Our top winter gardens
Blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a refreshing walk in a frosty garden.
From exotic colour to spectacular landscapes that seem to look their best with a sprinkle of Jack Frost, we’ve tons of great places to explore during the cold winter months. Spend time with family or friends, see things from a new perspective and make your winter warmer afterwards seem all the more delicious.
Here’s our pick of the top ten gardens in which to enjoy the crisp winter weather:
Get to know the superb 18th-century landscape on one of the five walks through the estate. Spot rare and historic White Park cattle in the medieval parkland and enjoy the majestic views.
Measure up next to Corinthian columns in the Temple Lawn or walk the atmospheric Emperors’ Walk and spot the statuary spying on you. But don’t forget the winter garden, with some 150 species of plants it’s an oasis of colour and scent.
There are over 3,000 acres of green open space to enjoy at Clumber. Why not wrap up warm and discover more on your bike (there’s over 20 miles of cycle routes). Or take things a bit easier with a stroll down the longest lime tree avenue in Europe. (Cycle hire weekends only)
Enjoy the seven acre winter garden - the largest of its kind in the UK. With over 700 different plant species and a further 1,600 shrubs, there’s plenty of colour and scent to enjoy in this unique garden.
Explore the extensive ruins of the Cistercian abbey and discover the elegant temples, neo-classical statues, canals and moon shaped ponds of the Royal Water Garden. A World Heritage Site, the breathtaking views will capture your imagination in the wintertime.
Discover a green oasis just 8 miles from Exeter, making it the perfect pit-stop en route to and from Cornwall. Take a stroll and enjoy far-reaching views towards Dartmoor and Haldon Hill or discover the ice house and rustic summerhouse known as the ‘Bear's Hut’.
Created in Spring 2010, the new winter garden sits in the grounds of the estate, inspired by the watery surroundings of the tranquil River Test. Over 5,000 new plants and shrubs and 60,000 bulbs have been planted on this third of a hectare site, which will provide colour and scent throughout the winter months.
Highlights include a 3-dimensional outdoor plant sculpture for visitors to wander through, and the central feature of ground cover representing a river, breaking into rivulets as it flows around groups of closely-clipped box plants, shaped to resemble rocks in the stream.
Feel inspired by this enchanting garden's dazzling array of exotic species from the four corners of the globe. Discover the walled garden, the electric blue bandstand in the Pleasure Grounds and enjoy a tranquil walk around the famous Rock Garden Wood.
Experience the satisfying ‘crunch’ of walking on frosty grass in a landscape that includes wide open spaces, wooded valleys, and ornamental lakes. With spectacular views, hidden corners and over 40 temples and monuments, Stowe is the perfect spot for a winter’s walk.
Discover the magnificent Stourhead estate set around a huge lake, scattered with classical and gothic buildings. Visit the circular temple dedicated to Apollo, find peace and quiet in a mystical grotto or explore the woods and gardens on foot. (House opening hours limited)
Why not get away from it all this winter with a stay at one of our holiday cottages.
Find out more at our holiday cottages website.