfordshire so I was in the county in just over 30 minutes (thanks to good traffic on the M1) and managed to arrive before the sleepy little village of Stoke Bruerne decided to wake up…nothing opens before 11am it seems.  Needing a cup of tea and change for the parking meter, I ended up in the pub carpark at The Boat Inn talking to Elaine who was also in need of a cuppa…we ended up nattering over a pot of tea for over an hour and talking about my quest.  Talking to strangers is always a good idea as Elaine has given me some fabulous tips on places to visit (thank you Elaine…she now follows my blog page on Facebook…Hi Elaine *waves*).

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

Saying ciao to Elaine, I went for a wander around the village…taking photos of thatched little cottages…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…walking under bridges to snap a photo of another pub (no post office or village shop but there’s two pubs…welcome to England!) and what a wonderful spot to enjoy a lunch during the summer months!

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

I may have taken photos of doors….AGAIN…I’ll just get them all out of the way now…here’s…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

^^This one should be called Twiggy

…another…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…lot…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…of…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

….door photos!  The owner of the above door popped his head out of the top window and asked if I was okay (Translation: what are you doing you moron photographing my house)…I replied, just taking a photo of your lovely door…he responded, okay (Translation: You’re a weirdo, now bugger off please).

Spring has almost sprung which I’m pretty happy about…hello daffodils…I love all the spring flowers!

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

I wandered around the tiny streets of Stoke Bruerne and I’m pretty sure the locals were all curtain twitching wondering why I was taking photos of their little houses…that’s the best thing about getting off the well beaten tourist track…the experience is far more rewarding and giggle worthy.

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

^^^Hello Little England with fields of cute fluffy sheep in the background (they look cute from a distance and yes this Kiwi is afraid of sheep!)

Stoke Bruerne is located on the Grand Union Canal (and you can take Canal Boat holidays on this canal!)

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

^^My shadow selfie (it wasn’t planned at all)

Elaine had told me that they offer canal boat rides down to the Blisworth tunnel and so I went to investigate and for a rather cheap £3.50 I had a ride down the Grand Union Canal…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…to the tunnel…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…and enjoyed the views of the countryside…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…and the other canal boats.

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

The guys running the tour are fantastic and are so funny; they love what they do and it shows!  These are the boys in action on the next tour.

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

I decided to walk down the canal…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…to the see the stained glass shop and blacksmith located by the tunnel so I retraced the canal boat ride back down (it’s a very easy walk)..….I had a little snoop inside the shop selling stained glass, there’s something so beautiful about stained glassed that I just want to replace all my boring double glazed windows (practical no but beautiful!)…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…and then checked the blacksmiths…seriously hasn’t he got the most gorgeous face…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…I had a snoop inside to see what he was selling as well…it’s interesting to see them at work and it’s sad to think that this is a dying trade.

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

Heading back towards the museum, I stopped to take a few hundred photos of the canal boats as they just looked so pretty…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…and so English…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…I still can’t get over how many English people don’t go and explore their own beautiful country when you see scenes like this!

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

In need of some food, I popped into the cafe inside the museum however the gluten free options were limited to a cup of tea and a mars bar…you’ll eat anything when you get hungry for lunch.    There were jars of old fashioned English sweets to tempt you as well but I refrained…trying to stay away from refined sugar…and I may have just eaten a mars bar.

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

The museum is quite expensive for what it is however it’s interesting to wander through it if you have some time…it gives a history to the local area, about the community that used to run the canal boats and all their traditions…

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

…plus the views over the canal are gorgeous!

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

And just when you think this little village couldn’t get any cuter…there’s a thatched pub on one side of the canal…and on the opposite is a rather yummy smelling Indian restaurant…what more could you want!

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

Stoke Bruerne is a picture perfect spot for a picnic in the sunshine, just remember to bring your own food as there isn’t a village shop…just a cafe which isn’t that gluten free friendly unfortunately.

There’s a lot to see in Northamptonshire including visiting the English Heritage property, Kirby Hall and two of my favourite castles, Rockingham Castle and Deene Park.

England Travel Inspiration - A Canal Boat Ride in Northamptonshire, one of the cutest villages in England called Stoke Bruerne. Looking for Day Trip Ideas, then this cute little village is the perfect place for a family day out - just take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air!

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?  Where do you suggest I visit in your home county?

xx

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