It is now August; the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar and traditionally the warmest time of the year. Although the Met Office didn’t forecast one, a heatwave duly arrived in mid July (along with a certain baby).
The UK has experienced everything from delightfully warm summers (with the occasional hot one thrown in), to cold soggy ones, though in recent years we have experienced the temperature certainly seems to be rising. Last year may have been the wettest summer for quite some time, but whatever the weather it’s always a great time to visit some of the UK’s best gardens, in and around Bespoke luxury hotels.
Whether you are looking to go to Scotland, the Cotswolds, or East Anglia you can be sure to find a beautiful garden to visit nearby. What’s more, if you choose a Bespoke break in one of their luxury hotels this summer you’ll be able to find a hotel near to one.
One always hopes that the weather will be fine for the summer solstice, at least warm enough to sit out until the last rays of the sun drop behind the trees and over the horizon without shivering to death in the process.
Over the last few weeks we’ve each been fortunate enough to spend some evenings enjoying the sun, but you could have been lounging in the garden of your favourite Bespoke luxury hotel, dreaming of warmth and long, hot days. After all, we’d hate to return to winter without having at least spent a few evenings in the garden with a glass of wine to stave off the impending chill.
It’s good to know that gardens are almost planted up for the summer months. I say ‘almost’ as there are always corners that could do with a few more plants to complete the image. A garden consists of a backbone of hardy plants that carry it through the seasons, but during the summer months a garden gets some ‘oomph’, and the illusion that it actually ‘is’, at least a thousand miles further south of where it actually is.
And where better to visit this summer than Bespoke luxury hotels with stunning gardens? In Scotland there’s Stonefield Castle, set in 60 acres of beautiful woodland gardens on the shores of Loch Fyne and just two miles from the idyllic fishing village of Tarbert, one of the most attractive villages on the Mull of Kintyre Peninsula. And if that’s not enough then why not also visit Gleddoch House Golf Hotel & Spa, itself only 19 miles from Glasgow but set in a vast 360 acres with spectacular views over the River Clyde, Ben Lomond and the rolling Renfrewshire hills.
If something a little southern is more up your street, then it doesn’t get much better than the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa. The gateway to discovering everything that is glorious about the Cotswolds region of England with a wealth of historic houses and gardens, a superb choice of independent shops and many of England’s prettiest villages.
If that’s still not southern enough then there’s always The Suffolk Golf & Spa Hotel on the outskirts of the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, in easy reach of a wealth of glorious gardens and the rich countryside of East Anglia.
We all deserve some really mild weather – I say mild as consistent heat may be asking a wee bit too much of the British – especially for visiting the glorious gardens of the UK. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we are living on an island floating off the coast of Europe at fairly high latitude.