Towering country homes and soft, rolling hills
are a quintessential part of Britain, and the grand stately homes
that dot the island totally summarise the nation's pastoral side.
Once the preserve of haughty heiresses and wealthy imperial
figures, the UK's manor houses and their accompanying gardens can
today be enjoyed by all, and we reckon that springtime is when they
truly come alive.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace was built
in the 18th century and served as the birthplace of Winston
Churchill. Marvel at the gigantic 2,000-acre parkland that
surrounds the estate, or get lost in Blenheim's beautiful gardens,
all easily accessible for visitors taking advantage of our
attraction break at The Oxford
Dotted across Stratford-upon-Avon are five
buildings that played host to William Shakespeare or his close
family, providing visitors with an excellent view of the interior
fashions and gardening styles of the Elizabethan era.
The town's historical haunts - Shakespeare's
Birthplace, Hall's Croft, Shakespeare's Grave, Anne Hathaway's
Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm - are a delight, especially when
paired with one of our great two-night attraction breaks available
Located in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside
nearby QHotels' Aldwark
Manor Golf and Spa Hotel, Castle Howard and its
grounds once occupied a staggering 13,000 acres of space. Today,
visitors must make do with 1,000 acres of parkland, pretty gardens
and a majestic stately home that featured in the TV series
Designed by Prince Albert to be his Queen's summer
retreat, this grand, Italian-influenced Isle of Wight location is a
joy to visit. Grandiose rooms, wide-ranging collections and a set
of gardens that burst into life over spring - it's easy to see how
House was fit for royalty. The House is a wonderful day out for
those staying at Norton
If you're staying at the exquisite Tankersley Manor and
fancy a day viewing beautiful treasures and historical artworks,
make sure to head to Chatsworth House this spring.
Situated near the River Derwent, this fancy home and its
accompanying gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a sunny April
Dating back to 1145, Woburn Abbey is one of
Bedfordshire's finest examples of stately architecture. In spring,
the house's gardens come alive, with lakes, a boulder garden,
kitchen garden and richly-manicured conservatory all being open to
the public. The house's art and antique collections are similarly
opulent, featuring works that include Queen Elizabeth I's famous
If you're staying at The Oxford Belfry,
there's no better place to spend a sunny Sunday this
Located near to QHotel's Belton Woods hotel in the
Lincolnshire countryside, Burghley House's dreamy
spires and expansive gardens make for a fine day out. Inside,
detailed frescoes line the walls, while the Garden of Surprises is
sure to delight visitors of all ages.
Covering 26 acres, Woolbeding
Gardens in West Sussex is a finely-crafted collection of
natural splendours. Blooming flowers, foliage and neatly-pruned
topiary, orchid collections, and classic English walled gardens
make Woolbeding a joy in the spring, and visitors can easily lose
themselves in the wooded glades and gardens.
Court Hotel is nearby, a perfect base from which to enjoy the
jewels of the British countryside.
Audley End House and Gardens
The fabulous gardens of Essex's Audley
End were designed by 'Capability' Brown, the much-lauded
architect of a large portion of Britain's stately sceneries.
Fountains and tulip blooms, a serene lake, and pretty garden
buildings continue the exquisite flavour of the utterly elegant
Jacobean mansion house. It's the perfect place to visit when paired
with a stay at the nearby Cambridge
Castle is a great place to enjoy a day with the family. The
castle features lavish decorations and furnishings, as well as all
sorts of medieval curiosities. In the gardens, beautiful lawns and
woodlands can be explored, and there are all kinds of activities
for kids - big and small - to get involved in.
QHotels guests wanting to visit the castle can take
advantage of our attraction breaks - available at
Chesford Grange and
Stratford Manor - for a lovely family getaway.
Stately homes are part of the British country
make-up - take a day or two this spring to truly appreciate these
marvellous creations and their fine garden climes. Have you any
favourite stately homes you'd like to visit this spring? We'd love
to hear from you!
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