Green Fingers Galore
Now in its sixth year, National Gardening Week (10th – 16th April) has grown into the country’s largest celebration of gardening. It’s a great excuse to get out in the fresh air and become reacquainted with those green fingers of yours, or to simply reconnect with nature and immerse yourself in the elements. The Great Inns of Britain have rounded up some of the loveliest green spaces to retreat to this spring, with a fabulous place to grab a bite to eat, or stay the night, thrown in for good measure.
Where the woods meet the water and the fells meet Bassenthwaite Lake, you will find The Pheasant, which epitomises typical Cumbrian country charm. Perfectly located in the heart of the stunning Lake District, you need to go no further than the back garden; from its pristine manicured lawns, to its wild woodland, you will feel cocooned in a blissful haven of wildlife. A trip to The Pheasant is the perfect way to get back in touch with nature.
The Rose and Crown
This stunning inn has a whole wealth of greenery right on its doorstep, as its back garden is the rural Upper Teesdale. With plenty of gorgeous walking routes and wonderful scenery, it’s a small corner of unspoilt English countryside, which will certainly satisfy ones need for a breath of fresh air. Nearby The Rose and Crown the river Tees, home to England’s tallest waterfall, which is an amazing place to visit and explore with loved ones.
Nestled deep in the heart of the Peak District, The Peacock makes the perfect base from which to explore a much loved national park. From trail walking, cycling and even horse riding there is certainly something here for everyone to enjoy. After a full day of thrilling yet tiring activities, you’ll be glad the inn is only a short distance away. Return to a cosy room and indulge in locally sourced food and choose from an enviable wine list. A trip to The Peacock offers the perfect balance of action and relaxation.
The Hundred House Hotel
A lot of hard work and love has gone into this inns garden, and it is definitely something to behold. Visitors can discover quirky pieces hidden around the garden, and relish in an array of wonderful scents that reside within the grounds. With over 50 varieties of home grown herbs to discover, accompanied by vegetable patches and fruit trees, it is no wonder The Hundred House Hotel were winners of the “Best Kept Secret” garden awards in 2013. The garden is also home to the inns two rescue donkeys, and guests are more than welcome to spend time with them.