Day 3 | Sunday, 17 September
Two neighbouring Cotswold gardens, world's apart!
Our day is spent in the north of the Cotswold Hills, firstly
with visits to Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the Cotswold's many
picturesque market towns, and to Broadway
Tower, for the views over the Vale of Evesham. We then have the
whole of the middle part of the day at Hidcote Manor, a world-famous
Arts & Crafts garden created, very largely, by Lawrence
Johnston, an Anglicised American who began gardening at Hidcote
shortly after his mother bought the estate in 1907. It became his
life's work and one of England's most influential 20th-century
We lunch at Hidcote and, later in the afternoon, cross the road to
visit neighbouring Kiftsgate Court, a romantic
garden, again, of the Arts & Crafts period with far-reaching
views over the Vale of Evesham, and home to the Kiftsgate Rose.
Unusually, the garden has twice passed from mother to daughter,
from Heather Muir, who made the garden, to her granddaughter, Anne
Chambers, who gardens it today.
We have dinner at the excellent Horse
& Groom, Upper Oddington, a pub we have known for a dozen
years or more.
Today's total driving is about 50 miles/80 km