Garden getaways

As we head into January, there’s no time like the present to start daydreaming about a spring getaway. The National Gardens Scheme has nearly 4,000 gardens open for charity. Here they recommend some lovely gardens with accommodation:

Madingley Hallhall

Madingley Hall is a University owned estate set in 7 acres of delightful landscaped gardens, 3 miles west of Cambridge. The Hall is regularly used for educational and training events and has 61 ensuite bedrooms (13 twin and 48 single) which are welcoming, comfortably furnished and have garden views. Madingley, Cambs 01223 746222

IMG_4992Fen House

4 Star Silver Award winning Bed & Breakfast in Pakenham (village has a working windmill and watermill) close to Bury St Edmunds. 3 double rooms with en-suites and 1 family suite comprising 1 room with king bed, 1 room with double bed and adjoining family bathroom with bath and large shower. Fen Road, Pakenham, Suffolk 01359 234968

Pavilion House has a glorious 1 acre garden with stunning rural views. Situated in Dullingham, which has a great ‘local’ pub and a good restaurant. Accommodation consists of one double, one twin and one single room, all with private bath or shower rooms. Gretta will give you a great breakfast, eggs and other home produce. Station Road, Dullingham, Suffolk 01638 508005

Bagthorpe Hallbhallpic5

Bagthorpe Hall bed and breakfast is situated in the countryside of North Norfolk close to Sandringham and Burnham Market with the coast only 15 minutes away. It is a large, elegant house offering a luxurious stay with wonderful colours, good beds and organic produce from the family farm for breakfast. A mural in the hall chronicling family history is fascinating and beautiful. Surrounded by 50 acres of parkland, woodland and gardens (many of the trees are over 150 years old) with a Snowdrop walk in February, it is full of birdlife, peaceful and quiet. Bagthorpe, King’s Lynn, Norfolk 01485 578528

bChaucer Barn

Award winning Chaucer Barn offers luxury self catering accommodation for up to 18. Set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens. 9 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, games room, 18 seated dining table. Breathtaking gardens are a mix of contemporary topiary and romantic informal including wild flower meadow, herb garden, pergola with bbq and eating area, lawns, young arboretum, children’s play area and woods. Holt Road, Gresham, Norfolk 01263 577733

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