What better sign that the brighter days of spring are on their way, than a carpet of beautiful snowdrops (Galanthus)?
Surprisingly varied in height, flower size, shape and even colouring these lovely flowers are amongst the first to raise their heads in the year, bringing pleasure to us all.
Snowdrops are now at their best and the recent cold weather will mean that the window to see them should be about another two to three weeks. So now is the time to make the most of this wonderful natural spectacle.
The Cotswolds are home to numerous public gardens, many particularly popular for their stunning displays of this small yet powerfully symbolic plant. Oh and you can enjoy a lovely walk and a cup of tea and cake afterwards too!
Painswick House was built in the mid 1730s for Charles Hyett but it was his son, Benjamin, who created the fanciful Garden in a hidden valley behind the House in the 1740s. Garden historians refer to this period as Rococo, and the garden has one of the largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops in the country and offers fabulous views.
Coffee, light lunches and teas can be enjoyed in the Coach House Restaurant, open at the same times as the Garden.
Rodmarton Manor is a supreme example of an Arts and Crafts house built with local stone and timber. The 8 acre Cotswold garden is glorious all year round but at this time of year there are at least 150 different types of Snowdrop on display, ranging in size and colour, including many rare varieties.
Rich in local history, the Colesbourne estate lies in the beautiful setting of the Churn valley, halfway between Cirencester and Cheltenham, in the heart of the Cotswolds. The snowdrop collection at Colesbourne Park originated in the late 1800s and is renowned as one of the greatest snowdrop gardens in England, with glorious swathes of flowers and new varieties planted in their thousands each year. Enjoy a cup of tea and homemade cakes during your visit, served in the Long Room every weekend by local volunteers.
Kemspford is an elegant Cotswold manor house set in beautiful, peaceful gardens, open from February until October. Enjoy a marvellous display of snowdrops along the former canal side walk, followed by teas by a roaring fire. Groups are welcome at any time by appointment with talks on offer.
Spring is already on its way at Batsford with snowdrops, hellebores, cyclamen and early daffodils already in flower. The Arboretum and Garden Centre were silver winners of the Cotswold Tourism Awards Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014 and are home to the country's largest private collection of trees and shrubs.
For further information and to book your holiday property and make the most of all the Cotswolds have to offer, call our helpful team at Manor Cottages on 01993 824252 or browse for, and book, your accommodation online on this very website.