Our floral favourites
One of our favourite annual events is once again in full swing with the doors to RHS Chelsea Flower Show opening to the public tomorrow. With blooms on the brain we thought it appropriate to focus on the cottages in our collection which boast historically horticultural connections.
From a former Head Gardener’s residence in the walled garden of an aristocratic estate to a very sweet tumbledown garden building which has been given a new lease of life, these cottages flaunt beautifully British country gardens.
Garden Cottage, Teviot Bank
A quintessential country cottage, this very lovely property rests gently on the edge of the original walled garden on the Teviot Bank Estate amidst glorious scenery. A pretty garden to the rear of the cottage is an idyllic spot for sunshine days watching the comings and goings of wandering wildlife passing on by. When a lazy lunch beckons, the charming village pub is just a mile from the door – you’ll be home in time for sundowners!
Head Gardener’s House at Floors Castle
Sitting in a magnificent walled garden within the grounds of Floors Castle and dating right back to 1815, this former Head Gardener’s House encapsulates the best of country living. As Floors Castle say, the garden is “a showpiece of seasonal colour and interest. The glasshouses date from the 1850’s and the Victorian tradition of growing tender plants and fruits continues today”. The herbaceous borders here are some of the finest in the whole of the UK and a new Tapestry garden has been created with a mix of meandering paths, hidden corners and other features to explore. (Guests have private use of the four acre Walled Garden outside formal opening hours.)
Set on the stunning Hoscote Estate amidst spectacular rolling countryside, the extensive grounds here offer plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities including rare butterflies, peregrine falcons and enchanting red squirrels. Explore 450 acres along dedicated trails that have been created for guests to enjoy, whether on foot or on mountain bikes which are available on loan from the estate office.
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Garden House, Milne Graden
Situated in the most idyllic position on the banks of the River Tweed, with no road or building in sight other than the romantic ruins of Twizel Castle and the occasional deer, heron and otter for neighbours. The garden comes alive with snowdrops and daffodils in the spring, a private pathway leads down to the river and a network of wonderful walks, and indeed once you step inside the house there are stunning limited-edition fabrics inspired by the flora and fauna of the countryside.
Gardener's Cottage, Elliston
Once the residence of the Head Gardener for the surrounding Elliston Estate, you'll happen across this pretty as a picture cottage in a delightful position within attractive tree-lined private grounds. Nestled in a peaceful, secluded position bordered by woodland to one side and the former walled garden to the rear, there is also a large informal garden to the front and side of the cottage, plus delightful views from all aspects. We love the view across rolling fields to an impressive lake complete with resident swans, overlooked by the imposing ruins of Elliston House. A perfect place to explore!
The Potting Shed
Once a humble garden building and now an eco-friendly cottage with a tranquil garden setting, the gardens surrounding The Potting Shed are as lovely as you may expect. Surrounded by woods, wildlife and lovely views, say hello to the owner’s chickens and admire the wildflower meadow which is currently being cultivated. The Leader Water meanders through the grounds – the perfect spot for a morning walk to start the day.
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