Gardens Fit For a Lord
Lords of the Manor is surrounded by several wonderful Cotswolds gardens, such as those at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor. It’s fitting therefore that the gardens at Lords are themselves rather special – winning itself a place amongst Cotswold hotels with special gardens.
Now enjoy a tour of our wonderful gardens by our Head Gardener followed by a luncheon. Now happening every month – book today to avoid disappointment.
Under the guidance of acclaimed designer Julie Toll, a seven-times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner, the Lords’ own 8 acres have been developed as a sequence of gardens, each highlighting an aspect of the hotel’s Cotswold garden setting. You’ll often see Sarah, our Head Gardener, hard at work, usually helped by Stig the dog.
First impressions are of the lawn at the front of the hotel which on sunny days becomes the hub of activity with guests enjoying iced drinks, traditional Afternoon Tea and on those special wedding days Champagne and canapés. On such days one can truly get the atmosphere of an English summer garden party from years gone by. In the evenings as the sun dips away it becomes a great spot for a pre-dinner glass of champagne or a gentle stroll before dinner.
The lawns slope gently downwards, via a unique wild and authentic British meadow, to the River Eye. Beyond, a bridge connects to a lesser cultivated and more secluded area adjacent to the old ice skating pond which today, following gradual excavations in the past has graduated more to a lake than a pond. Returning back up to the hotel you can wander up the garden path past the magnificent and rare bog garden which hides the 19th century ice house, a bog garden features sculptural gunnera manicata, giant rhubarb and lysichiton, sometimes called swamp lantern.
Guests also love the Walled Garden to the rear of the hotel, with colourful flowers, walled border and espalier fruit trees.
As you can tell, the gardens at Lords are an integral aspect of the hotel. Like the hotel’s menu, the garden changes with the seasons. Early autumn is harvest time for the vintage apples and espaliered pears. With autumn proper our trees change show off their stunning colours. Various summer stalks and seed-heads stand in the flower beds through the winter, whilst ornamental grasses highlight the garden with their silver or gold frosts. Spring and summer see the meadow coming to life with orchids, meadow buttercups, daisies, yellow rattle and an increasing variety of wild flowers enticing in lots of butterflies and insects. Later in the summer the lavenders flower to fill the back garden with a heady scent, another magnet for the butterflies and bees.
The garden is constantly evolving, with the current main project being the addition of a herb garden in the south west corner of the garden. Chef is watching progress with great interest.
If you’re staying at Lords, please allow a little time to enjoy the gardens. We’re always happy to help you to incorporate the garden into your visit, from a wedding to afternoon tea. Please call for advice and reservations 01451 820243