The Big Six: British hotels with gardens

view gallery VIEW GALLERY


Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire

Raymond Blanc took over this historic Oxfordshire manor house in 1984 and turned it into a 32-room hotel and a two Michelin-starred restaurant. For much of the year the kitchen is stocked with produce from Le Manoir's walled garden of 90 vegetable varieties, 70 herbs and a mushroom valley. The scene is embellished with perfect rows of lavender lining immaculate lawns, an orchard and a Japanese water garden.

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire (01844 278881; manoir.com). Doubles start at £480, including breakfast.

Barnsley House, Cotswolds

The grounds of this 17th-century, Grade II-listed mansion contain a secret: a temple, giving guests the opportunity to dine amid the resplendent formal gardens. Alternatively, there is the contemporary Potager restaurant, named after the 1950s vegetable garden which still supplies the kitchen. The Cotswold-stone hotel had a sleek makeover last year, with interiors inspired by the gardens in plummy purples, russet, dove grey and rose. Special events for the summer include horticultural talks from guest gardeners.

Barnsley House, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (01285 740000; barnsleyhouse.com). Doubles start at £275, including breakfast.



Waldorf Astoria, Syon Park

On the outskirts of west London, this newly opened hotel in Syon Park combines the 18th-century estate's history with modern luxury offering everything from a mosaic-tiled swimming pool and trout fishing to an ice-cream parlour and butterfly walk. Rooms overlook the Capability Brown gardens.

Waldorf Astoria, Syon Park, London (020-7870 7777; londonsyonpark.com). Doubles start at £311, room only.

Boath House Hotel, Scotland

This Regency hotel near the Moray Firth has extensive grounds, including an ornamental lake, croquet lawn and woodland area. It also offers seaonal foraging courses, where guests can hunt for St George's mushrooms and native Highland berries.

Boath House Hotel, Nairn (01667 454896; boath-house.com). Doubles start at £230, including breakfast.

Swinton Park, Yorkshire

When lakes were dug out at Swinton Park in the 19th century, the coffins of Saxon nuns were uncovered. Now an ancient quarry and orangery add to the atmosphere of this coverted castle. In the spring garden, the gothic theme is replaced with a colourful array of bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons. A bed of wild flowers is cultivated for decorating the hotel, while produce grown in the walled garden features on the restaurant's menu. And, as well as old-fashioned luxury bedrooms, there is a centrepiece suite built within a turret.

Swinton Park, Ripon, North Yorkshire (01765 680900; swintonpark.com). Doubles start at £180, including breakfast.

Bowood Hotel, Wiltshire

The Marquis of Lansdowne opened Bowood House to the public in 1975. Since then, four million visitors have enjoyed its grounds, first laid out by Capability Brown. They feature 700 types of tree and a 30ft waterfall. Within the estate, Bowood Hotel offers contemporary rooms, a spa and golf course.

Bowood Hotel, Calne, Wiltshire (01249 812102; bowood-hotel.co.uk). Doubles start at £150, room only.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

News
Pro-Russia rebels guard a train containing the bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 crash in Torez, Ukraine
i100
Life and Style
Child's play: letting young people roam outdoors directly contradicts the current climate
lifeHow much independence should children have?
Arts and Entertainment
Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
booksFind out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Property
Sign here, please: Magna Carta Island
propertyYours for a cool £4m
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Struggling actors who scrape a living working in repertory theatres should get paid a 'living wage', Sir Ian McKellen has claimed
theatre
News
Skye McCole Bartusiak's mother said she didn't use drink or drugs
peopleActress was known for role in Mel Gibson film The Patriot
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Damon Albarn is starting work on a new West End musical
artsStar's 'leftfield experimental opera' is turning mainstream
Life and Style
Paul and his father
artsPaul Carter wants to play his own father in the film of his memoirs
Sport
Ben Stokes trudges off after his latest batting failure for England as Ishant Sharma celebrates one of his seven wickets
cricket
Arts and Entertainment
Members of the public are invited to submit their 'sexcapades' to Russell T Davies' new series Tofu
tv
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
News
Sky's Colin Brazier rummages through an MH17 victim's belongings live on air
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game
arts + ents'The Imitation Game' stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
Extras
indybest
News
i100... and no one notices
Arts and Entertainment
Friends reunited: Julian Ovenden, Richard Cant and Matt Bardock in rehearsals for the Donmar revival of 'My Night
with Reg'
theatrePoignancy of Kevin Elyot's play being revived just after his death
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Visitor Experience volunteer

    Unpaid voluntary role: Old Royal Naval College: To assist the Visitor Experien...

    Telesales Manager. Paddington, London

    £45-£55k OTE £75k : Charter Selection: Major London International Fashion and ...

    Recruitment Consultant (Trainee), Finchley Central, London

    £17K OTE £30K: Charter Selection: Highly successful and innovative specialist...

    HR Director EME - Northampton / Northants

    £70000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Director EME - Northampton / No...

    Day In a Page

    Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

    Fireballs in space

    Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
    A Bible for billionaires

    A Bible for billionaires

    Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
    Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

    Paranoid parenting is on the rise

    And our children are suffering because of it
    For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

    Magna Carta Island goes on sale

    Yours for a cool £4m
    Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

    The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

    Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
    We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

    We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

    Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
    The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

    The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

    For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
    Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

    Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

    Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
    Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

    Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

    They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
    The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

    20 best days out for the summer holidays

    From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
    Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

    All the wood’s a stage

    Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
    Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

    Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

    Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
    Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

    Self-preservation society

    Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
    Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

    Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

    We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor