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Garden Delights in April and May

Marwood Hill Garden in North Devon offers stunning displays of Camellias and Rhododendron at this time of year, and the new Magnolias are a welcome addition. The gardens also play host to National Collections of Japanese Iris, Astilbe, and Tulbaghia.

Rye Cottage, North Hill Farm Cottages

Rye Cottage near Marwood Gardens

Stay nearby at Rye Cottage, a cosy holiday cottage for two nestled in the peaceful North Devon countryside. Handy for exploring the gardens yet not far from the famous sandy beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe (7 nights from £250 – short breaks available).

Colourful spring bedding sets the amazing topiary off to its best advantage at historic Levens Hall & Gardens in Cumbria. The topiary is amongst the oldest in the world, and the garden itself dates back to 1694. The Buttery serves delicious home-cooked food and also serves the Estates own recipe Moroccan Ale – worth a try.

Handy for Levens Hall and Gardens

Greenbank Cottage, Windemere

Stay close by at Pudding Cottage in Windermere and you can take your dog too. This 4-star property sleeping 6 has an official pets welcome Accreditation (7 nights from £780).

The star of BBC TV’s ‘Life in a Cottage Garden’ is Carol Klein’s organic grounds at Glebe Cottage, near South Molton in Devon. Brimming with rich colours and scents, unusual plants and artistic containers, visitors are very welcome. The gardens and plant nursery are open from Easter until the end of October on Wed/Thurs/Fri 10 – 1 and 2 -5.

Close to Carol Klein's Glebe Cottage Gardens

Stay at Ladybird Barn in Brayford, a bright contemporary barn conversion sleeping 4 on the fringes of Exmoor.

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