Each year I make a list of National Trust places that we’d like to explore and as my son gets older and copes with longer car journeys we have widened our horizons. I’d wanted to visit Cotswold Lavender for a while, and realised that we could also tick another NT property off of our to do list on the same day. So we spent a morning exploring Hidcote for the first time and we certainly weren’t disappointed.
Hidcote is located close to Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, and offers 10.5 acres of gardens to explore. We started our visit with a bit of brunch in the cafe close to the entrance. This gave my son a chance to survey the map and decide on the route we’d take.
Our first stop was a wall fountain which mesmerised my son for ages.
Once we’d finished looking at the water flowing it was time to look at water of a different kind. The thought of a lily pond was a big draw and off we headed to this rather lovely spot as we spent time exploring Hidcote for the first time. We even got to watch some mating damselflies.
The Lily Pond stands in front of the rather impressive Plant House.
You can play tennis on the tennis court, but this was in use when we walked past so we explored the Kitchen Garden and Long Borders instead.
We spent time admiring the flowers in the borders and identifying the veggies growing in the Kitchen Garden. There were butterflies everywhere, which was lovely to see. Unfortunately they weren’t so keen on having their photos taken!
A pathway had been mown through the Orchard, giving my son some room to let off steam without getting in anyone’s way.
The Beech Allee was closed during our visit so we retraced our steps into the Great Lawn and Old Garden. with the occasional pit stop taken on a bench or two.
There are lots of winding paths offering adventures around every corner.
Making our way up the Long Walk and back down again, enjoying the views as we passed.
The Pillar Garden is really pretty at this time of year and my son loved finding the benches to sit on and admire the views.
The pond gave us the opportunity to look for water boatmen and the like, my Dad has taught his grandson well.
My son fell in love with stepping-stones when we visited Bodnant Garden back in April, so he was super excited to find some more as we spent the morning exploring Hidcote for the first time.
We had such a great time exploring Hidcote, and we all agreed that we will be visiting again at different times of year. I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to visit for the first time. Have you been?