In mid-summer, the golden brickwork of Hidcote House is disguised by a haze of silken bells, when the surrounding garden's staggeringly tall, lilac-coloured foxgloves erupt into flower. It's an exuberant display. The late Lawrence Johnston, a keen horticulturist, designed the 10.5-acre Gloucester garden in Arts and Crafts style, in keeping with the 17th-century former farmhouse. Wander its leafy expanses to discover secret glades, unexpected vistas across Cotswold countryside and hidden pathways that wind into the Wilderness - a secluded stretch of woodland that fringes the estate. Come the warmer months, the beds overflow with blousy blooms, star-like dahlia knocking heads with fragrant campanulas.
Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR