Gardens & parks: Bucks and Oxon
We've gardens set in medieval ruins, water gardens and much more to enjoy in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. There's plenty of space for picnics and walks, so you can get outside and recharge your batteries. Here are our highlights:
A magnificent formal garden overlooking the River Thames, Cliveden boasts stunning seasonal floral displays, a 6-acre parterre, a 2m-high maze, an oriental style water garden and a play area.
Landscape gardens whose scale, grandeur and beauty will take your breath away. Over 40 temples and monuments are set among lakes and valleys. Plus, an endless variety of walks and trails and the recently restored New Inn make Stowe is a delight to explore any time of year.
Surrounding Hughenden Manor's house is an attractive formal garden. It's filled with colourful flowers and a productive walled garden, brimming with tasty treats.
The Victorian garden at Waddesdon is considered one of the finest in Britain with its parterre, seasonal displays, fountains and statues. At its heart lies an aviary, and there’s also a woodland playground to explore.
The house at West Wycombe Park is set in 45 acres of beautiful landscaped parkland, which is open April to August. With fine views and lakes, it’s the perfect place to unwind.
The extensive gardens that surround the half-timbered farmhouse at Ascott are a nice mix of formal and natural. Admire the specimen trees and shrubs, some unusual features and some great views.
At Claydon you can picnic on the terrace while enjoying views over the lake. There are plenty of walks through the picturesque parkland, too. The lovely gardens are looked after by the Claydon Estate, so they've separate entry arrangements.
Family home of Lord Faringdon, who continues to care for it, Buscot Park has enchanting grounds for you to explore. Highlights include one of England's finest water gardens, a walled garden, a swinging garden (for you to relive your childhood) and many unusual features.
The series of tranquil walled gardens surrounding the house at Greys Court are a colourful patchwork set amid medieval ruins. They include a rose garden, productive kitchen garden and a wisteria walkway. Look out for the resident cat, too.