22 July 2011

A Weekend In The Cotswolds

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

I am blessed with the dearest family 
that is willing to go on another Mommy Adventure

This time to the Cotswolds

Last Autumn we visited the Cotswolds region that spans 6 counties
for our fabulous Feather Down Farms tent-camp experience (here)

This time we were back in search of a special NGS Open Garden in
Ashton under Hill in south Worcestershire
I'd read about in my latest The English Garden magazine

Home built of typical Cotswold limestone

It is a rural area of quaint villages and farms

Typical town from car window

Why go so far to see a garden, you ask?
{ I'd go farther actually }

Well, the whole town of Ashton under Hill has pulled together for the past 33 years
to open private gardens to the public (24 gardens this year)

With more than a hundred people in the village involved,
you see folks selling tickets, ice cream, tea, & plants
and assisting with traffic and parking

It really is a village-wide affair as a fundraiser
for their local church and community center

Don't you just love it already?

Each garden was unique
ranging from formal gardens to meadows

(Below) Curiously it seems common throughout England to buy a bag of compost or manure,
cut a hole and plant into it

I was most excited about this garden (below)

I don't know if it is new, or just new to me
but these swimming ponds seem to be gaining popularity

As it was explained to me, 
a California style swimming pool looks out of place in an English garden
but a pond's appearance can be enjoyed year-round
and fun for taking a dip when the weather is warm enough

Water plants such as water lilies and iris flag are planted in an underwater shelf
Newts, dragonflies, and other creatures hangout at the pool
(no fish)

Although there is filtration, there are no chemicals

They say it is like swimming through fresh rainwater or milk

Artificial Swimming Pond

Sounds heavenly, and I love the look
Don't you?

{Sigh} It was such a perfectly perfect weekend
filled with tadpole catching and delicious local food

Thanks for coming along with me, my buttercups :)

- all photos by me -


Grammy Goodwill said...

What a beautiful place you visited. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Jane said...

Every country village in England has an open garden day - I lived in two such villages at various times and both did it. There are so many amazing green fingered people and the love of gardening it seems will never die in the English - I used to be amazed at what I saw. But the Cotswolds are just beautiful - lovely photos, thank you for taking me down memory lane.

Laura said...

Beautiful. My parents village has open garden days and I always miss them. Thank you for sharing this. I never get enough of looking at gardens. Lx

flwrjane said...

No wonder you're such a happy homemaker with such fabulous places to visit and a willing family to accompany you.

Sheer beauty. What a wonderful time you must have had.

Still green with envy in Virginia.

xo jane

Miss Sandra said...

*sigh* I want to go there too!! How beautiful! Thanks for taking us along with you! xo

ann said...

Oh, do you how lucky you are to pick up a magazine about English gardens and I say "I want to go there" and then go. How fabulous and the Cotswolds no less. I quite enjoyed your trip.

Hong Kong Badger said...

Beautiful - that pool looks so cool and inviting! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend :-)

Pondside said...

What a great blog - so glad you found me and I found you. Glamping sounds like my sort of camping. Once we discovered Yurt camping I was finished with tents for good!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Another gorgeous English countryside...sigh. One of the many reasons I always hoped we'd end up in England. There sure is a lot of sand here in Dubai! :)

Pet said...

I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I have never been there. I should try with my children. Thanks.

Barbara said...

I forgot how beautifully green the UK is!! Those pictures are just gorgeous!

the fishermans cottage said...

How wonderful are those gardens and that natural pool, new to me too. My garden is sadly lacking this year I needed some inspiration :) x

Beth said...

I love reading your posts as they remind me of all the things that have found their way to the back of my brain since moving from the UK. The Yorkshire village that I lived in had open gardens one a year - they were quite competitive! Thank you for the trip to the Cotswolds, such a beautiful area.

Amanda said...

I LOVE the Costwolds! I was lucky to spend 6 months studying abroad in Gloucestershire (specifically in the town of Cheltenham), it was like a dream. I hope to go back there some time soon. My late grandmother used to talk about her travels there and how she loved it, too, so it reminds me of her. Your pictures capture its loveliness although cameras don't always do it justice! Lovely post :-)

Amanda :-)
"American AngloFUN"

Meri said...

This is basically how I always pictured England everywhere outside of London. Unfortunately, the only place I've been to in England is London, and one side trip to the Windsor castle. I think now that its almost 14 years later I need a return trip, wouldn't you say? To the cotswolds perhaps?

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Blissful post! I'm off to the Cotswolds on sunday for a few days, can't wait! xx

Ellie said...

Hi, just found your blog. I'm from Scotland - it's nice here too lol. Enjoying reading your tales.

Lilybets said...

You ae very lucky to visit so beautiful places!.I would love to stay in so rich gardens,they look me little paradises of peace.
THank you for your comment in my blog ..Candy is very cute!.

Share my Garden said...

I just love the idea of a swimming pond, I've seen some other examples in magazines. I wonder if I could persuade my hubby to start digging a suitable hole!!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a great way to see such nice gardens and learn from other gardeners.
Planting right into the bag is certainly interesting.
There is a company in the city here that will create the swimming pond as you call it.
It seems like a great way to have a pretty pool without all the chemicals but one never knows what is living in the depths! Eeek.

Thanks for stopping by my garden. So nice to meet you and I will return!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Lucky you, the Cotswolds are is beautiful and the gardens there are ravishing! Wonderful.

Pink Princess said...

Such gorgeousness!! I love the swimming pond!

greenthumb said...

Hi thanks for stopping buy my blog, look at all those wonderful places you have to vist in the UK, love your photos.

Emily said...

Lovely, oh so lovely! I love the swimming pond, and must read up on it. Is that the secret to plump, juicy tomatoes? Ours are a bit small this year, which is a puzzle as we've had both ample rain and sunshine.

beetree said...

What a beautiful place! And I love the thought of a swimming pond, but don't know if I could actually swim in one! Kind of brings back memories of the summer my brother let his pool go green... :/ Your children are very blessed to have a love of exploring new places and having family adventures instilled in them! Thanks for sharing!

Hines-Sight said...

I love your photos. That's an area I would like to visit, too.

Elizabeth said...

My favorite photo is the one with the tomato plants in the compost bags. I may have to borrow that idea for next years garden.

Love your blog, I may never get to England so thank you for providing such wonderful posts and pics.

ornella said...

Grazie per questo piccolo viaggio che mi hai fatto fare attraverso le tue foto. I giardini sono la mia passione. Sono contenta di aver conosciuto il tuo blog e grazie per la visita .Un saluto dall'Italia ornella

Hines-Sight said...

Just responded to you on my blog.

Here it is...
Laura, you have to have some type of good recipe. Or at least a good photo, I know. Since you are the best photographer, I know.
Certainly, there is a one-dish meal that you've learned about in merry old England!

Take care, and have a great weekend..

Lauren said...


Butterbean Row said...

thanks for the lovely tour of the gardens. I love the idea of a "two fer" pond. A place to cool off and a pretty addition to the garden.


Privet and Holly said...

Wow, had to
pinch myself to
make sure I was
still awake....
THIS looks like
a dream!!! Just
beautiful, Laura.
xx Suzanne

American in Bath said...

I have English friends who were always frustrated by American compost not working a "Grow Bag". And it doesn't. Must find the Gardener's World episode where they talk about the advent of the things.

Sorry I've not been by in a bit. Hope you'll be getting to travel some more soon.