After breakfast, we're off to Hidcote Manor, a world famous, influential and extremely attractive garden. Designed in 1907 by an American Lawrence Johnston, it remains one of the most visited gardens in England.
Johnston devised architectural garden rooms, dividing spaces into enclosures of strongly varied character and deploying a connoisseur's choice of plants. The mood changes from garden room to garden room, including cottage garden, perennial borders, rose garden, and an imaginative topiary garden.
After our visit to Hidcote we travel a short distance to Bibury, one of the most picturesque villages in all of England. We'll lunch at the Hotel Swan, located on the river Coln. Bibury was first settled by the Romans and became prosperous in the 17the and 18th Centuries due to the wool trade. It has maintained its charm through the years and is a favorite destination point.
After lunch we'll travel to Painswick Rococo Garden. Visiting Painswick today, it's hard to imagine that a few short years ago it was hidden under brambles and saplings. Painswick is now one of the best examples of private restoration. The garden contains an enchanting diamond-shaped formal kitchen garden, pretty Gothic buildings, and secret tree-lined walks. There is no other surviving garden of its kind, lightheartedly Rococo in spirit.