An English country garden

View of Well Court looking north towards the Santa Maria Garden House at Snowshill Manor in Gloucestershire

Every great manor house has an equally great garden attached and Snowshill is no exception.

Pitted as outdoor rooms, the garden provides an extention of former owner Charles Wade's modest living quarters in The Priest's House and the manor itself.

Comprising two acres, it includes formal lawns, colourful borders and water features - with plenty of benches to sit down and take a moment.

Garden rooms

Split into a number of 'rooms', the garden includes Armillary Court, home to the sphere on top of a stone pillar; The Jolly Roger, a small building which Wade used as his summer house; Well Court, home to the 24-hour garden clock; a cow-byre, dovecote and kitchen garden.

The seasonal changes in the garden are spectacular. Come in the springtime and you'll see the beautiful blossom, a sea of daffodils in the orchard. The summer sees the wildlife come out - the bees and butterflies and birds and it doesn't escape the autumn colour in September and October.

'Wolf's Cove'

The garden is also home to 'Wolf's Cove', a reinstated model village (currently a work in progress) and small orchard. It joins fields which is home to the populations of sheep and, in the spring, lambs.