Take inspiration from this selection of unique places to stay, the perfect retreat for any garden lover...
Featured in Alastair Sawday’s B&B for Garden Lovers, stylish, luxuriously equipped en-suite rooms. Own entrance and terrace with seating area. Set within the peace and tranquillity of 3 acres of magical artists garden and woodland, with sculptures, secret paths and hidden areas. Secluded summerhouse for guest use. All rooms groundfloor.
Yew Tree House Bed and Breakfast, Lower Frankton, Near Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4PB.
Tel: 01691 622126
Behind this handsome Georgian terrace, which has stunning views of the North Somerset hills, lies a small town garden, an oasis of green calm full of unusual plants.. The accommodation is in a large and airy ground-floor apartment and the pretty en-suite bedroom opens straight onto the garden. Many exciting gardens and specialist plant nurseries are within easy reach.
Tel: +44 (0)117 973 4405
Famous for Coronation Chicken, Constance Spry owned Ard Daraich as a holiday home. Now planted with a large collection of ericaceous plants and attracting international garden visitors, Ard Daraich is now also a B&B. Comfortable rooms, locally grown breakfast and garden tours available before exploring the Ardnamurchan peninsula or other West Coast Gardens.
Tel: 01855 841 384
The luxury four-star Dormy House Hotel near Broadway is offering a two-night Garden Escape with Dinner, B&B. Choose from a picnic and ticket to Hidcote, the masterpiece National Trust garden near Chipping Campden; or a cream tea and your ticket to Batsford Arboretum for stunning autumn colour. Hidcote ticket available until 31 August; Batsford all year round. Prices from £450 in a standard room for two people sharing a double or twin. Upgrades available.
Tel: 01386 852711
The two-acre, acre walled kitchen garden of an old Sussex country estate. Lovingly restored 17 years ago by planting over 50 varieties of trained fruit, creating extensive colourful borders and producing vegetables in abundance all for bed and breakfast guests to enjoy. Ideally located for visiting numerous National Trust properties and other gardens.
Tel: 01342 810780
Relax as you soak up the bird song and scent in this atmospheric Cornish garden. There’s ancient oaks, a tumbling stream, pond, colourful borders and 65 varieties of beautiful roses. Unwind in the summerhouse, kitchen garden with hens, or walk a mile to the sea. Idyllic, you won’t want to leave!
Tel: 01326 565868
An old house with a tower, a new garden; a field when I began. Pliny suggests a welcoming house comfortable all year, outdoor eating places, an appealing garden leading to a wide country view; I followed him. Old topiary, thick planting of trees, climbers, flowers, vegetables, fruit trees; pleasure at all seasons. B&B for garden lovers near Bath.
Tel: 01373 834 778
Capheaton Hall offers self catering accommodation for up to 8 people or bed and breakfast giving you unique access to an exceptional walled kitchen garden, large herbaceous border, extensive glasshouses with peaches nectarines and figs. A perfect base from which to visit the best gardens of Northumberland.
Tel: 01830 530159 / 07900 0 13269
Carole has created a traditional country walled garden, complementing her elegant Georgian house just a stone’s throw from Stonehenge. Old roses and peonies tumble in deep herbaceous borders flanking the pool, with specimen trees alongside. This contrasts with the upper terrace, a downland meadow set amid fruit trees and kitchen garden.
Tel: 01980 655405
Evolving over 75 years, enhancing the pleasure of both visitors and guests, this serene Dorset garden has mature trees, sweeping lawns and romantically themed island borders. With its own wildlife rich SSSI heathland the 2 acre site overlooks a quiet tidal inlet of Poole Harbour. A true gardener’s delight.
Tel: 01202 622297
Berrington is a tiny hamlet on the border of Shropshire Worcestershire and Herefordshire and here you will find a B&B, two pretty holiday cottages and a chaotic country garden where you will be served tea and cake when you arrive (unless it is raining in which case it will be by the fire!).
Tel: 01584 819868
A romantic country retreat, furnished with fine art and antiques: a place to relax, indulge and recharge. Explore the gardens and woodland sculpture trail set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ideally placed for exploring the gardens of Yorkshire and the Lake District.
Tel: 015242 51794
Fine 17th-Century house surrounded by walled and topiaried gardens in the Ems Valley on the Hampshire/ Sussex border within the South Downs National Park. Near Chichester, Goodwood, Midhurst, Petersfield, Portsmouth. Comfortable B&B accommodation in double, twin and single rooms. Please contact Mr & Mrs John Hamilton.
Tel: 01243 375862
Close to Hay-on-Wye, this picturesque farm-based accommodation is set within lovely gardens. Cottage sleeping four, recently refurbished and ready to be your base for garden visits and activities in the peaceful but vibrant secret county of Herefordshire. Delicious locally sourced breakfasts available served in the garden, in the farmhouse or your cottage.
Tel: 01544 327727