Today though I hope that you will join me on a walk around the beautiful gardens.
When we visited it was a wonderful warm, sunny, dry spring day. You could not have asked for better. The car parking area has been revamped since we last visited, with a new visitors entrance, restaurant, café and so on. We didn't use those facilities, but they all looked really nice and if I was a child I would have loved to have had a go on the new playground! There was also a lovely plant centre, but we didn't think that turning up to our B&B with a load of plants was a very good idea!
You can either walk down to the house on a well laid path - it is a very pleasant and easy walk - or get a buggy. We chose to walk as it was such a beautiful day.
The gatehouse and the gardens are the first thing that you see. I love the topiary yew trees. These must be very old by now I imagine.
You can also see the gardens which lay beyond the house on the hill behind. The rhododendrons were out in flower and looked spectacular.
I played around with this shot turning it to black and white.
As you go through the gatehouse you see the amazing topiary yew trees. It is amazing how they are all shaped to be the same as all of the others. It must take a lot of work to keep them clipped like this.
Then you approach the front door and get to go in through the tower.
After our visit we sat outside to eat our picnic lunch in the beautiful sunshine. We of course stopped to admire these wonderful tulips.
They were wonderful! I know that it is a bit late in the year for them now, and I am sure that the planting scheme has changed, but I it will be just as beautiful now I am sure. Also, it is surely never the wrong time of year to admire a tulip!!
Thank you for taking this little stroll with me! I would definitely recommend it as a beautiful walk, I just wish that we had been able to spend more time wandering as I am sure that it is a great place to explore.