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Great gardens at Britain’s historic homes from Churchill’s abode to Versailles-inspired Wrest Park

Wake up and smell the roses.

There’s a beautiful world of gardens at Britain’s ravishing historic homes waiting to be explored, from wisteria-covered walls to wonderful water features and bewitching woods where you’ll lose all sense of time. Here’s our pick of the best.

‘A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted,’ Sir Winston Churchill said of his country home in Westerham, Kent. The stunning estate was his refuge from the political world from 1922 until his death in 1965. The gardens inspired him to paint, plan and even build – he did much of the brickwork for its Walled Garden.

‘A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted,’ Sir Winston Churchill said of his country home in Westerham, Kent (pictured)

There are lakes with black swans, beds of tender sweet williams and extravagantly lofty alliums. Evidence of the joy of family life is everywhere – from the Golden Rose Avenue, planted by the Churchills’ children for their parents’ golden wedding anniversary, to the Marycot, a sweet little playhouse built for his youngest daughter, Mary (nationaltrust.org.uk).

Check in: Immerse yourself in another period of English history by checking in to Hever Castle, where you can stay in the Astor or Anne Boleyn wings. B&B from £135 a night (hevercastle.co.uk).

This strong sense of being well cared for and loved by a family is evident in spades at Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire, the family home of Lord and Lady Ashbrook since the 15th Century. 

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