Get­away

Crav­ing some cul­ture this sea­son? Whether you’re into flow­ers or films, an­tiques or ar­chi­tec­ture, it’s all on your doorstep

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words CHAR­LOTTE BROOK

Crav­ing some cul­ture this sum­mer? Check out these ideas for great Bri­tish days out – from tea mas­ter­classes to long walks with pit stop pubs, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one

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Dig into the gar­dens of plenty in the Bri­tish isles’ cooler coun­ties

SCOT­TISH GAR­DENS

We ex­pect keen hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ists (and hard­ened ur­ban­ites in search of peace and quiet) will be form­ing an or­derly queue for a week­end’s stay in the for­mer Head Gar­dener’s House at Floors Cas­tle (above and be­low) by the River Tweed, which has been re­fur­bished and is now tak­ing book­ings. Take a turn round the 18th cen­tury, Wil­liam Adam-de­signed cas­tle by day and, when the gar­den gates close af­ter vis­it­ing hours, cot­tage guests have the exclusive run of the four-acre walled green space for ex­plor­ing (from £650 per week; crab­tree­and­crab­tree.com). use the cot­tage as your base for the East Loth­ian Gar­den Trail, which looks set to live up to its tagline of ‘12 glo­ri­ous gar­dens: one won­der­ful week’. Highlights in­clude the rose gar­den at Black­dykes, fruit trees and sculp­ture at Bow­er­house and 18th cen­tury manse Fairnielaw House’s con­trast­ingly con­tem­po­rary land­scap­ing (18 June –2 July; scot­lands­gar­dens.org).

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