Posted: 21/06/2014 at 09:53
We arrived at 12 ish (allowing for random tractors) and as a busload of 80 was due in, we sampled the delights of the cafe first. . Most ate salads, but I had a good chunk of coffee and walnut cake to fortify me for the walk around the gardens.
A random group of people wandering around the gardens.
The gardens are now mature, time has passed since Geoff Hamilton constructed them, with trees casting more shade than they would originally. It could have been very bitty, with a series of gardens, but one seemed to flow into another, almost like the rooms at Hidcote. Some had obvious delineations, other parts like the shady walk, just merged one into another. We had the benefit of glorious sunshine, and shade was often needed. The bus trip didn't overwhelm the garden, there is plenty of seating dotted around for those that needed it.
After two hours wandering around, we had to sample the delight of Belvoir cold drinks from the fridge, and Roskilly ice cream from the freezer..... and then venture forth again.